Feb 13, 2011

CNY @ Penang Makan Trip

It's common sometimes to find local who knows very little about their place. Well, ME INCLUDED! ;) Since we married, husband been bugging me to bring him to Penang and try those heavens (food, beaches etc) but i soo had no clue esp when all you know your last, nice visit was 10 years back! Only recent CNY, the whole family able to gather & spent our great 2 nights together in Penang. All arranged by our parents & theme for this trip was non other than LOTS OF MAKAN! :D

We stayed in Copthorne Orchid, Tg Bungah - the last few left with friendly budget as most hotels were either fully booked or too expensive given CNY is peak season. But I didnt recommend for it has worst bed so far.

All makan places we went were from my abah's best ratings, apparently those are popular among tourist too :) First we stopped by for lunch was Restoran Kapitan. I've been here few times before, no doubt my favourite was their Ayam Tandoori! Very tender and the spices very well blended, except this time i wished the ayam more crunchy ;) The boys must have rice in their menu, so all of them ordered Briyani Claypot - one of signature here in Kapitan!

Went to Padang Kota Lama for dinner. It's food-court kind by seaside & one of my fave place when i was kid. We had almost everything that night - sotong bakar, sotong kangkung, pasembor, laksa penang, char koay teow, cendol etc! Except charkoay teow, the rest were all good. Recommended for those wanted to have all kind of Penang food everything under one roof :) But expect to pay extra for decent plate as the place has all the way been commercialized.

We had late lunch at this one Malay warung the next day. Sorry no pics, everyone like angry piranha when the food came! Warung macam nak roboh je tapi the food here amazingly all sedap & pedas!! Tomyam, ikan 3 rasa, ikan stim, kerabu mangga, sotong tepung etc...cant remember how many trip of nasik tambah we had here LOL. Highly recommended esp when you dah boring asik makan mamak je. Unfortunately they dont have signboard, but the warung just opposite Royal Hotel i think..

bumped into drive thru atm..my first time!

Finally that evening, we tried parasailing for the first time! Price RM80/px & RM150/couple for 15mins ride. We could barely see the jellyfish and as we flown up, these creatures made beautiful sight when viewing from far top..impressive! We also tried the jetskii (rm70/ride) - cursed my husband all the way as i almost terpelanting sbb laju gila dia bawak.....sumpah lagi scary dari parasailing ok! He said only jetskii je you can merempit sesuka hati & nobody will ever saman you..yea rightttttt !!!!

Later that night we went to Gurney Drive for dinner. We were entertained by this mamak who prepared pasembor sambil menari...no wonder he can stay in shape LOL!

After checkout the next day, abah brought to local's fave of kedai Kari Kepala Ikan for lunch. The kedai only opens 11am-3pm daily & very tricky to find (bawah flat). Their curry memang terbaek, and according to owner they about to launch their new branch at Damansara Perdana this week :)

We thought the curry was the closing. No, NOT YET! Next food station was Salwa Mee Udang in Teluk Kumbar. To everyone their mee udang worth the waiting, with thick gravy & all served are udang laut. I just wished the gravy is more pedas. We also had ketam rebus, sedap gile cicah air asam - a must TRY here :)

Tandoori & Briyani. checked.
Char Koay Teow.checked.
Laksa Penang.checked.

The only souvenir we brought back was tee for Hana's baby from HRC. I'd love the baby romper, but Hana prefer the tees ;)

We're looking forward for next family trip cos somehow we missed Nasi Kandar earlier! :p

p/s : We're ONE YEAR today by the way!


coy mistress said...

oh i miss Penang food :(

next trip to Penang, i can give hang pointers for my family's fave eateries :P

hidden.wing said...


coy mistress said...


hidden.wing said...

Rumah aunty hang la. kat situ ade spa best :p

si kecil said...

naaaaaakkk baallikk!!! sob sob..skang dah homesick baca post ni. sotong bakar was superb. xjumpa kt tmpt lain..

Wani said...

congrats shyll!!
y la so many pictures of food T_T

coy mistress said...

khareyana tu ka? amboih igt lg rumah aunty aku kat mana :P let's do it. tunggu aku balik! shylla blanja, thanks!

Fathiyah said...

cheq terliuq dahhhh....hehe
penang food mmg the best kan =)

ciksha said...

The kedai opposite Royal Hotel tu ialah sebuah kedah tomyam famous, nama kedai tu Su Ail Kenari :) Ada branch kat dalam Prangin Mall tingkat 1 blkg McDonald's jugak. Btw, drive-thru ATM tu kat mana, I pun tak pernah tau selama dok Png! Hee

hidden.wing said...

nasrah, beli tiket balik kampung sekarang!! hahaha

wani, saje...kasi ko rindu sama malaysia hehehehhehe..thanks Wani!

nazlin, belanja ginger tea mau? apsal tunggu hang balik? bukan kat malaysia ka? DEM!

fathiyah : kan! husband cheq pun dah tanya bila nak balik penang lagi ;D

ciksha, thanks for info :D it's UOB! area gurney or tg bungah camtu hehehe

coy mistress said...

oh ashylla. aku di united states. oh oh. hence, rindu penang food. oh oh.

ederq said...

drool! babe, i knowww that dancing rojak guy! siap nyanyi2 rojak2 sampai me n hub terpengaruh ok asik nak nyanyi tu.haha

hidden.wing said...

nazlin, oleh itu kita serendipitously meet di states sajoooo. wah gituuu berangan!

ederq..nak suruh mamak tu masuk cabaran rexona so you think you can dance musim kedua! go mamak!!

coy mistress said...

gitu. mai la wey! mai mai!

The Spasmodic Scribbler said...

Gila la, terliurnya tengok food!

Since I am a big fan of food, I think I must persuade my fiance to have our pre honeymoon in Penang!

papaYA said...

Owh, the foooodies..

Copthorne Orchid, Tg Bungah is no good ke? We are planning a group trip next month and nak stay situ..
Overall hotel tu ok tak??

hidden.wing said...

farah, this food heaven is a MUST visit!! ;D

papaYa, my biggest thumbdown was their bed...tilam dah melengkung, not so comfy to sleep. all twin bed for our 3 rooms pulak tu =( the rest are pretty standard for 3* hotel. just lower down your expectation then u'll enjoy the trip better! :)