One day in Penang, Malaysia

Just want to quickly write about my recent trip to Penang, Malaysia. Quite different from the rest of the country, once you are here, you’ll feel the culture contrast especially by the Chinese. But then again, mosque and temples and also churches coexist in this small island. One word, dense. Culturally dense hence you’ll get a little bit of everything in menu choices. Let me start you off.

Morning drive from nearby Alor Star to Penang and arrived just in time for lunch. Our first stop was Restoran Kapitan. If you need recommendation, I gladly urge you to try tandoori chicken and briyani rice. Very filling indeed. Of course, you have to get teh tarik in every restaurant in Malaysia. That’s like world’s best hands down.

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After lunch, I really have to force myself to walkaround town because of all the calories I’ve gobbled down. So I just went to the nearby Kapitan Mosque. It was built by the Indian Muslims who first settled down in the earlier days. Also I was told it’s the biggest mosque in Penang. No picture as we were drenched in sweat due to great hot Asian tropical weather.

 

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Then! We were blessed with rain showers later that evening so I was more than delighted to walk further around the town. Now people, if you are like me who love artsy and taking photos, let’s walk more and more to find wall arts around town. Here are a few that I found!

 

 

Now that it was late evening, but it’s still very nice and sunny with occassional showers (how can you not love the weather???) we made our way to a local cafe just to chillax before going back. We found a total gem in Georgetown. I would not talk about the price because I do admit it is pricey no matter how I want to justify the place. But in all seriousness, it’s a great place to take five with a drink (only one! :(…. ) I had an iced coffee and my friend had a smothie. Oh, and the place is called Awesome Canteen. I do like their service and decorations sooo yes, I would recommend this cafe!

 

Last but not least, please treat yourself to local delicacy called pasembur. I was too tired to find a famous place of this but surprisingly you can just find the meal everywhere. I came to Penang for the food and would totally stay for daysss to try everything my friend had listed down for me 😦 But if you only have a day, I strongly recommend you to see the town on foot and splurge yourself with all the goodness around town. Defo will come back soooon!

 

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I had a lovely time here during my visit, but that’s probably because I enjoyed my friends’ company :p Kuala Lumpur is bzzzzing busy as all other capital cities are, but to be honest, it is kinda off-putting and I didn’t feel to go out at all. I went to Seremban from Kuala Lumpur and I thought maybe it would be less crowded so I searched for a decent and quiet place for a nice chat with great local food.

I ended up having two cafes in Seremban, which were quite pleasant; given that they are not within a few minutes drive. I have not tried any other places but since I am quite satisfied with these places, a review won’t hurt 😉

  1. BROS CAFE

I was told that this is a Korean owned coffee shop with Korean staffs and Korean menu as well. Since I’ve been to Korea, I could see Korean coffee culture and how they tried to incarnate that in their cafe.

I would say that their choice of beverage is quite limited and overprice as well. The average price for a drink is over RM10 and yes, it is just a medium cup of coffee. Now, I do understand that the price in Malaysian currency would appear cheaper in Korean Won, but the feeling of paying that amount of money for that amount of coffee, at least for me, is really expensive. Fortunately, the coffee tastes good, and it comes with a small biscuit as well.

Looking around the cafe, I can understand people love this place. I love the interior decor and calm atmosphere. Some people could find it different but I love white so it suits me well. However, I found their staffs to be cold and lack of smiles. During my stay, I recall less than ten customers at that time whom they had all been served. If they improve on that one, I think it will be a superb experience. So all in all, coffee+price+atmosphere+service= 5/10.

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Mocha with a side of little biscuit 

 

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Order counter and till

 

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Interior on the second floor

 

2. Big Mouth Cafe

I have to say it is hard to find a best burger place unless you go to fast food chain, of course. I had too many Malay dishes so it was time I crave for something I used to eating, burgers, chips, ahh we do have our longing for these. This is the closest burger place I was introduced to in Seremban area. Well, practically I chose this one because of the unique decorations. well, it does pay off since it attracts customer like me! I do like pretty diners but yes, how the food taste is everything. I had beef burger with a milkshake. I liked my portion, the sauce was ok, the patty was a bit dry but I believe it was homemade. I do hope so. My milkshake was the best part of my visit! Finally, price is a lot more than I expected but as I enjoyed their service, ambience and also my very amusing company, I rate them 7/10. Love to recommend this place to you, just search Big Mouth on GoogleMaps ❤

 

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At the entrance!