Whenever durian season comes around, many of us go on a durian hunt, looking for their favourite type of durian. Durian is a popular snack in Southeast Asia. However, while we love the King of Fruits, some seem to have a different take on it as they find the fruit smells stinky like a garbage fume or rotten food and the taste is too heavy. Every year, between May and July, hundreds of makeshift durian stalls will pop up all… Read More »Durian
One of the easiest one-pot meals is chicken stew. This is the ultimate in comfort food and it is easy to prepare too. Best of all, you can eat it on its own or with some soft warm bread or fluffy steamed white rice. Perfect for a lazy weekend or during cold rainy days.
This is another pork soup with vermicelli but with a different twist. Bak Kee th’ng (Starched Pork Soup) vermicelli is a soup of deep fried pork slices in starchy soup with garlic and cabbage. An authentic Hokkien cuisine which is becoming less and hard to find, and many people are more familiar with oh mee (oyster noodle) then the bak kee vermicelli soup. It is not mere plain pork meat balls or plain minced pork but seasoned minced pork dipped… Read More »Bak Kee vermicelli
The Penang Botanic Gardens also known as the “Waterfall Gardens” because of the cascading waterfall nearby, is a public park situated in a valley along Jalan Kebun Bunga. The Penang Botanical Garden are about five km from Georgetown. It is a well landscaped place that contains a huge variety of indigenous and exotic plant species. Set up by the British in 1884 by Charles Curtis of the Gardens & Forests Departments Straits Settlements, it used to be an old quarry… Read More »Penang Botanical Garden
Popiah basah is like a Vietnamese summer roll or a vegetarian Malaysian buritto version which is simple and delicious, except the skin or wrapper is of different texture and thickness. Unlike the Chinese poh piah, which is has diced shrimps, the Malay or Indian muslim version of the Popiah is vegetarian based. It is also called popiah basah which translated as wet popiah. Popiah Basah is a simple dish, the popiah fillings consist of jicama, bean sprouts and eggs. The shredded jicama… Read More »Popiah basah
The Penang oyster noodles is one must-try dish when in Penang. Many visitors to Penang would probably give it a try when they visit the island. The dish of braised yellow noodles served with a medley of oysters, meat or fish slices, shrimps and vegetables in thick, savoury gravy is something to be enjoyed especially if you love oysters. Though the origins of this dish are undetermined, it is very much a Hokkien dish that can only be found in… Read More »Oh Mee (oyster noodle)
Soft and chewy, slightly sticky and covered in a generous medley of nutty flavours, this local delicacy is almost like the famous Japanese mochi and yet different. Imagine biting into the soft, sticky glutinous rice balls and getting a burst of sweet and salty flavours from the coating of sugar and ground peanuts. Unlike the mochi, muar chee is eaten warm from the steamer so the hawker will deftly chop it up while coating the steamed glutinous rice flour in… Read More »Muar Chee
Penang has been famous for its ‘buah jeruk’ pickles for many years. Nothing says Penang more than the sweet and sour pickled fruits known simply as ‘buah jeruk’ which leaves fans craving for. It is said that this is due to nutmeg growing in abundance in Penang, which is one of the main pickle options. Pickled fruits are not something new or original to Penang as various versions of pickles from fruits to vegetables are available all over the world… Read More »Buah Jeruk