Hakka Connexion @ Jalan Bawasah

I have unintentionally blogged about two foodie places along Jalan Bawasah back to back it seems, what with my earlier post. 🙂

Hakka Connexion is a quaint comfy lil’ restaurant in a lovely colonial house. Narrow and long, with high ceilings. Upon entering the restaurant, there are photos of a typical Hakka village in China lined up along the walls which I found most interesting. I’ve not really had traditional Hakka cuisine, being a Hokkien myself. So I would not be able to say if the dishes tasted authentic… but I liked what I ate. Simple home cooked fare, with no MSG added (so the chef tells me).

The menu is a small one. We ordered a fried sui kow to start. It came out nice and hot.

Hakka Connexion Fried Sui Kow

We also tried their Hakka Noodle, which comes with lots of minced meat. I liked this, because I like dried version of the noodles…I even eat Koay Teow Th’ng dried!

Hakka Noodle

They have quite a few items to choose from for the Yong Tau Foo and we chose mainly the pork balls, pork tendon balls and beancurd sheets which were tasty.
Hakka Yong Tau Foo

My grandpa spotted the pork leg vinegar, and it was a must order for him. I am not a fan of pork leg vinegar, but both my aunt and grandpa gave it a thumbs up and found it authentic.

Hakka Connexion Pork Leg Vinegar

Meanwhile I was attracted by the description of the Lui Cha, so we ordered one to share. Its basically rice with different types of vegetables and a green colored minty tasting soup meant to be poured over the rice.

Hakka Lui Cha

Finally, we decided to try another interesting sounding dish – Abacus. It was described to us as yam made into small round discs and meant to be eaten as a snack. We were intrigued. And after tasting it, we had to ask the chef again if it really was yam. Because it tasted more like glutinous rice balls! Chewy and smooth. A very interesting dish.

Hakka Abacus

Yet another interesting fact about this place is that it also houses a small gallery of photos and old memorabilia of Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee, Penang’s first Chief Minister. This gallery is put together by one of Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee’s sons as a tribute to his father.

Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee Gallery

It was a real history lesson for me as I read the write ups and looked at the photos. Didn’t manage to finish looking at all of them, so I must come back again another day!

Hakka Connexion Gallery

Free admission to the gallery which is open daily from 10am-8.30pm. For enquiries about the gallery and the restaurant, do call Peter Wong 016-483 2823.

Oh and some of you may be curious about the price of the food… well my aunt graciously paid the bill so I didn’t note down the break down of each item. But we paid about RM50 plus for 5 people including drinks (nutmeg juice). The chef tells us that they will be introducing teochew porridge soon in April. Looking forward to it!


  1. The food looks delicious! Thanks for the info on the amount your family spent at the hakka restaurant. Yep, I’m still planning my makan trip to Penang. I will definitely drop by Hakka Connexion after eating my nonya kuih and fried pohpiah at One Corner Cafe.

  2. I’m so with you on the dried noodles… the drier the better! The problem I find with most wantan mee in Klang Valley, for example, is that it is far too ‘wet’… overflowing with gravy/sauce.

    There’s this really good wantan mee stall in Jalan Bunga Raya in Melaka… spicy sauce but very dry… Delish! 😀

  3. I will definitely schedule a visit to Hakka Connexion when I’m in Penang! Thanks for the food recommendation.

  4. kenny mah – wah…the next time i go to melaka, i’m asking you for directions that that wantan mee stall!!

    esther – its my pleasure! 🙂

  5. Hi! I’m Ms Lim from Hakka Connexion,formerly from Jalan Bawasah. It is very nice to be able to continue reading a nice review from you. I was away in KL for over a year, and GUESS WHAT… I am back in Penang – serving the same menu, almost… at my humble little eatery at the following address:

    NT89, Carnarvon Street, Penang (Opposite the Georgetown Heritage Centre)

    Opening Hrs: 8 AM to 2 PM
    (Closed on Tuesdays)

    Contact No: 016 435 6463

    Please do come by to visit me when time permits.


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