Monday, September 21, 2009

Penang, Malaysia 9-11 Aug 09

I was on a trip to Malaysia yet again for the 2nd time this year. For my air ticket to Penang, it was merely $85 per pax incl of taxes! It's too good to be missed. I was gone over the National Day weekend.

Preparing for another gastronomical journey, I prepped myself with an empty stomach ready to conquer the streets of Gurney Drive and Georgetown loadful of famous Penang Fried Kuay Teow, Penang Laksa and Wan Tan Mee.

Not to be missed is the Teochew Chendol that's filled with lotsa coconut milk and gula melaka. I prefer the one at Malacca though.

In Penang, it's mainly food hunting and some night market shopping along Batu Ferringhi. On our way to Batu Ferringhi, we stopped by Gurney Drive where it has a HUGE open air market full of hawker stalls. They have Wan Tan Mee, Penang Laksa, Rojak, BBQ cuttelfish, Penang Fried Kuay Teow and lots more! You can't stomach everything in one night. Needless to say, everything is so cheap and affordable - at least when compared to Singapore. And it's very delicious. You probably won't be able to resist the whiff of the freshly fried foods as you walk along those stalls..

From above: Fried Oyster, Assam Laksa, Penang Fried Kuay Teow and Rojak

A must visit is the Kheng Pin coffeeshop along Penang Avenue in Georgetown. It is usually packed! I must say the Wan Tan Mee is ....SUPERB! It only cost me about 3RM (less than $1.50 in Singapore dollars) and it came with chicken, wan tans, char siew and mushrooms! How amazing. I'm very sure you don't get these in Singapore. The portion was considered small compared to Sg's serving, but good enough for me to have the capacity to try other stuff. The Prawn Mee wasn't too bad, just a tad too oily. They have other yummy stuff like Fried Wu Xiang where you can choose what you wanna eat. Like Sotong, Ngoh Hiang or Spring roll etc and fried on the spot. Forget what oil and fats are.

I also got myself Penang white coffee nearby though it was a little steep: $10 for a pack of 15 sachets.

Tip for travelling to Penang: go in a group and share as much variety of food as you can! It's eat eat and eat. Till you drop.


Junglefrog said...

What a great combination of dishes you have here! I love malaysian food. So good and tasty!

Missy said...

the best part is they are so affordable!

Anonymous said...

Hi Missy
tot of driving up to penang on the Dec 1st wk...would like to seek ur opinion on Hotel? which hotel did u stay?

Missy said...

For Penang we stayed in Bayview. it's not too bad, decent and quite reasonably priced. About $185 for 2nights and walking distance to the Kheng Pin coffeeshop (about 10min). For Gurney Plaza you have to take a cab.