Travel Malaysia…Penang.

Retired No One Told Me! Travel Malaysia

This weekend I am taking you to Penang, Malaysia …

My first trip was a whistle-stop visit as I had to fulfil the terms of my first visa application but I loved my short stopover in Penang and will certainly be returning to explore Penang at leisure.

The capital Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage City.

“The islands’ capital” and Malaysia’s second largest city behind Kuala Lumpa.

With such a multicultural population as expected, it is a foodies heaven, there is a wonderfully eclectic variety of culinary delights ready for you to sample and I did I sampled as much as I could in the short time I was there…

I chose to visit The Penang road which is famous for its Teochew Chendul stall, there is always a perpetual queue of locals as well as excited tourists it dates back to 1936 when it founder Tan Teik Fuang began selling these frozen desserts on Penang Road.

My favoured mode of transport is one of these… A rickshaw…

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My driver was a chatty little man who spoke quite good English and pointed out all the things he thought I would like to see a most enjoyable ride.

I was in foodies heaven that is after delighting at the beautiful architecture which consists of both new and old and they marry together delightfully.


I much prefer using local transport rather than a taxi so off we set to get my cendol…At first, the bright neon green of the jelly noodles put me off slightly… If you read my 5 questions over at Sally’s and the greengage jam and gravy saga you will know why…lol


Chendul also is known as Cendol and is a mixture of shaved ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, red beans and green jelly noodles made from Pandam once I knew this I put any reservations I had to one side.

Each bowl is made to order and what makes this dish..this delicious dessert so very special is that it is not overwhelmingly sweet but has just a touch a very light touch of sweetness and many go back for a second bowl… I was very tempted as having tried it I was a convert but I was saving myself for my visit to the night market and looking forward to sampling an Oyster omelette and I couldn’t leave without also having my favourite Nasi Lemak.

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Served on a banana leaf as is most of the food comprises of rice, meat, nuts and a spicy sambal always slightly different and you can choose your preferred meat but always delicious.

The Oyster omelette is made with an egg and rice flour batter which creates a balance between crispness and fluffiness. The briny Oysters are mixed with green onions, chilli and garlic and then fried in the batter and served with a hot chilli dip…Foodie Heaven once again and another dish for which Penang is famous for.

This bustling and vibrant night market which is situated in the New Lane Hawker Centre, Lorong Baru George Town and opens @ 4 pm every day.

During my stay, I stayed at The Banana Boutique which is a lovely little boutique hotel with friendly staff. It is also fairly close to all the amenities that I wanted to visit.

All in all a lovely short stay but next time I will go in search of the beautiful beaches which I am told are well worth a visit surrounded by palm trees and some of the most stunning beaches and only about a 30 minute trip to the North from George Town.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you have please share with your favourite social media…Thank you.

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28 thoughts on “Travel Malaysia…Penang.

  1. hudayadayada

    Hi Carol. I really enjoy reading your post. I’m super excited because yeah, I’m Malaysian. You’re right. Malaysia is a food heaven as there are more than 3 races over here. You just name it, Chinese food? Indian? Malay? Western? Fusion cuisine? They’re all over the places. I’m glad that you happy and enjoy your tour. It’s a lovely country with lovely people and for sure, lovely food. Come back again soon and discover other places in Malaysia.
    Have a good day, Carol!

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    1. Carol Post author

      How lovely..I truly hope you enjoy it and try the lovely food Malaysia has to offer… It is a mix of old and new so something for everyone …Enjoy!

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  2. Rosy Mathew

    I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called cook board and one was of them was shot in Malaysia presented by Rachel Khoo. I didn’t know much about Malaysia before. But after watching I got to know about the culture, people through the kinds of foods they eat and the way they cook. One of dishes that seemed interesting to me was the one you mentioned Nasi lamek. The way the ferment the shrimp to make the paste belachan and put that in sambal was so fascinating. Just like Japan has their fish sauce, this was something I never knew until now.

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    1. Carol Post author

      I love Rachel Khoo and some of these programmes are a great way to learn about other cuisines…I have learnt so much more about cooking since living here…particularly as I was very recipe driven before and now I look at what I have available and cook more by taste and instinct which I think is far better…Thank you,Rosy, for contributing to the conversation and also for following my blog 🙂

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  4. dgkaye

    Thanks for the mini beautiful tour Carol. I did remember those green noodles from your interview, lol and I’m sorry but it’s a no go for me on eating them, lol. The oyster dish looked yummy. 🙂 x

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    1. Carol Post author

      I tried them of course but sweet dishes are not my forte I much prefer something like the oyster omelltte or the Nasi lemak much tastier…Thank you for dropping in Debby 🙂 xx

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