Hutton Lane(惹蘭亞丁) Gia-lân-a-teng)
Hutton Lane(Jalan Hutton) is a road from Penang Road to junction of Larut Road, Jalan Bawasah; just directly opposite the Kentuky Fried Chicken. The road is intersected by Transfer Road and Amoy Lane, the off roads are Swatow Lane and Nagore Road.
The road is named after Dr James Hutton, one of the first doctors in Penang, who arrived in 1805. He is the first civilian medical practitioner in British Malaya. He also render his part time service to convict labour force in Penang. In 1805, Dr Hutton was the only registered doctor practicing in George Town. The part of Hutton Lane from Penang Road to Transfer Road is within the Buffer Heritage Zone of Georgetown, a heritage city by UNESCO.
The Chinese called it Gia-lan-a-teng((惹蘭亞丁), which is directly from the Malay word Jalan "Hatin". Gia-lan is corrupted pronunciation of Malay word Jalan(Road), and a-teng is hatin. Jalan Hatin is Malay word for Hutton Lane.
Hutton Lane is not really a lane, but rather a major road that runs from Larut Road to Penang Road. As a result, it has always been known as Jalan Hutton, and not Lorong Hutton in Malay, where the mosque along it is called Masjid Jamek Jalan Hatin.
The end of Hutton Lane near Larut Road was the "Muslim Millionaire's Row". The Savoy Hotel was the former residence of Mohd Ariff bin Mohamed Tajoodin; Teh Bunga Mansion of M.Z. Merican are located here, and the heritage buildings are still around.
Hutton Lane is also the location of the revived New World Park, entrance to the open-air food hub is from Hutton Lane.
View Larger Map
Teh Bunga Mansion
138 Hutton Lane, often called the Teh Bunga Mansion, is a stately double-storey heritage building in George Town. Built in the Malay Straits Eclectric style it resembles that of Syed Alatas Mansion. It was built by a prominent Malay trader, M.Z. Merican, who is the son-in-law of Mohamed Ariff Mohamed Tajoodin, one of the richest Jawi Peranakan in the late 19th century. The Jawi Peranakan are Malays who whose ancestrial blood traces back to outside Penang, to Jawa, Kedah and even to Arabia. The house has elements reflective of a wealthy Jawi Peranakan residence, such as the crescent moon and star at the pediment. In keeping with a tropical climate where air conditioning was not yet in use, the house has air vents to allow the circulation and movement of air. It was name the Teh Bunga Mansion due to its ochre hue, and also, because the owner happened to also be known by the same nickname.
The Teh Bunga Mansion was occupied by several generations of a Chinese family until it was bought over by the Jabatan Warisan Negara (National Heritage Department). Conservation work on the mansion began in 2007, over a good 18 months, and at a cost of around RM2 million. The work included replacing parts that have been damaged, and strengthening the structure. As far as possible, the original tiles are retained.
A tour of the house shows how the 19th century lifestyle is readapted to 21st century way of life. The stable, for example, is now used as the garage. The house is divided into several sections, or blocks. It comprises the main house, the link, the kitchen annex, and the garage. At time of writing (Dec 2009), the front portion of themansion is being planned for a gallery showcasing the Malays in Penang. It will be managed by the Penang Malay Association (Pemenang). The back portion of the house will serve as an office for the National Heritage Department.
Hutton Road food
1.Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai , located at No 6 Hutton Lane,Penang. The Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai became known as it was the favorite coffee shop for the late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew, The Founder of Honda Malaysia. He used to have his cup of drink in this coffee shop which is located on the left hand side of the road. According to the coffee shop owner, his favorite table was the first one leading into the shop.
2.Koay Teow Th'ng @ Evergreen Café, is at No. 11, Hutton Lane, opposite Hutton Car Park. The shop is a specialty shop for Koay Teow Th'ng, only the noodle is sold here in the coffee shop. The owner is the daughter in law of the popular Koay Teow Th'ng stall at the corner bungalow coffee shop beside Cathay Cinema. If you missed the food at Dickens Street/Penang Road corner, this is the place to recapture your memory taste.
3.Eden @ No. 15, Hutton Lane, formerly known as Adam’s Terrace and Eve’s Gardenia, heralded the beginning of EDEN group of restaurants when it opened its doors in 1964. Its earliest patrons included the “Green Jackets” (the Gurkha jungle fighters of the British army), and American general infantrymen (GIs) on rest and recreation stints away from the Vietnam war. Its pleasant ambiance is able to create an atmosphere of contentment and cosiness for EDEN’s patrons, not just for the older generation but also for the younger ones. It is an ideal dining place for families, friends and business associates. Going strong for more than four decades, Eden @ Hutton Lane strives to provide its customers a memorable dining experience where one will always get excellent food and great service!
4. Fook Cheow café which is at the cross-junction of Lebuh Amoy ( Amoy Lane ) and Lebuh Hutton ( Hutton Lane). Its famous Koay Teow Th'ng always make me think of having one bowl. This fresh flat rice noodles are cooked in clear soup broth and topped with duck meat,sliced pork and fish balls. You may ask for intestine if you like to.
Fook Choeow Cafe
Address: 122-I, Hutton Lane,Penang.
Opening hours: 7a.m-1p.m
Closed On Sundays
5. Nam Seng @ Hutton Lane, Penang, 388 chicken rice stall
6. Loong Nam , located at 213, Hutton Lane, selling Tau Sar Pneah, a famous biscuit in Penang.
7. The New World Park, a food court for Penang street food, was located at Swatow Lane.
Kadayanallur Muslim, Malabaris community
When they first settled in Penang, the Kadayanallur Muslims moved into the neighbourhoods of Transfer Road and Hutton Lane and attended Friday prayers at the Hutton Lane Mosque, the Bengali Mosque on Leith Street as well as Masjid Tarik Ayer and the Masjid Titi Papan on Burmah Road. They also gathered around the Datuk Koya shrine at Transfer Road.
The close relationship between the Malabaris and the Kadayanallurs in India was transferred to Penang. Some Kadayanallur migrants first apprenticed with Malabari petty traders at the Chowrasta market (which in Urdu means “four-point junction”) and then took over as butchers, poulterers, fishmongers and vegetable sellers. They became such a conspicuous group that the Chinese called the market “klinga bansan” (Hokkien for Indian market), while the adjacent street was named Tamil Street. The Kadayanallurs also started hawking food and making teh tarik, which was pioneered by the Malabaris.
Ahmad Shah, a librarian at the Penang Library and a descendant of A.S. Osman, a founder of the United Muslim Association, used to live in the big house at No. 20-22, Hutton Lane. It had 16 rooms partitioned to accommodate 40 Indian Muslim families.
By the 1920s, the Kadayanallur and Tengkasi women had become well known for their curry paste and they started the trade of giling rempah (grinding spices). They would carry the spices in baskets on their heads and sell them door to door. They also sold freshly made curry paste along Tamil Street near the Chowrasta Market, which they ground with a granite rolling pin and slab.
Kadayanallur curry pastes were made famous through one of Penang’s most popular foods, nasi kandar. The nasi kandar vendors, usually Tamil males from Ramnad, would carry a basket of rice and another of curry, slung on a bakau (mangrove) wood yoke.
1. Hutton Lodge, 17,Hutton Lane. This hotel built on the colonial bungalow was with their back portion of the hotel located at Dickens Street.
2. Savoy Hotel, 156,Hutton Lane. New Savoy Hotel is a small hotel housed in a heritage building in Hutton Lane. It was built around the late 19th century, and used to be the residence of Mohd Ariff bin Mohamed Tajoodin, a wealthy Malay entrepreneur who is a patron of Boria. His son Wan Chik Ariffin built the Wan Chik Ariffin Mosque at Perak Road.
Hutton Lane Police station(built in 1880)
The establishment of the modern Police Force started with the enforcement of the ‘Charter of Justice’ which separated the power of the Judiciary from the Legal. The Charter was introduced by King George III on 25 March 1807 and from that day on, the Police force in Penang was established. Political development in the Federation of Malaya as a result of the British intervention brought about the formation of the police force in the Federated Malay States that includes Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang in 1896. The Unfederated Malay States such as Johor formed its police force in 1882 and Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis formed their respective police forces in 1909.
This development went on until the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945). After the Japanese Occupation, the Police Force was restructured to face the emergency threats (1948-1960). On 16 September, the Malaysian Police Force was formed with the entry of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore into Malaysia. With this establishment, the administration of the police force was combined into one and became known as the Royal Malaysian Police Force.
The historic Hutton Lane Police Station built in 1880 . This Police Station is among the earliest police stations built in Penang after the Charter of Justice was introduced in Penang on 25 March 1807. It was also the duty of the Police Force to put out fires then.
Any old Penang know where is the exact location?
The clan house and associations
1. It Ban Kok Club (以文阁俱乐部),
90 Hutton Lane, 10050 Penang
Bang Jing Toung Yeor Wei
10050 Pulau Pinang
United Hokkien Cemeteries
10050 Pulau Pinang
Toong Onn Association
10050 Pulau Pinang
Fook Heng Shoe-Makers Association
80 Hutton Lane
10050 Pulau Pinang
6. 郑氏荥阳堂(Teh Kongsi or Teh Si Eng Eong Tong)
Persatuan Keturunan Teh Si Eng Eong Tong Pulau Pinang
No.148, Jalan Hutton,
10050 Pulau Pinang Darul Mutiara,
Teh Kongsi or Teh Si Eng Eong Tong(郑氏荥阳堂), a clan house for Chinese with the surname of Teh(郑)
MBS(Methodist Boy School) was once located at a rented house at 93 Hutton Lane
Masjid Jamek Jalan Hatin, an old mosque at Hutton Lane.
1. THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF SURGERY IN MALAYSIA, by S. M. A. ALHADY, Pantai Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119621997/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0