Located further down the road is the St George’s Church. Unfortunately for us, it was raining at that time and we could only take photos of it from the outside.
The church was built way back in 1816 and is the oldest Anglican church in South East Asia.
We headed to Fort Cornwallis which is now a paid museum, but since the weather was acting up, we decided not to pay a visit, however, we did drop by the War Memorial located next to the park, at the edge of the river.
The plaque commemorates the dead veterans of World War I and II, the Siam-Burmese Railway, the Malayan Emergency and the Re-Insurgency.
We even passed by the Chinese Chambers of Commerce along the way. Still in its old facade.
With the weather wrecking havoc on our plans, we only had one stop left before heading for an early dinner — Cheah Kongsi.
Eam Huat Charcoal Steamboat
For our dinner, we headed to Medan Penanga in Batu Lancang, off Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim. The restaurant is located at the corner surrounded by apartments, parking isn’t a problem although the place isn’t air-conditioned. Luckily, the rainy weather helped cool things down. Besides the Charcoal Steamboat, there are other stalls around the restaurant in which you could order food, but we were here for the steamboat.
The usual steamboat uses gas and a pot of soup on top of the cooker but this is something different. The contraption is heated by placing charcoal underneath a pot with a chimney on it. The charcoal will heat up the soup and will make sure that the soup stays boiling.
I didn’t time it but I felt that this cooked faster than the usual method but then again, you sacrifice space on the pot to cook your dishes. Some people swear that having a little bit of charcoal taste gives it authenticity rather than the usual gas cooked steamboat. I couldn’t really tell the difference.
The menu is fairly simple, choose the appropriate set depending on how many people are eating. If you want extra, just order the side dishes. They have a few set menus, and we chose the one with the meats. Everything felt fresh even the meat as they prepared it themselves rather than serve store-bought food.
For those of you who have no idea what steamboat is, the Western food that comes closest is fondue. Instead of cheese or chocolate, you replace it with clear soup stock or broth, or you could even have the spicy soup stock or even the herbal ones.