Penang is known as a foodie paradise, and having had the chance to visit with my family last December, I can attest to that. It was kind of a last minute decision to visit Penang, and unfortunately the air tickets were not cheap, but we went ahead anyway! We took the early morning flight out to Penang, and landed by 10am.
We had no check-in luggage, hence it was a breeze through immigration and customs, and out to the bus stop in front of the airport. We hopped onto the bus 102, which took us to Komtar (the main bus interchange) in about an hour. We had a great bus driver, who asked us which hotel we were staying in, and even advised us that the bus would stop right outside our hotel! When I booked 118 Hotel Macalister I had no clue that the bus from the airport would stop right in front, and I thought that we would have to walk over from Komtar. I would definitely book the same hotel again, as it is pretty decent for the price we paid.
We left our luggages at the reception, grabbed a map, and headed out to satisfy our rumbling tummies. We had had a very early breakfast at the airport back in Singapore, and were starving as it was already close to noon by the time we dropped off our luggages.
Let the food trail BEGIN! Note: We walked to most places, and only took the bus a few times, as Georgetown is really very walkable!
Stop 1: Penang Pitt Street Koay Teow Thng (183 Carnavon Street)
The pork slices came in generous portions, and were really tender and delicious. The home made eel fish balls were quite yummy as well, and were so soft and bouncy. The passion fruit juice was ok, but the iced milo mix white coffee is a must-try in my opinion. The concoction is thick and malty, yet with a hint of coffee at the end of every sip. Yum! I can’t remember how much each individual item was, but we had 4 bowls of kway teow (2 soup & 2 dry), plus 1 passion fruit juice & 1 iced milo mix white coffee, all for a grand total of RM35.30 (S$11.80)!!!
Stop 2: Cafe 55 (55 Lorong Stewart)
We were rather disappointed upon finding out that the cafe is now owned by a new owner, and the latte art that the previous owner was famed for is no longer available. We did however give their drinks a try, especially since it was such a hot day, and we were in need of a break as we walked around Georgetown.
The beans used for the capuccino (RM11/S$3.70) had a pleasantly sweet aftertaste, and I thought the shuriken latte art was rather cute!
4 scoops of vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso, yum! The affogato (RM19/S$6.30) was perfect on such a hot day, and we polished it off within a few minutes of it being placed on the table.
The good news is that there are some nice photo op spots around the area, so get your cameras out and get trigger-happy!
We went to find more street art on our way to Armenian Street, and it was so hot that along the way, we bought (and finished) a 1.5L bottle of water within minutes.
It’s gotta be pretty funny to tell your employer that you stay at Love Lane. :p
Stop 3: Kopi Loewak (31 Lebuh Aceh)
We stumbled across this cafe/shop as we were walking along Lebuh Aceh, and somehow ended up sitting down to share a small pot of kopi luwak (RM38/S$12.70).
It was my first time trying this unique coffee, and I must say that it’s pretty good. It’s way less bitter compared to espresso, and even has a light fruity aftertaste (apparently from the civet cat’s fruit-based diet).
After the brief stopover at Kopi Loewak, we finally made it to Armenian street! Most of the street art can be found around this area, and we ended up with many pictures in our cameras!
Stop 4: Ming Xiang Tai Pastry (26 Lebuh Victoria)
Well the trishaw egg tart (RM2/S$0.70) has a very robust egg flavour, but it just didn’t hit the right spot for me. Not sure why but I immediately wished it were the Macau egg tarts.
We also tried the cha siew pastry (RM2.10/$0.75) as well, and it was very yummy. The seasoning was rich and thick, bringing out the meaty flavour of the pork.
We then walked over to Little India, and immediately zoned in to Kapitan restaurant, which was opposite the Nagore Dargha Sheriff Mosque.
Stop 5: Kapitan (93 Lebuh Chulia)
Not wasting time, we got straight down to business; ordering our food & drinks!
As the cheese and butter garlic naans look similar, I will only be posting one picture, instead of two. Both the cheese naan with tandoori chicken and the butter garlic naan with tandoori chicken cost RM11/S$3.70 each. The naans were thin and tasty, bursting with cheesy & garlic flavour. The tandoori chicken was good too, with quite a substantial amount of meat that was not too oily.
The teh halia (spicy ginger tea) cost RM2/S$0.70, and it was goooooood! Well, at least for myself, I like the ginger kick in the tea hehe.
Stop 6: Farlim Pasar Malam (Bus 203 from Komtar, about 40min)
Our last stop for the day was the Farlim Pasar Malam (night market). Similar to night markets in Taiwan and even here in Singapore, there are numerous stalls selling everything from food, to clothes, to household essentials, and so on. The pasar malam in Penang moves around quite a bit during the week, so do check with your hotel reception where it is.
We took Bus 203 from Komtar, and got off the bus after about a 40 min ride. You will know when it is time to get off when you see a CIMB bank & a Public Bank (side by side).
We simply walked around and bought stuff to share. Oh yes, the coconut juice is rather good, and it’s only RM3/S$1! 🙂 The Jelutong Post Office fried oyster was the most memorable food we had there, as the eggs were really fluffy and the oysters were fresh to boot!
Summary of Day 1:
– Penang Pitt Street Koay Teow Thng (183 Carnavon Street)
– Cafe 55 (55 Lorong Stewart)
– Armenian Street, Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Aceh, Lebuh Victoria
– Kopi Loewak (31 Lebuh Aceh)
– Ming Xiang Tai Pastry (26 Lebuh Victoria)
– Kapitan Restaurant (93 Lebuh Chulia)
– Farlim Pasar Malam (moves around)