Travelblogue: Eating like there’s no tomorrow on our last day in Penang


We may have stuffed ourselves till we were green in the face, but Penang still held a few tasty treats that we just had to try before we left.

Snug under 2 large rainforest trees - this makeshift eating area is aptly named 'Under a big tree'. Check out the 'drive-through' in front of the duck mee sua stall

For instance the hawker stalls at Sungei Pinang, just in front of the Honda dealership. I’d been there 5 years ago, and the blurred memory of what to me was an unbeatable bowl rich, spicy  Curry Noodles (or ‘karri mee’ as it’s lovingly called) and a solid Herbal Duck Mee Sua, made returning a must.

Sadly, in the clarity of the present, what I had remembered as kick-ass curry noodles had somehow lost its magic for me. The soup seemed thinner and not as ‘lemak’ as before. To make up for my disappointment, I took comfort in the duck mee sua.

Delicate skeins of rice noodles quickly cooked – so that they are still firm to the bite – in a rich herby broth of ‘gei zi’ (wolfberries) and ‘dong guai’ (the root of the Angelica sinensis, which is a member of the celery family). Beats any duck mee sua I’ve had in Singapore…

Mee Sua by morning light

Makes you want to abandon all your mother's lessons in table manners, pick up the bowl and slurp it all down

Besides the mee sua and ‘kari mee’ there was also a stall selling fried fish bee hoon. It was too garlicky for my taste, although my friend Chiang said it reminded him of the bee hoon his mother used to make – which he liked – and well familiar, childhood tastes are what make up comfort food – so I guess it was good for him.  The upside for me was the freshly battered and fried fish and prawns.

Truly a last meal to remember…not least because the sun was blazing it’s way up and through the little shelter and drowning us all in pools of our own perspiration!

I don’t usually have a sweet tooth, but just had to leave you with a sweet helping of  ‘dessert’:

“San se nai cha” or Three colour milk tea is served with a thick layer of gula melaka (semi-liquid, dense, dark locally produced palm sugar), and packs a powerful punch in the mornings.

We were there during the Mid-autumn Mooncake festival and had the opportunity to try home-made yam mooncakes – with the flaky pastry. These had a creamy yam filling that was not too sweet; and a light flaky crust that was still warm from the oven. Heaven! Price: $S1 per piece….what a treat!

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About Mizdee

Food, food, food. Apart from love, it's the other thing that makes the world go round. When I'm sad it's a comfort, when I'm happy it's a celebration and when I'm not hungry, it's just greediness. But hey! Why not? Life is short too pass up a good meal.

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