All posts filed under: Malaysia

China Town | Penang Edition

[ So I’m still sifting through and uploading ] Oh China Town. If there’s one, you can bet I’ll be there. I’m obsessed with all things Chinese. To this day I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint why I love China. I just do. China Town The little things always catch my eye. This may just be the coolest bike shop ever. Penang is littered with historical Chinese temples. Up close, they’re just as impressive. I couldn’t make this in a million years. It’s so beautiful. The smell of incense is everywhere. Most people might not find this newsworthy, but hand made pots aren’t something I encounter everyday. Gone are the lavenders and the hollyhocks, not even a primrose in sight. Instead I see Calendulas, asters and water lilies. This is a homage for the owner’s mother. Love lives! Advertisements

Courting my taste buds | A light lunch at Chulia Court, Penang

Chulia Court  | 355, 357 & 359 Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia Contact  | China House Price  | Main, dessert and a cocktail for 1 –  70 MYR approx When visiting Penang, two things are certain: – You can’t go to George Town and miss out Chulia (and by extension Love Lane). – You can’t walk up and down the aforementioned streets and miss out Chulia Court (or Five27 as it’s now called). With it’s olio of flavours, ingredients and influences; this restaurant is sure to impress anyone bold enough to step through its doors. Like everything else in Penang, it plays to the beat of its drum and makes a bold play on traditional and much loved Peranakan ingredients, but with a Eurocentric twist. I went for lunch. Poultry: Confit duck, braised young jackfruit, sweet potato and roasted garlic mousseline, watercress and nutmeg relish. With a name like that. How could anyone compete? Although only a page and a bit, the names of the dishes on the menu were quite lengthy. I’m always joking around with the fact …

It’s high time you tried a plate of Hokkien Mee

Uncle Teh  | Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jelutong, 11600 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Price  | Hokkien Mee and drink 8 MYR approx What is Hokkien Mee? Why thank you for asking. It’s only the tastiest bowl of slurpy goodness to have ever graced this side of the equator. If you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you do. You’ve clearly been missing out on the perfect marriage of spicy, sweet, meaty tastiness and seafood. It’s not just any bowl of noodles. It’s probably the best bowl of noodles I’ve ever had, and it speaks oodles to the nonconformity of this island. I have to thank the owner of the guesthouse for insisting I grab myself a bowl of Hokkien Mee before I leave. I can’t believe I almost missed this unique flavour. It was all she said it would be and more… I discovered this place by accident. I think it was the smell that drew me in. There are plenty of different food stalls, crammed into this place. The queues of hungry looking people, told me this place was worth a …

Once upon a time in little China | A trip to China House, Penang

China House  | 153, Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown, 10300 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Contact  | China House Price  | Tea and cake will set you back around 30 MYR I sat at the cafe side. I’m sure that by now, everyone is sick of me talking about tea. But, as any tea obsessed person will know, it is a lifestyle. I’ve gone nearly two decades in this vein, and it doesn’t look like I’m going back now. While the rest of the world has disloyally moves on to cocktails, mocktails and the likes, us tea-folk (that’s my new name for those in the fold), are still at the lunch table sampling all the dried and preserved goodness that nature has to offer. Am I the only one that misses dinner ladies at school? I went to China House. Now, that’s a sign! I really didn’t know what to make of it. A famous landmark on the George Town scene, it borders on blasphemy to  leave without paying a visit to this eclectic home of cakes, coffee, art and music. I …