Sungai Ara Food Court (GPS: 5.317444, 100.266343) is a hawker centre along Tingkat Kenari in Sungai Ara, Penang. Formerly known as Happy Land Cafe, the food court underwent a change in management and reopened on 29 May, 2015. Now the food court is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
14 August, 2015: Ever since the Sungai Ara Food Court opened three months ago, its owners have been trying to invite me to a treat at their hawker centre, and I have been putting it off over and over, as I was so busy. So when the owner's wife contacted me one more time, I decided then and there that my wife and I will visit it for dinner that very evening.
When we arrived, at around 7:00 pm, we saw that the food court was doing very good business. I seldom eat at food court because I generally order food that are less than satisfactory to me, so I told Dino the owner to give me his best shot. In other words, if you want to impress me, then treat me to whatever food you feel best represents your food court. That evening, my wife was also having sore throat, so we requested something soupy for her.
Sungai Ara Food Court when we visited (14 August, 2015)
Dino ordered from his hawkers the char koay teow, the mee udang and the fish meat beehoon. Afterwards he also called a plate of satay. I think, because it's the boss himself who did the ordering, and the hawkers were alerted who has come to dine, everything was "kae3 liau33" (extra ingredients). There were four big fat prawns on my char koay teow (the koay teow almost disappeared under the prawns!) and another four in the mee udang. The fish meat beehoon that was ordered for my wife came with another two fat prawns and large chunks of koay1kau2 (garoupa). But the big fat prawns and large chunks of fish meat aside, I have to say this - and I mentioned it directly to Dino last night too - that every item he recommended to me was absolutely tasty. Yes, even without the fat prawns, the char koay teow is very good as is the mee udang. I have no idea how much each plate in front of me cost, as I am not paying, but I would be glad to eat these again, even without those big prawns.
Dino told me that the mee udang and fish meat beehoon seller (I am not sure if they are from the same stall) specially obtained their prawns, which is why the prawns are so fresh.
The satay is sold by a Malay lady and it also doesn't disappoint. The chicken meat is very tender, and the satay goes nicely with the ketupat.
Okay, I am not saying all the nice things because I have just been given a treat (I am given treats all the time!) What I am saying is, there is a big difference between randomly ordering from food courts, and having someone in the know do the ordering for you. Dino told me other recommendable stalls at his food court include the Western food, the roti canai, the curry mee and the pan mee. We don't have so big a stomach as to try to many items. Guess we will have to come back to try the other stuff. There are presently over thirty hawker stalls at his food court, so it will take one month if I want to try every stall - but having tasted the wonderful char koay teow, mee udang and satay, my mind is only on these!
The food I had at Sungai Ara Food Court
The char koay teow that I had at Sungai Ara Food Court (14 August, 2015)
The fish meat beehoon that my wife had at Sungai Ara Food Court (14 August, 2015)
The mee udang that we had at Sungai Ara Food Court (14 August, 2015)
The satay we had at Sungai Ara Food Court (14 August, 2015)
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