We took the bus to Komtar and walked a block to Jalan Penang, where good fried koay teow and cendol can be found; Joo Hooi Cafe
The best Char Koay Teow
After the good meal, we walked through the old streets of Penang. we were heading to the jetty to meet up with another member of the party and to take a bus to Penang Hill. We hopped on bus 204 from he jetty terminal which took us straight to Penang Hill, a.k.a. Bukit Bendera.
It was a really hot day..
Check out http://www.penanghill.gov.my for more info.
It was a quick ride to the top especially with their new trains. From the top, you could see the whole of Georgetown and the Penang Bridge. You can also chill at a cafe up there.
*Photography tip. If you want to take a photo of a very bright background and dark foreground, set your camera aperture to f/8 or a higher value and use flash. The bigger aperture will decrease the amount of light from the background and the flash highlights your object, for example, me in the photo above. If set on auto, your photo most likely will come out like below..
We didnt stay up on the hill for long because a storm was brewing and some of us were quite desperate for the famous asam laksa in Air Itam.. On the way to Penang Hill, bus 204 does pass by the famous Asam Laksa Store. It is not walking distance from Penang Hill, so you have to take a bus to Kek Lok Si Temple, which is a landmark for that shop.
The Laksa here was great, The Sugar Cane drink here was great, the Fried Bread (Mua Chi and Ham Jim Peng) was also great! All in one, this is a place you must visit.
After filling our stomachs, we walked to the Kek Lok Si Temple. It seems that theyre building a very big Buddha there.
If im not mistaken, Kek Lok Si Temple is also known as the Turtle Palace. If you walk up the steps to the temple, you will arrive at its sanctuary.
The temple was so big that you need to take a cable car up.. Sadly, the cable car was already closed when we reached there because getting there was far and quite long. This is what we saw on the way up.
Since the temple was closing, we headed back to the city to have dinner at New Lane, which was said to be good. Anyhow, I didnt really have a good meal here..
Loh Bak, this was quite nice..
Curry Mee, also not bad..
Otak-otak, a disappointment, it was cold and mushy.. perhaps not cooked enough..
Chee Cheong Fun, this was good..
This is Char Koay Kak, it was said to be good..
Some dumpling soup.. not bad, though personally I like this dish fried..
Wan Tan Mee, a disappointment, soggy noodles, abit mushy wanton..
Grilled fish, I actually couldnt taste anything from this.. Viva Food Heaven has better grilled fish..
Poh Piah, not that nice. the one back in KL is much better..
After a non satisfying meal, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and get ready for our 2nd dinner across our hotel again. We were eager to try something new, so we tried the Horse Shoe Crab, which I did mention that it was another disappointment. Anyway, for info about Viva Food Heaven, click here.
Well thats about it for the 2nd day. I fell sick at this time so I went to bed soon.. Stay tuned to day 3.. :)
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