i don't envy the penangites for the constant traffic crawl & for the escalating cost of property but you can't beat penang for the variety of food on offer.
we had our 1st lunch at the newly opened coffee island at gurney drive. i like it for the ample free parking & the cheap lunch. the main course....
............came with soup, dessert (kuih & fruits) & drinks in a buffet spread....
my sambal fish with brianyi rice costs only rm10.90, & there's no service charge or govt tax!!
our 1st family dinner was at a restaurant in cititel hotel, a whole 8-course of it.
the next day, it's off to penang road for the cendol...
2 stalls....each claimed to be famous but 1 seemed to attract more customers. we showed no favouritism by having 1 bowl from each stall. what caught my eye was this man frying char kway teow...notice anything odd?
he's promoting his stall based on his handedness....is he a marketing guru or what?
chowrasta market along penang road is where you get reasonably-priced tau sar pneah, nutmegs, rojak sauce & lots of other stuff....
i must also tell you about this new place that just opened recently along northam road called...
it sells hawker fare but i like it because there is ample free parking. i may sound overly concerned about parking but not having lived in penang or KL/PJ in recent years, i personally dread driving round & round searching for a place to park. so, a spacious & free parking lot is like heaven on earth for me.
what's more, it's right by the beach, as the name suggests. there are over 20 stalls serving all kinds of penang food.
we used to go to porntip's for thai food but that has since closed. the in-laws took us to the thai restaurant at heritage club on scotland road, near the penang sports club. nice ambience, food tasted authentic & yes, ample free parking again!
one more for the road - dim sum breakfast at bali hai along gurney drive. it was still packed when we arrive at 10.30am.
but, it was good - everything you'd expect from a popular dimsum restaurant.
we left for home soon after breakfast. i think the person most happiest with this trip is the mother-in-law. she hasn't seen my daughter for 2 years & we had dinner together every night we were there. she's getting on in age & there won't be many more dinners like these.
as for me, i quite dread driving the long distance but i'd do it for the old lady. the sumptuous spread is just an added bonus.