CF Food Court was started back in 2010 by Chin Fook, a former foreman dealing with Mercedes car parts who later made it big with his own firm, CF Service Centre, on Weld Quay. The large, cavernous food court was just adjacent to his car service centre.
CF Food Court’s wantan noodles stall gained international attention back in 2012 when it was the first stop for renowned TV food personality, Anthony Bourdain, in the Penang episode of his No Reservations series (see CF Food Court featured in the episode link here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5vkibf).
What we tried last night:
- Wantan mee (RM4.80) - from perhaps the best-known stall at CF Food Court. This was the first eatery featured by Anthony Bourdain in his No Reservations episode on Penang. Dressed in soysauce and lard, the noodles were accompanied by poached wantan dumplings, “choy sum” greens and slivers of old-fashioned, red-tinted “char siew” (Chinese BBQ pork).
- A version using “hor fun” (flat rice noodles) instead of the springy, thin egg-wheat noodles. (RM4.80)
- Char koay teow (RM6) - very good version here, with shrimps, Chinese sausages, egg, beansprouts and chives.
- Lor bak (RM9.50) - 5-spice pork rolls, prawn fritters, yam fritter, braised pig’s ears, century egg and fried tofu.
- “Oh chien” (RM8) oyster omelette - the oysters did not taste fresh. Not recommended.
- Chicken satay (RM11 for 10 sticks) - satay itself tasted pretty average, but the accompanying peanut sauce dip was way too spicy beyond the normal range, and lacked the lemongrass-turmeric-galangal sweetness & aroma.
The large, cavernous CF Food Court is close to the Armenian Street-Victoria Street historic/arts precinct, and across the road from the touristy Chew Jetty.
CF Food Court
48-58, Gat Lebuh Armenian
10300 George Town, Penang
Tel: +6017-729 9266
Operating hours: 11am-midnight, daily