Loke Tye Kee - The house of happiness

Wednesday, May 21, 2014



i believe every Penangite is familiar with the famous Loke Thye Kee(乐台居)which is a historical local landmark located at the key junction of Burmah Road and Penang Road, right beside the octopus pedestrian bridge. it was once the liveliest spot in penang back in the 6-70s owned by two Hainanese brothers, it used to be the venue to celebrate happy occasions like matchmaking, weddings and birthdays. until the late 1980s, the restaurant was suffering a decline in business and it eventually closed down on the year 1996.

the name itself means 'the house of happiness', was named after consulting a fengshui sifu

some elder generations in penang, like my grandma and my mom, will call it 'Lok Thye Gu' (in hokkien), and i was really lucky to have visited this place once when i was a kiddo, told by my mom that it was the first restaurant that served western food in Penang, i used to call it 'the ship house' because it really looks like a ship, now i know the architecture resembles a Chinese pleasure boat, such beautiful building, i cannot imagine it was built 85 years ago AND it was designed by a local architect. 

after all the ups and downs, happy to see that Loke Thye Kee has finally back on track again, offering a variety of dishes and also preserving this heritage building, adding some colours and vibrance to Georgetown.

Kopitiam@Loke Thye Kee 
(ground floor)


did the tables and chairs remind you of those old-style kopitiam?


showcasing some photos of the good-old penang under the glass of the table

happy delivery: call 04 2641919 to enjoy all the good food at Loke Thye Kee, RM15 per set!


Kopi O // RM1.80   Kaya butter toast // RM3.50 
A set of bread + eggs + tea or coffee // RM5.90
a joyful morning begins with a mouthful of kaya butter toast and a sip of kopi O, as simple as that! :)

Soft-boiled eggs // RM2.50


nasi lemak // RM2.50

a beautiful groupie of the beverages in Kopitiam

Barli // RM2    Teh tarik // RM2.10    Neslo // RM3

Lemon tea // RM2.80    Chocolate ice blended // RM5.90    Kopi ice // RM2.40

Teh // RM2.10

Milo // RM2.80

Coffee ice blended // RM5.90

Air bandung // RM2

Loke Thye Kee Restaurant 
(first floor)



clean, bright and cozy ambience on the first floor. super love the floor tiles and the spacious dinning place, can see there are some old posters hanging on the wall and also potted greens to make the nostalgic surrounding even livelier.........

its great to see a lift in a Loke Thye Kee, not only wheel-chair friendly 
but taking old grandparents to dine here is so convenient too! 

one of the signature of Loke Thye Kee is the al-fresco on the beautiful balcony around the first floor, enjoy the spectacular view of Komtar also the hustle and bustle of Burmah Road.

Macaroni pie // RM20
  
baked macaroni with a layer of fluffy egg white, cheesy, creamy, with a light fragrant of eggs, 
best to consume when its still warm!

Chicken char siew // RM18
char siew is always my favourite, but it was my first time had chicken char siew here. not bad, coated thick and sweet sauce and roasted white sesame laid on a bed of lettuce and cucumber.

Hainanese chicken rice RM18
it comes with three types of sauces and also the black soy sauce for the fragrant rice was served separately-good for those who dislike the soy sauce in the rice like me hehe. the chicken, beautifully topped with carrot, spring onion and lemongrass, paired with bean sprouts.

 Hainanese chicken chop // RM18
 crispy chicken chop served with potato wedges and coleslaw, the gravy was full of the sweetness of onions, simply delicious!

Hokkien char // RM16
cant remember when was the last time i had hokkien char, it is my granny's favourite because of its a dried dish but its a little soupy, i can bring her here next time hehehe.

 Pie tee // RM9
6 pieces of pie tee with alot of fried onions (油葱) and spring onions. these two are like the spirit of this dish, especially the fragrant of fried onions, so addictive!

Otak-otak prawn pancake // RM12
thought it was a normal prawn pancake until i tasted otak-otak in it, surprisingly good!

Nyonya fish head curry // RM45
with lady-fingers banyak-banyak! yumssss.
it was quite spicy but the spiciness was bearable for me.

as you can see, the restaurant serves mainly Malaysian cuisine, everything is freshly prepared by Malaysian chefs daily! everything here is pork-free and they are currently applying for Halal certification. 

Loke Thye Kee Bar 
(roof terrace)


the rooftop of Loke Thye Kee is definitely a nice place to chill and drink. the restoration was pretty impressive, look at the beams, ceiling, window knobs and the vintage flip-flop switches, still remain the essence of the original heritage structure.


besides beverages, you can also find some snacks and finger food here. 
not to miss their delicious cakes: 

Oreo cheesecake

Coca cola cake 

Blue berry cheesecake

Tiramisu

Red velvet

Mocha chocolate

outdoor seats


although it is facing the main road with busy traffic, dont worry, parking is not a problem here! you may park your car at the Khoo Sian Ewe Road, a one-way-alley beside Loke Thye Kee building.

Promotion ongoing:
RM15 nett for express lunch set
RM10++ for a piece of cake & coffee/tea 
RM25++ for 3 course lunch set
RM35++ for 4 course dinner set

Opening hours:
Kopitiam: 7am – 5pm daily
Restaurant: 11am - 11pm (closed every monday)
Rooftop bar: 11am - 11pm (closed every monday)

Loke Thye Kee (乐台居)
Address: 2, Jalan Burmah, 10050, Georgetown Penang.
Phone: 04 264 1919
Email: contactus@lokethyekee.com
Facebook: Loke Thye Kee

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  1. Still prefer the traditional style kopitiam.

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    1. yup but those kopitiam are getting lesser and lesser now :(

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  2. Never know they serve so many types of food

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  3. Nice photos with simple yet detailed description ! Thumbs up !

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    1. yours one still better!!!! need to learn from you gok ♥

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  4. Thanks for sharing, nice photos.

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  5. I like the way they restored the heritage building. The food looks interesting too. I should drop by one day. :-)

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  6. Now I can plan my visit to Loke Thye Kee when I am back to Penang, I always passed by the place last time and no idea what food they served. My mom told me that this place was once a glory back in the olden days!

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    1. yes, another nice place in georgetown :)

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  7. I have to say that the Kopitiam is a dissapointment. The kopitiam opens up late as expected (around 9.30am). The toast is the worst! It is thinly sliced and thinner than a slice of Gardenia bread, with only a little bit of kaya in it and no butter at all. The kopi served at room temperature, neither hot nor cold (we requested for hot one when we order). The supposed to be half-boiled eggs are served in soft-boiled eggs condition with the yolk almost cooked and whites are cooked. THIS IS THE WORST BREAKFAST WE HAD IN GEORGE TOWN!

    I definitely would NOT RECOMMEND this KOPITIAM to anybody else ever!

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  8. I have to say that the Kopitiam is a dissapointment. The kopitiam opens up late as expected (around 9.30am). The toast is the worst! It is thinly sliced and thinner than a slice of Gardenia bread, with only a little bit of kaya in it and no butter at all. The kopi served at room temperature, neither hot nor cold (we requested for hot one when we order). The supposed to be half-boiled eggs are served in soft-boiled eggs condition with the yolk almost cooked and whites are cooked. THIS IS THE WORST BREAKFAST WE HAD IN GEORGE TOWN!

    I definitely would NOT RECOMMEND this KOPITIAM to anybody else ever!

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