Friday, October 17, 2014

Fun Pictures Taken in Penang - Photohunt

Penang swing
Kids on a Swing  

PhotoHunt theme : Rock /Fun picture

On our recent trip to Penang we noticed many visitors who were tracking down the famous wall murals, were the younger generations aged between 10+ to 30+. Older folks like us were pretty few. :)

Penang Bruce

Bruce Lee's formidable kick

We looked so out of place amongst the youngsters, but we didn't care. We were having as much fun as them. haha....

Penang boy

Boy Reaching Up

Penang bike2

Boy on a Bike


Man on a Rock ....  haha ....

We woke up early to take a photo of sunrise with Penang Bridge as a backdrop.                                       

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Assam Laksa in Penang - WW

Assam Laksa just off Armenia Street opposite the bicycle wall mural

I didn't do enough homework before leaving for Penang. Spending only 3 hours online to google for the places and good food, my husband and I flew into Penang with a list of 15 things to find/do in 3 days.

One must-do is to track down Penang's famous food - assam laksa. It is a fish-based noodle soup that comes with shredded fish (sardine or mackerel or both) and vegetables such as cucumber, pineapple, onions, red chilies and lettuce. The gravy includes tamarind juice, chillies and lemon grass. When served, the dish would be topped with a tablespoon of prawn paste.

Our first bowl of Assam Laksa was a chance discovery at a coffee shop just opposite the street art " Kids on bicycle".  After snapping pictures of the wall mural, we ordered the cold cendol and ice kacang, but the assam laksa was irresistible. Turns out this unknown assam laksa was my favourite among those I tasted in Penang.    

Penang laksa JH
Famous Penang Road Laksa @ Lebuh Keng Kwee)

We took the free shuttle service to Jalan Penang, then took a walk down the long road with a map of Georgetown ...... the good food places have been circled in red. haha....

When my hubby saw the long queue at Lebuh Keng Kwee, he knew we struck "gold". That was the unmistakable queue for cendol outside Joo Hooi. haha.... 

Happily he queued for the famous assam laksa and then the cendol while I waited in the shade. Despite the long queues, we didn't have to wait long. And everyone just ate .... standing beside the stalls!!

Compared to the earlier stall, the laksa gravy was a little more watery and there was noticeably less fish. Taste-wise, not too bad. But I won't go out of the way to hunt for it.

Hubby and I shared a bowl of Penang’s famous cendol. I didn't dare to eat too much as I was afraid of getting a tummy upset. Anyway, I don't fancy sweet stuff.

Opposite this famous cendol stall was another which was doing a brisk business. We decided to order a bowl to compare the tastes. Both are as good.

Penang laksa Teochew

Our last day in Penang..... after shopping for souvenirs at Chowrasta market, hubby suggested eating assam laksa before returning to Singapore. We walked to Lebuh Keng Kwee.

This time an Indonesian server led us to a shophouse, showed us an empty table and took our orders. You can also order an oyster omelette from Kah Kah Oyster Omelette stall.

Very quickly our orders of assam laksa, fruit rojak and cendol arrived. The assam laksa tasted better than the previous day's. haha.....

While we were waiting for our bus back to our hotel, Penang food blogger Ken called and kindly offered to pick us up for a short tour of Penang.

He brought us to Pasar Air Itam Laksa @ Air Itam. It was a 20 minutes drive out from Georgetown.

We didn't have enough time to visit the nearby Kek Lok Si (temple), so we just took a picture of it at the foot of the hill.

Penang laksa AI

Known as the authentic asam laksa in Penang, there was a long queue of locals and tourists in front of the famous stall. A man was busy dishing out bowl after bowl of assam laksa. Ken and I looked for a place to sit while my hubby queued for the noodles.

At first glance, I was quite worried about eating here as the place looked dirty. Only after we had finished eating our noodles, Ken told us why most locals don't eat here.  -_-'"

Well, we have tasted the original Pasar Air Itam asam laksa.  :)

Now that I know how the authentic assam laksa tastes, I can start experimenting and creating my own delicious version. :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chew Jetty Penang


On the second day of our trip to Penang, from the bus-stop outside Queensbay Mall, we took a bus to Weld Quay Bus Terminal. We walked a short distance to Chew Jetty which is a huge attraction with busloads of tourists stopping by.

This is a world heritage site. We saw how locals live in a historical waterfront settlement built by Chinese immigrants more than a century ago.


It was low tide that morning, moored boats were stranded on mud flats.

We took some quick shots as there were too many tourists, they kept getting into my pictures, We decided to slow down with a cold beverage each, sitting on a wooden terrace and watched the locals carried on with their daily tasks.

It must be pretty cool to stay in a village built on stilts. At the same time, a bustling city is within walking distance. So convenient!


After most tourists had departed for lunch, we started our photo shoot.

Every corner of the jetty is a picture. We took some really awesome shots.

Chew Jetty4

We chatted with some of the residents and were offered peeks to the inside of their homes. A few of the residents were enterprising and have started side businesses selling to the jetty's visitors.

Tan Jetty
Tan Jetty

Not too far away was Tan Jetty. We walked over for a look.  It was very quiet and has lesser residents. We took some photos and left for lunch.

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