It was Christmas 2017. This time we spent our Christmas in Penang. Strangely enough, we have been doing this for the past few years. After all, this is home to me, where I was born and grew up. There are many options where we could celebrate our Christmas in Penang.
A day trip to Balik Pulau is a must if there is time to spare when visiting Penang, Malaysia. It is still a sleeping hollow of Penang island in comparison to the northeast part of the island. "Balik Pulau" is a Malay word meaning at the back of the island simply because it is located behind a hilly range. "Balik" means "back". "Pulau" means "island"
What The Duck is located at Nagore Square in Nagore Road, between Hutton Lane and Burmah Road. It is an alternative precinct for food and beverage choices all within a short walking distance - Jalan Bawash, Jalan Nagore and Jalan Hutton. "Jalan" is a Malay word for "Road".
There is something to say about eating at a no-frill place. It can either be good or bad. Nothing in between. And when the place comes with a view, it is definitely worth a try. This place is called Nagisa Tei.
Padang Brown Food Court has been around as long as I could remember as a child in 1960s. It is shaped like a circular crest with an internal grassed courtyard with trees and a monument, and on either sides of the circle is a half-shaped concave open sheltered structure with over 40 food stalls.
This is one of my favourite way of cooking fish fillets. It is very easy to cook and doesn't take much time to prepare. I estimated it took me less than 30 minutes. A couple of side dishes to go with the fish - a simple stir fry mixed vegetables and rice.
What would you do in Penang for 3 days and 2 nights? I was recently asked to design a travel program for a group of friends who were visiting Penang for a class reunion. Their requirements were fairly simple. Most of them have not been to Penang for years. They just want to get together. Catch up and have fun. Sounds simple. But it was not. Not knowing their likes and dislikes, it would be a challenge.
The northern Thai style pork curry is known as "gaeng hang leh muu" in Thailand. I first came to know of this dish on a recent trip to Chiang Mai, when I stayed at the fabulous "Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel" and had a traditional Lanna Thai dinner.
Bababoi is a compact Malaysian restaurant that specialises in Nyonya style cuisine. A unique and distinctive culture and tradition in Malaysia, blending Malay and Indian spices in Chinese cooking. It is a melting pot of a bygone era brought back by Bababoi on the northwest bank of the Yarra River next to the heritage listed Mission of Seafarers.
Opened in Dec 2016 is this stylish and slick restaurant in the heart of George Town. The head chef, Aldrien, called it a modern Japanese fusion style cuisine using the freshest ingredients and produces to masterly craft an exciting menu that has never been seen here in Penang at any of the Japanese restaurants.
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