Kedai Makanan Song River, Gurney Drive

In Penang, we have so many eating places. Kedai Makanan Song River is one of the oldies and have been around like 30 to 40 years. So, it is not in one of our regular eating places simply because they have been around for too long and there are plenty of newer, brighter and more comfortable places to eat.

However, 20 years back, it was one of those eating place where you take your date to eat before taking her home. My hubby and I referred to this place as ‘Relax’ because they used to have rattan chairs and it was nice to lounge in those comfortable (but no longer in production) rattan chairs by the seaside.

sotong kangkong

So, last Sunday night, undecided where to go for supper, we headed to Song River because I told my family, “I need to find a new place to eat and blog. My Penang Food Blog is growing fungus.” It being supper, we order something light like the sotong kangkong. I cannot recall if it is good because I only eat the kangkong.

550ML JAR OF FAITH wrote a very interesting post about Uncle Attitude whom is the grilled fish stall owner. After I had read her experiences, I was a little apprehensive in approaching him. But I need a blog post and I must find something to photograph. So, I rushed up to him, told him I want a small piece of stingray and he bellowed, “YOU HAVE TO WAIT!”. I ran away with ‘Ok, ok, beh hiau kin.” (Ok, it’s alright).


My eldest son dislikes something in the sauce but he cannot tell what it is. My hubby said it is too sweet. I love the slivers of garlic and the oomph of the bird’s eye chillies. However, I am supposed to be on vegetarian meals so I didn’t grab the whole fish and finish it. Instead, my hubby and son scooped away the sauce and ate the fish while grumbling about being too hot, too sweet and etc just like Goldilocks and the three bears. The sauce is not like the regular sambal type but using some pickled stuffs. I suspect it is the ‘lor giu’ or some kind of pickled garlic.

chee cheong fun

I had the chee cheong fun which as far as I am concerned is a vegetarian dish to me. It is not too bad. We also ordered poh piahs from the very old, very steady couple who sells poh piah for decades already. We remembered the pohpiah was much nicer last time. But then, probably it was because Gurney Drive had sea and not mud like now. Times have changed.


Some of the things worth trying at Song River are the roasted chicken wings, stewed chicken legs, otak-otak and etc.

The foods are not the tastiest but all of them are not too bad so it is worth a visit if you do not know where to eat in Penang. It is certainly a lot better than the hawkers near Gurney Plaza.

Song River is open for lunch and supper but the stalls sell different things at different times.

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4 thoughts on “Kedai Makanan Song River, Gurney Drive


    (March 12, 2009 - 10:20 pm)

    i love the chicken wings here! mainly cos its less sweet than the other roasted chic wings at other stalls. and i love the satay too! the ‘chu char’ also not bad. 🙂


    (March 13, 2009 - 12:43 am)

    Have to say your photography is delicious!


    (March 16, 2009 - 6:12 pm)

    wa.. i love chicken wing there also la… make me drool nia… ok… lingzie,.,,, lets go makan.. satay i also ngam…


    (April 17, 2009 - 8:42 pm)

    I think Song River has been aroung for more than 30 years. More like 50 -60years – according to my old dad who is already 79 years old.

    Being in KL I do really miss my old Penang food. KL char keow teow is notfight at all – worse of all they use vegetable oil and no “bar-ewe-porh”.

    For poh-piah, I try not to miss the one at the Padang – the real Padang stall and not the one at Johore Street on the other end of the field. But must eat there as the gravy must go with eat to taste best.

    Pretty hard to find good “Orh Chien” nowadays even in PG. Some food also gone from the Penang scene – like the “Choa Chor Mee” – use to have on at the road side stall in Chulia Street near Gu Guan Tang (that’s Cheap Side)

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