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It took 4 ½ hours to reach Penang. Penang has changed a lot since I was here few years ago. I love the highly urbanized and industrialized of Penang. Because of this, here is a thriving tourist destination and also one of the most developed and economically important states in the country. Penangites are friendly too. Penang Hokkien is the main dialect for the local Chinese and also Mandarin and English. There are many heritage building in this island. You may notice that these heritage buildings build in between modern high-rise which reflects the conflicting urban hunger for space to develop and the deep-rooted respect for the past.
Minny, one of our kindest friend’s father has booked and sponsored a bungalow for us to stay. We went to the bungalow and checked in immediately upon arrival. The bungalow is called TNB Bungalow which situated in Tanjung Bungah with amidst the beautiful surroundings, affording holiday makers stunning panoramic views of the ocean and sunsets.. If you are traveling with the whole family or big group of friends for the long holiday, TNB Bungalow in Tanjung Bungah is the best place to stay. They offer spacious rooms and facilities (fully furnished). Most importantly, this place is clean and all facilities and furniture are so organized. And the accessibility is convenient too.
We were all hungry. Without thinking too much, we started our cari-cari makan trip straight after settled down. The first place we went is Gurney Drive. I heard this is a place for tourist. Local people seldom go to there. Gurney Drive is famous for its tasty cuisine. Here are the foods that we ordered:
Ice Kacang (Shaved Ice)
Drenched with sweet sugar syrup and dose with evaporated milk. The sweet syrup was added on together with the red bean, sweet corn, atat chi and jelly glass. This is definitely good to have on a hot sunny afternoon.
This sourish sweet assam laksa has noodle with topped on ingredients of bunga kantan, onion, cucumber, red chili, mint leaves, and drizzled with Penang famous prawn paste.
Rojak / Pasembor
There are two types of Rojak in Malaysia. Mamak Rojak or Indian Rojak (Pasembor) and Fruit Rojak. We ordered both. Mamak Rojak contains fried dough fritters, bean curds, prawn fritters, hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts and cucumber mixed with a sweet thick and spicy peanut sauce on top of the yellow noodle. Some may opt without the noodle. Fruit Rojak consists of cucumber, pineapple, bean sprouts, taupok, yao char guai, seng kuang served with shrimp paste, tamarind or black bean paste in the mix. It has cut into bite-sized portion and tossed in a bowl with the dressing and topped with chopped peanuts.
Mamak / Indian Rojak (Pasembor)
It tastes similar like Lala. This is served with chili sauce. Friends couldn’t stop eating once started. I have tried some but don’t like it.
Char Kway Teow
Fried with flat rice noodles with eggs, cockles, prawns, beansprouts, and Chinese chives.
Chai Kueh (菜粿)
This Chai Kueh was soft and tenderness of the skin made this dish a signature dish in here.
Prawn Noodle / Penang Hokkien Mee
It tasted as sweet as prawn taste because the soup is cooked with prawn shells and perhaps also added with pork bones and meat that make the taste even nice. It is served along with small prawns, pork slices, half boiled eggs.
I don’t know what is this supposed to call..
I think it is fried sotong. Crunchy, unfortunately i don’t really like it.
Tou Fu Fa with Laichee
This was pretty normal. So i won’t be giving any comment.
Those of you visiting Penang will no doubt encounter the ubiquitous nasi kandar, with numerous establishments sprinkled all over the island.
Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar is very famous in Penang. Nasi Kandar is a meal of steamed rice which can be plain or mildly flavored, and served with a variety of curries and side dishes. Beside having many branches in Malaysia. They actually have a branch in Box Hill, Melbourne Australia. You may check out the website here, http://www.kayu.com.au
If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Vistana Hotel, Bukit Jambul, Penang, do take the time to walk a few lanes down to the “Original Nasi Kandar Restaurant”. Line up at the counter and simply pick out whatever strikes your fancy.
Was enjoying and trying out all Penang delicacies as we can… YUMMY!! You can see all plates are empty and clean!