I’ve been busy most of this year and haven’t been traveling much (hence the lack of new story on my blog). Hectic schedule is getting at me at murderous speed 🙂
Since I can’t travel much, this post is about my hometown which I intend to create in a series. As a local, the most frequent question people asked is what would I suggest for people to see and go while they are in town? Of course the list is pretty long. However I usually would avoid tourist trap. That way the Penang experience my guests have will be very local, rich and authentic.
If I can sum up Penang in a few words, it will be the food, culture and heritage.
Tropical weather all year round with occasional rain, surrounded by sea and beaches, food is cheap and a hawker food heaven for foodies. Lonely Planet ranked Penang as one of the best places to eat in Asia. Batu Feringghi and Miami Beach is wonderful spot for picnic and family outing.
My favorite spot to bring out of town friends for visit has been at Little India. Breakfast at the roadside stalls selling Indian breakfast delicacy is a normal scene. Please order your food with local speciality drink ‘teh tarik’ (which means pull tea). A mixture of tea with condense milk and being poured back and forth in tin canister until its frothy and bubbly. Its sweet and delicious. This is also the place where locals shop for herbs and spices.
Of late, Penang is focusing to be the center for arts and culture in the region. More and more performing arts, musical events and performances being staged all year round. The Penang street art and murals on the walls of heritage building is becoming a popular attraction among locals as well as visitors. Strategically located at various locations and different roads around Georgetown, you may find creations on the wall telling snippets of Penang’s heritage. You just need to be on foot in order to hunt for them! There’s a map available for those who wants to hunt for the spots. Great sight for creative photography.
Must Try Cheese Nan Tandoori
Kapitan Restaurant and franchise is owned by my former college friend. They served the best claypot briyani and cheese nan tandoori I have tasted so far. I’ve brought countless visitors to this place and so far they come back for more! Order the food with freshly made mango lassi. Its great to tone down the spiciness of the food.
Romantic Dining at QE2
If you are looking for a place to have a nice cozy dinner by the sea, I would suggest to visit QE2 Restaurant at Tanjung City Marina, Church Street. Located at the pier, enjoy a nice view at night from the lights and ships docked at the harbor nearby. Perfect for a romatic dinner. Try the salmon and their traditional oven-grilled pizza. The price is rather reasonable with the food quality served.
There’s never short of things to do while in Penang. I still love it here for various reasons. I’ll hope to cover more Penang-related post in the next series.