In Hokkien, chai diam ma means sundry shop or grocery shop. I remember in when I was growing up in Rifle Range, there was a chai diam ma below our flat that sells Paddlepop Rainbow ice-cream, which I used to love so very much and in Pepper estate, there were two chai diam mas, one which was closer to our home, and the other chai diam ma was just a minute away from the former. Here, my favourites were bubble gum and popsicle. Those were my memorable childhood years...
Anyway, I'm a Penangite who has yet to really explore the Pearl of Orient. If you have been following my blog, you'll notice I've been around and about Penang and around lately. We've been to Bukit Merah, the Penang War Museum (I didn't blog on this), Gunung Lang & around Ipoh, pasar malam, Moontree 47, Tanjung Bungah beach - learning and appreciating the beauty of my beloved state.
So, I didn't know where Queen Street was and with very vague idea of the whereabouts, we headed over for dinner last evening.
Thank God for Google Maps, it wasn't so difficult to find.
Chai Diam Ma @ 15 Lebuh Queen 10200 Penang.
An array of crafts from local artists are available for sale - keychains, earrings, necklaces, button badges, clothes, shoes, bags, wall arts and so many more. Check their Facebook Page.
A very quaint place to catch up with friends.
Very 'old' wall with matching deco.
Birds on the beam...
It's not magic, it's art and creativity.
Wok turned sink *interesting*
I love this window feature.
Even the drinks menu is so pretty.
There's no food menu - they serve different dishes almost daily.
They had 2 main dishes on the board, so we ordered one each.
Drinks are priced between RM3 to RM8.
Noodle soup with chicken and mushroom @ RM12
Tuna tortilla @ RM10
Overall, it's a great place to reminisce the sweet old days. If you're in Penang, Chai Diam Ma is surely a must visit. Experience the environment, enjoy the food and support the local artist.
Come see for yourself!
Mon, Wed & Thurs 11am-2pm & 6pm-9pm
Closed on Tuesday