Bayan Baru Hawker Centre (GPS: 5.32507, 100.2856) is one of the major food courts in Penang. Built by the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP), it is also one of the biggest food courts on the island. Due to its size, the food court has different sections for Chinese hawkers, Malay hawkers and a sprinkling of Indian hawkers here and there.
Scattered throughout the hawker centre are miscellaneous Indian food stalls. They sell Indian vegetarian rice, apom, idili and putu mayong, among others.
Chinese hawker stalls, Bayan Baru Hawker Centre (25 August, 2012)
Inside Bayan Baru Hawker Centre (15 September, 2012)
5 November, 2016
My wife and I went to the Bayan Baru Hawker Centre for our breakfast today. We looked around the place and decided to order the wan than mee and curry mee. I have had the curry mee before. It is not too bad, but in my opinion, the wan than mee is below par. The wan than is very flat and meatless.
Bayan Baru Market Wan Than Mee (5 November, 2016)
Bayan Baru Market Wan Than Mee Stall (5 November, 2016)
Bayan Baru Market Curry Mee (5 November, 2016)
Bayan Baru Market Curry Mee Stall (5 November, 2016)
18 December, 2014
Today I had the curry mee from the Bayan Baru Hawker Centre, as takeaway for my breakfast at home. On the whole not too bad and also not too expensive.
Food Rating: Bayan Baru Hawker Centre, 29 November 2014
Curry Mee: B+ Curry mee from Bayan Baru Hawker Centre, taken at home (18 December, 2014)
29 November, 2014
It has been a while since I last tried the nasi kandar at the Bayan Baru Market. It used to be one of my favourites, but I felt the quality dropping on my last visit. As a result, there was a lapse of time before I returned to the stall today.
On today's visit, instead of my usual order (beef, fish, egg and ladies' fingers), I ordered sotong (squid), egg and brinjal. I asked for a good drenching of the gravy.
Today's meal was a big improvement to my last visit. The sotong is very soft and not rubbery at all. The gravy has the nice aroma that I enjoyed. On the whole, today's meal is just as tasty as I remembered it formerly, and better than on my last visit. My usual order came up to be around RM7 plus, but with the change from beef and fish to squid, my order today came to RM9.20. Not cheap, but part of the reason I ordered what I did today was because the person in front of me in the queue ordered beef, squid and egg, and his order came to be around RM11.20. Seeing him splurge induced me to spend a little more. But the thing is, I enjoyed today's meal very much.
For a chance we are having a takeaway meal rather than eating in. For this evening, we bought our meal at the Bayan Baru Hawker Centre. We ordered the fried oyster, tomyam maggi mee and fish meat bihun.
I had the tomyam maggi mee while my wife had the fish meat bihun. We are both satisfied with our meal. We ordered the noodles with fish meat as well as minced pork. Each bowl costs RM6. To us, it is still good value, because it provided a good many pieces of fish meat and minced pork.
Fried Oyster, Bayan Baru Hawker Centre (17 October, 2014)
Tomyam Maggi Mee, Bayan Baru Hawker Centre (17 October, 2014)
Fish Meat Bihun, Bayan Baru Hawker Centre (17 October, 2014)
Food Rating: Bayan Baru Hawker Centre, 17 October 2014
Fried Oyster: A-
Tomyam Maggi Mee: A-
Fish Meat Bihun: A-
In my opinion, all three items were very good. Should they deserve an A? The thing with Tomyam Maggi Mee and Fish Meat Bihun is that it is difficult to give a higher rating, unless it does something truly exceptional. I am now watchful of the fried oyster to see if it consistently maintains its quality. If yes, perhaps in my future re-rating, I may give it an A.
Interior of the Bayan Baru Hawker Centre (9 August, 2014)
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