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Peranakan Museum in Penang

Peranakan Museum in Penang

Where is your favorite place in Malaysia?

“Where is your favorite place in Malaysia?” I asked my Malaysian friends. More than half of them answered “Penang”.
I never made it to Penang during my first and second visit to Malaysia. It was marked on my guidebook, but I was captivated the beauty and comfort in Malacca. Penang was the last stop of my third Malaysia visit. By the time I was heading to Penang, I just couldn’t wait to go back to the heat after four days up in the wet and cold Cameron Highlands.

“Don’t forget to grab a food map in Penang.” was another tip we got from our Malaysian friend. That’s right, Penang’s food is so diverse, you need a map to figure out what to eat and where to go. It was the perfect place for Malaysian food lovers like us. The small town was concentrated with food. It was amazing to see how many food stalls are in Penang, and how those were full with people all the time. Seemed like people are just eating, nothing else.

That’s what we did for three days in Penang. Stephen mapped out all the different dishes and restaurants for the each meal. We had wanton mee, curry mee, char kway teow, Penang laksa, prawn mee, cendol, nasi kandar, almond milk, starfruit juice (just because I love starfruit so much), samosa, sesame ball, yam ball, chicken rice, chicken noodle soup, and many cups of teh tarik. Yet, we still missed many foods on the food map.

But Penang was more than food (although food was the best part). Its architecture was quite fascinating. I enjoyed touring at Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. An hour of an extensive tour covers his personal stories and the Chinese culture in Malaysia. Peranakan Museum was interesting. In fact, it reminded me a lot about Sultan’s palace in Java Island, Indonesia. Must be the foreign influence during the Dutch period.

 

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion

Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower

Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower

The lemon drink guy at Penang

The lemon drink guy at Penang

Old Townhall of Penang

Old Townhall of Penang

Indian snack stand

Indian snack stand – trays of heaven I would say!

Penang street

Penang street

Street art in Penang

Street art in Penang

Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum

The shrine at Peranakan Museum

The shrine at Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum

Living room at Peranakan house

Peranakan Museum

Stained glass at Peranakan museum

Penang cendol

Penang cendol

Penang Laksa

Penang Laksa

Someone's getting married today!

Someone’s getting married today! – Maybe this is the season to get married. I met so many couples!

char kway teow in Penang

char kway teow in Penang

At the water front at Penang

At the water front at Penang

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

5 Comments

  1. JR Riel says:

    The photos capture beautifully the blend of cultures and intricate history of Malaysia. And that picture of char kway teow! Looks a lot like pad thai, but with wider noodles.

  2. […] every Malaysian’s favorite local destination. The city is full of eateries and historic sites. No one makes better char keow teow (fried wide rice noodle), and nasi kandar […]

  3. ChinaMatt says:

    I loved Penang. Was supposed to stay at Cheong Fatt Tze, but they were filming a movie there that week.

  4. Mumun says:

    I heard Penang is awesome for food hunting. Liked anything in particular?

  5. […] why Malaysia is a heaven for foodies. There are cities that’s focused on food tourism, like Penang. Maybe that’s why I’ve been drawn to Malaysia for all these years, and hosting two out […]

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