Monday, January 02, 2006

Penang,to and back...again

It was a long weekend and I managed to take a day off from work so I went up to Penang with two of my friends. This time, instead of taking the much dreaded 4 hours plus bus ride, my friend drove. Left Kuala Lumpur at around 1015 and we managed to reach Penang before 2pm. Once we arrived, we embarked on a journey to sample as many hawker food as we possibly could! Muahahahahahah... Man, Penang is indeed the makan haven!!!!! Thank God my friend Justin who drove is also another person who just loves to eat. Together Adel and Alice (Justin's beloved), we had awesome eating sessions at various places such as Air Itam, Jelutong and Penang city area. Shioooooooooooooooooooooook... here are some of the pictures along with its respective captions.

Ais Kacang special

This is the ais-kacang special I had at Sawtau Lane. (Did I get the name right?) Nothing spectacular other than it has 8 types of fruits in it. This was our second stop after we arrived in Penang. Prior to this,we had asam laksa at Air Itam area. It is also in Sawtau hawker area I had Penang Rojak. It was awesome!

In the evening, I met up with Chee Han, Joshua, Lincoln and Daniel. Then, we headed to the infamous Pirated DVD Haven; Midlands Shopping Mall. There, DVD 9 are priced at RM3 per piece. Man, I would have felt very guilty if I didn't buy some DVDs. RM3 for DVD 9! It was so darn cheap!!!!!! (One of us... was eager to purchase some *ahem* DVDs but bailed out at the last minute with the reason, he can download it for free! haha...)

Pirated DVD haven

They even had a Top 10 list!

After that, the whole gang headed to some hawker area in Penang where I had the best hor chien (fried oysters) ever. The oysters were just huge. Even the ones in Klang weren't as big as these. Once dinner was over, I headed back to N-park to celebrate a quiet New Year with my beloved and the other couple. Note to myself; having an icy cold beer with chips and lazing around with the ones you really care is waaaaaaaaaaaay better than crowding at certain 'happening' places or go clubbing. Should do this more often!

The next day, the four of us headed down to the area next to Air Itam to taste another asam laksa stall. I can't remember the name of this place but if you are coming from Penang town, you would normally take the 9 o'clock at the round about to Air Itam but this place is the 12 o'clock junction. Trust me when I tell you that this asam laksa is way better than the more popular one in Air Itam. Too bad the stalls weren't open at the time we arrived and we thought they were closed for the day. So we headed to the food court opposite the stalls and had our lunch. To our suprise, the stalls opened at 2pm just as we were leaving and we decided to have a second round of lunch! Muahahahaa...

Here, we just arrived at the hawker stalls.

One thing I love about Penang hawkers is that they use those metal tables and stools. It gives the authentic 'old-school-hawker' feeling unlike those in KL where they use plastic stools and tables.

Kuey Teow Th'ng which was very tasty.

This was the third dish I had. Prior to this, I already had duck rice and the awesome asam-laksa. Once this was done, I had mua chi for dessert. This is some sort like a chewing gum made of flour and mixed with crushed peanuts. I didn't manage to snap a picture of it since I was too busy stuffing myself with food. :Þ

At night...the four of us headed to Jelutong area for dinner! Once there, we quickly settled down and ordered a large variety of hawker food!

Jelutong hawker area

Another picture of the hawker area from where I sat

I had char-kuey-teow (fried kuey-teow mee), loh-mee (mee in thick gravy which I have no idea what it was), hor-chean and char-kuey-kak (fried something? Don't know how to describe this). I washed all the food down with an icy cool lin-chi-kang. Thank God food in Penang is dirt cheap else I would be broke eating the way I did.

Here's the aftermath. Mind you, there were only 4 of us. Hehe...

On the last day, we decided to scale back on our eating and settled down for some hawker food in Penang City area. (I don't really know if it was in Penang City or elsewhere. I was just the passenger! :Þ) Once we had our early lunch, we proceeded to Ghee Heang to purchase some biscuits before sending Adel back and left for KL.

I might sound as though I ate like a pig, erm... I did. The only thing to do in Penang is to eat, eat and eat somemore! The hawker food in Penang is just awesome! Too bad I can't say the same to the places of interest. (No offence to Penangites!) Ah...Penang! This time's visit was truly a gastronomic adventure that didn't bore a hole in my wallet. Hehehe...Penang, I shall return in the near future for a second round of makan adventure!!!!!!

11 comments:

bumbz said...

goodness de amount of food u can stuff in ur tummy....with ur size...i really wonder...where those food goes ar?..:P

cheehan said...

ahem, do u really have to tell abt The only non-Christian ...... free! haha... Please remove la :( Anyway, the Penang trip was fun

Unka said...

Hehehehhe...
Chee Han Chee Han... I didn't directly implied it was you. Your comment just confirmed everyone's suspicion. LOL

bumbz said...

heeh xtualy i duno his u 1 lor chee han but since u admit den i know lurr..hehe

Unka said...

Well done Chee Han! *applauds* Since you logged in and requested, I edited my blog. Though I don't think anyone would not know that it's you. Hahahahhaha...

SummerFairy said...

hey, must go kacau my mum next time you go down la. She'd be pleased to see you again. Hahahaha .... Hey, Bila you nak balik sini ar ???? LOL

Lincoln said...

I went back to the RM3 shop on Tuesday after work. ALL DVD shops are closed. Yeah, I mean all, not only the RM3 shops....the non RM3 DVD shops are also closed already. Good thing you guys bought your cheap DVDs before it came out in the papers! :P

Unka said...

@summerfairy
Hehehe...can! Don't know when's the next time but I will go visit your mum the next time. But no idea when la...hahahaha Probably by then your mum also forgot about me

@lincoln
Hmmmm...I did put a hyperlink in my blog to that article. Probably because of the "price" war they closed down. Hmmm...let's wait and see. :Þ probably next week...RM2 per DVD! Hahha...lagi shiok

daniel said...

WAT? the RM3 DVD shops closeD?? aiyoh....

Kevin Tang said...

Oh...just noticed the wanna buy *ahem* dvd...it's ah harm....u cheap bastard...wanna watch porn but want it free...not that I approve of you being a pervert...but...at least if you are a pervert...don't be a cheap pervert....Sigh...

Btw, dl porn is not free...you have to take time to dl and spend bandwidth on it..hence you are paying for it...

cheehan said...

wei wei, extraordinary hang time blurr .. wat cheap la .. this is wat ppl said smart consumer, ok?? no matter wat, i had paid TM for the streamyx dy wat, just utilize my bandwidth, wats wrong with tat?? U definitely need not to buy things that u already have rite?? i m the one who pay after all. buy it anot, its my freedom, other ppl need not to comment much on tat ...