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!
The gastronomic adventure never stops!
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!
I’m usually not a big fan of soup dishes, but I drank every single drop of the rich gravy in this 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.
This is the Lorong Selamat CKT, aunty version (RM 8.50).
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.
Next on the itinerary: New World Park Lee Brothers 4-in-1 Ice Kacang!
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.
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!
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!
I took two (2) photos for RM 30.
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…
…including this gigantic python that must weigh at least a ton! I managed to see it eat a chicken.
Spit it out!
Getting up close and personal. Touchy feely kind of personal. ;)
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.
I managed to take a nice photo of the agitated reptile too. Hiss!
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 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!
One for the photo frame!
Thanks to MAS for the air tickets and spending money!
Planning a value packed weekend getaway? You know where to look. ;)
Penang Day 1: The Pearl of the Orient