Lunching in George Town, Penang 2

25 01 2017

I went to this very busy and bustling eatery in George Town, Penang, Malaysia to try its highly-acclaimed “asam laksa“.

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My asam laksa

Its “chendul” is also extremely popular and the line kept getting longer.





Breakfast 2 in George Town, Penang

24 01 2017

I set out of my hotel one morning during my short stay in George Town, Penang, Malaysia to get breakfast here only to find out that the food court was not open for breakfast.

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I decided to just walk down the street and see what was available.  I soon came across this eatery.

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It seemed perfect as what I was looking for was some “char koay teow” and the place looked nice and busy with locals.

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The drink menu

My char kway teow. Nice.

My char kway teow. Nice.

Cold nutmeg water which I regretted ordering as soon as it was placed in front of me because it had lots of crushed ice and I wasn't sure about ice being safe. It turned out to be fine (which you only learn afterwards). The drink tasted great.

Cold nutmeg water which I regretted ordering as soon as it was placed in front of me because it had lots of crushed ice and I wasn’t sure about ice being safe. It turned out to be fine (which you only learn afterwards). The drink tasted great.





Dining in Little India in George Town, Penang

18 01 2017

The neighborhood referred to as “Little India” in George Town, Penang, Malaysia is quite dazzling by night and vibrant by day.

Had a simple but a very good dinner one night here during my stay.





Lunching in George Town, Penang

10 01 2017

This restaurant featuring Nyonya cuisine was recommended to me by a very good school friend who had just been to George Town earlier in December, 2016 and had eaten here.  It also had good reviews so I made a reservation on the web though when I got to the restaurant, was told that he (the main guy there) had nothing to do with the web reservation system, that he didn’t have a reservation for me and that he had a full house.  I did insist that my reservation was confirmed and accepted so he had to do something and since I was one, it wasn’t difficult for him to give me a seat at a communal table.

With the set lunch which was recommended came barley water, either warm or cold. I had the warm one which turned out to be very different from our barley tea mainly because it was not roasted and sweet.

With the set lunch which was recommended came barley water, either warm or cold. I had the warm one which turned out to be very different from the Japanese barley tea (same as water) mainly because it was not roasted like ours and sweet.

Only canned beer available :(

Only canned beer available 😦

My set lunch menu. Fish, chicken, fried rice with fried egg. Green veg. OK but nothing special.

My set lunch menu. Fish, fried chicken, steamed white rice with fried egg. Green veg. OK but nothing special.

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A bit of a frustrated experience because I could have had so much better food at stalls and less fancy eateries!





Eateries I Really Wanted to Try in George Town, Penang

6 01 2017

I was in George Town, Penang, Malaysia for only two days (or not even) and there was so much food I wanted to try.  I even made a point in not eating breakfast at my hotel because of the limited number of meals I could have during my brief stay.

This is a short list of eateries/food stalls I would have loved to eat at because they seemed busy and popular, mostly with locals, but which I did not have a chance to do.

Duck noodle place

Duck noodle place

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It’s Malaysia. Muslim food would have to be great.

More Indian

More Indian

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That oyster dish I really wanted to try.

Food court near my hotel. Went in search of breakfast w/o realizing it was a night market.

Food court near my hotel. Went in search of breakfast w/o realizing it was a night market.





To Market! in George Town, Penang, Part 3

5 01 2017

The area around the Chowrasta Market in George Town, Penang, Malaysia was much more vibrant than what was going on inside the big market building.

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Breakfasting in George Town, Penang

2 01 2017

Back to writing about my brief trip to George Town, Penang, Malaysia and the next topic is my first breakfast.  There was breakfast available in my hotel but my stay being so short I had planned to eat every meal out in order to try the different local dishes.

So I headed out to eat at a specific eatery for a specific dish.  I followed my map and got to the spot only to find that it was closed.  😦

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So I had to figure out my plan B which I didn’t really have.  Going back the way I came and very close to my first destination, I found a few restaurants with outside and inside seating that looked busy.  Decided to try one.

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Hokkien mee was one of the local dishes I wanted to try though I don’t think it was the one I set out to eat in the first place.

Penang Hokkien Mee

Penang Hokkien Mee  Very flavorful

Made with two kinds of noodles

Made with two kinds of noodles: egg and rice

Typical Malay "coffee" which is very sweet.

Typical Malay “coffee” which is very sweet.

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Various banana leaf-wrapped sweet and savory eats sold at shop front

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