Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

Hidden along Jalan Gajah is a little café worth waking up early on a Sunday morning.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe opens for breakfast and early lunch.

The tiny café is best described as quaint, rustic, and quirky!

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

There’s just as much detail in the rafters as what’s on the café level. Find anything you like?

Chairs hang from its ceiling and jostle for space with old pots, pans, cast iron woks, tiffin carriers, thermos, and wicker baskets.

You may recognize retro curios from the 60s and 70s.

Best of all is to dine on real antique furniture. Every old piece is dated at least 50 years old.

Or older.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

Pick a pan? Don’t worry, these are for display only and not used for cooking in the cafe.

The owner/chef has a small menu with Malaysian/Asian staples.

We started with our order of thick local coffee.

This is the real stuff made from “kopi lau”; that’s coffee made by filtering through a sock-like cloth filter!

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

Good rich Rendang Chicken with the Nasi Lemak. But then you’ll probably know by now that I love santan to the MAX. So I like my nasi to be super LEMAK, which means only I can cook it at that level at home!

Nasi Lemak at Art Sim Kitchen Cafe

There Nasi lemak sets come with fluffy blue pea flower rice served with fried Ikan Bilis, peanuts, sambal, cucumber, and half a boiled egg.

There are two choices of chicken, either rich chicken rendang or deep-fried chicken.

The rendang is a thick, mild aromatic curry with a tender chicken thigh that breaks easily with your fork.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

I’ve never chowed down on so many pancakes in my life! Seriously. I love the crispy, crunchy texture.

Spring Onion Pancake

A popular Taiwanese snack, this golden, chewy, savoury pancake has the texture of a roti canai with its flaky crust.

I like it a little salty and crispy, and it goes so well with the dipping sauce.

Do we like it?

Yes, we ordered double portions to munch on as we chatted.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

Perfect for small eaters. Artist Christine Das is one!

Sambal Hare Bee on Toast

Giant toast smeared with spicy sambal hare bee with a fresh coriander garnish.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

Spicy and nice! I love the taste of the Kerabu Bee Hoon.

Kerabu Bee Hoon

The Kerabu Bee Hoon’s house speciality is prepared fresh by tossing blanched springy rice vermicelli with a homemade spicy sambal sauce perfumed with kaffir lime leaves, torch ginger flower, coriander, mint leaves, and lemongrass!

The crunch is from taking raw shallots, bean sprouts, and roasted peanuts.

The squeeze of calamansi brightens it and makes it even tastier.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

There’s lots of cubed yam in the yummeh Or Kueh.

Yam Cake

Full of powdery Pinang yam or taro cubes, Or Kueh/ Yam Cake is a steamed rice flour cake and topped with hare bee, spring onions, chillis, and deep-fried shallots.

This is with a chilli dipping sauce that goes with it.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

Guang Jiang

Guang Jiang (Teochew Style Beancurd Roll)

A traditional kueh from the Teochew clan, the Guang Jiang is made from yam and peanut stuffing rolled-up in bean curd and fried.

This delicacy is a must-have legacy food for a major festival and the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Almost forgotten by the modern generation, the café makes a great head start introducing heritage recipes as café food.

Art Sim Kitchen Serves Homemade Local Nyonya Kuehs

The owner makes other local Nyonya kuehs on a rotation basis.

Do check with the café on the fresh kuehs made daily. We sampled kueh talam, kueh Bangka, and kueh ketayap, which was gone before taking any photos.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe @ Jalan Gajah

I love my Sunday morning cuppa with my artist friends!


Morning cuppas include local Kopi-O, kopi susu, white coffee, and milo available hot or cold.

Other drinks include honey, lemon, lemongrass, and herbal teas.

Art Sim Kitchen Cafe | 72, Jalan Gajah 11200 Penang | Call: +6012-669 6486 | Business Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8.30 am to 12.30 pm | Sunday 8.30 am to 2.30 pm | Closed on Mondays

The cafe has relocated to 161, Jalan Kelawai, George Town, 10250 George Town, Penang.

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