Holiday In Penang – 2012 (Part 2) – Georgetown Heritage Trail and Eats

June 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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♥June 4th♥

We spent the whole day in Georgetown, just eating, drinking, taking photos. I have to say the girls are really great travel companion. In the hot sun, they just followed us, as long as there’s occasional cold drinks and ice cream treat.

If it wasn’t for the sun and heat, we would have walked out noon time. It’s crazy actually to drive in Georgetown, the traffic was so bad, and it’s so difficult to get a parking lot, and even when you get one, there’s still some walking to do. By the time we got a spot to park, it was almost 2pm.

Lunch was at Shing Kheang Aun Restaurant. A restaurant that serves homestyle Hainanese and Nonya cooking.
Shing Kheang Aun Restaurant

Asam Prawn – What I like is you can order in the quantity you want, 1, 2, 4, 6, any number.
Asam Prawns

Gulai Pomfret (I didn’t drink up the sauce, so… it’s ok)
Gulai Tumis Pomfret

Stir Fry Tofu with Leeks (I want to cook this at home next time)
Stir Fry Tofu with Leeks

Chicken Chop. This was ordered for the girls, but they didn’t like it, so they skipped lunch. (Thank goodness for the hearty hotel breakfast).
Chicken Chop

(Shing Kheang Aun Restaurant is located at 2, Chulia Lane, 10200 Penang, Malaysia)

We spotted the Rainforest Bakery & Pastry which Daddy has read about. (This bakery is opened by twin brothers, and they supply their bread to a lot of the hotels in Penang. So he read.)
Rainforest Bakery & Pastry

Rye Bread at Rainforest Bakery & Pastry

As breakfast was provided by the hotel, we didn’t get any bread but got cakes and biscuit instead. I’m quite a fussy person when it comes to bake goods, and I have to say, they make really good cakes and biscuit (the trail mix biscuit).

(Rainforest Bakery and Pastry is located at 300 Lebuh Chulia, 10200 Penang, Malaysia)

When the girls felt hungry, we went into the air-conditioned Yeng Keng Cafe & Bar run by Yeng Keng Hotel.

“Hmmmm…. aircon…” said the boss.
Zaria the boss

Love the air well, although sealed up, brought in natural light.
Yeng Keng Cafe & Bar

And the retro red velvet seats.
Yeng Keng Cafe & Bar

Yeng Keng Cafe & Bar

(Yeng Keng Hotel is located at 362 Lebuh Chulia, 10200 Penang, Malaysia)

At my insistent, we went to have the Siam Road Char Kuay Teow. An early dinner.

The wait for a plate of Char Kuay Teow here on average is 45mins. After finishing her drink, Zaria became bored.
Zaria bored

But, they found some games to play to entertained themselves (no need for gadgets).
Girls playing

Our wait was 40mins this time. As usual, the Char Kuay Teow was delicious, although the plate that the girls have which was without chili didn’t taste as nice.
Siam Road Char Kuay Teow

We then parked the car at the hotel, and went out for a walk in the evening when it was cooler.

Fading mural.
Mural in Georgetown

Teowchew Temple.
Teochew Temple

Everything can be turned into something interesting for the girls. Here, they were competing who can balance on these road decos the longest.
Zaria in Georgetown

Seeing a man stringing jasmine flowers near the Kuan Yin Temple.
Man stringing flowers

Flower offerings

The man decided to give them each a string of jasmine.
Zara got a string of flowers

The girls watching people praying in the Kuan Yin Temple; and they decided the flowers are nicer on the hair.
Girls in Kuan Yin Temple

Kuan Yin Temple

The Teowchew Temple lit up at dusk.
Teowchew Temple at dusk

And then, while we wanted to look for some snacks to eat. We saw this.
Balls of dough
Can you guess what it is?

See this…
Grilled ChapatisOne of the restaurant in Little India has this little stall set up outside, grilling chapatis. We always get our chapatis cooked on a flat pan, grilled over charcoal? This is my first time trying it. Very delicious indeed.

And then, we saw this new luxurious boutique hotel, Chong Tian Lou. A night there is ~RM1000. o.O”
Chong Tian Lou

Before heading back to the hotel, we stopped at Sri Malaya Heritage Restaurant for a drink.
Sri Malaya Heritage RestaurantLove all these little cafes scattered around Georgetown housed in restored pre-war shop lot.

♥June 5th♥
Time to say good bye once again to our lovely and comfy room.
Traders Hotel

Before we left Penang, we had to accomplish one of the missions we came to Penang for – To stock up on my favourite soy sauce from Kwong Heng Loong (廣興隆醬園醬油) in Pulau Tikus. After started taking this soy sauce in 2010, no other soy sauce will do for me. Their tauchu (bean paste) is also one of the best.

You can either buy the soy sauce in prepacked bottles.
Kwong Heng Loong Soy Sauce (廣興隆醬園醬油)

Or bring your own bottle to be filled up.
Kwong Heng Loong Soy Sauce (廣興隆醬園醬油)

(Kwong Heng Loong Soy Sauce 廣興隆醬園醬油 can be bought from their shop located just outside the Pulau Tikus market. Address : 7A, Jalan Pasar Pulau Tikus, Penang, Malaysia)

We asked the shop if they have any recommendation of hawker food nearby, and they asked us to go Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa (Apparently, the Char Kuay Teow there won 2nd place for best Char Kuay Teow in Penang in 2011 or 2010).

I didn’t have Char Kuay Teow but instead have a bowl of Asam Laksa. I’m no fan of Asam Laksa, but this was goooooood.
Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa Asam Laksa
And the Char Kuay Teow too was delicious. I guess next time when we come back to Penang, we’ll be eating here instead of Siam Road.

(Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa is located at 329 Jalan Burma, 10350 Penang, Malaysia. Which is opposite the Pulau Tikus Police Station)

And then, it’s then time to leave Penang.
On the ferry

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