Favorite thing: Penang Road is busiest road in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. It runs from near Farquhar Street in the north and its southern end is near Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak at the junction with Macalister Road. Upper Penang Road is a stretch of Penang Road popular among tourists for its bars. Many famous hotels are here and budget B&B can be found in this area along the streets nearby. Many famous Malaysian hawkers' food can be found in this area too. Stay in Penang Road area, by walking, pay to ride the trishaw or cycling, you can explore all attractions in the Penang heritage city. When hunting for Malaysian hawkers' food, walk around, those with customers are always worth a try, they are either in a traditional coffee shop or by the street.Related to:
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CAR Parking in Penang
Favorite thing: There are parking spaces drawn at the side of the street, the car driver have to display the paid parking tickets purchased from the authorised dealers in a time frame by his own judgement. The road side parking space is the cheapest but they are too limited. It covered whole Penang Island and to some business area in Province Wellesley. It is free during Sunday and Public Holiday.
Some problems arraise, illegal parking fee collectors appear at some hot spots to demand for a parking fee when it is free. Penang people pay a small fee to quickly park their vehicle.
The 2nd type of parking is the utilisation of an empty land near busy spots to collect parking fee, the per entry fee is stated on a sign board.
Many hotels has their own parking spaces, some of the hotels do charge a small fee regardless you are their in house guests.
Shopping malls do have enough parking spaces but they charge on hourly basic and higher compare to park by the road. That is why we see Penang road side is always busy and full of parked cars.Related to:
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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
Where to buy music instrument and its accessory?
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.Related to:
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I have a dead battery on the ferry on 24-2-2013
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.Related to:
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Durian and fruits Festival
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.
How to Cook Siamese Laksa
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..Related to:
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Long stay in Penang
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.Related to:
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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
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
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.Related to:
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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.
Queen Victoria's Clock Tower
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.
Dewan Sri Pinang - Exhibition or concert
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.
Nice local food in Penang
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 porkRelated to:
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Durians - King of Fruits
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.
Komtar Tower - Tallest building on Island
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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