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One of the places that whenever I am back, I would constantly drop by this place for a bowl of pippin hot laksa that is under the shade and not hot which is quite near my house. Farlim Shell Station Laksa is quite famous to this neighbourhood 15 years ago when they are the first stall to operate in front of Shell Station then follow by many food stalls came long that make it quite impressive place to dine for afternoon till late evening.

One main reason we did not know why the council came by to make them move and since then a few of my favourite stalls like the soya bean, curry mee, prawn mee, rojak and another stall of laksa went to. Its quite sad when a famous street food is being dismantle.

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Till now left this shop which is the first original Laksa stall that operate there have move to a shop and also coffee shop that solely sells ASAM Laksa back in those days and now they have Roti Bakua and Koey Teow Soup stalls. To quench your thrist they have dessert stalls that sell ice kacang, leng chee kang and some others.

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This is one of a famous Laksa stall in this neigbourhood that had been operating more than 10 years since the dismantle of the food street and still find it pretty good and easily beats many stalls out there.

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This is what I mean when you dine peacefully with not much crowd yet the bowl of Laksa is quite satisfying.

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The version of Asam laksa here is serve with different types of veggie as per usual and you can add on Ikan Kembung slices on top.

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Not only that, as I usually dine mine with their fried spring rolls with additional small bowl of soup at the side as the spring roll is cripsy inside out and generous ingredient in it, while another style of eating it is to soak it with laksa soup and eat after that.

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Love the texture of Rice noodle which is silky smooth and slightly chewy end to my liking and with its aromatic soup that had been cook along with tons of fish in it that make is sweet, spicy and sour end that make it very appetizing. Indeed one of my favourite asam laksa place to hunt for.

With add on 1 spring roll with additional fish @ RM 5 which is pretty decent. Its just next to the famous Pasar Malam place on every Wednesday.

*Non-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8/10 , nicee,  Recommended! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Farlim Shell Station Laksa
Medan Angsana 4, Bandar Baru Air Itam,
11500 Penang

Operation hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm (Closed on Alternate Tuesday)

Contact: 016-459 7179

GPS: 5° 39′ 06.62″ N, 100° 28′ 33.73″ E

There is one particular place used to be so famous back then that there are a story about this owner. Those of you whom are from Penang and a regular at this place would know the story. It had been ages since I last came here and the food court here now is more clean and its more proper now as how it used to be with market fish smell. One of the famous duck rice in Ayer Itam.

AS for this Ayer Itam Market its famous for 3 things. One which is the famous Laksa in the junction, follow by the Kuih Chap and the morning Market itself. At night if you are craving for nice food around the area, here is one of the place to hunt for and the hawker here starts operating after 10pm till 3-4am.

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This is what I mean that the place here is more clean compare to last round.

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In Penang, one of a rare food I would say or its kinda hard to find in KL is this. . .

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Char Hor Fun which is a combination of thin slice Koay Teow and Mee Hoon that being cook in a huge pot first before cooking the gravy individually. This stall Hor Fun is not bad as its filled with wok hei and its something simple for late night supper. @ RM 4.50

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This is one of my favourite as its something you could not really find in KL. Hock Kien Char as each of the stall that cook this have their own version of sambal and some is spicy some is not. I love mine to be spicy with sour lime end. This stall Hock Kien Char is pretty good as its from the same uncle and cook to perfection. RM4

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In this little food court, Air Itam Duck Rice is the signature of all. As it hit pass mid night, you will see people start queuing for it as all the late crowd or early supper people is there.

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 ITs operate by both husband and wife. . AS for your order, you can choose the specific ingredient you want from Item 1-5 or you can have it all mix.

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Of course I have it all mix with Duck, Pork, Egg, Bean Curd, Intestine and Boey Chai. The flavour of it is still the same as its mix with their own home made gravy, yet duck meat is very soft and best of all is the pork with a bit half fats. One put into your mouth and slowly chew the fats is just satisfying. Surely Recommended!

IF you are looking for a late night Chinese supper place, its only left a handful place, one which is the famous Green House at Burmah Road and this Air Itam Market although its a bit far but worth the trip.

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, good stuff, Recommended -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:

Air Itam Market
Jalan Pasar
11500 Air Itam
Penang


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How many of you do actually come up here and pray? In Penang is not only famous for food as Kek Lok Si Temple is also one of the main tourist attraction when you visit Penang. One of the reason that you should visit this place as its one of the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

Back to the history of how it was build as the construction of the temple began in 1890 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street. With the support of the consular representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction of the Emperor Guangxu, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras. (source from wikipedia)

As the temple is still growing and expending, as below is the new section of the temple that building the new bronze Guan Yin statue was purely donations from visitors around the world that have visited this place.

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Besides the standing tall statue, every year during Chinese New Year, the whole temple is transform to temple of light that every corner and edge is well light up that make it so obvious to be miss if you are driving around as this temple is sitting at mid hill. During CNY, the temple had attracted many tourist from all around the region to flock at this place as it is only light up during 1 week before through 1 week after CNY.

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Of course we took the opportunity to come up here as well. As we reach, then we prayed and then make a good wish for year 2012 ad they have a wish tree that you just purchase these ribbon with many types of specific wish you wanted, good health, wealth, career, family and many more then write your  name behind it.

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of course there is a saying, the higher you put up, the chances of it to be more smooth for the year will be fufill.

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to avoid massive traffic jam coming up and down, its good to be up here before 7pm then leave before 9pm whereby after 8pm is the most people and congested traffic. You can even enjoy to be stuck in the traffic for at least 1 hour before coming up here. Viewing part of the island.

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As year of the Dragon, the place is decorated up with a few Dragon decor.

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Then thru donations around the world, usually we buy a plank/ piece of the rooftop tiles and write our name and for further construction, they will place this tiles up.

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If not you can buy a chunk of coins then put it on every base of this to make it a complete round.

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this is the bronze Guan Yin Statue that is still under construction on its final stage which is her roof.

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With the statue sitting at the top of the temple, and if you do plan to visit the bottom part of the temple, you can take a ride on this newly constructed rail train which cost RM2 for 1 way and RM2 for return trip.

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At 7pm sharp, the whole temple will be light up till 12am.

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Went up with the siau poh’s

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As night falls, its becoming more light up and nice.

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To head to another Pagoda tower, you have to pay RM2 per entry to visit this section then you get to climb to the top floor of the pagoda tower.

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Make another wish and ring the bell then put your donations accordingly.

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Well, this whole temple city being light up and its only happening once a year which is during Chinese New Year Period. If you happen to be around the city, do visit and enjoy the magnificent of the lights.

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Since the new Fernicular Train (click here)  is up and running, alot of tourist have flock this place to take an opportunity to head to Penang Hill as one of the main tourist attractions. After a short walk from the station, then as we walk pass by, we saw this unique hut that mention David Brown’s Restaurant, but the restaurant is no where to be seen.

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That makes us more curious and we decided to head in and try out this David Brown Restaurant.

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As you have to climb up the stairs, you will head into a garden area and there are more stairs heading up . ..

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We just follow the track then till there is a small little wooden gate. . .

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come by this huge bungalow with huge garden at the front.

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here is the front view and just get to know its a very classic English house that had preserve and did a make over of the place to maintain its classic heritage look.

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You can enjoy your afternoon session here. . . with water lily pond by the side ..

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When you enter the house, you will be impress by the interior decorations.

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Its so heritage British colonial interior is preserved as when I saw this, this place is perfect for wedding photography . .

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At this kind of place and ambiance, you will have to dig into your pocket for a simple meal and drinks.

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Even handmade grasshopper is hopping around to greet . .:p

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Simple Tea

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All of us were having good time, with Andrew and Carmen laughing at a Joke . . .

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 Our expensive afternoon tea set.

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If you seated futher out at the edge of the restaurant, this is the view you going to enjoy, Marvelous view over Penang. That is why, its not cheap . .Well, you pay for the ambiance and view. .

I would say, if you are looking for something more relax and something different for meal or afternoon tea, this would be a good place to hang out once in a blue blue moon . .

*have not actually tried the food as came here for light meals only.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, Nice view and ambiance~  -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace
Strawberry Hill
Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill)
11300 Air Itam
Penang

Tel: 04 828 8337
Fax: 04 826 6337

Business Hour : 9am to 9pm (Daily)

Website : www.penanghillco.com.my

During festive seasons like for the past few days, many local tourist will flock to Penang shore as Penang is famous for hawker/street food. It can attract tourist as far as Singaporean to drive all the way to satisfy their crave on food and some of the Best of Penang Street Food is still top in the list of many people.

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For example a little stall that smack at the junction of Lebuh Keng Wee and Penang Road that many people surely wont miss this little stall that had been operating more 10 years and till date it had attracted many people from far

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willing to queue up under the hot sun just for this small bowl of:

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Penang Road Famous Teo Chew Cendul and Ice Kacang @ RM1.90

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It was used to be an old uncle that scoop and prepare this and I believe now had been taken over by his son.

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This is what is called Penang famous Cendul, its filled with shaved ice, green grass jelly, red bean and coconut milk ontop, lastly just topped with some gula melaka. Undoubtly, this little bowl sure will satisfy your crave and cools you down under this hot weather.

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Like some of my KL friends did, they are satisfied and enjoying every sip of it.

Location:
Penang Road Teochew Cendul and Ice Kacang
Junction of Lebuh Keng Wee and Penang Road

Operation Hours: Noon till 6pm


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Next destination is this place where no doubt that recently Penang Laksa had been in the list of world top 10 food that must eat which I am surely proud off and many of my friends that come Penang the first thing they mention is they want to eat Asam Laksa.

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I was recently introduce to this stall by my friend that this is another new joint that I found that served good laksa as I find that the one at Ayer Itam Market is very commercialise and I do not really like the taste of it. I find that this taste much better.

This few hawker stalls is located at the round about of Ayer Itam Junction and now it had attracted many other local tourist as when I was there, alot people speak cantonese in the area.

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This is one fine bowl of laksa that comes with a lot of mixture of vegetable such as finely sliced vegetables including onions, cucumber, red chillis, pineapple, lettuce, mint and pink bunga kantan then shower a few rounds with sour and and a bit spicy soup base, also a spoonfull of ‘Heh Koh’ (prawn paste). RM3.50

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The noodle is silky smooth and slurp it all the way into my mouth, texture of it a bit chewy that comes to my liking. Soup base is one of my prefered choice as it cook along with fish meat that had been smash and every sip I can bite some of the fish meat. It is sour and spicy enough that can satisfy my crave.

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Next stall that is quite famous among there is this Duck Meat Koey Teow Soup that the soup is very aromatic with its well cook soup base with duck bone, pork bone and a few other ingredients that make it sweet, served along with duck meat and some pork lard to make it superb in taste. RM 3.50

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Penang Rojak is also another dish that you must have which is a mixture of fruits and mix with prawn paste. This is not the best stall and find that the prawn paste is quite salty and its expensive as for this small portion its RM4.

Location:
Laksa – Jalan Bukit Bendera
Junciton of Jalan Ayer Itam & Jalan Bukit Bendera
(Ayer Itam Round about – infront of a huge kopitiam.)

Operation Hours: 1pm – 5pm


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Penang is always known for its hawker food and around Ayer Itam area which is well know for their morning market for all the neighbors to buy fresh ingredient to cook or even supplies to restaurant which makes them one of the big market in Penang. I did write about a famous elderly selling classic curry mee in the  market, click here.  Around the area there are many hawker which are famous tag along the morning market, one which is in particular was one of my friends favourite Kueh Chap stall is in this Wah Meng Kopitiam that host also variety of food.

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Do not have a proper sign for it as the main entrance are all covered up with busy hawker stalls.

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instead the signage are hidden inside ..  which is next to a TOTO store. .

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In the early morning, this coffee shop is pack with lots of people..not to mention during public holidays or long weekend.

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Then they have this nasi kandar stall infront of them . .

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selling Roti Canai next to it which is done fresh while ordering . .

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and here comes my thin fluffy roti Kosong as its not bad just that the curry gravy is quite watery which turns it to be quite disappointing for RM 0.70 per piece, no complain.

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Then I saw this uncle stall for Char Koey Teow frying non stop, yet I have tried. . .

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and Char Kueh Kak also . .

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This is the famous Kueh Chap which my friend is talking about and we waited for bout 25 minutes for it ..

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It is one of my favorite and its very hard to find in KL.

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and according to some explanation that I found over Google, this is actually a Teochew dish that started off during Ming Dynasty, which previously known as Ding Bian Cuo (鼎邊挫) or Ding Bian Hu (鼎邊糊), being translated as Wok-side Cooking or Wok-side Frying. Read more at javewu.

Kueh Chap is a word from Hokkien language and can be found in a few states like Penang, Johor, Kuching and Singapore. In Penang we utilise the whole duck including the spare parts of it like innards, blood, intestine to add it in and some other states they used pork.

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This is the classic bowl of Penang version Kueh Chap ((flat broad rice sheets))

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which is filled with kueh a texture similar like flat big koey teow type to cook along and add in all the duck parts in it like braised duck meat, bean curd, congealed blood, hard-boiled egg and innards of intestines and liver. Then top with fried garlic oil on top to bring the extra kick in it. The soup is black in colour that its boil along with the duck and aromatic, yet I find it a bit salty after finishing the whole bowl, i still prefer mine  to have it in thicker soup base which is located at Kimberly street that I didnt blog bout it, then overall it is still quite satisfying to have it in early morning.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10  quite good ah . . -stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

 

Location:
Kedai Kopi Wah Meng
612 Jalan Air Itam
11500 Air Itam
Penang

Business Hour : 7am – Noon

GPS Coordinates : N5 24.010 E100 16.682


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