Finally received the resized photographs from Calvin yesterday. I’m really satisfied with the trip and Min Min and Siu Hak :)
This is Calvin’s creation when I was googling about the food in Penang. Me, being a science student, decided to give the tiger and pig a slim body :)
FYI, those are not nipples!! Those are legs. I think that I have a good career in arts, don’t you?
Our trip started early Friday morning where we decided to stop at Ipoh for breakfast :) Decided to bring Calvin to Sun Hin Loong cafe.
His white coffee (i think) and my hot milo. It’s really nice. I have never tasted a hot milo that will not separate into 2 layers after you left it there for some time. Really uber good.
The kaya butter toast and half boiled egg. Bread was really good. But the egg turned out to be over cooked. The weird thing about the eggs were the yolk was completely cook but the egg white still quite watery.
This is my first trying their prawn noodle and it’s quite good. It’s better than the one we had in Penang. Will talk about it later.
The pale looking shredded chicken noodle. May look pale but then it tasted exactly like Old Town’s Ipoh Chicken Hor Fun. I’m serious! After the first taste of the noodle, the first sentence that came out from my mouth waste “Taste exactly like Old Town’s”. Haha.
After breakfast, we continued our journey to Penang. It rained quite heavily along the highway but luckily I’m not driving. As usual, after food and with such cooling weather, I slept all the way from Ipoh to Penang. Poor Calvin has to drive alone with no one to talk to :( sorry ah :p
The Penang bridge. Weather was good. It was a smooth journey along the highways but once we reached the island, it started to jam. Haihzzz…
A really nice wall of some house or shop that sells exterior decoration.
Check out the size of the mangoesteen! It’s nearly the size of the coconut :p
Final Fantasy car. So pretty :) Even though I have no idea who that girl is. Haha.
Our first stop definitely has to be Char Koay Teow.
This is, by far, the most yummy char koay teow that I have ever eaten. Really really good.
Since both of us has a list of food and things to do for the day, we ordered one large portion and shared it. The prawns are really big and super crunchy (means it’s really fresh). Both of us love it very much that…
We swallowed the whole plate of noodle within 5 minutes. Haha. Love the restaurant cause it’s really clean. Luckily we went early cause within the 5 minutes, the whole restaurant was full.
The cook and the helper. She don’t look friendly but I wonder why does she has to put on the protective glasses? Any idea?
Next stop was the best prawn paste rojak. It’s really sticky and concentrated, unlike the one that we usually have which is watery. Generous amount of peanuts were sprinkled all over the plate. Really yummy!!
Calvin’s cendol. No comment cause I don’t like cendol but Calvin said it’s okay.
After lunch, we went temple visiting :)
The reclining Buddha temple.
The statue is really big.
The foot of the buddha. Can that be considered a tattoo? Haha.
We grew big and tall and fat after so many food, even bigger than the reclining buddha. Haha. No no no. this is just a mini size of the reclining buddha :)
Calvin’s artistic shot. But the lotus flower candle is really big. Like the size of the rojak bowl. Haha.
Us with the guards of the temple. They are standing there with a wide smile on the face for our camera :)
Just across the reclining buddha’s temple is this Thai buddhist temple, which is very pretty as well.
The temple is covered with gold!! From roof top, to statues, to….
The huge buddha statue. What I love most about this temple is the wood carving on the roof and pillar of the temple. The wood are carved nicely with motifs that look like flower :) Pretty :)
See see see :) Pretty right?
The huge globe at the back of the temple :)
There’s this pond where the wall at the side of the pond tells about story of the prince who wanted to cross to .. umm… somewhere where the good people are behind him supporting him to cross over. Those in front of him are bad people who discourage him to cross over.
There’s this electrical thingy that turned round and round and round. Each pot has this good fortune thing ranging from wealth, health, prosperity, success and good luck. My coin landed in the good luck pot. Hehe.
For dinner, we went to Northram food court for dinner.
Yummy asam laksa with generous amount of prawn paste and vegetables :) Really good.
Ever since I came back from Australia few years ago, whenever I bumped into bratwurst sausage, I will order them. But none that I had so far can replace the one in Melbourne. This was just so-so but the mashed potato was really good.
The weird taste mochi. We thought those sauce on top of the mochi is thousand island (judging by it’s colour) but it turns out to be something else which both of us have no idea what it is. Anyway, it does not went well with the mochi. Wasted~~~
Ikan bakar. Quite yummy. Love the sauce with raw onion. Haha.
Calvin decided to order Vietnam rice with lamb. Quite good. The sauce tasted really funny but then it’s quite good.
Table full of food, food and food :)
On the next day, we woke up early and headed to Bayan Lepas for breakfast.
My nasi lemak. It’s not that bad but could be better if the sambal is less watery :)
The bread with butter. Tasted really good when dipped with…
HALF BOILED EGG!!! Calvin is a big fan of half boiled egg and I’m a big fan of cracking the half boiled egg and mix it with small amount of light soya sauce. Haha. Good combination right? I know :)
After breakfast, we headed to the snake temple which is just nearby our breakfast place. No more photos because I’m absolutely afraid of snake and Calvin has to go in alone. According to him, there were 2 snakes on the coiled rattan just beside the buddha statues. On the right of the temple is this snake farm where there’s this really long and huge python. Calvin did not went in because he don’t want to left me alone outside waiting for him. Haha.
Visited Kek Lok Si after that.
Took the elevator up on the hill to meet….
The huge Kuan Yin buddha. On my last visit, there huge hut was not built yet. Calvin said it’s really pretty at night when all the lights around the hut is turn on.
I found my long lost twin. Don’t you think that the both of us are looking very pretty in this photo? Haha.
The fierce Calvin and his cat :) hahaha.
We are king and queen for a day where the monkeys hold our chair.
Went to Ghee Hiang to buy my favourite biscuit and this is where Calvin met his long lost twin (I think both of us are from Penang originally. Haha).
It’s so hard to tell the two apart, don’t you think?
Went for another round of Char Koay Teow.
And it turns out to be 2nd best only :) Haha.
Had bak kut teh for lunch. Omg… I do have to say that KL has one of the best bak kut teh in the world. This is absolutely not good. And I have no idea why they placed the big bone there when there is no meat on it. Tsk tsk tsk.
Dinner at night was joined by YB Princess Carsandra (my sis) and her kuli, Mr Brandon (my bro in law). HAHAHAHAHA!!!
Calvin has a shop in Penang!! Me can have big diamond ring then :)
Koay Chap which was absolutely yummy and delicious. Very little disgusting pork organ found. Haha.
Supper for the night was this famous uncle burger tiny lorry at housing area, which is very near to the apartment that we stayed. Frankly speaking, the burger was just normal only. Ramli burger still rules!!! Ohhh… we even bought the unhealthy and fattening deep fried chicken skin for supper. That is yummy :)
The next day, we hunted for another coffee shop which is famous for the half boiled egg and bread. We can’t locate that shop because it’s not even in a shop. It’s like some belakang lorong stall only. Will go there on the next visit to Penang, which we don’t know when.
Hence, we headed for prawn noodle, which was supposed to be yummy cause it’s really famous. But the wait for the noodle to arrive totally spoilt my mood cause those customers who arrived later than us already got their noodle, swallowed it down and left while me and Calvin are still there. Geram-ness!!
This is the outcome of the long wait. Seriously, the prawn noodle in Ipoh is way better than this one. I have no idea why there is a siew yok in the noodle but it’s really not good.
But the banana pancake is good though. Could be better if no raisin and sesame seeds :) Haha.
Before we head back to KL, we went to Akuarium Penang for a visit (to act touritst :p) but was dissapointed to know that it’s closed for few months for renovation. Supposed to be ready by March but since they have yet to receive approval of budget from government, it may take longer than few months. Haihzzz..
There’s this auditorium with a huge aquarium inside. It’s really scary!! I have this phobia of deep sea and it’s creature, I have no idea why. Haha. But some of the fishes like the turtle and starfish are on the outer side of the building, so it’s still open for public (and F.O.C).
On the way back to KL, we stopped at Ipoh for lunch.
We have our lunch at Kong Hing restaurant, which is one of my favourite place in Ipoh for Chicken Hor Fun and pork intestine satay. Yummy, yummy and yummy. Haha. It’s not even over crowded that day, which is good for us as we do not have to wait long for a table.
That’s all for the Penang trip 2010. I think that Penang is a small island which is really concentrated with food, especially Teochew food :). But improvement can be made at their driver’s attitude. They absolutely don’t give way to other drivers on the road, which annoyed me to the max!! Besides that, they love to tail gate your car. NONSENSE!!! Another thing that they should improve is their bak kut teh. Haha. Really not nice at all. Even Brandon koko said the bak kut teh in Penang is not nice at all. The ones in KL are the best!!
Looking forward for all the upcoming trips :) *excited happy walk*