bookmark_borderPenang Trip – Day 2 (Part 2)

Satisfied with what we had, we left the place to do a little bit of sightseeing. The destination; Kek Lok Si Temple. It was yet another 20 minutes drive from the place where we left. Situated at the hills of Air Itam, this iconic temple (also known as Temple of Supreme Bliss) is one of the tourist hot spots in Penang.

Kek Lok Si Temple

The weather wasn’t kind to us as it was overcast as though it was about to rain. There were crowds around the main area but it was not to the point of congested human traffic. Lazy as we were, we didn’t manage to go to the hilltop but we did manage to climb up the pagoda to have an overview of Air Itam area.

Pagoda

We spent about 45 minutes walking around, taking photos that interest us whilst trying to digest our sinful meal earlier. It was close to 1PM when we realised that we had enough of walking sightseeing and we decided to head back to George Town to do our check-in into our hotel.

But before that, off we went to hunt for our lunch although we barely had our meal 2 hours ago. Yes, we are gluttons. Hehe. Initially, since it was just 5 minutes drive away from Kek Lok Si Temple, we wanted to try out Penang Assam Laksa at Ayer Itam. However, due to lack of parking spaces as well as massive crowd, we decided to discard the plan and head back to George Town instead.

This decision brought us to a place called Lam Ah Coffee Shop. It is located at the intersection of Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) and opposite of the ‘balai bomba’ (fire station). We reached about noon time, the traffic was a mess and to find a parking spot was a nightmare. If possible, park whenever you found one regardless of the distance to the coffee shop as it is really limited and the streets are busy (with cars and lorries and motorcycles). Opens from 11AM to 4PM daily (except for Sundays and public holidays), it is said that the stall in it serves one of the best koay teow soup in Penang.

Beef Noodles

This bowl of beefy noodles set us back about RM8.00. Pricey I would say but it was worth it. Bouncy beef balls, thinly sliced beef, tendons, tripe and what it seemed to be tenderloins were given.

Beef Noodles

The soup was not murky / brownish as it was slightly clearer than usual. Nevertheless, it was hearty and nice, packed with beefy goodness. With the presence of fried garlic-onion oil, it enhanced the already flavourful broth further. Each slurps warrants for another till the bowl is empty.

Fried Oysters (Or Chien)

Other than that, we ordered Or Chien (Fried Oysters). The frying / cooking method was unlike any other. Instead of mixing / frying the ingredients together, the cook did them separately. First, he fries the starch with mixture of eggs on one side of the pan till it is crispy golden brown. After that is done, then only he does a quick fry for the fresh oysters with his special mixed of sauce and spices.

Or Chien (Fried Oysters)

Such cooking method results in dry crispy crackling batter with juicy flavourful oysters on top of it. Although the oysters looked small in size, they were certainly tasty. Overall, the combination was top notch and it has won our votes to be the best Or Chien we had in Penang. This small portion costs us RM5.00 and after having it, we regretted that we didn’t order a bigger portion.

We arrived at the hotel around 230PM. But unfortunately, we were told that our room was not ready and that we had to wait for an hour or so. Not wanting to sit in the lobby for that long, we left our bags at the counter and headed out to have some dessert / snack.

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol

Little did we know that this place; Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul was pretty close to the hotel where we stayed. It is situated at Lebuh Keng Kwee (off Penang Road). Hence, we didn’t drive. Instead, we walked there and it took us about less than 10 minutes to arrive at the scene.

Crowd

Although it was packed with customers standing around the stall ordering their share, the staffs were efficient and quick. We had our orders done within minutes. You have the option to stand at the roadside or to dine at the coffee shop beside the stall. We opted for the former since we were there for the chendol only.

Chendol

Priced at RM1.80 per bowl, it has all the necessary ingredients in it; ice shavings, red beans, coconut milk, palm sugar and green noodle-like jelly. It was not overly sweet yet the richness of the palm sugar was subtle enough that it did not overpower the overall flavour of the chendol. It was good that we finished ours in a jiff. Besides, we were in hurry because the clouds were about to burst into a heavy downpour.

Although they said we had to wait for an hour, luck was on our side as the room was ready when we were back in the hotel. God knows what I’ll do if the room wasn’t ready by then. We rested and rested well till at night before we hit the streets again. Afterall, it was raining heavily and there was nothing much we can do except for lazing on the bed watching the idiot box and take a nap.

Address :

Lam Ah Coffee Shop
Lebuh Chulia
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.925 E100 20.365

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
21, Keng Kwee Street,
Off Penang Road,
10000 Penang.

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Although we slept rather late after the midnight movie, we woke up early to prepare ourselves for a full day ahead. By 10AM, we have already checked out of the hotel, loaded our bags into the car boot and began our food hunting session.

Eng Loh Coffee Shop

Our first meal of the day was at Eng Loh Coffee Shop. Located along Church Street (Lebuh Gereja), this coffee shop is famous for its breakfast set meals. Looking for parking spot was a nightmare as parking lots were limited. It didn’t help either when the streets / roads were one-way direction. It took us quite a while to look for a parking lot before we decided to do it Malaysian style; i.e. create one if there’s none available. Hehe.

Drinks

Apart from the usual noodles and rice, the shop does serve some good ol’ toast, half boiled eggs as well as simple western breakfast. We were there for their famed Roti Taiwan.

Roti Taiwan

For RM3.40, Roti Taiwan is essentially a thick toast (roti Benggali) layered with creamy peanut butter and margarine and finished off with chunky chopped peanuts on top. It tasted rather good as the sweet and salty combination worked really well with soft fluffy toast.

Half Boiled Egg and Toast

Other than the Roti Taiwan, we ordered half boiled eggs on toast and a bowl of hokkien mee (from another stall). Priced at RM3.00, the toast was alright as the eggs were cooked perfectly. A dash of pepper and soy sauce (optional), it is good to go. Unknowingly, my friend opted for rice vermicelli (bee hoon) and instant noodles instead of the normal yellow noodles. A first for me as I’ve never had this weird combination of noodles before. Nevertheless, the hokkien mee was alright although the broth was lacked of flavour and less spicy than I would like it to be. A normal bowl costs around RM3.50.

Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee)

Since we parked in unconventional parking spot, we spent about 30 minutes or so, eating our breakfast while on the lookout for local authorities, before we left the coffee shop. We didn’t really stuff ourselves crazily as the day was still early and we were barely quarter way through our food hunting plan.

Kafe Khoon Hiang

We still had a couple of hours to spare before our next check-in time (for another hotel in George Town) and hence, we made our way to the next stop; Kafe Khoon Hiang. That’s where the famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow (CKT) stall is located at. Due to the long yet busy stretch of Jalan Dato’ Keramat, getting to this place wasn’t easy. From George Town, it took us a good 25 minutes or so we before we were able to reach to the destination, even with the help of GPS. Without it, we would probably spend more time searching for it as we had no clue where the location was or how it looked like.

Ah Leng Char Koay Teow Stall

Besides the CKT stall, there were other food stalls in the coffee shop as well. But then again, most of the customers we saw that day were there for a good plate of CKT. Heh!

Char Koay Teow

Since we were there early (before the lunch crowd), the waiting period was not that long as we waited for about 20 minutes for our orders to arrive. Priced at RM5.00 for a normal plate, we ordered two plates of CKT; one with duck egg (with extra charge of RM0.50) and the other with chicken egg.

Char Koay Teow Prawns

Unlike the measly prawns we usually get in Kuala Lumpur, both plates arrived with big fat juicy prawns as shown in the photos. Like any good plate of CKT, it has the needed wok hei – an essentially component for CKT – as it was fried nicely without making it too dry or oily. Sinful, hearty and tasty, we loved the one with duck egg compared to the other. The presence of duck egg somehow adds more flavour to the dish.

Char Koay Teow

Nonetheless, we cleaned our plates in no time. It’s safe to say that this is the best CKT I’ve ever eaten so far. I was told (or read somewhere) that we have the option to add extra ingredients such as mantis prawns but we didn’t do so this round. I guess we have more reasons to go back to Penang for another round. Hehe.

Address :

Eng Loh Coffee Shop
48 Church Street (Lebuh Gereja)
10200 Penang.

Kafe Khoon Hiang
Jalan Dato Keramat
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.779 E100 19.171




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