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    Multi-religious Malaysis

    by Toshioohsako Written Feb 14, 2014

    Favorite thing: Visiting Penag's capital-Georgetown. The legacy of former British colony is mixed with local culture.
    There are modern shopping areas as well as historical centers and sites.

    Fondest memory: Different religious groups live side by side in harmony

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    Where to buy music instrument and its accessory?

    by DaHongHua Updated Jul 27, 2013

    Favorite thing: To all parents and teachers, if you want to know how much you need to invest for your kids to be a musician, and how wide the scope of music, and the type of intrument is, from East to West, from European to Chinese music, most of them can be found in this shop located in Midland Park, Penang.
    I was in the shop to buy some accesorry for my daughter's dulcimer, a kind of string music intrument.

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    I have a dead battery on the ferry on 24-2-2013

    by DaHongHua Updated Feb 26, 2013

    Fondest memory: I was with a happy VT couple - Aussirose from Australia onboard the ferry from Butterworth to Penang.
    When disembark, I can't startup my car, the battery was dead. Very soon, the traffic instructors on deck offer their assistance. As it is difficult to jump start an automatic transmission car, what we did was to push the car disembark the jetty. It was ashame for me to invite Ann and Howard to push a car on ferry, but I hope it would become a funny memory to them.
    On the jetty, the officer on duty help to do something, soon I decided we need to change the battery as the old one was more than 2 years 2 months old.
    The mechanic arrived with a fresh battery 20 minutes later. We have our problem fixed with a little bit extra charge, but I believe it was a norm.
    This was not the fondest memory but a reference for others who might meet this in future.

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    Durian and fruits Festival

    by AngMimi Updated Jan 3, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Durian - The King of Fruit.
    The Durian festival is organized by Ministry of Tourism during the month of June till July at Anjung Indah, Balik Pulau. My office friends and I went round Penang Island and we stopped here to enjoy eating some Durian and local fruits like yellow rambutans, mangosteen and other fruits on season.

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    How to Cook Siamese Laksa

    by AngMimi Written Jun 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: A tip, when you missed Penang Food. Siamese Laksa and Penang Laksa both types of Laksa you can find in Penang. So I include them here as my favourite and hope be your favourite too.

    Siamese Laksa Gravy:
    3 big onion - sliced
    10 - 15 cili padi
    5 red cili
    2 serai - sliced
    1 pc of belacan
    Blend all this ingredients and tumis with 4tbsp cooking oil. Add 5pc asam keping and 4 limau purut leaves. Add 1liter of water, salt, sugar, fish sauce and msg...Add 1tbsp tomyam paste and tomyam chili oil..Add 1 bunga kantan (cut into half). Add 1 425gm sardine in tomato sauce..Finally add 250ml thick santan...Taste again and adjust and let it simmer for 15 minutes. There finish..

    You need to boil the Laksa noodles (I used Eka Laksa beras - smaller size). Garnish with cucumber, chili, bunga kantan, slice onion, boiled egg and pour over the laksa gravy..There can eat now.. Thank you for taking some of your time to read this recipe..

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    Long stay in Penang

    by angke Written Feb 8, 2008

    Favorite thing: The historic city of George Town is my favorite place of getting around in Penang. I am tired of skyscrapers and tipping those bell boys in star hotels. Here in George Town, Penang, I can live for a month spending less cash with greater experiences. The uncles and aunties who take care of me in those old shophouses are sooooo nice and friendly. Great time talking with them.

    Fondest memory: I fell in love in front of Kapital Keling Mosque close to Little India. Penang is my second home.

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    Penang Laksa

    by snuggie Written Jan 14, 2007

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    Favorite thing: How could you miss the ever famous local Penang dish,Laksa. Penang Laksa is a sour, fish-based soup dish. It’s made up of specially prepared white Laksa noodles, shredded mackerel, finely sliced vegetables like cucumber, chillies, onions, pineapple, lettuce, mint leaves and ginger buds.
    This all time authentic local dish can be found all over Penang in most hawker centers.You’ll sure to love it.


    500 gm fresh laksa (rice noodles)
    heiko (black prawn paste mixed with boiled water to flowing consistency)
    1 kg ikan kembong (mackerel)
    1 bunga kantan (ginger flower) - cut into halves
    6 stalks daun kesum (Thai basil leaves)
    2 cups tamarind juice
    2 tsp salt
    1 tsp oil
    1 tsp sugar
    3 stalks serai (lemon grass)
    3 cm piece lengkuas (galangal)
    250 gm shallots
    12 dried chillies - soaked
    1 cm piece turmeric
    1/2 cm piece belacan (shrimp paste)
    1 small cucumber
    1 stock lettuce
    1/2 pineapple
    100 gm mint leaves
    3 fresh chillies - sliced
    1 onion - finely sliced


    Put fish, salt and 5 cups of water in a pan and bring it to boil
    When fish is cooked, remove bones and keep fish aside
    Simmer bones for at least 30 minutes
    Remove bones
    Add ground ingredients to fish stock and bring to boil
    Add tamarind juice, daun kesum, ginger flower, sugar, fish meat and oil
    Simmer for 20 minutes
    Gravy should be kept warm till serving time

    Put the laksa in a bowl and garnish the laksa with shredded vegetables. Ladle gravy over it and add a little heiko sauce on top. Best eaten when it's hot.

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    Botanic Walk

    by SLLiew Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There is a new Botanic Walk, about 10 minutes walk, from the free car park near the Batik Shop to Moon Gate, and continue to the entrance of the Botanical Gardens. The section between Moon Gate and the entrance is still under construction and should complete soon.

    It is a very pleasant shaded walk with some up and down slopes. The old alternative is the pavement along the road which is often busy with other pedestrians and oncoming traffic.

    This first picture caught a local picking the leaves called "Sarawak leave" which are edible. At this rate, all the plants of this species will be picked. Hopefully, awareness of potection public property for enjoyment of all is higher amongst the younger generation.

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    Queen Victoria's Clock Tower

    by SLLiew Updated Jan 3, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This elegant Moorish style clock tower was built in 1897. A contribution from a rich local Chinese businessman Cheah to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

    It is sixty feet tall to commerote the sixty years of Queen Victoria.

    Located near the roundabout at corner Fort Cornwallis outside Swettenham Pier of Lebuh Light and Lebuh Beach. Used to chime correctly but I think the clock is no longer accurate timed.

    Next to this clock tower, is a new addition inside the roundabout - a shining metallic fountain resembling a split betel nut (Pinang) - see picture.

    Overall, one of my favs - a nice Victorian landmark made in Penang.

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    Dewan Sri Pinang - Exhibition or concert

    by SLLiew Written Jan 3, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Dewan Sri Pinang is a popular venue for cultural events like concerts, plays or musical performances by foreign or local groups or state events or kindergarten graduation ceremonies.

    Regular exhibitions of education, housing or art fairs are also held. Political parties or chess tournaments also used this venue.

    Diagonally to this public building is a small garden that has been nicely replanted and guarded at night. Inside the garden is a historic 19th fountain donated by a successful local Chinese dignitary during this period by the name of Koh Seang Tat whose lavish mansion once stood where Dewan Sri Pinang is today.

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    Nice local food in Penang

    by ziyun1909 Written Nov 16, 2006

    Fondest memory: Penang foods and snacks - "MUST TRY"

    1. fried kuay tiao -very very good, all the best one in malaysia!

    2. asam laksa -sour asam + fish soup + noodles, yum yum!

    3. "xiang bing" -ingredient is "brown sugar".

    4. otak -steam, no bbq

    5. "pork ngo heong" -its no minced pork

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    Durians - King of Fruits

    by SLLiew Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Some say it smells like hell and taste like heaven. But for many local Penangites and Malaysians and Singaporeans, the durians of Balik Pulau in Penang is irresistible.

    The main season is around May to June and a shorter season in November-December. There are many famous durian lines and hybrids with names like "Ang he" (Red prawn), D2, D24, Ganja. Varying from fleshy, sweet, dry, sticky, aromatic, bitter, reddish, yellowish, whitish, seedless.

    Some overeat and can gain weight, develop sore throat or fever. It is believe that drinking water that is poured into the inside shells of the durian has a cooling and postivie counter-effect.

    Choosing durian is an art. You can shake it, drop it or smell it near the stalk, check if the stalk is freshly severred, see if there is any visual crack or worm holes. Durian sellers often poke s sharp knife and draw out to smell if durian is of high quality or not.

    Best is to eat at the spot. Fresh. If poor quality, reject. Bargaining of price of a durian is an art. Generally durian seller cannot be trusted 100%. Beware that durian thorns can prick.

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    Komtar Tower - Tallest building on Island

    by SLLiew Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This 65th storey tall building is the landmark of George Town. It houses most of the State Council deparments and a central bus network system. It is no longer the premier shopping center that it once was.

    K.O.M.T.A.R. is the acronymn for Kompleks Tunku Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Penang. Komtar is located where Penang Road and Macalister Road meets which is the heart of Georgetown.

    There is a restaurant and a souvenir shop at the top of the tower for a great panaromic view. The are sky bridges from Komtar to newer neighboring shopping complex of Prangin Mall.

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    Weld Quay Clock Tower

    by SLLiew Written Oct 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Malayan Railway used to stop at Perai and then with a ferry get to Penang Island to a jetty across the road to this old Railway Building with the clock tower.

    For many decades, this Clock Tower was the landmark of Penang Island, the tallest building that can be seen by all who approaches to Penang Island by the only mode of transport that is by sea.

    Today is houses the Customs Department. And if you take the ferry, you will see the Clock Tower welcoming you with the taller Komtar and Penang Hill in the background.

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    The geography of Penang

    by DanielF Written Aug 11, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The island of Penang is small enough to explore easily in about one week. With an area of about 285 km², it is about the same size as the islans of El Hierro, Antigua or Malta. It is very close to the mainland and actually connected to it through a 13,5 km long bridge.

    The State of Penang also comprises a narrow stripe of land adjacent to the coast in peninsular Malaysia.

    These pictures show different air shots of the State of Penang.

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