Penang Trip 4th – 6th March 2013

Mini OSOS had a mini getaway during NTU’s recess week to Penang!

It was a short 3D2N holiday, where we stayed at Holiday Inn Penang (Batu Ferringhi) for $158 per night in the 2 double beds room. We flew Air Asia and return tickets costs about $100 taxes included. That was the basically the majority of what we spent for the trip, because food there is really cheap. With the exception of the numerous taxi rides to and fro, most of our time was actually spent hunting for food. This photo is taken on the first day when I was still excited by the sun and beach.

Batu Ferringhi Beach

Location-wise, I would actually NOT recommend staying along Batu Ferringhi Beach as other than the hotel amenities, some restaurants and night markets, there is nothing else to do especially in the day. We lounged in the swimming pool and watched the sunset, and were almost the only asians there. I guess it’s a very westerner thing to relax at the beach. Taxi rides to Georgetown costs RM35 one way, multiply that twice or more a day and it kind of sucks up our budget unnecessarily.

Our primary focus for the trip, and where all the action is at would be around the Georgetown area.

The first thing that we did when we reached Penang, before we even got to the hotel was to make a stop for Penang Char Kway Teow.

Penang Char Kway Teow

This is from Kafe Heng Huat, Lorong Slamet. I don’t know if it’s because of first impressions, but I vote this as the best Penang Char Kway Teow we had.

Ou Jian

Their Ou Jian is also delicious. It’s more cheesy than floury, if you know what I mean.

Kafe Heng Huat

Look out for this yellow signboard!

After a meal comes desserts. We searched for the famous Penang Chendol that is served in a blue bowl and this is it.

Penang Chendol

Verdict: It’s really normal and we all couldn’t finish it. Singapore chendol at your hawker centre probably tastes better. Disappointment!

The next food recommendation is by a taxi uncle, asking us to try Kway Kak (粿角). Initially we didn’t know what the hell that was but when it was served, it’s actually similar to black carrot cake.

Kway Kak

This was eaten up very very quickly. The coffeeshop next to them sells decent Chee Cheong Fun too! They asked us if we wanted it chopped up, which we didn’t understand again and just replied yes.

Chee Cheong Fun

Damn good. I don’t like to eat this in Singapore, but these were bite-sized and smooth so I cheong-ed them down too.

Our stomachs bulged but we persevered. Next on the list is Penang Laksa!

Penang Laksa

The famous Assam Penang Laksa was not well-loved by us. I personally feel there were too many things that I don’t fancy getting in my way when eating the noodles/drinking the soup.

The final dish that I’m going to feature here is Lor Bak. We painstakingly went to this place twice because it wasn’t open on the first day.

Lor Bak

Deep-fried meat and fishcake-like thingies. I don’t know what I’m eating but it sure is addictive. This famous Lor Bak is found at Kafe Kheng Pin.

Kafe Kheng Pin

This meal did not come easy indeed. We booked a taxi uncle for the day to bring us to the different food places, but then we happily left all our baggage in his car, and agreed to meet him back at the coffeeshop in 30 mins. The problem surfaced when Kian Yong realized he left his passport together with the bag in the car and we had no way of identifying our friendly driver except for him affectionately being called uncle. We were so complacent that Singapore is safe and assumed everywhere was the same. Anyways, he really came back to fetch us and we just camwhored while worrying/feeling stupid.

Worriedly smiling

Other than eating non-stop, we took some time to digest the food at the beautiful beach, watching the sunset.

Penang Sunset

The 4 of us at the beach, with Noobwei forgetting to bring her swimming attire.

Mini OSOS

We also checked out the Penang Street Art wall mural trail and were pleasantly surprised that they are all quite near each other. However, some of the paintings can hardly be seen anymore due to weather-related wear and tear so if you want to visit do go soon!

Gravity Models

We were demonstrating some new amazing scientific discovery, where gravity works stronger when people take group pictures

Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art

Someone’s being a drama-mama.

Penang Jetty

All of us being drama-mamas. 陪你去看流星雨,落在这地球上~

We met some solo tour guide bringing a couple around, and he recommended us this hippie place to have coffee/dessert. It’s called China House, and it’s a VERY VERY VERY long shophouse that serves a lot of desserts and is a good place to chill. We had their Tiramisu and it was orgasmic.

http://www.chinahouse.com.my/

Chinahouse Tiramisu

What caught our eye was how HUGE the cake was.

While searching for night food markets, we were told that Gurney Drive was a good spot to go for street food. There is some parking lot next to Gurney Plaza that transforms into a night market in the evening. We sinned there by stuffing ourselves with food.

Fried Lok Lok

One thing that’s more interesting is their Fried Lok Lok! I’ve only seen the steamboat version in Singapore, but this one is more unhealthy.

All in all, this was a very relaxing trip with great company! We tried many new and fun things I’m sure, and the HTHT sessions were top-notch.

Penang Jetty

Our WE LOVE PENANG group photo.

For more pictures go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151341687132341.1073741826.530732340&type=3

 

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5 thoughts on “Penang Trip 4th – 6th March 2013

  1. Nice article, we’re will be staying for 5 nights end of this month in Penang and I am trying to create an itinerary but I realized (from reading in your article) that the best thing to spend your time in Penang is food tripping.

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