Back to earth

After such great food in Georgetown I had to lower my expectations for Cenang, it’s a tourist location with limited numbers of dining locals. People don’t come here for the food, they come here for the duty free stores and the tropical setting. My culinary experiences in Langkawi brought me back to the sandy white…

Langkawi

So far Malaysia has served very well as a post India holiday, Georgetown has exceeded all expectations and I have hoped for a relaxing time in Langkawi. The setting couldn’t be better Langkawi is a tropical island paradise surrounded by the warm waters of the Andaman sea, my hotel was a short-ish walk from Cenang…

Hawker centres

I assume it’s the street food vendors that “make it” or have more capital to start their venture with that operate from Hawker centres, along with dozens of other traders. These large cavernous spaces have hundreds of seats offering a wider clientele base than the dozens of seats the vendors have on the street. There…

The clean streets

The familiar wheeled carts of street traders are still present in Georgetown, with their small plastic tables and chairs, the seemingly impromptu awning that keeps most of the rain at bay. Some are organised into cooperatives sharing a single shop front to store their carts during the day, this covered space is then used for…

Street food market

The lights of this night street food market shine into the sky like a golden halo, offering a beacon of brilliant food. On the approach to the market I can see the traffic slowing, the road clogged by cars stopping to collect their dinner from their favourite stalls. This market was one of the best…

Lucky locals

There is an abundant supply of great food in Georgetown, I intentionally missed sights around town and on the island so I have more reason to come back to Penang. The added benefit being the future opportunity to eat more fantastic food. Truth be told I didn’t eat any meals in restaurants while in Penang,…

Heritage

Penang’s living heritage is all around Georgetown, much of it is edible, the rest is easy to see for free, or at very little cost, one of the finest architectural examples is The Blue Mansion, a fantastic heritage building sympathetically converted into a hotel. The current owners of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion personally lead…

Georgetown

The taxi from Penang’s airport into Georgetown was perhaps one of the most serene of my life. The traffic was smooth, obeying traffic norms and entirely silent. Gone was the terror that accompanied any traffic journey undertaken in India. Having just had a red eye flight from Kochi via Kuala Lumpur my eyes are appropriately…