Breakfast on our 2nd day was an early affair, and we woke up around 7am to head to One Corner Cafe, which was about a 15-20 min walk from our hotel. It could probably have taken us a shorter time, but I think we were still groggy from just waking up, and we took a while to get our bearings right!
Stop 1: One Corner Cafe (4 Jalan Bawasah, behind Penang Plaza)
Btw, One Corner Cafe is not an actual cafe, but rather it is a hawker centre! There was a good mix of stalls within the hawker centre, and the food there was really good.
A bowl of lor mee set us back by RM3.80/S$1.30, and I felt that the lor mee sauce was just right, and was not too thick nor too dilute. It came with quite a range of ingredients too, such as chicken feet and meat balls. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of chicken feet, and hence did not venture a bite of it.
A bowl of this claypot mee tai bak cost us just RM4.50/S$1.50, and we all agreed that it was the best dish of the lot that we had sampled there! The black sauce was really delicious and don’t you just love that golden yellow globe of an egg yolk in the middle?! Definitely a must try! 🙂
This soupy hokkien mee (RM5.50/S$1.85) had a really spicy kick to it, which I did not expect. The pork slices were quite tender, although the prawns were rubbery, and did not taste that fresh. It was quite different as compared to the hokkien mee in Singapore, and I felt that it was more comparable in taste to Singapore’s prawn mee.
Rather average tasting wanton mee (RM3.50/S$1.15), and it didn’t really leave a very strong impression on me.
After a filling breakfast, we made our way on foot to the Peranakan Museum, which was along Church Street. Along the way, as was becoming common in Georgetown, we stumbled upon more street art.
Stop 2: Peranakan Museum (29 Church Street)
Not exactly a food stop, but hey I’ll still call it Stop 2. :p
An adult entry ticket costs RM 21.20, and was inclusive of the free tour (should you choose to go for it). The tour was conducted in groups and you might need to wait a while as they gather tourists into a group for the tour to begin.
The mansion was was an amalgamation of many local and Western influences, and was an interesting place to visit.
The informative tour also brings you through the house, to the ancestral hall, the jewelry museum, the private collection rooms, and finally ends off at the kitchen.
I thought it was really interesting that there were 2 different guests rooms; the one with Western influences was used to receive Western guests, while the one with more traditional Oriental influences was used to receive Chinese/Eastern guests. I would not mind having either as my guest room. :p
The placement of the 2 large mirrors was also well thought-out. The guide explained that from his seat at the head of the table, the owner of the house could easily see what was going on throughout the ground floor; from who was entering, to who was coming down the stairs! Who knew they were so meticulous in the past? It struck me as ingenious how the design allowed for the owner to have complete oversight over all the going-ons in his house; a CCTV system of sorts!
It was past noon by the time we ended our tour, and we headed to Kheng Pin cafe (it’s actually another hawker centre, don’t ask me why they like to call their hawker centres cafes haha) for some lor bak. We found out later that the free CAT shuttle bus actually makes a stop at a bus stop nearby (CAT bus stop #7).
Stop 3: Kheng Pin Cafe (16 Jalan Penang)
Lor Bak (RM3.50/S$1.15) is basically just fried food, and as far as fried food goes, it usually turns out well. This was no exception, and I thought that the fried food went well with the sweet sauces, and didn’t feel too oily either. Pretty decent in my opinion.
Stop 4: Tuai Pui Curry Mee (23 Lebuh Kimberley)
The curry mee (RM 4/S$1.35) was quite light and tasty, and sadly, there were only a few cockles with no other meat inside. I didn’t really like the blood pudding so overall, I would only rate the dish as average, and probably would not try it again.
Stop 5: Joo Hooi Assam Laksa (5 Lebuh Keng Kwee)
The assam laksa (RM5/S$1.70) was definitely more sour than regular laksa, but still rather good nonetheless. The gravy was a bit too fishy for my liking though, and I was glad that we were sharing it, because I definitely would not have been able to finish it on my own.
We bought the rojak from the stall next to Joo Hooi Assam Laksa, as they shared a common seating area. The rojak cost RM7/S$2.35, and the sweet peanut sauce was really thick, gooey, and sweet. Quite different from rojak in Singapore, but no less yummy in my opinion! Yes, I ate more of this than the laksa! :p
Stop 6: Penang Road Famous Teo Chew Chendol (29 Lebuh Keng Kwee)
A short walk down the same road, and you will find yourself at one of the best, if not, THE BEST, chendol in Penang! The staff are wearing green shirts with the shop name emblazoned on them, so they’re very easy to spot! They have a proper shop as well as a pushcart, so you can get your chendol from the pushcart if you don’t mind standing around to eat. The wait time at the pushcart was much faster when I was there, hence I queued there for my chendol.
The chendol (RM 2.50/S$0.85) was an absolute life-saver on that hot day, and the smooth, creamy taste of the cold chendol inside our tummies really made our day. Of course, we came back again the next day for more! 😉
Stop 7: Cafe Heng Huat (108 Lorong Selmat)
We had some difficulty finding this place, as this was quite some way off the main road, and it felt like we were walking for an eternity under the hot sun, before we finally arrived at Cafe Heng Huat.
We were there for the famous char kway teow (RM 10/S$3.35), and thankfully it did not disappoint us. The wok hei flavour of the dish was strong and it was rather delicious. The only negative about the dish would be that the prawns were not that fresh.
Stop 8: Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (14 Lebuh Leith)
Our last stop for day was the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (‘Blue Mansion’). Tickets for adults cost RM17/S$5.70, and include a guided group tour of the mansion. We made it for the last tour of the day at 3.30pm, and we found ourselves with a rather knowledgeable guide. She gave us a lowdown on the backstory of Cheong Fatt Tze, and how he got to where he was from a penniless Chinese migrant. It did feel less grand compared to the Peranakan Musuem that we had visited earlier in the day though.
For a price, you can also stay in the Blue Mansion, in one of the rooms in the side wings. It had quite a boutique hotel feel to it, and I do think that it would be quite an interesting experience to stay at least a night in a Peranakan mansion.
Stop 9: Food Street along Macalister Road
We had dinner at the food street outside our hotel, but I have to say that the food (or at least those that we tried) was nothing special, and actually kind of disappointing. Okay, only the BBQ chicken wings were close to being good, while the chendol, the or luah (fried oyster omelette), and the char kway teow were tasteless (to put it kindly).
Summary of Day 2:
– One Corner Cafe (4 Jalan Bawasah, behind Penang Plaza)
– Peranakan Museum (29 Church Street)
– Kheng Pin Cafe (16 Jalan Penang)
– Tuai Pui Curry Mee (23 Lebuh Kimberley)
– Joo Hooi Assam Laksa (5 Lebuh Keng Kwee)
– Penang Road Famous Teo Chew Chendol (29 Lebuh Keng Kwee)
– Cafe Heng Huat (108 Lorong Selmat)
– Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (14 Lebuh Leith)