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Penang – Culinary Paradise

On the morning of July 10th, we took in this great view of Penang from the lighthouse at Fort Cornwallis (an old British fort).

View from the lighthouse at Fort Cornwallis

Here’s a taste of the local cuisine. Laksa is a noodle dish mixed with some greens and fish paste, with a dose of chilis on top. This small outdoor restaurant is renowned as the best place in Penang to eat this regional specialty! Man, was it good. If you’re a chilihead, ask for it extra spicy.

Delicious Laksa soup in Penang

After lunch we headed to Kek Lok Si – the Temple of Supreme Bliss! This is crowned by the majestic Ban Po Thar, or Ten Thousand Buddhas Tower.

Ban Po Thar - Ten Thousand Buddhas Tower

There’s a great view of the temple complex (and the city of Penang) from the top of the tower, if you don’t mind six or seven flights of winding stairs.

View from the Ten Thousand Buddhas Tower

Definitely a lot of Buddhas (and their related statuary) in this place!

Lots of statues here!

For dinner, we went to a nice seafood market restaurant in Penang. My hosts chose some interesting dishes. The barbecued stingray was really tasty:

I eat Steve Irwin's assassin: the stingray!

And the female horseshoe crab, well, let’s just say it’s an acquired taste. Definitely worth trying once, for those with a sense of culinary adventure!

Grilled horseshoe crab - filled with shellfish-egg goodness

What’s the strangest seafood you’ve ever eaten? Leave a comment and share your crazy food stories!

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