Kim Hee Cafe (GPS: 5.38964, 100.31211) is a coffee shop along Penaga Road in Jelutong, Penang. It originally occupied the shophouse on the north side of Penaga Road. On the other side of the road, directly opposite it, on the south side of Penaga Road, was a coffee shop called Old Kim Hee. I believe both were owned by the same proprietor.
At the end of 2013, the coffee shop on the north side closed, and many of the hawkers shifted to occupy the shophouse on the south side. Thereafter, Old Kim Hee took over the name of Kim Hee Cafe. Meanwhile, the former premises of Kim Hee Cafe was renovated and then reopened as Kedai Makanan Seong Huat.
Kim Hee Cafe at its old premises (12 October, 2012)
Kim Hee Cafe is one of the most popular coffee shops at the Jelutong Market, owing to its prime location right across the market building, at the junction of Penaga Road and Ipoh Lane. When it was known as Old Kim Hee, the coffee shop was rather dull, but after the rest of the hawkers moved over, the owner brightened up the premises, and with that, most of the customers also moved over. Kim Hee Cafe now gets quite crowded, particularly in the morning, when the Jelutong Market is in session. This is also due to the large number of hawker stalls operating within and surrounding it.
Some hawkers chose to stay put at the site of the former Kim Hee Cafe, and I believe they will be absorbed into the new Kedai Makanan Seong Huat. They include the koay chiap, putu mayong and char koay teow stalls. The koay chiap was one of my favourite koay chiap. My wife quite liked it too, but the most recent time she had it here, she commented that the koay chiap is done too soft. My wife also likes the putu mayong here even though it is so popular that she often have to wait a long while to receive her orders.
Kim Hee Cafe is also open during dinner time, but there are much fewer stalls operating during that time.
23 March, 2014: I returned to Kim Hee Cafe as it's been over a month since I visited it. Once again I had my favourite Hokkien Char. In addition we also order the Chee Cheong Fun and the Putu Mayong from across the road. The putu mayong used to make very good business, but we saw that it has increased its price. This brought an immediate drop in business, and my wife - who loves the putu mayong - did not have to wait as long as she previously had to. For drinks, we ordered the Iced Horlicks. It costs RM2.00 per glass but is very thick.
Timothy Tye at Kim Hee Cafe (23 March, 2014)
Hokkien char, Kim Hee Cafe (29 January, 2014)
Chee Cheong Fun, Kim Hee Cafe (23 March, 2014)
Jelutong Market putu mayong (23 March, 2014)
8 February, 2014: At the time I wrote this evaluation, I have eaten at Kim Hee Cafe at its new location only twice, so I have not yet tried all the food. What I can say is that I have tasted the Hokkien Char, and I like it very much. In fact I liked it so much, I am not sure whether I will be tempted to try other stalls at Kim Hee Cafe, or should I stick with the tried and tested Hokkien Char. If in future I managed to try the food of other stalls, I will continue to update my write-up.
Tim at Kim Hee Cafe (29 January, 2014)
Hokkien char, Kim Hee Cafe (29 January, 2014)
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Ha1mik1 mi3knia3 ho1ciak1 ti1 cit1-peng2? Wah4 su3ka1 ciak3 cit1-peng2-eh3 Hok1kien1 Char4. Cit1-peng2-eh3 Chee1 Cheong3 Fun2 tun1 be33phnai4. A3si3 lai2 Jelutong Ban3san1, wah1-eh3 bor4 ai1 beh4 cit1-peng2-eh3 putu mayong. Cit1-leh1 putu mayong cin3 la1ku2 kau3ka1 tiok3 tan4 cin3 ku4. Ta3pi1 te3-boey1 tau4 wah1lang2 khee3 ban3san1, wang1 khnua3 putu mayong khi1 kae3 liau4. Hong3hiam4 khah1 cio1 lang2 lai3 beh4 liau4. Wah1-eh3 bor4 tun1 mm3mien1 tan4 a1nae1 ku4 liau4.
In the morning, if I go to the market in Jelutong, I like to have my breakfast (which some people call "cau3chan1") at Kim Hee Cafe. Kim Hee Cafe is a coffee shop across the road from the Jelutong Market.
What's good to eat here? I like the Hokkien Char here. The chee cheong fun is also not bad. If we go to the Jelutong Market, my wife likes the putu mayong here. This putu mayong does such a good business until we have to wait a long while (for our order). But the last time we went to market, we saw that the putu mayong has increased in price. Suddenly fewer people are buying it. So my wife didn't have to wait long (to get her order).
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