Toh Soon Cafe – All About Charcoal Grilled Toast & Kampung Chicken Eggs
September 20, 2019
Stepping through this huge rustic gate of Medan Lebuh Campbell made me feel like I’ve entered a different part of Penang. Tourists are great in number here, especially at Toh Soon Cafe.
Although hidden in a narrow alley, Toh Soon cafe is flooded with people so it’s impossible to miss. The queue never stops. The ordering system is very messy. Thus, even when people are seated, they may not have their orders taken until one of the staff notices them. And the orders are sometimes mixed up. So, the ordering system does not help the queue at all. Fortunately, the food compensates for all the waiting, provided your orders are delivered correctly to you, of course.
When a Penang friend brought me to Toh Soon Cafe, I was amazed the moment I reached the open kitchen area. A staff toasts the white bread, 6 slices at a time(no wonder need to wait so long). It is definitely not an easy job having to squat beside the charcoal, flipping the toasts occasionally to prevent them from getting too burnt.
The crisp toast, together with the fragrant kaya, was a small slice of heaven. I love the charred bits especially!
This is Toh Soon Cafe’s specialty. Lightly overcooked soft-boiled eggs lying atop charcoal grilled buttery toasts — what a combination! This is a simple, yet utterly satisfying, treat. We need this in Singapore!
Do the eggs look especially good to you? Toh Soon only uses eggs from kampung chickens! The egg yolk was rich and carried this lovely taste that made me fall head over heels in love with it.
Packs of nasi lemak(1 RM) can be spotted on every table. I decided to devour this while waiting for my toast and eggs. I finished this within minutes! It was a really small portion but the appetising sambal, fried ikan bilis, hard-boiled egg and fragrant rice made a winning combo. I can’t believe it’s just 1RM! What a steal?
The mural along the corridor accurately depicted the operations in the kitchen. Our orders were mixed up and not everything came, but we made do with what was served and we just paid whatever amount we were told to pay. They only churn out 6 toasts every 10 minutes, so the wait can be really long and frustrating. Recently, Toh Soon opened a second outlet with a proper operation system, so I’ll probably pop by the next time I’m in Penang.
Toh Soon Cafe
Address: 184 Campbell Street, Lebuh Campbell, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4-261 3754
Opening Hours: 8am to 4:30pm daily. Closed on Sundays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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