Prince of Wales Island

trishaw ride

Pulau Pinang. The Pearl of the Orient. Penang comes in many names and it’s only befitting to the rich heritage of the island to take a trishaw ride to Lorong Seratus Tahun to eat some Penang Curry Mee during our last day in Penang!

seratus tahun

The gastronomic adventure never stops!

seratus tahun mee

This is the famous Lorong Seratus Tahun curry mee. It comes with the classic chilli on the soup spoon haphazardly slapped on top of your dish. It’s RM 5.50 per bowl and comes with chunks of congealed blood, clams and fresh prawns. It’s awesome!

penang curry mee

I’m usually not a big fan of soup dishes, but I drank every single drop of the rich gravy in this curry mee.

curry mee

We went back to Lorong Selamat after that for char kueh tiaw. Yes, this is an eating expedition! I really wanted to try BOTH the famous Lorong Selamat CKT (the guy with the sunnies and the aunties) and I just know that I wouldn’t be able to board the plane in peace if I haven’t checked out the second stall.

aunty ckt

This is the Lorong Selamat CKT, aunty version (RM 8.50).

ckt 2

It’s oilier than the one we ate the previous day, which I much preferred. I suggest patronizing the stall manned by Mr. Wraparound Sunnies.

new world park

Next on the itinerary: New World Park Lee Brothers 4-in-1 Ice Kacang!

lee brothers

This place has been featured on Ho Chiak! (the local food show) before and it has certainly EARNED its place there. You wouldn’t expect such good stuff from a stall located in a food court. Not just a food court, but a NEW food court at that.

ice kacang

The Lee Brothers 4-in-1 Special Ice Kacang (RM 3.80) is loaded with four different fruits (mango, honey dew, banana and papaya) as well as the usual condiments found in the shaved ice dessert. It’s topped with a rainbow scoop of ice cream and here’s the best thing about it – it’s not adulterated with sugar syrup or other artificial sweeteners. The sweetness is purely derived from the fruits (and the ice cream of course). It’s great!

snake temple

Having eaten our fill, we checked out of the hotel and went to the snake temple with Valerie (who’s a nurse!). The snake temple is a temple with a twist (which the name pretty much gives away) – there’s a snake farm in there where you can take photos with the resident snakes!

snake photo

I took two (2) photos for RM 30.

snakes

The snake temple also has a mini zoo of sorts, which we paid RM 3 for the entrance fee. There are a lot of rare snakes in there…

huge python

…including this gigantic python that must weigh at least a ton! I managed to see it eat a chicken.

python eat

Spit it out!

python me

Getting up close and personal. Touchy feely kind of personal. ;)

cobra me

The highlight of the snake temple has gotta be the King Cobra show. The snake charmer was kind enough to let me get within striking distance of this rather poisonous snake.

king cobra

I managed to take a nice photo of the agitated reptile too. Hiss!

cynthia

I managed to successfully rendezvous with Cynthia on our way out. She just arrived in Penang from Perth. It took no small amount of planning, but we did it! :)

valerie

Valerie sent us to the airport after the 3D/2N trip. We did Penang with less than RM 1,000 - it’s definitely a food paradise, a veritable Eden of hawker food and all that is good!

photo album

One for the photo frame!

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Thanks to MAS for the air tickets and spending money!

Planning a value packed weekend getaway? You know where to look. ;)

Previous posts:

Penang Day 1: The Pearl of the Orient

Penang Day 2: Saturday in Penang: Penang Hill, Fort Cornwallis, Seri Rambai Cannon and Sup Torpedo

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14 thoughts on “Prince of Wales Island

  1. Hey, the stalls at New World Park are mostly popular food stalls in Penang and they are relocated there. New World Park used to be an old entertainment centre and they closed it for many years before opening it again as a food court. The Ice kacang “founder” is the one who first created Ice Kacang in Penang many many years ago!

  2. chefmel: Interesting! Thanks for the insider information Mel! :)
    Eh, so all the food stalls in New World Park are popular food stalls. I like the tasteless pudding like thing (don’t know what it’s called) that comes with sticky sweet sauce too.
    First ice kacang…it’s awesome stuff, I like the unsweetened ice kacang (except for the fruits and ice cream). :)
    I’l heading to Genting for an overnight stay. Updates via http://www.twitter.com/sixthseal
    See ya!

  3. Dude, The hardcore CKT Auntie uses the old school charcoal fire! BTW, where did your friend buy his T-shirt, Los Angeles should be a one liner just like New York and San Francisco.

  4. HB, I am glad your trip is paid for. Your entries helped people learn more about your homeland. I now will try to make curry mee and char kueh tiaw after seeing photos. Will try to find best recipes for it.

  5. “Thanks” HB. I was gonna have chicken for dinner tommorow, but now, I guess I’ll just have a salad. ;) tom

  6. e: Heh! I prefer the uncle CKT – the dude with the cool wraparound sunglasses has the best char kueh tiaw in Penang! :)
    BTW, that’s Cynthia’s brother. :)
    WEEN: Dude! That is sooo NSFW. ;)
    pm: Nope.
    cynthia: Yeah, it has been a while…I just got back from a weekend in Genting, need to go on a break soon too.
    It’s healthy to go on trips during weekends, considering the long hours I work. :)
    headsteadi: Alas, I didn’t manage to try chicken rice in Penang. I shall go check it out next time. Cheers mate! :)
    Erica: I think the secret is in the lard they use for frying. You can try it with streaky bacon fat in the US. :)
    dragoncity: I’m not scared of snakes. I’m scared of spiders. Spiders makes me damn uncomfortable but I’m not afriad of anything else. I’ll even jump if someone touches me while I’m looking at a particularly large aracnid specimen. :)
    Shirley Snow: I love snakes! :)
    Ball pythons makes good pets but not in condos. I don’t think the other residents will take it very well if it escapes. ;)
    tom r: Heh! Enjoy, my friend. :)

  7. surprisingly, someone put this link on fb, just because one of our old friend was covered in 6seal.com.
    wat a small world tat 2 sarawakian meet at penang.
    btw, me also going to penang next week ley, but just for 2d1n with alex. =)
    thanks for this post, at least i think it save me a lot of time doing research liao.
    oh ya, how did u get around in penang? u guys have car or u get a taxi?

  8. goolooloo: Your old friend? Which one?
    Hehe! I got something to ask you about that actually, but it’s not a good medium here. I think you know what I want to ask dy. ;)
    Nope, we had friends bringing us around for most of the days. :)

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