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Penang Trip – Day 1 (May 2008)

rif and I went to Penang for an eating spree before I went for the MMU pageant. We left KL around 8am and stopped by Ipoh for the famous Ipoh Hor Fun and caramel custard at Thean Chun (House of Mirrors).

10.30 am: Ipoh Kway Teow, Caramel Custard & Pork Satay @ Thean Chun

The legendary Ipoh Hor Fun soup (RM3.50)

The noodles were delicious. Very smooth rice noodles in sweet, savoury broth, there were plenty of chicken strips and juicy prawns. The kway teow glides down the throat and warms the tummy. The caramel custard was really good. The eggy custard was silky smooth and the thick, sweet caramel sauce made it absolute bliss. I also tried some pork satay (RM 0.50 a stick). They were alright; well-marinated but nothing spectacular.Thean Chun
Jalan Bandar Timah,
Ipoh Old Town.
Open mornings and afternoons only

Once we were fed and happy, we continued our journey up north in search for good food. Reached the Pearl of the Orient at around 2pm. First, we had Char Kway Teow at Joo Hooi before going for the Teochew cendol. You can bring the cendol into the coffeeshop but they will charge you an extra RM 0.30 for it.

2 pm: Char Kway Teow & Loh Bak @ Joo HooiWe ordered two plates of Char Kway Teow – large (RM4) which took more than 30 minutes to arrive. I got a bit fidgety (yes…I fidget when I’m hungry) so rif told me to go order some loh bak to munch on first.The loh bak was quite decent. I stuck to my favourite pork sausages which tasted nicer when eaten with the sweet sauce and chili provided.The much awaited Char Kway Teow came after 2 reminders. It tasted AWFUL. Tasteless, oily and not evenly distributed, it was a disgrace. A pity, as it used to taste quite good.

3 pm: Teochew CendolThe cendol guy has a shoplot just down the road from where his cendol stall is. You can sit comfortably in his cooling shop and place your order for a bowl of creamy, thick cendol. Shiokness I-tell-you!

3.30pm: Apong GuanAfter lunch, we went to get some Apong Guan in front of Union Primary School, Burmah Road. Uncle Guan told me that I had to wait for 40 minutes for the pancakes. o_0 There were quite a lot of people waiting for their share of pancake goodness.

Initially, I ordered 7 pieces but after waiting for 30 minutes, I thought “What the heck! I only get to eat this once or twice a year…”. So I told uncle that I’ll be taking 30 pieces (RM0.30 a piece). 😛The pancakes were nice and fluffy. And the banana slices inside were sweet and slightly caramelized. Wahhhh….I love Penang!!

7pm: Char Kway Teow & Sar Hor FunAfter checking into our hotel, we took a short nap before heading out for dinner. Went to our usual makan place, Bee Hooi. We ordered a plate of Char Kway Teow and Sar Hor Fun. The Char Kway Teow here was one of the best I’ve had. Full of wok hei, the rice noodles were light and fluffy with lots of lap cheong, juicy prawns and cockles. This was one damn good plate of CKT. The Sar Hor Fun was alright. Soft rice sheets and vermicelli cooked in thick gravy, it’s very similar to wat tan hor. I wanted to eat the Oh Chien, but the stall wasn’t open. o_0

Restoran Bee Hooi
415 Jalan Burma,
Pulau Tikus,
10350 Penang

10 pm: Fried Chicken Skin & Oh Chien (Takeaway)

After dinner, we went to Batu Ferringhi to walk around a bit. I used to like going there, but not anymore – too crowded. We went to Gurney Drive after that for FRIED CHICKEN SKIN!! Ordered 3 cups of super crunchy chicken skin and 1 cup of fries to go.rif told me that the Oh Chien at Gurney Drive was quite good too. But it was also closed. 🙁 So I settled for another Oh Chien stall nearby. Ta pau-ed the Oh Chien back to the hotel too. All for supper at the hotel. Muahahaha. BURP!!

9 Responses

  1. wei jien

    YES the char kway teow at Joo Hooi was HORRIBLE indeed. i will give it one more try the next time around before writing it off completely!!

    i said that the char kway teow at Gurney Drive was not bad not the Oh Chien.

  2. Bangsar-bAbE

    Huh? U still want to try the CKT? I don’t want anymore…

    U said Oh Chien also la…remember the one we ate on the 2nd day?

  3. jeen

    good god… this reminds me of the melaka trip

  4. Bangsar-bAbE

    Haha…yes! But more gung ho. Wait till you read Penang Day 2. 😛

  5. Pete

    Yummy Yummy, missed Penang food. Must go back this coming holidays!
    Grrrrrok….stomach rumbling already!

  6. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    wahhhh…thats amazing how much u eat.. i think i would have a hard time eating all that!

  7. Bangsar-bAbE

    Pete – This week Merdeka Holiday wor…*hint hint* 😛

    Joe – I’m a glutton ma! 😛 But it was hard getting back in shape for the pageant so quickly. I had one week to do so. o_0

  8. Simon Seow

    LOL @ McTucky fried chicken. At least they really fry the chicken.

  9. Bangsar-bAbE

    Yeap…technically, it’s a re-fry. So artery clogging! 😛

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