Hello, folks! How have you been? May I just send you the warmest greetings to start your brand new year, Happy 2015!
I am so excited about what 2015 has in store for me, I’m sure you are too. So how was the long holiday? I bet everyone had heaps of fun!
Anyway, I spent my Christmas break with my husband sitting on our old couch eating chips, watching movies and playing board games. Boring, I know. We couldn’t make it back home to The Philippines like we used to do every year because of work (Dang it!) But hey, everything turned out awesome after all.
We decided to venture North to Penang this time to feed our ravenous appetite. I also need to mention that we made it to Kuching, Sarawak too but I’m still working on that one, will post it soon. *fingers crossed*
Before anything else, our special thanks to Kevin Ooi and Gene Lim for the recommendations!
So yeah, we made it to Penang. Yay!
Honestly, we didn’t know a thing about Penang, I swear. Before we left, I found numerous blog posts about must try foods in Penang and that’s all I knew! For goodness sake, we didn’t even know where to start our journey but we just did anyway and it was awesome. We spent most of our time at Georgetown, there are so many things to see! Georgetown is indeed a beautiful town, truly one of the hidden gems of Malaysia.
The moment we arrived in Penang, I had only one thing on my mind: Char Kway Teow! Well, who doesn’t love Char Kway Teow?
1. Char Kway Teow
We had our first Penang original Char Kway Teow at Kafe Heng Huat, Lorong Selamat. It just so happened that this stall is so close to our hotel so we couldn’t be happier, even more when we found out that it’s one of the most famous char kway teow stalls in Penang.
They open quite early then any other stalls, like around 10-11 a.m. but do expect a long queue and crowded tables! A small plate of Char Kway Teow costs RM 8.50, RM 9 for medium and RM 11 for a plateful of their sumptuous char kway teow. That includes the delicious wok hei fragrance from the charcoal used while cooking, big tasty prawns, Chinese sausage, cockles, bean sprouts, chives and the rude staffs. But we didn’t care, it still tasted as delicious even though the lady who cooked it was a total mood killer. Another friend of ours also recommended char kway teow at Siam Road, but I heard the queue was so long that it could take approx. 1 hour waiting time, so we didn’t give it a try, maybe next time.
Kafe Heng Huat: 108, Lorong Selamat, Georgetown, 10400 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
2. Fried Oyster
A friend of mine Gene Lim told me that I should go to New Lane Hawker Centre for their fried oyster and so I did! I haven’t tried any fried oyster before in my whole life, and I was quite surprised when I found out that it looked similar like omelette, except for the big juicy oysters. I kind of expected it in a totally different form, more like literally fried oysters in stick like satay LOL. Anyway, a plateful of yummy fried oyster (RM 8), I liked the whole thing, it was undoubtedly delicious. I didn’t finish it though, because I already stuffed my stomach with crispy pork rice and BBQ Chicken wings (these two are must-try as well when you’re in New Lane Hawker Centre!)
The oysters were fresh and juicy, the omelette was tasty and crispy as well. One thing confuses me until now though, what is that slimy thing mixed in there? Is it the part of the oysters or it’s just something like cornstarch flour? Well, anyway, it was delicious. It’s perfect if you wanna have small bites before big portions of dinner.
New Lane Hawker Centre: Lorong Baru, Georgetown, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
3. Teowchew Chendul
I read about Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul before we went to Penang and I was like, “Whaaaat..?” All this crowd lining up under the blastering heat of the sun only for one cup of teochew chendul, so then it came to my mind that it must be something. So we gave it a try. It wasn’t a joke, when we arrived there was really a long line. And please note this, there are two teochew chendul stalls and it’s totally different. We just lined up at the longest queue, didn’t know why, we just did (human instinct, I think) Also, don’t be discouraged when you spot the long queue at first because it actually goes quite fast.
The uncle does all the saying hello-taking order-putting all ingredients in cups-then take payments and give exchanges by himself like a freaking superhero dude so don’t you worry. A cup of teochew chendul costs RM 2.30, with all the ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, chendul, and big red beans.
Honestly, I’ve never been fond of chendul before, we also have the same back in Indonesia which we call cendol, and really isn’t my thing, but this teochew chendul has changed my whole overview about chendul. Now it’s my favorite dessert! What I like about Uncle’s chendul is that it isn’t too sweet, everything was just perfectly right. It’s totally a relief after hours biking around Georgetown hunting the famous street arts. By the way, I’ve heard a lot about other better teochew chendul stalls than this one which I’m also interested to try. So if you read this, why don’t you comment below and let me know, thanks! 🙂
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul: Jalan Penang, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
4. Things that we missed to try: Hokkien Mee and Assam Laksa.
Three days in Penang weren’t enough for us. A friend of my husband, Kevin Ooi, recommended us to try 888 Hokkien Mee at Lebuh Presgrave and Assam Laksa at Ayer Itam Market. Too bad we already made our way home that day, but if you’re in Penang for much longer, do try ‘em and let me know what you think! 🙂