bookmark_borderIn Penang – Day 3 (Part 1)

We woke up late because we forgot to set our alarm clock. And another reason why we didn’t wake up early was because we didn’t pay for breakfast meal at the hotel (for the entire stay in the hotel). We found that there’s no reason to do so since there’re abundance of delicious food available in Penang at any time of the day. And hence, we slept till late morning.

We left the hotel at about 1130AM to begin our day. There was no plan whatsoever and there was nothing we wanted to do. And hence, we considered it as free and easy day. Besides, it was gloomy day and that pretty much made us lazy.

Genting Cafe

We drove out in search of this place for our breakfast. It is a corner lot shop with lots of stalls in it selling a variety of hawker food. It is approximately 20 minutes drive from George Town to get to this place as it is located around housing area.

Genting Cafe Chee Cheong Fun

And the reason why we took the trouble to travel out far was because of this; chee cheong fun. It was really good. Silky smooth yet springy texture of rice rolls complemented really well with their brown sauce. Best of all, it’s not just any generic brown sauce you normally get from your chee cheong fun stall. It’s their special brown sauce which was not overly sweet yet it left a slight salty aftertaste.

Genting Cafe Chee Cheong Fun

We couldn’t stop eating it as it was addictive (in a good way). The chilli sauce beside it wasn’t spicy but it was sufficient to give a kick. A small plate would cost RM 2.70.

Genting Cafe Hokkien Char

Apart from that, my friend ordered a plate of Hokkien Char. Up till now, it beats me why my friend did so. It wasn’t good at all. Although there were plenty of ingredients in it, it was just edible at best. There was no required wok hei in it. And it costs us RM 3.30 for this dish. It was forgettable and far cry from what we have in Klang Valley. We should have gone for Hokkien Mee instead.

Kuih Bakul

There were small stalls outside of the coffee shop too. That was where my friend bought some snacks like kuih bakul (RM 2.20 for 3 pieces), mua chi (RM 1.50), and apoms (RM 2.00). For the uninitiated, kuih bakul is essentially a type of dessert consists of yam and sweet potato sandwiched with sweet sticky nin ko.

Kuih Bakul

The ones we had that day were alright. The batter was thin and crisp while the thickness of the yam and sweet potato were thinner compared to the thickness of the nin ko.


There’s nothing to shout about for the soft fluffy apoms although I prefer it to be filled with more fillings in it.

Mua Chi

The sight of fried shallots on top of the crushed peanut was rather unusual (for me at least) but somehow, it bonded pretty well with the mua chi which was soft yet chewy. It was yet another addictive stuff.

While leaving the coffee shop, we were asking each other what’s the next thing. Questions were thrown around with places to visit were put to the table for consideration. We were either not interested or too far to travel to. And that was when we decided to visit another food joint for our lunch. Did I mention we are gluttons?

That brought us to a place whereby a stall serves its famed Lorong Seratus Tahun curry mee. The location as mentioned is along Lorong Seratus Tahun (next to McAllister Road) where there is a corner lot coffee shop. The parking was yet another challenging part as there were not many lots around it.

It was close to lunch time but there weren’t many customers when we arrived. We were able to get our orders within 5 minutes of waiting time. There was another stall in the same coffee shop selling chicken rice but we didn’t manage to try it.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Laksa

Topped with decent amount of prawns, squids, cockles and tau pok (beancurd), the broth wasn’t thick as there was little coconut milk in it. Besides, if it’s by any indication of the colour, it wasn’t spicy at all.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Chilli Paste

That’s because we were given the option to control the level of spiciness we could handle by adding chilli paste (photo above) into our individual bowl. It may look darkish red but it wasn’t spicy as you would think it is. Overall, the curry mee was alright. Maybe I’m used to thicker spicier broth. Somehow, this one was lack of punch / flavour as I would like it to be. A small portion would set you back RM3.50.

Really stuffed after the meal, we were really tempted to just head back to the hotel and sleep. But that’s was just a thought as we remembered that we needed to get some tau sar peah from Him Heang. After all, it was Saturday and they are not open for business on Sunday. Hence, we had to get it on that day itself. We arrived there about 130PM and there were streams of crowd (mostly tourists) lining up to buy something. Unfortunately, we were told that they were out of stock and we had to go back at about 230PM if we are still interested. Not wanting to wait there for 1 hour, off we went to George Town for some dessert at Kek Seng Coffee Shop.

Kek Seng Homemade Durian Ice Cream Ice Kacang

Located along Penang Road, Kek Seng is well known amongst the locals and tourists for its vast variety of hawker food such as char koay teow, lobak, rice and etc. When we arrived at the scene, we weren’t surprised by the sheer amount of crowd in the coffee shop dining while the rest were waiting for empty tables. After all, it was lunch time and hence, explains the crowd. Although there are two shop lots, the space is limited with wooden tables and chairs are placed close to each other.

Apart from the food, Kek Seng is also known for their homemade durian ice cream. Smooth and fragrant, the two scoops of durian ice cream were good that it put those ready-made ones to shame. What’s more is that it came with generous amount of toppings such as sweet corns, red beans and jelly. A plate like this will set you back about RM3.50. It is prefect dessert for a hot weather. Do insist of durian ice cream when you order ice kacang or else you will probably be given other type of ice cream flavours.

Him Heang Tau Sar Peah

We went back to Burma Road again to get our stuff done. This time, the crowd grew bigger and we had to wait for another 45 minutes before we could get our stuff. The traffic was crazy / clogged up as tourists tend to park their cars irresponsibly beside the road making the 3-lane road to become 1 lane only. After all that’s done, we wanted to drive to Batu Ferringhi to visit the beach. But sadly, on halfway through, we were caught in a bad jam. Unknowingly, there was a carnival going on at Batu Ferringhi. And hence, we made a U turn and headed back to our hotel. We wanted to stop by at Toy Museum but didn’t do so as the parking was very limited.

The following hours were rather torturing as I was having mild diarrhoea. Not sure which was the culprit, but I suspect it was the curry mee – more specifically, the oily chilli paste. I could be wrong though but all I can is that it wasn’t fun to visit the toilet every 15 minutes or so. Not a single bit but the toilet bowl and I were good friends by the end of the day. Heh!

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.


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.


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.


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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