Continuing our trend of waking up early while in Penang, we got up around 7am and walked over to Komtar where we caught the free CAT shuttle bus to Weld Quay. The Clan Jetties are located near the Weld Quay Bus Terminal, and it was our first stop of the day.
Stop 1: Clan Jetties (near Weld Quay Bus Terminal)
The morning air was crisp and fresh, and we really enjoyed walking along the boardwalks and getting a glimpse of the living conditions of the Chinese who decided to settle in their clans near the jetty. Some clans were obviously richer than the others, and I think that the richest is the Chew Clan, based on the vehicles parked at the entrance and the exterior of their houses.
We also unknowingly stumbled upon the best durian puffs we’ve ever tasted near the end of the Chew Clan Jetty!
The stall is called One Bite Durian Puff, and a box of 6 is sold for ONLY RM10.60/S$3.50!!
The durian puff was really delicious, with the cold durian purée oozing out of the puff as I bit into it. Yummehhh! 😀
Stop 2: Siam Sisters Curry Mee (Ayer Itam, Jalan Paya Terubong)
We took bus 203 from Weld Quay to Ayer Itam, and the journey was about 30-40 min in total. It took us some time walking around, but we finally found the famous Siam Sisters Curry Mee!
The sisters were hidden behind the tarp, and were hard at work churning out bowl after bowl of curry mee for their customers.
The curry mee (RM 4.50/S$1.50) was pretty good, although nothing superb in my opinion (because there aren’t many ingredients left after removing the blood pudding). I still don’t get the use of blood pudding for all their curry noodles here in Penang haha. Not a fan of blood pudding as you can tell.
Stop 3: Ah Soon Kor Har Mee (80 Jalan Perak)
We took a bus from Ayer Itam to Padang Brown, and walked a short distance to Ah Soon Kor Har Mee. In fact, the stall is located just opposite Padang Brown Food Centre.
The bowl of prawn noodles(RM 5/S$1.70) comes with roast pork as well, which is rather unique compared to other prawn noodles. The prawn broth is thick and really yummy, and by itself, is totally worth the price of the dish. The roast pork and shrimps were average in my opinion.
Stop 4: Armenian House (35 Lebuh Armenian)
We decided to spend the last hour or so chilling at a cafe, before heading to Penang Airport for our flight home, and thus took another bus back to Komtar, before walking to Armenian Street, where the cafe Armenian House was.
The flat white (RM9/S$3) was a solid cup of coffee, and had only a slight bitter aftertaste, which is a winner in my books. I prefer my coffee to be a bit more mellow, and not have a strong bitter aftertaste. That said, I also don’t really like overly-sweet coffee, as it loses the aroma of the coffee bean.
Legit freshly squeezed lime juice (RM6/S$2) that was sour yet in a good and natural way! I definitely would buy it again!
The orange & passionfruit juice (RM 11/S$3.70) was a unique combination that I had never tried before. Having tried Armenian House’s version, I can attest that it was a really refreshing drink, with the sweet orange and the tart passionfruit juice mixing well together.
All in all, Armenian House is a nice place to relax after walking around Armenian Street. Although there is no aircon as it is an al fresco cafe, the fans are more than sufficient to keep one cool.
Summary of Day 3:
– Chew Jetty (Weld Quay)
– Siam Sisters Curry Mee (Ayer Itam, Jalan Paya Terubong)
– Ah Soon Kor Har Mee (80 Jalan Perak)
– Armenian House (35 Lebuh Armenian)