Monday, September 19, 2011

3kgs in 3 days in Penang

Date of Travel: 16-18 Sep 2011
Part 1
Continue to read Part 2: 3kgs in 3 days in Penang - Part 2

Penang = Pearl of the Orient = Food Paradise.
How can one possibly put on 3kgs in just 3 days? I can show you how. This blog does not take responsibility for any health damages as a repercussion.

Day 1: 6:30am KL to Ipoh to Penang

Enjoy the Sunrise

Views of the Titiwangsa Ranges from your car
1) 1. Ming Court Dim Sum at Ipoh.
Address: 36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam 30300 Ipoh
Tel: 05-255 7134
GPS: 4.597068,101.086137

8:45am - Arrive Ipoh. Add extra patience to get a table
Average pricing RM2.80-RM3.20 per tray

Then drive another 1.5 hours to Penang to eat again!
11:00am - Hello Penang
2. Kafe Heng Huat (Char Kway Teow)
108, Lorong Selamat
Open 11.30am to 6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.026 E100 19.477
11:30pm - She used to wear goggles, but not anymore. At RM7/plate, we couldn't wait 1hr for it

Headed next door for yet another CKT guy, also RM7/plate

The verdict: SS2 Wai Sek Kai is comparable to this RM7 dish, for much less
Apart from the famous Char Kway Teow, you can have a lot of everything else. We managed to eat Curry mee, Lobak, Popiah, Rojak, Oyster Omelette, Kway Teow Soup and Muah Chee.
Pork Kway Teow Soup - excellent!

Rojak - average

Lobak - Also average

Oh Jien with very large oysters - 8.5/10
What to do after eating so much hawker food? Time for dessert!

3) Teo Chew Ais Kacang @ Penang Road
Joo Hooi Cafe (愉园餐室)
Lebuh Keng Kwee,
Off Jalan Penang
Open: 11.30am to 5pm
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.027 E100 19.839
12:45pm - Cendol in the making. On the left is the red bean smothered in gula melaka
The crowd builds up eventhough they make the dessert very quickly
Finally, deciding we ate too much, we walked it off by walking to Chowrasta Market to buy even more food. Nutmeg Flower & Nutmeg Seeds are pretty sought after by the older generation for making nutmeg oil.

4) Chowrasta Market
Penang Road
GPS Coordinates : 5.418523,100.331684
Kacang Putih

Choosing the best Nutmeg seeds - RM30/kg

Keropok in all shapes and sizes and colours too!
Finally it's time to head to the hotel. But not without stopping at Tanjung Bungah to takeaway Goreng Pisang! Unfortunately, no photos available for this famous goreng pisang van.

5) 2:00pm Goreng Pisang + Goreng Ubi/Keladi/Cempedak/etc etc
GPS Coordinates : N05 2757.4   E100 1647.1

Photo Credit: Thanks to TehBK who was the only one who came down with me to grab this photo
Crowd favourites were the Goreng Pisang and Goreng Cempedak!

6) Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant
584-B Jalan Tanjung Bungah
Tel : 012 4737276
GPS Coordinates : N5 27.972   E100 16.807

This place has been under the radar for quite some time. Seems like only the locals know about this place. From the 3 days, this is my favourite meal of all, and one of the most unique dishes around.
6:00pm - Simple decor at Sunshine Bay Seafood
Kappa Mee Suah - RM20 for this huge plate. Very flavourful!

Crab Noodles - RM116. This was just alright, RM60/kg for crabs

This was the most memorable dish - Egg Bitter Gourd! You MUST order this

Pee Hu Choy Tham (Fish skin brussels sprouts)

Signature tofu with anchovies

RM0.70/stick for the best beef satay! Picture showing only Chicken Satay cos Beef Satay was all eaten up

Guiness Stout Chicken, very tender though it looks dry

Lemon Chilli Steamed Black Pomfret. Was advised to ask for "Pia Ah" but sold out. This was shockingly satisfying

Food disappeared very quickly before we could snap
What to do after dinner? We browsed a bit at 1st avenue shopping centre, supposedly to walk off the calories. But you didn't think we would leave out dessert would you? Off to Gurney Drive for dessert/supper! Along with dessert, the assam laksa looked really tempting as well!

7) Gurney Drive Hawker Centre
GPS: N5 26.406 E100 18.537

9:30pm - Gurney Drive Assam Laksa

15 minute queue for an overrated assam laksa

Angry Bird telling us not to eat so much
That's it for Day 1! Eating 7 meals per day is no joke for the untrained stomach. Stay tuned for Day 2.

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