Penang, Malaysia

by Leslie on November 29, 2011

After leaving Pangkor Laut, we took a boat back to Lumut, a bus to Butterworth, and another boat to get to the city of Georgetown on the island of Penang.

Penang is all about the food, known as the hawker capital of Malaysia, so eating is what we did. We went from food cart to food cart, trying out all the specialties – a mixture of Chinese, Indian and Malay foods. We ate tandoori chicken, chicken masala, roti canai, satay, spring rolls, wan tan mee, but my favorite was the curry mee from a food cart on Lebuh Chulia. That is until I discovered an unknown ball floating in my bowl. There was mention that perhaps it was a testicle, which quickly killed my appetite, but before that I was really enjoying it. Turns out, after some google research, it was only a fish ball. We are so dramatic.

Besides the old colonial district, the city is a little rundown and seedy, not to mention filled with backpackers. Getting around town proved to be no easy feat, especially at night. The sidewalks were usually filled with parked scooters and prostitutes, forcing us to walk on the street dodging speeding cars and scooters. Although I have to say, I prefer that to the harrowing trishaw ride we took against traffic, me squealing as each car approached.

It was an interesting city and the food made it worth it, but I’m ready to get back to the beach. Island hopping through the Andaman Sea starts now!

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