Dear all, when you read this, I would have gained a bunch of weight.
Diagnosis? Spent two full days in Penang. Regrets? None. It was deliciously worth it!!
Let me tell you how it began. So, me and my best friend, Jac drove 4 hours up to our friendly city Penang and touched base at Olive Tree hotel. We were hungry, so that’s where all the eating starting. Headed straight for street food at Penang Street. Line Clear Nasi Kandar was our first stop. It was clearly lined with a crowd of people, all eager to buy their food. The dishes served there were mouth-watering. Especially when you were starving. Jac and I wasted no time in getting the dishes we wanted, found seats and ate. 2 pounds gained.
So, feeling a bit guilty, we walked around a bit. We strolled into a nice looking garden and took some pictures in the garden walkway before we found out that it was actually a graveyard for the British and Chinese people when Penang was controlled by the British India Company. That newly known fact did not dampen the serenity of the place. It was very peaceful and we spent the next 20 mins walking around admiring the tombstones, reading their incredibly interesting inscriptions. Readjusted our perspective on life a little.
And our journey continues. We went to explore the Khoo Kongsi.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is sorta like a clubhouse for all people with the surname “Khoo”. Inscriptions of past Khoos and their titles, jobs and prestigious universities graduated from decorate the walls of this prodigious building.
And the infrastructure… there is not enough time to admire all of it. I’ll just show you pictures, which don’t exactly give the Khoo Kongsi justice. Ornate paintings adorn the walls and intricate sculptures and carvings coated every surface. The Khoos did not shortchange on anything.
Hungry in Penang? Impossible. We were snacking a lot. A colourful ice ball caught my attention and I proceeded to track down its source. My search was successful! Led me to a traditional shop selling this Dragon Ice Balls. The name itself is a clear winner. We waltzed right in and ordered the Dragon Ice Ball! Was splendid. I was sucking the life out of it. Was sweet and juicy, perfection, especially with the heat outside.
Obviously after that treat, we decided to walk it off. What better way to do that than to walk up 500 steps to see the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple.
We were panting all the way up, but the climb was worth it! Even though Jac stopped halfway searching for Pokemon. We were quite disappointed when we reached the top because we read online there was supposed to be a waterfall at the top of the hill, but there wasn’t! There’s no waterfall guys! Don’t fall for it! Nevertheless, we got to see the temple up close and enjoyed the peace and the view before descending.
So after the exercise, I felt that I deserved food again. And that brings us to dinner! Guys. Too good..too good, I’m drooling even thinking back to all the food we had that night. I LOVE seafood. Simply adore it. And we ate a seafood buffet. All you can eat. Seafood. All the seafood you can eat.
I was in a food trance. Everything was fresh and there was sooo much of it! We heaped up plate after plate of fresh seafood. The oysters, to die for. Cool and so firm and fresh. With a sprinkle of lemon on it, was too yummy I was forced to devour almost 15 of these babies. I’m telling you, I had no choice.
All in all, great trip to Penang! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to reward their bellies. Also, there is so much culture and history and art here. So it’s not all about food guys, you can do quite a lot of things in this state. We hardly covered anything the two days we were there. So go have your own fun in Penang and tell us about it! I for one will be going back quite soon!