The main highlight of Day 3 was to visit my dad’s favorite sight in Penang, Kek Lok Si Temple. Before we made the 30 minute journey, we went for a hearty breakfast of local Penang delights once again, this time at Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa.
Originally we wanted to try the famous Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng, but unfortunately it was closed.
Luckily, like all coffee shops in Penang, there were other options and I was really glad I went for this Hokkien Prawn Noodles prepared by an old uncle with certainly plenty of experience under his belt.
The wanton mee was decent but I probably wouldn’t have it again if I ever went back there.
From the coffee shop we took Uber to Kek Lok Si Temple, to see the famous Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) as well as to give our prayers in the temple.
The temple is located at the Air Itam area, known for its Penang Laksa and Curry Mee prepared by 2 sisters.
As we were fairly stuffed from the breakfast, we didn’t make the trip there but instead decided to go for something light back in Georgetown, the famous Lor Bak at Kheng Pin Cafe.
Lor Bak is essentially a medley of fried food, from beancurd to prawn rolls and fritters. Despite the stall’s reputation of having the best Lor Bak in Penang, I wasn’t really impressed. Perhaps he was having an off day.
Plenty of hungry people during lunchtime, but the food came pretty fast.
Following the disappointment with the much raved Lor Bak, we decided to compensate ourselves with dessert.
Having read a lot about the burgeoning cafe culture in Penang, we decided to try the cakes in one of the cafes we had read about.
Passion Heart cafe is known for its affordable and tasty homemade bakes utilizing local flavors.
There was a nice, homely feel to the place, with its Peranakan inspired decor.
The cakes were what we came for and we went for the Durian Fresh Cream Cake, the Mango Cheese Cake, and the Cempedak cake.
Despite looking dry and unappealing, the Cempedak cake was anything but such and it turned out to be the best among the 3. Both the Durian and Mango were excellent choices as well.
To burn the calories we walked to Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol, probably one of the most touristy food stalls you would hear of in Penang.
There was a queue in the blazing heat and it took about 15 minutes to reach our turn. Sadly, standards seemed to have dropped and it didn’t taste as good as it was before.
Still, if you haven’t tried it before, you should do it at least once just for the experience.
If you are looking to buy some food souvenirs back home, Penang biscuits are a good option.
Him Heang and Ghee Hiang are 2 of the more popular places to get your biscuit fix. There have been other upstarts lately like Ban Heang and Seng Seng Heang, but I still think the former two are the most original and tastiest.
Dinner was seafood at a popular joint southeast of Georgetown, at Pengalan Weld.
Da Shu Xia Seafood House is known for its low priced and fresh seafood and is popular among both locals and tourists. It’s a no-frills dining place which can get a bit chaotic and crowded during weekends and peak hours. Make a reservation if you can.
There’s all sorts of crustaceans available, all at a decent price.
My only gripe about the place is that it can be a bit of a hit and miss. Because there’s no menu you largely rely on the wait staff to recommend the best way to cook whatever you picked, which can be an issue if you don’t have much experience with cooking or you are attended by someone who might be having a rough day. Still, with the above average taste and great prices, it’s a place where you can enjoy the kind of food you normally wouldn’t order back home in Singapore.
And, if somehow you are still not full, there’s the excellent Ming Xiang Tai Pastry located directly opposite the restaurant.
There’s not a whole lot to do in Penang beyond eating – so don’t be afraid to pile on the calories, at least for the days when you are there!