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My Complete Foodie Weekend Guide to Penang

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– 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 FlightSGD150
Accomodation at Muntri MewsRM310 per night
SGD240 for 2 nights
Food and misc expensesSGD200
Total:SGD590

Accommodation

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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!

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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!

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The First snack I had after arriving in Penang was…

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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

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The Room was spacious and comfortable!
It’s like a mini villa getaway~

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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…

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But otherwise, really nice and clean rooms they’ve got!

Dinner @ Red Garden

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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

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Just another version of Newton Food Centre
Featuring different kinds of cuisines at touristy-prices

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It’s not expensive
Just overpriced

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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”

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The lighting of us and for the upcoming dishes will be dashed in Pink Tones due to the Red lights at the food centre~

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Beer is the staple beverage through our meals
We hardly get such cheap alcohol over the weekends if we’re stuck in SG

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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

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Chilli-ed Clams

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Rojak with loads of Green apple slices

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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

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The Curry Paste String Ray
This is the only dish that we would prefer the ones we already have in SG

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Generous portions of meat on every skewer!
Juicy and yummylicious

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BBQ Chicken Wings

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“Shao Rou”
We have another version that’s way tastier later on
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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!!!

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I had Milo flavour
However the Gelato was way too diluted
Ain’t a satisfying one

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Travelling Essentials

  • Mosquito Patch/repellent
  •  SunBlock Lotion
  • Hats and Sunnies
  • Skincerity

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Cycling Tour, Penang

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Crawling into a 7-seater Taxi
Our organized cycling tour starts at 8am

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with Metro Bike company

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Metro-Bike/125554367465490

http://www.metrobike.com.my

Charges: RM$100 per pax for a half day tour

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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

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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

Chew Jetty

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Other than from Animal Planet
I’ve never seen such huge Mudskippers before
would call them FAT

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Low Tide

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Canvas Art-worthy!

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The residents were still very much living in very old school houses built on stilts along the jetty

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yea, these are my friends going a little crazy in the morning =p

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BREAKFAST is served!
Traditional Indian Food

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I don’t know what is this called
I just didnt like it coz it tasted like spoilt milk cakes
Sour and smelly

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The usual kosong pratas we have

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The sauces were placed on every tables
Free for use

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Thosai

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Some potato dish with the crispy and empty biscuits
we put them together for the optimal taste

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BANANA Prata
The best thing I’ve had for brekkie!

Just as we thought the banana prata was going to be the last for breakfast……

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2 tissues came along
We struggled to finish

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Small Food coma Part 1 after brekkie
We came to Sri Mariaman Temple

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Then to more chinese temples

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Everyone was getting kinda bored
or at least I was totally bored!

Until they brought me to a SHOE STORE!

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This is basically the store of the Mentor of Jimmy Choo where he graduated with his shoe-making classes

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Those Sparkling shoes are super similar to the Loubs these days…

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The workers still work behind the store and they provide shoe-making classes and also tailor made services for your shoes

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Even the women with binded feet patronized…

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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!

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This lady still uses traditional charcoal to prepare Char Kway Teow

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The Charcoal fried Penang Char Kway Teow
so awesome!

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Another version of prawn noodles we tried….
This was better than the one from Red Garden~

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More “Loh Bah”

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They say, Singaporeans usually will sweep away this brand of tau sa pia to bring home

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Taking a walk after the food through the market

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Resting whenever we can
Taking cover in the shade

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We ended the cycling tour with visiting the various Street Art Murals around Town

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They have a speak Hokkien Campaign!!!
Wish We have it in SG too!

Kids are no longer understanding the language~

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The Camera Museum

Penang Camera Museum

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A side visit to the Camera Museum which is also just minutes away from Muntri Mews

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A Retro bike in the museum

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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

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Everyone stayed indoors for….

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The Famous SKY HOTEL CHAR SIEW @ Chulia Street

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Chilling out at an unique coffee joint

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Junk Cafe
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

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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

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Available in the normal peanuts, corn, Gula Melaka

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Right across this stall,
was a chinese herbal shop

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So we had some Gui Lin Gao

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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

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Some curry noodles came

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Prawn Noodles Came

All before the chendol!

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We also tried the Penang version of PohPiah

which was very different… comparable to the ones we have

& Finally tadaaaaa, Chendol!

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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!

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I’ve always wanted a large hat for beach holidays!!

Finally bought one for RM$20

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You’ll never have enough, so just get them!

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We came across a Hello Kitty Scooter & the guys couldn’t help it but pose

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Dinner @ Perut Rumah Nonya Cuisine

Perut Rumah
17, Jalan Kelawei, George Town, Penang.

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The Restaurant was housed in an old bunglow
Give a homely feel when dining

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Food ordering again… we are stuffed
but we still wanna eat!

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Otah Otah

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Curry Fish Head

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Salted Vegetable Duck Soup

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BBQ Prawns in Nonya Style

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Chap Chye
“10 vegetables”

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This is what you normally eat during Post Pregnancy Confinement
“Tei Ka Chor”
Pork Leg Vinegar – literal translation

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Black Fungus with Shallots

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Cuttlefish

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Sambal Chicken

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“Loh Bah”

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decorated with traditional Peranakan kitchen ware

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My Favourite Keuh Pie Ti

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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We also ordered side dishes such as
Prawn Fritters

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Loh Bah

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Desserts in Longan, Lychee, chendol

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& finally a cuppa coffee before boarding the flight back to SG

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Photo Credits: Gabriel

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