I might have declared this before for a thousand times but I still wish to do it for the 1001st time: Penang is our favourite place to be in Malaysia. From cultural diversities and community atmosphere to geographical landscape and food scene, there is nothing we don’t like about this state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
The drive from Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown, Penang should take slightly longer than 4 hours, travelling on highways. There is a 355km distance between these two cities, so be prepared to travel quite a bit. Alternatively, you can opt for bus services, trains or even flight options.
- Bus – Aeroline Malaysia
- Train – ETS Train from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
- Flight – The route KUL-PEN is served by AirAsia, Malindo Air, Firefly and Malaysia Airlines. Check rates and availability via flight comparison websites like Skyscanner.
This is a recount of how we spend 1.5 day in Georgetown, Penang to explore great food around.
For the first half of the trip, we went on a Foodie Trip to Ipoh.
1:30PM – We were lucky that Zyan slept all his way from Ipoh to Penang. He woke up when we were crossing Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (Penang Second Bridge). Travelling on highways on a hot day can be an uncomfortable experience, even with full-blast air-conditioner, it may still be too warm for a toddler sitting in a baby car seat. We were so lucky to have arrived in time and our first stop after driving down from the bridge was Jalan Sungai Ara 1 in Bayan Lepas. There are a few stalls there which we frequent for street food craver. This are the Penang Food not to be miss.
In the afternoon
2:15PM – We were allowed an early check in, hooray! The view from our apartment was very soothing to eyes – we can even see Straits of Malacca afar.
3:00PM – Out to explore again. This round, my mother-in-law expressed her craving for a bowl of authentic Penang Asam Laksa. She has been missing this flavourful and tangy Malaysian-style noodles since her last visit to Penang. Our usual spot was the very popular stall right outside Air Itam wet market. As much as we like the Asam Laksa there, we found it rather touristy, overly-crowded, and sometimes could be quite unhygienic due to its wet floor and unpleasant smell. Few months ago, we came across this Laksa Bisu located in Air Itam Market Annex Food Court right opposite the famous stall. We had to give it a try and weren’t disappointed at all.
4:30PM – And the food hunt shall continue. Nasi Kandar is always something we love. Over the past few visits, we had sampled Nasi Kandar Line Clear and Nasi Kandar Deen Maju. So few days before this trip, we stumbled upon Hameediyah Restaurant at Lebuh Campbell while watching The Food Ranger (We dare you watching this at night). It was public holiday and there was a long queue waiting to dine-in. We quickly ditched the idea of dining in, let’s do it the Malaysian way – dabao (takeaway) instead! The whole takeaway experience was crazy – we literally wanted to get everything in every tray! It really lives up to the expectation of being the oldest nasi kandar!
This is a detailed write-up about Hameediyah Restaurant @ Lebuh Campbell
In the evening
6:45PM – The nasi kandar made us all happy. Good food truly brings people closer. As the evening drew near, we walked to the nearby New Lane Hawker Street. No offence, but to me, this place has been overrated, foods are average, but priced slightly more expensive than other places. I always order Penang style Chee Cheong Fun here with shrimp paste. We did try Oyster Omelette (Orh-Jian) here but find it too sloppy and unappetising. To make it worse, we found a rubber band in the chilli sauce plate. Absolutely upsetting! If you’re in this area, we recommend Gia Xiang Steamboat instead, it’s a different dining concept and more expensive but it’s our favourite so far.
The next morning
10AM – I had to conduct an online lesson the next morning so Billy and his family decided to have breakfast nearby where we stayed. My brother-in-law, John, suggested Char Kuay Teow at Lorong Selamat. Despite being touristy, they all enjoyed the breakfast they had and that mattered most.
11:30AM – We made a late check-out. With a satisfied stomach and having no intention to sightsee, we called it a successful trip and headed back to Kuala Lumpur.
We have written a Chinese version of Foodie Trip in Penang on bishdream.com.
When we travel with family, we want to see them smile and be happy with what they have experienced. Penang is the place where we will not run out of ideas on what to do and to eat, so we can keep everyone contented. Let’s support Malaysia’s tourism industry – let’s Cuti-Cuti Malaysia~