Today we went out separate ways, Ben hiring a bike for a few hours, and me on Penang Hawker food tour.
Perhaps having breakfast before had been a bad idea. Or perhaps just sampling so many dishes was bound to end in tears anyway.
Here I am, three hours later, so stuffed I can barely move. While I did manage to photograph everything, I didn't think to take a single shot with the iPhone. Oh well, you'll just have to use your imagination.
First stop was Sister's Cafe for a serve of Char Kway Teow. This version featured prawns and was topped with crabmeat (4MYR).
Next stop was the Lye Lye Foodcourt for Loh Bak, I chose the prawn fritter and pork sausage version (2.5MYR) and washed it down with a local Chinese tea (1MYR). The tea was a real highlight. Sweet, with a hint of licorice flavour, lifting the lid revealed chrysanthemum flowers and lots of other things I couldn't identify. Very nice, and apparently very medicinal.
Off to Kedai Manakin Food Plaza for Claypot Bak Kut Teh, a rich broth with tofu and pork rib (10 MYR). This was by far my favourite dish of the day. Also touted as a medicinal food, you could literally feel the health giving properties with each mouthful. It had an elusive flavour that I couldn't quite identify, but so, so good.
And as no visit to Malaysia us complete without a serve of that bizarre drink/dessert Chendel (2.80MYR), we stopped off for a quick pick me up. A strange mix of green noodles, coconut, ice, syrup and redbeans, it's flavour is hard to describe. Very sweet and rich, and the thing that finally made me think I might burst!
The tour took three hours and we went to many other food courts, hawker stalls and roadside stands.
Now it's time for a quick nap, before heading out into the hustle and bustle again.
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