In the mid morning, Ben’s cousin and family; with Ben’s aunt picked us up for a round the island tour.
Along the way, we stopped at the Tropical Spice Garden.
The entrance fee for a self guided tour is RM15 (CAD5) for adult and RM10 (CAD3.50) for senior and children.
A plate of various commonly used spice was displayed at the ticket counter. Mosquito repellent was provided before we started our exploration as there are a lot of mosquitoes in such tropical forest. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
On the second morning in Penang, we explored along Jalan Burmah in the neighbourhood for breakfast.
We settled at a coffee shop with hawker stalls. I had a dry curry noodle with cuttle fish, cockles, tofu puff and pork blood. I left the pork blood behind as I do not eat pork blood.
Ben had “Lum Mee” with prawns.
Iced coffee to go with the noodles. Come to think of it, I only had iced drink in Malaysia. I always have hot drink in Vancouver, even in summer.
The above came to RM10 (CAD3.50). More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
A convoy of a few families proceeded to Northam Beach Cafe for dinner.
It’s a hawker center along a beach. Too bad it’s too dark to have a better view of the ocean.
At hawker center, you ordered your food from the hawker stalls located around the common seating area. You paid for your order and the food will be delivered to your table. I wonder if there will be orders lost in the midst with so many tables.
We came across a stall making peanut cake using traditional method. It starts with pulverizing the roasted peanuts with a bottle to pounding the peanuts with sugar with the back of a frying pan.
Ben and I shared a drink called Ampula with plum. It tasted like guava. I was skeptical to share the drink with him since he had a cold but luckily I did not fall ill. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
One of Ben’s aunt picked us up for lunch from our hotel. The purpose of our trip to Penang is to rekindle with Ben’s relatives who live in Penang.
Ben’s aunt brought us to New World Park for lunch. It’s a hawker center. Ben had “Har Go” rice roll which is his late father’s favourite. The sauce for this dish is unique to Penang. RM3 (CAD1) for the above. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
Ben was still groggy this morning. He had backache due to the long bus trip. We did not want to go too far to look for breakfast. We just went to the neighbourhood morning market to get some food.
We also bought a couple of red tortoise cake (angku).
Glutinous rice cakes coloured with bunga telang (pulut tai tai). It is served with coconut jam. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
We traveled from Kuala Lumpur to Penang via Aeroline. The bus departed at 2:45PM from Corusl Hotel.
There is complimentary coffee at the waiting area in Corus Hotel. We bought the tickets online; return trip for 2 was CAD83.
We booked the front row seats for more leg room space (on the dash board, :-)). We had great views. The seats also reclined comfortably.
It started to rain once our journey started. We slept a lot during the journey with the rain drops soothing sound plus the humming of the bus. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
Ben was not feeling well on the 3rd day. We were not sure if he caught a cold or caused by the drastic change of weather from the sub zero Beijing fall weather to the above 30 hot and humid KL weather. Perhaps, he had too much heaty durian. He had body ache and a slight temperature. We skipped breakfast as Ben continue to sleep after taking a couple of aspirin.
We checked out from the hotel at 12:00PM and left our luggage at the concierge while we went out to look for a place for lunch. We wanted something light as Ben did not have appetite to eat while I had indigestion problem. We found a restaurant specializes in fish ball in the neighbourhood called Ah Koong Restaurant. We picked this restaurant because it is air-conditioned.
We had their signature fried fish cake for appetizer. It was very bouncy.
Ben had curry laksa with oil noodle. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
Michelle shared a Hot Mulled Apple Cider in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club. This is just perfect for the wintery weather.
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- 6 cups apple cider (we used apple juice)
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 whole allspice berries
- 1 orange peel, cut into strips
- 1 lemon peel, cut into strips