As its name suggest, this restaurant offers you common favorites from Penang, in particularly of the Nyonya variety. You’d be able to find Asam Laksa, Chee Cheong Fun, Hokkien Mee, Lobak, Fried Koay Teow and many more here.
This was my second visit to Ai Jiak. First was when they newly opened doors a few months ago.. in February this year? Since then, they seem to have undergone some change, renovation. The most obvious would be the table seating … most probably due to Covid 19. What used to be a case of anyone can sit anywhere, now the bigger tables have dividers/panels surrounding them. Besides ensuring distance, it also maintains privacy. The single and double seaters are seated at the back of the restaurant at a proper distance between one table to the next.
Chee Cheong Fun, RM 4 + Asam Laksa, RM 8 + Otak – otak + Hokkien Char, RM 9
Food was good. I’ve got no complains. Whether or not this is authentic and truly resembles Penang food is based on individual preference. To me though, food was good and honestly, that was all I care about, lol. Both the noodle dishes were crowd favorites and were delicious. I especially liked the Asam Laksa. The broth was thick and flavorful. It tasted as it should. I would have liked it if there were chunks of tuna in it. Here, it was in a minced form? Basically small pieces scattered all over. The good thing about this was that every mouth you take is guaranteed to have some tuna in it. So, all good I guess despite the lack of chunks.
The Hokkien Char was a mix of yellow mee and mee hoon. There were some prawns, squids and fishcakes. It differs quite abit from the KL version. Where the KL version is covered in thick black sauce, the one served here is certainly not black. I’ve never personally tasted Hokkien Char in Penang, so I have nothing to compare with. I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide if its authentic. Tastewise though, very yummy. I can understand why this is a favorite among customers.
The Chee Cheong Fun was good and the otak-otak was an awesome side to accompany the main dishes. Overall, it was a pleasant experience here. I wouldn’t mind dropping again.
Address: 9, Jalan 21/12, Seapark, Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 11.45 am – 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 9 pm.
Contact Num.: 011 2778 8428
Signing out now, Ciao.