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Yes, it’s all about FOOD

I’m sure there are more things to do in Penang, but we had our eyes on the local delicacies! Before heading back to Kuala Lumpur on July 11th, we stopped at a food fair and feasted on what the vendors had to offer. Laksa, Hokkien noodles (very spicy), satay sticks…

Satay sticks grilling at the Penang Food Festival

Here’s the spread at our table. On the far right you can see (if I remember correctly) chrysanthemum juice.

Feasting in Penang

On the way out of town we stopped at Ghee Hiang, a gourmet shop that sells buns, cakes, white coffee, sesame oil, that kind of thing. The buns are awesome, but the signage is even better. I couldn’t resist…

Ghee Hiang - poppin' fresh!

I’m not kidding when I say all we did was eat. Here was our delicious pork-soup-stew dinner, called Bah Kut Teh (thanks, JK!).

Tasty pork soup with herb broth

Alright, I promise, no pictures of food tomorrow – haha!

Posted 12 years ago at 3:28 am.

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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!

Posted 12 years ago at 3:01 pm.

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