Travelogue 4: The Penang Foodscapade (Gastronomy)

15 Apr

I’m really very behind on my posts of late, because being on practicum lately really does take up a lot of time, especially when lessons and many materials must be prepared beforehand too.

So here’s the real deal when it comes to Penang – their street food is really awesome, for lack of a better word to describe it. Not to mention cafe-hopping – it’s 1 thing that many people do, so much that it in a way has become a worldwide culture. The best part about cafes in Penang is that everything is so cheap there! Imagine paying the same digits in Penang and Singapore (RM36 and S$36 really is hell of a difference!!).

This post is going to an image-heavy one, and will be in chronological order as best as possible. But most importantly, it’ll chronicle the addresses of the various places we went to as much as possible, so that you guys will be able to find them easily should you be planning a trip to Penang in the near future! 🙂


Best. Damn. Chendol. Ever. It was the first thing we raced out to hunt for the moment we left our luggage in our hostel! So worth the queue, really.

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On Day 1, Jeremy and I found the best Penang char kway teow and oyster omelette at Lorong Selamat, Kafe Heng Huat. I was never a fan of char kway teow in Singapore because the dark sauce used in cooking it made the whole dish look extremely oily, unhealthy and unappetizing to me. But as I think most people would know, char kway teow is a must eat when in Penang. So we ordered 1 plate of oyster omelette and char kway teow to share, and the moment I tried the char kway teow here I was sold. We loved it so much, that we actually made another trip back just to have it again. The kway teow literally melted in my mouth, the prawns were huge and fresh to my standards (especially considering that it’s street food!), overall I really loved the roasted scent of the char kway teow. And the oyster omelette.. Perfection!!

Kafe Heng Huat
108, Lorong Selamat
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 6pm

Best prawn mee I’ve ever eaten – the broth was so flavorful and good! 😀  Now I’m kicking myself because I forgot the name of the shop this was at :\
Jeremy’s lor mee – pretty good too!
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We chanced upon a street side stall selling flavored ice balls at Armenian Street, and because this was something that we never saw in Singapore, obviously we jumped at the chance to get one! 🙂
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My joy was complete when we chanced upon a lok lok streetside stall. And the thing was that the restaurant kind aren’t the real deal; the streetside stall one is. Love the feeling of streetside stalls somehow – the experience is always more authentic!
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Wanton Mee at a streetside stall just outside Love Lane – we couldn’t finish these as Jeremy mistakenly ordered the large portion, and we were so full. The char siew and the wanton.. (Y)
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Bacon egg cups!! *lovey eye emoticon
This place is called Mugshot Cafe, and they’re apparently well known for their bagels. I found out about this place via Miss Tam Chiak, and Jeremy’s colleague also recommended this place too. Their cream cheese bagels were so good, and in total, for the coffees, bacon egg cups and bagels, we only paid RM36. So. Damn. Cheap!!

The Mugshot Cafe
302, Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (Daily) : 8am – 9pm


We took time to chill a bit at Brew Thirty Two with a cuppa, before heading to visit Penang Time Tunnel! 🙂 Love the ambience there, and the fact that the sound system was playing Westlife songs too scored brownie points with me!

Brew Thirty Two
32 Jalan Green Hall, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
Opening Hours: Sunday- Thursday (1030-2230), Friday-Saturday (1030-0000)
We tried mee goreng at a ferry terminal.. Not worth our money, and there was a funny aftertaste that made me stop eating as I didn’t want to risk a stomachache.
Gurney Drive! THE real deal for good street food!
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The curry mee.. Brings back a huge lot of memories of my primary school days as the soup was exactly like that! 😀
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All the eats at Gurney Drive.. Sinful yet satisfying! 🙂

We chanced upon this little bar behind our hostel, which is called Behind 50. Apparently their food is not bad, and we found this on the menu – Hot Honey Milk! The moment we tried it, it was an absolute comfort, and we loved it so much that every night we would stop by here for this, before going back to our hostel to shower and sleep 😀

Behind 50
Muntri Street, 10200, Pinang George Town, Pulau Pinang
Opening Hours: Closed on Thursdays, Fridays-Wednesdays 1800-0100
We explored the jetties too, and there was this hawker place near the jetties that we decided to grab a bite at. Their handmade noodles were  so good, that we actually made a second trip back there to eat it again! 🙂 This place holds memories because they were playing a lot of underrated Jay Chou songs on the sound system, and it so happened that just a day before Penang, we were rocking it out at Jay Chou’s concert! 😀
We stopped in at Downtown Art Heritage cafe for some unique cakes and drinks. Interesting tastes, which blended surprisingly well together!

Downtown Art Heritage
No. 149, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling,
10200, Georgetown, Penang.
Opening Hours: Daily, 1000-2200

I sat in this cafe called Wheeler’s Coffee just a few places down from our hostel for iced earl grey tea, and it turned out pretty decent 🙂

Wheeler’s Coffee
67 Love Lane, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
Opening Hours: Closed on Tuesdays. Monday, Wednesday-Friday 0900-2200, Saturday and Sunday 0900-0000
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Our last day here, and we decided to stop by Kaffa Espresso Bar for breakfast! 🙂 It’s very near to Brew Thirty Two and Penang Time Tunnel, and we had noticed it earlier when we were trying to find Penang Time Tunnel.

Their breakfasts honestly weren’t fantastic to me, but I quite liked the ambience there in general, plus prices were way cheaper compared to Singapore. Seriously, I’d never had so much fun cafe-hopping when I was in Penang because everything’s just so cheap!

Kaffe Espresso Bar 
22, Green Hall, 10200 Pinang George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

So yep, this rounds up my very long overdue Penang travelogue, especially because I had been so busy wrapping up practicum, and all the reports.

Next up, Bali travelogue! 🙂

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