Sunday, August 28, 2016

Balik Pulau Day Trip 槟城浮罗山背一日游

Balik Pulau Old Fisherman Mural by Julia Volchkova 

Met a Chinese family of three who were also staying at the same guest house as me. The young couple and their seven-year-old daughter were on a 7-day holiday in Penang. It was not their first trip to Penang though, they came specially for the durians. I was surprised that the Chinese appreciate durians so much. haha....

Owner Jason suggested I travel with the family to Balik Pulau when he found out that I was travelling there on my own. Jason helped them book a car for a day trip. I could hitch a ride to the village and also join them for a durian farm visit for a small fee. The family and lady driver were happy to accommodate me.

After breakfast on the second day of my trip, we commenced on a journey to Balik Pulau or "Back of the Island", a charming village on the other side of Penang.

We had to drive over a hill to get to Balik Pulau. The driver stopped to let us take a few pictures of the village from the peak.

There were a few make shift stalls selling "branded Balik Pulau" durians. We were advised by our driver not to buy from them. haha.....

The journey from our guest house to the village took a little over an hour. Our driver spent some time looking for the durian farm because she got lost. Finally we found the farm but there were only a few durians left. It was "take it or leave it" because these were the only available durians for the day.

I had wanted to go to another fruit farm but was dissuaded by the driver because she had a packed itinerary for the Chinese family. So I settled with two not-so-good durians for RM45.  *upset*

The Chinese family bought some mangosteens and rambutans and shared some with me. It has been a long time since I had rambutans, they were so crunchy and sweet.

I thought of buying a few kilos of it to bring back to Singapore ..... but on second thought, I would be on my own after lunch. The image of lugging a few kilos of hairy fruit around Balik Pulau was one of suffering, so I had to give up the idea. arrrgh.

After our durian "feast", we took a walk around the farm. I pointed out starfruit trees, durian trees, mango trees and nutmeg trees to the family. We then watched a couple of farm workers sort and pack eggs.

The driver was going to a nutmeg farm next and asked me to tag along. It was located not far from the durian farm. I was glad she offered me a ride. The nutmeg farm was quite some distance from town, it was an extremely hot and hazy day for long walks.

我在旅馆认识了一家从深圳来槟城旅游的中国人。这一家三口特地飞来槟城吃榴梿! 他们比我早到三天, 也吃了三天的榴梿。没想到中国人也这么爱吃榴梿!

在槟城的第二天早上, 他们租车去浮罗山背一日游。我付了司机40马币, 搭上他们的顺风车去浮罗山背。

第一站去有机榴梿庄园吃榴梿。因为去迟了, 没剩下多少榴梿可选择的了。我勉为其难付了马币45块钱, 买下“红虾”和“D14”两粒味道平平无奇的榴梿。那家中国游客付了马币100多买榴梿, 还买了山竹和红毛丹; 分了几粒请我吃。

吃完榴梿带他们认识我们的热带果树, 也参观并了解在农场一角的员工们怎样把鸡蛋分类、装盘。

接下来他们要去附近的豆蔻厂参观, 司机邀请我同行, 我欣然接受了。

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Street Food at Lebuh Presgrave in Penang 槟城三条路街边美食


It's so awesome to have delicious street food just a stone's throw away from my accommodation. Actually I could just laze around and relax in the guest house and not brave the hot sun looking for food. That's what I do at night. hehe....

After a day's outing, I would return before 7 pm, buy from the street hawkers on my way back and eat in my room. There is crockery which I could use, I have to wash and return them to their respective places after using them.


The first night I bought 10 sticks of satay (grilled marinated skewered meat with spicy peanut) from this couple. One pork satay costs RM0.90.

While waiting for my purchase, I chatted with them. They have been operating only a few years, but they are doing a brisk business.


It was a warm night and the husband was bathed in sweat while he grilled my satay. That was too much satay for me as the pieces of meat were quite big. Their peanut sauce is quite diluted compared to the Singapore version, but it tasted good.


A middle-aged man was grilling these meats and sandwiching them between toasted buns. I bought a piece of the red bbq meat to snack on. This is very delicious and it was my first time eating it. This is a unique Cantonese delicacy called Duck Leg Wrap (鸭脚包 RM2.50).

I was told it was duck leg and pork belly wrapped with duck intestine. There was no bones, the fatty meat tasted like bak kwa (bbq meat slices). Like the taste although it was a little too sweet. I should have requested for a bun.


Many visitors come for this Hokkien prawn noodle which is my favourite and I always request to add a portion of their crispy roasted pork. Total RM6.30 for a bowl.

They are too busy to chat. haha....


Jason said I must try this lobak (braised five spice pork wrapped in a beancurd skin). So I selected an assortment of the fried food for takeaway. Fresh ingredients and inexpensive, but the black frying oil is a turn off. haha....


This dessert stall has a delicious cendol and an ice kacang with their home made ice cream which sold out very fast.

Their chilled chrysanthemum tea is refreshing and thirst quenching. Costing RM1.50 per packet, I bought two packets for takeaway every night.


A normal plate of wanton mee costs RM4. Besides the slices of char siew, there are both boiled and crispy fried wantons which are pretty tasty. Noodles is chewy and that's too much for me to finish eating.


Steaming hot Chinese buns with a variety of fillings are available from 6 pm daily. Some of the buns look appetising. I would have bought a couple, but I have a small appetite, I would not be able to try new dishes if I eat a bun. haha...


Ahhhhh.... must not to forget this delicious char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles RM6) with duck's egg at the crossroad of Lebuh Presgrave and Jalan CY Choy. Have to try their fried rice one day. I could hardly finish the plate of fried noodles by myself. haha...

入夜后, 三条路有许多街头贩摊。我就住在附近的旅馆, 晚上找吃很方便。

这里有我的最爱 - 福建虾面, 再加一份他们香脆的烧肉。太好吃了!

这里只有一摊卖甜品的, 女摊贩的煎蕊不甜, 很美味。大姐的红豆冰也很赞。我每晚必买的菊花茶, 她自己煮的, 够味道又不甜。

不曾接触过鸭脚包, 听摊贩说鸭脚包是用肠子扎住鸭脚和五花肉, 然后烧烤。我觉得有一点甜, 感觉像肉干, 好吃。。。夹面包吃也不错。


在三条路(Lebuh Presgrave)和崔耀财路(Jalan CY Choy)交界处的一家咖啡店旁边的档口, 两位大姐的鸭蛋炒粿条又香又入味,够火候, 好美味。

Friday, August 26, 2016

Solo Trip to Penang 重游槟城单人行


I flew back to Penang for a short trip one morning. Getting used to travelling solo. I boarded public bus 401E after arriving at Penang Airport and enjoyed the one hour ride to Komtar bus terminal in the city.

I chose to stay at the Rainhill Guesthouse at Lebuh Presgrave again as its location is convenient and accessible to lots of good food. Also I like the company of owner Jason who is helpful and has lots of stories to share.

my Giraffe room  :)

There was a tinge of regret on my last day of stay though. Due to the convenience of yummy street food that's just a stone's throw from my guesthouse, I overindulged. Agonising over the excess weight now. hahahaha.....

But I enjoyed my food hunt this time as Jason has many good food recommendations.


After a quick wash up at the guesthouse, I went for a late lunch meeting at a nearby Japanese restaurant. Not feeling particularly hungry, I opted for some light snacks and a cute drink called My Babychino.

We had almost ended our meal but my drink was nowhere to be seen. My Penang associate was annoyed with the slow service but the cheerful waitress calmed him down with her patience and smiles.


After the meal, I returned to my guesthouse for a nap as I woke up very early that morning. Woke up around 5 in the evening, showered and went out to meet a friend for dinner.

Passing by the Hokkien prawn noodle stall on my way to Georgetown, I saw the irresistible crispy roast pork..... OMG!


I braked and detoured for a bowl of delicious prawn noodles with roast pork and a bowl of icy cold cendol. Bliss. haha...... would I still have room for dinner?


On the way to the meeting place, I saw this crowded coffee place in an alley. People were eating toasts at this hour!?

This was the old Hainanese coffee shop I was looking for on my previous two trips to Penang. It just popped up when I was not looking high and low for it. ish.


I went inside the alley, found an empty table before ordering coffee and toast. There was a queue so I had to wait a while for my order. I made use of the waiting time to snap some pictures.


Watched the workers toasting bread in this old fashioned charcoal stove which consists of three compartments.  A worker squatting in front of it, was toasting bread at the bottom compartment. He explained that the top compartment was for steaming bread and they burn the charcoal in the middle. What a clever idea!


After a cup of thick aromatic Hainanese coffee, I met up with a friend at a nearby coffee shop to pick up some purchases. This particular coffee shop has a strange rule that visitors must order at least one drink or else they cannot sit within their premises.

My friend wanted to bring me for a feast but I chose to try the lobak (braised five spice pork wrapped in a beancurd skin). The stall owner didn't have much items left, so I chose a few and shared with my friend.

Of course we ordered drinks or else we would get kicked out by the coffee shop owner who was watching us like a hawk. LOL

I took a stroll back to my guest house after the meeting.

单身一人重游槟城, 自己搭公共巴士四处游。住在当地的家庭式旅馆, 位于三条路的雨山旅馆是我的最佳选择。主人很健谈, 会介绍好多好玩、好吃的地方。

放下行李就和友人聚餐。因为早上很早起身, 没什么胃口, 吃了一点简单的食物就回旅馆睡午觉。

休息一会儿, 出门会朋友时经过三条路大牌档。看到福建虾面档刚烧好的香脆烧肉, 忍不住停下脚步要了一碗福建虾面加烧肉和一碗煎蕊。。。 哈哈 。。。

前往目的地途中, 眼睛又坏了。。。无意间看到了我找了很久的地方 - 多春茶室。非常简陋的茶室。。。不管了, 进去看看!

要吃晚餐的时刻还有这么多人在吃炭烤面包! 来到这个经典的海南茶室, 不为别的,就为了尝尝这里的传统炭烤面包和香浓醇厚的海南咖啡。终于尝到了60几年的老字号海南咖啡, 我要的古早味。

托朋友帮我买东西, 与他一起吃饭, 他还请我吃槟城卤肉。吃过晚饭, 自己慢慢走路回旅馆。

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