– the most popular street art in GeorgeTown, Penang –
All in the name of cycling
I grabbed a Jetstar promotional flight to Penang for SGD150 (all in without check in baggage)
Cycling did happen on the 2nd day, but before I can start burning off the calories
there had already been uncountable meals that were still in line for digestion
We were 14 peeps in strength
All ready to eat as much varieties as we can find
Safely, a group of 6-7 peeps is ideal as we had to order twice for the same dishes each time
This is the probable budget you may need
Budget Expense for Weekend Trip To Penang
|Jetstar Round Trip Flight||SGD150|
|Accomodation at Muntri Mews||RM310 per night
SGD240 for 2 nights
|Food and misc expenses||SGD200|
Photo Credits: Gabriel
The service in Muntri Mews was impeccable
It is uncommon for me to have no complaints in terms of service level for accommodations
& this would be THE PLACE to stay with when you’re eating away in Penang!
Photo Credits: Gabriel
The Lobby of the Muntri Mews is actually Kafe Mews
Which serves excellent western and Malaysian food
The “Kafe” was also our regular hangout for booze!
The First snack I had after arriving in Penang was…
Caramelized Banana Fritters with Ice Cream
From Kafe Mews
The Fritters MELTs in your mouth instantly!
I had the room on the ground level that features a Twin Bedder
The Room was spacious and comfortable!
It’s like a mini villa getaway~
A handful of our party chose a Double Bedder and the rooms are located on the 2nd level
Having to travel up and down the flight of steep stairs was pretty painful…
But otherwise, really nice and clean rooms they’ve got!
Dinner @ Red Garden
20 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown, 10000 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Just around the corner from Muntri Mews
a 3 minute walk to my first dinner in Penang
Just another version of Newton Food Centre
Featuring different kinds of cuisines at touristy-prices
It’s not expensive
When you see “LOH BAH” in Penang,
it doesn’t mean the braised pork meat in Black soya sauce
It’s simply… “wu xiang”
aka “ngoh hiang”
The lighting of us and for the upcoming dishes will be dashed in Pink Tones due to the Red lights at the food centre~
Beer is the staple beverage through our meals
We hardly get such cheap alcohol over the weekends if we’re stuck in SG
The Prawn Noodle Soup always come with a spoonful of Blacan Chilli
meant to be mixed with the entire soup base
The already flavourful soup + chilli is going to give you a good time slurping up
Rojak with loads of Green apple slices
Roasted Crispy Cuttlefish slices
The ones that you pay SGD$5 in East Coast hawker centre and you only get a couple of pieces sprinkled
Here, it’s abundant for a negligible cost
The Curry Paste String Ray
This is the only dish that we would prefer the ones we already have in SG
Generous portions of meat on every skewer!
Juicy and yummylicious
BBQ Chicken Wings
We have another version that’s way tastier later on
We’re finishing up….
& decided to take a slow walk around the area
in an attempt to digest the heavy dinner
Walking past a Gelato shop makes ice cream irresistable
What’s more… it’s only RM$6 per scoop!!!
I had Milo flavour
However the Gelato was way too diluted
Ain’t a satisfying one
- Mosquito Patch/repellent
- SunBlock Lotion
- Hats and Sunnies
Cycling Tour, Penang
Crawling into a 7-seater Taxi
Our organized cycling tour starts at 8am
with Metro Bike company
Charges: RM$100 per pax for a half day tour
All geared up for my ride
Loads of friends asked me why I have to put on that contruction-worker-looking luminous vest that also makes it seems like I’m gonna do Corrective Work Order in SG
It’s for safety purposes as the roads in Penang are busy and drivers are not as rigid as Singaporeans
Hence, it can get pretty dangerous
Being bright and neon, allows everyone to watch out for you
The Jetties are identified via Surnames
& they all have a long list of history behind the construction of it
We arrived at just one jetty for a look
Other than from Animal Planet
I’ve never seen such huge Mudskippers before
would call them FAT
The residents were still very much living in very old school houses built on stilts along the jetty
yea, these are my friends going a little crazy in the morning =p
BREAKFAST is served!
Traditional Indian Food
I don’t know what is this called
I just didnt like it coz it tasted like spoilt milk cakes
Sour and smelly
The usual kosong pratas we have
The sauces were placed on every tables
Free for use
Some potato dish with the crispy and empty biscuits
we put them together for the optimal taste
The best thing I’ve had for brekkie!
Just as we thought the banana prata was going to be the last for breakfast……
2 tissues came along
We struggled to finish
Small Food coma Part 1 after brekkie
We came to Sri Mariaman Temple
Then to more chinese temples
Everyone was getting kinda bored
or at least I was totally bored!
Until they brought me to a SHOE STORE!
This is basically the store of the Mentor of Jimmy Choo where he graduated with his shoe-making classes
Those Sparkling shoes are super similar to the Loubs these days…
The workers still work behind the store and they provide shoe-making classes and also tailor made services for your shoes
Even the women with binded feet patronized…
Right across from the Hong Kong Shoe Store is Tua Pui Curry Mee
Hailed as the BEST Curry Mee my friends have ever tried~
As I was thinking that brekkie is almost done digesting since we have rode in the hot sun for the last hour….
We were presented with more food and THIS IS NOT Lunch!
This lady still uses traditional charcoal to prepare Char Kway Teow
The Charcoal fried Penang Char Kway Teow
Another version of prawn noodles we tried….
This was better than the one from Red Garden~
More “Loh Bah”
They say, Singaporeans usually will sweep away this brand of tau sa pia to bring home
Taking a walk after the food through the market
Resting whenever we can
Taking cover in the shade
We ended the cycling tour with visiting the various Street Art Murals around Town
They have a speak Hokkien Campaign!!!
Wish We have it in SG too!
Kids are no longer understanding the language~
The Camera Museum
A side visit to the Camera Museum which is also just minutes away from Muntri Mews
A Retro bike in the museum
We all went for a shower and refreshened up for activities in the later afternoon!
The weather was scorching
Skin was literally burning away in the air
Everyone stayed indoors for….
The Famous SKY HOTEL CHAR SIEW @ Chulia Street
Chilling out at an unique coffee joint
Very un-economical cafe with only 2 seating tables and the entire indoors is just the coffee bar with 3-4 employees
Even if labour is cheap, this is quite a wasteful way of running a cafe business
Right after coffee, I mentioned that I was a lil hungry since I didn’t have the meat they had earlier
Lesson learnt: Never say that you’re hungry because you will learn how to be full..
THE HARD WAY
One said: Let’s bring Melva for the Famous CHENDOL
ok…. before we arrive at the famous chendol stall
We came aross Ban Chang Kuay
Available in the normal peanuts, corn, Gula Melaka
Right across this stall,
was a chinese herbal shop
So we had some Gui Lin Gao
I finally caught the sight of the queue of the famous Chendol stall
So I sat down awaiting the guys to queue and buy a few bowls
Some curry noodles came
Prawn Noodles Came
All before the chendol!
We also tried the Penang version of PohPiah
which was very different… comparable to the ones we have
& Finally tadaaaaa, Chendol!
Everything we had so far was real good!
in 2.5 hours after Chendol, we will be having dinner at a traditional Peranakan restaurant
So we took a walk back and along the way, made some small discoveries through a hat wholesaler!
I’ve always wanted a large hat for beach holidays!!
Finally bought one for RM$20
You’ll never have enough, so just get them!
We came across a Hello Kitty Scooter & the guys couldn’t help it but pose
Dinner @ Perut Rumah Nonya Cuisine
17, Jalan Kelawei, George Town, Penang.
The Restaurant was housed in an old bunglow
Give a homely feel when dining
Food ordering again… we are stuffed
but we still wanna eat!
Curry Fish Head
Salted Vegetable Duck Soup
BBQ Prawns in Nonya Style
This is what you normally eat during Post Pregnancy Confinement
“Tei Ka Chor”
Pork Leg Vinegar – literal translation
Black Fungus with Shallots
decorated with traditional Peranakan kitchen ware
My Favourite Keuh Pie Ti
The Restroom was one that is shared between the sexes
We all met at the toilet and started taking funny shots!
Breakfast in da Room
I was too lazy to head out for brekkie and so I did a room service order for nasi lemak!
It was gooooood!!!!
Shortly after, everyone came back from brekkie and actually dabao-ed the famous Prawn Paste (“Hei Gor”) Chee Cheong Fun
It was the best chee cheong fun I’ve every had
Even the ones in Hong Kong will not beat this!
The sauce was soooooo goooooood
And the chang fen was tender and melts in your mouth
Lunch @ Air Hitam
which was on the way to Penang International Airport
On our way back, we just had to try the famous Air Hitam Asam Laksa
There were bits of sardines scattered all over
The sardines can’t really be tasted as the asam and “hei gor” taste was over powering.
This is the laksa with the highest amount of cholesterol ever
But it’s really worth risking your life for!
We also ordered side dishes such as
Desserts in Longan, Lychee, chendol
& finally a cuppa coffee before boarding the flight back to SG
Photo Credits: Gabriel