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November 7, 2009

Penang “Rojak”



Malaysia / Penang

Travelling is not just about visiting sights, indulging in local cuisine, shopping, experiencing different cultures… blah blah… sometimes you get caught in massive jams while on the way to your next destination. And you begin to worry when you see thick smoke rising to the sky…

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and then… a fire engine whizzes past and stops ahead and you see firemen quickly get to the water hose…

fire-engine

And the next thing you see: a blazing car.

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Firemen trying to put out the fire.

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The blazing car was parked at the side of the main road and not obstructing the traffic flow. So why the jam?? Just like any kind of road accident, it must have attracted many curious drivers to slow down and see what’s going on. That’s why!

In Singapore, it’s called Penang Laksa. In Penang, you can’t find Penang Laksa as it’s known as Asam Laksa. @_@ If you are at Balik Pulau, try this famous Asam Laksa stall which claims that it’s Best of the Best Balik Pulau Laksa. They serve three kind of Laksa – Asam Laksa, Siam Laksa (aka Lemak Laksa)  and Mix Laksa (Asam + Siam!).

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I ordered a bowl of Siam Laksa. If you have tried the original Asam Laksa before, Siam Laksa is sweeter and the soup base is thicker as it’s added with coconut milk. Something new for me and it’s just right for my taste buds.

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The Asam Laksa is delectable as well! Those who prefer a lighter version can try this. Love the fish flakes!

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Location of Balik Pulau Laksa: The coffee shop can be found directly at the Jalan Tun Sardon intersection into the main road. Shophouse no. 67.

Opening hours: 11 am – 4 pm. Closed on Wednesday.

At one glance, who would think that this coconut does not contain water but jelly? That’s coconut jelly. The coconut water is formed into jelly after food processing. The jelly just tastes like coconut water in jelly form. And there is still soft coconut flesh in the shell. It’s a very refreshing dessert!

coconut-jelly

On the label, it’s named “Tender Nut Jelly“. Maybe you can get some from: 240 Datuk Kramat 10150 Pulau Pinang.

We like to snack at Oldtown Cafe whenever we are in Penang. That day we ordered some slices of kaya butter toast. They looked good on the outside, though seemed abit too dry and crisp. I thought I didn’t taste any butter so I lifted up the top slice…

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and saw two “fries”. So? Nothing. Just wondering why the butter was cut this way.

kaya-butter-bread

Word of the day:

Rojak – A fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is used as a colloquial expression for an eclectic mix, just like this post with random photos from Penang. \(-.-)/

I’m going Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah in two days’ time. Come back soon to check out my posts on KK!

13 Comments Leave your comment

  • Zara said on November 7, 2009 10:40 pm

    Wah!
    So lovely!
    Yummy as well~
    Nyum2~
    I know how to cook it~ =]

    BTW, take care dear!
    Gonna wait for your post!!

  • bettina said on November 8, 2009 1:00 pm

    The Siam Laksa and Tender Nut Jelly looks yummy. I want to try that.

  • Bakeling said on November 8, 2009 9:46 pm

    Mixing of everything didn’t cause you stomach upset ? What a healthy stomach !

    The assam laksa looks ho zhiak !

  • Antonio said on November 9, 2009 7:18 am

    the ed firetruck photo with a fireman standing close to it, that’s a classic shot. I wonder how a car that close to the gate of a village could just get caught on fire like that,….hmmmm.

    …and the Tender Nut Jelly—-I think I want tro try that one out. coconut with a label and wrapper. that’s first for me.lol

  • free online adventure games said on November 9, 2009 11:39 am

    The assam laksa looks absolutely delectable its making my mouth water! And coconut water in jelly form? I have to try that!

  • johnny said on November 9, 2009 10:53 pm

    The fire seems very suspect? Its funny that the traffic would stop to see it, people here would just be dying to get on their way.

  • J2Kfm said on November 10, 2009 7:42 pm

    hi eunice. the original coconut jelly, named Mae tendernut jelly (should be one of the same, this one is the son’s) is in Manjung of Perak in Malaysia.
    it’s like a father and son’s empire.

    http://www.j2kfm.com/manjung-coconut-jellyjoez-coconut-jelly-a-father-sons-empire/

  • Erica said on November 12, 2009 12:23 am

    What an eventful day!

    And Siam Laksa looks really good. I love having coconut milk in various food.

  • dongho said on November 12, 2009 8:58 pm

    yikes! in many ways, travel is unpredictable. the way you took those shots of the burning car seems like you’re too close. be careful always.

  • eunice said on November 13, 2009 10:58 am

    @Zara: yeah Zara the great cook!

    @Bakeling: lol! Not really, I can get stomach flu sometimes! eeeks! Drink Yakult/Vitagen. They help!

    @Antonio: I was wondering how that car could catch such big fire too. Yes it was scary if it exploded! Haha that coconut jelly without coconut water… first time tried that too. Nice!

    @J2Kfm: Cool! Can they also export some to Singapore? hehe :D

    @Erica: Yes they are good! Think I will go back again on my next visit to Penang.

    @dongho: ya we drove past that blazing car… I wonder if it would explode!

  • Julian said on December 3, 2009 6:25 pm

    You should try the laksa at the coffee shop located at the junction of Penang Road and Keng Kwee Street!

  • charles said on February 18, 2010 5:11 am

    Hi Eunice, Tender Nut Jelly is available in Singapore now, check it out @ 9389 6535.

  • jambo said on August 11, 2010 11:44 am

    hi, i tink u got the wrong place for the coconut jelly coz Joez coconut is the 1st to introduce to Penang his jelly is smooth & silky taste (pasturerizing process) http://www.joezcoconut.com.my

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