Malaysia Part 3 – Penang
Code Name: M.A.K.A.N
Mission: Eat and Chillax
Penang – our final leg for this mission. Truth be told, we didn’t think much of Penang the first time we set foot on this island in 2008… We were staying at the wrong part of the island and it was a company’s trip. We knew we had to give Penang a second chance after hearing friends and family raved about it.
A pleasant ETS ride from Ipoh to Butterworth took us under 2hrs and another 45min GRAB ride across the Penang Bridge; we arrived at the Penang’s Capital City of Georgetown.
If you have never been to Georgetown – Penang, you should really plan a trip to visit this well-preserved cultural city, which was minted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. It was like stepping back in time strolling along the charming streets in the old town – Coming from new converts 😛
The well-marked historical town was beautifully brought alive by interesting street art and modern steel murals. Although we had fun trying to locate them all, it was near impossible to get a clean shot without people around them. That was when our patience were tested…
Combing the old town for those artistic pieces under the intense tropical heat was no joke. Hence, dodging into the Pinang Peranakan Mansion was a much-needed relief. This visit was one of our highlights in Georgetown.
Built at the end of the 19th century, this ancestral home of Chinese tycoon, Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee, has since been beautifully restored to its former glory with impressive displays of Peranakans antiques and collectibles. Entrance fee is RM20, which includes a complimentary guided tour. Do allocate ample time to tour the entire mansion.
@bc_ontherocks highly recommended that we visit Ren-i-Tang and we were glad we did! Not only did we managed to savour the awesome Tang Bistro Laska, paired with refreshing Calamansi Freeze, this charming restored heritage building even has a small museum filled with objects collected from the restoration for guests to have a glimpse of its past whilst waiting for their food to be served.
We reckon, Penang street food is definitely the epitome of Malaysian street food. The best Assam Laska, Char Kway Teow, Hokkien Prawn noodles, Roti Canai etc, can be found on this sunny island.
Without further ado, here are our best eats in Penang!
Apom King @ Jalan Kuala Kangsar
We have fallen in love with Penang and we will be back!