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Day 2’s plan was pretty simple and worked out once e had went through the check list of things to do left after day one – and because our hotel’s in a pretty good location, it was decided that we will wake up and get our asses to the cafe once it opens – at 8am.

As you can imagine, with me around… that didn’t really go as intended hahaha. We arrived at 830am approx after a 5minute walk, and was greeted by a sight of a full cafe – but still we managed to get seats quickly because someone was leaving, whew!

(P.S. – To save y’all the trouble cos this is one super duper long post, the list of places we went to for day 2’s at the end of the post!) 

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Toh Soon Cafe (多春茶座)

Toh Soon Cafe’s located in a narrow alleyway, and all clad in green, along with a pretty old looking hand painted signboard. I really loved looking at all these hand painted signboards when I was in Penang!

They open at 8am and closes at about 630pm – a pretty long working day, I must say! But we can have toast any time, I don’t really care! :D

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I didn’t see it, but I was told by Trish’s BF that they cooked their toast below O_O and that egg maker looks familiar. Like that I just buy that and make my eggs can already hor?

What was on the menu

What was on the menu – various kinds of bread and I regret not trying egg on toast!

Penangites eat their eggs with light soy sauce, and in Toh Soon we were served this in a glass cup which made slurping it up all the easier!

Penangites eat their eggs with light soy sauce, and in Toh Soon we were served this in a glass cup which made slurping it up all the easier!

TOAST! I love Toast, and this cafe does it really well!

TOAST! I love Toast, and this cafe does it really well! Lightly toasted with just the right amount of kaya inside. Yums.

Peanut toast, and whole wheat bread toast. And kopi.

Peanut toast, and wholemeal bread toast. And kopi.

A table of food! I loved the barley here too - you can chew on the barley bits!

A table of food! I loved the barley here too – you can chew on the barley bits, which I loved! We paid a total of about $22.50 RM at this place for quite a bit of food, which was still really reasonable considering that we had quite a bit of food! 3 toasts, 5 drinks, a packet of nasi lemak, one curry puff…

Toh Soon Cafe's located right beyond this sign (I'm standing at where the cafe is). It's not hard to miss but it's in an alleyway so it might not be immediately obvious.

Toh Soon Cafe’s located right beyond this sign (I’m standing at where the cafe is). It’s not hard to miss but it’s in an alleyway so it might not be immediately obvious.

This cafe was one of the must tries on the list too, but we didn't have space for this...

This cafe was one of the must tries on the list too, but we didn’t have space for this…

Or so we thought. Barely 20 steps and 10 minutes later (stopped by a convenience store to get Pi Pa Gao lol), we later decided to stop by the Kheng Pin Kedai Kopi Cafe which was super near the hotel and nibble some more. o_o;;;

I enjoyed the cafe's Luo Han Guo drink immensely! It had jelly bits inside which was really welcomed. It was sweet, refreshing and the abundance of longans in the drink were a great plus!

I enjoyed the cafe’s Luo Han Guo drink immensely! It had jelly bits inside which was really welcomed. It was sweet, refreshing and the abundance of longans in the drink were a great plus!

Lor Bak in Penang, aka 五香 / Ngoh Heong in Singapore!

Lor Bak in Penang, aka 五香 / Ngoh Heong in Singapore!

Uncle frying Lor bak... The cafe's famous for the Lor Bak I heard, and the boys really liked it. They even ordered a second plate which they finished with no regrets.

Uncle frying Lor bak… The cafe’s famous for the Lor Bak I heard, and the boys really liked it. They even ordered a second plate which they finished with no regrets.

The place also had other local delights like Wanton Mee, Hokkien Mee & Curry Noodles!

The place also had other local delights like Wanton Mee, Hokkien Mee & Porridge!

I didn't try it, but from what I saw on their faces it was normal wanton mee to them. Everyone seemed to have a bowl of noodles on their table though...

I didn’t try it, but from what I saw on their faces it was normal wanton mee to them. Everyone seemed to have a bowl of prawn noodles on their table though…

Utterly full, we went back to the hotel after this and took a short nap as it was drizzling and PERFECT for a nap – how can you not in that weather!?

Looking down at the rows and rows of shophouses - and then I noticed that there's a zouk spa hahaha. And in fact they've got branches all over Penang! I keep seeing it around.

Looking down at the rows and rows of shophouses – and then I noticed that there’s a zouk spa hahaha. And in fact they’ve got branches all over Penang! I keep seeing it around.

After a good nap our guide, Yo, came by to get us and bring us for lunch.

Cecil St Wet Market & Hawker (七条路巴杀)

I wanted good white curry mee and she brought us to this place, 七条路巴刹 – one side’s a wet market, and the other side is where all the food are.

Wet market on one side...

Wet market on one side…

Food market on the other!

Food market on the other!

That's like barely $1 in Singapore dollars. : O

That’s like barely $1 in Singapore dollars. : O

Plenty of snacks here too if you wanna grab some to munch along

Plenty of snacks here too if you wanna grab some to munch along

Authentic Penang White Curry Mee, served with Pig's blood! Erm, I skipped the pig's blood of course.

Authentic Penang White Curry Mee, served with Pig’s blood! Erm, I skipped the pig’s blood of course.

This bowl of white curry noodles was very quickly finished by all 4 of us! It was nice, spicy and tangy and was soooo shiok. Really hit all the right spot because it was actually pouring while we were in the market! I thought that we could have even better though but the guide said that it's one of the best places already. So there's that hahaha.  I asked my parents (who lived in the era of when pig's blood was available) how do they do it and they told me that they just let it bleed out. *shudder* and I googled - here's how they do it as answered by infomaniac.

This bowl of white curry noodles was very quickly finished by all 4 of us! It was nice, spicy and tangy and was soooo shiok. Really hit all the right spot because it was actually pouring while we were in the market! I thought that we could have even better though but the guide said that it’s one of the best places already. So there’s that hahaha.
I asked my parents (who lived in the era of when pig’s blood was available) how do they do it and they told me that they just let it bleed out. *shudder* and I googled – here’s how they collect pig’s blood as answered by infomaniac.

The husband did a quick search on foursquare and made a beeline for the duck kway teow soup but apparently it was a disappointment - the soup had a really bitter after taste and I gave up eating it even though I love noodles. It's also served with duck's blood.

The husband did a quick search on foursquare and made a beeline for the duck kway teow soup but apparently it was a disappointment – the soup had a really bitter after taste and I gave up eating it even though I love noodles. It’s also served with duck’s blood.

Roast Pork w/ Rice. The pork was really, really tender and I found it quite okay, but everyone commented that the skin was too hard and crusty.

Roast Pork w/ Rice. The pork was really, really tender and I found it quite okay, but everyone commented that the skin was too hard and crusty.

Char Koay Kak, aka Carrot Cake / Cai Tao Kway in Singapore. Unlike the savoury sweet version in Singapore, the Penang version is meant to be cooked like their Char Kway  Teow (salty) so don't expect to like it if you're used to Singapore's version. They also use duck's egg instead of chicken's egg, which is tastier and has more yolk (and also higher cholesterol). You can request for chicken egg if you prefer that!

Char Koay Kak, aka Carrot Cake / Cai Tao Kway in Singapore. Unlike the savoury sweet version in Singapore, the Penang version is meant to be cooked like their Char Kway Teow (salty) so don’t expect to like it if you’re used to Singapore’s version. They also use duck’s egg instead of chicken’s egg, which is tastier and has more yolk (and also higher cholesterol). You can request for chicken egg if you prefer that!

Right after lunch, the gungho us wanted Chendol. Okay, actually it was just me because the rest didn’t fancy it that much. BUT HOW CAN YOU NOT EAT CHENDOL WHEN YOU’RE HERE??!

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Penang road Famous Teochew Chendul. There are two famous stalls just opposite each other (Loh & Tan, foursquare links for you), and we went for the one with ladies manning the stall which is supposedly much more famous with more reviews(Tan)! They have plenty of pictures with famous people – first pair of famous people we spotted were our very own PCK and Rosie (aka Gurmit Singh & Irene Ang haha) on their wall of fame!

The stall was busy, but hte ladies were still relatively friendly and there wasn't too much of a queue - everyone was just standing around and slurping up their chendol happily (and in the drizzle too, may I add).

The stall was busy, but hte ladies were still relatively friendly and there wasn’t too much of a queue – everyone was just standing around and slurping up their chendol happily (and in the drizzle too, may I add).

You can stand around to eat your cendul (which is supposedly the way they typically enjoy theirs) or bring it into the coffee shop (if you can find space!) and enjoy assam laksa inside too. I think standing is way faster, but bring wet tissues okay, it’s definitely gonna get sticky on your hands!

Chendol / Chendul / Cendol. This small bowl of brown sugar + coconut milk with plenty of ingredients cost me $2.30 RM!

Chendol / Chendul / Cendol. This small bowl of brown sugar + coconut milk with plenty of ingredients cost me $2.30 RM!

I had asked for "more atap chee" but I think the lady misheard me and gave me none D: So we went back and asked for more - paid $0.50 for it too - and yikes, some of it was still pretty hard (frozen) while some were soft! That kindda sucked but I guess it's because they go through the ingredients too fast.

I had asked for “more atap chee” but I think the lady misheard me and gave me none D: So we went back and asked for more – paid $0.50 for it too – and yikes, some of it was still pretty hard (frozen) while some were soft! That kindda sucked but I guess it’s because they go through the ingredients too fast. Still, it was a really enjoyable treat to me. Wish I tried more around the area but oh my god SO MUCH FOOD TO GO THROUGH.

The guide told us that she would be bringing us around and up a mountain - we rejected the idea of visiting the famous Kek Lok Si (aka Guan Yin Temple) because I believe it would be damn crowded. So her little car climbed up a hill and we arrived at this mountain top viewing place which also sells fruits, with a great view! i also briefly toyed with the idea of eating....

The guide told us that she would be bringing us around and up a mountain – we rejected the idea of visiting the famous Kek Lok Si (aka Guan Yin Temple) because I believe it would be damn crowded. So her little car climbed up a hill and we arrived at this mountain top viewing place which also sells fruits, with a great view! i also briefly toyed with the idea of eating….

... Durians. We were in Malaysia you know! I decided not to court death (still have 1 more day in Penang you know, can't let my throat die on me now) so we passed it on. ANOTHER REGRET IN PENANG.

… Durians! After all, we are in Malaysia you know! Those we durians hanging off trees XD But I decided not to court death (still have 1 more day in Penang you know, can’t let my throat die on me now) so we passed it on. ANOTHER REGRET IN PENANG.

The viewing place's largely deserted but still had a  toilet and some stone seats for you to enjoy the view with a durian or two!

The viewing place’s largely deserted but still had a toilet and some stone seats for you to enjoy the view with a durian or two!

We went up even higher and it began to get really thrilling at this point because the roads were SO bloody narrow and we were also getting swiped by fruits  haning off the trees (lychees, dukus, etc everything!) I was hanging on for my dear life hahaha.

We went up even higher and it began to get really thrilling at this point because the roads were SO bloody narrow and we were also getting swiped by fruits haning off the trees (lychees, dukus, etc everything!) I was hanging on for my dear life hahaha.

And then we even spotted a peacock!!! It is said that if a peacock fans itself in front of you, you'll get huat. We waited a while - It didn't lei.

And then we even spotted a peacock!!! It is said that if a peacock fans itself in front of you, you’ll get huat. We waited a while – It didn’t lei.

And after what seemed like an eternity going up Bukit Genting, we arrived at this place which looked like an abandoned toyland of sorts. Or some kind of farm with abandoned statues.But actually it’s Bukit Genting Hill Leisure Park & Restaurant (they serve Chinese/Thai food)! We didn’t get to eat anything there cos the restaurant wasn’t open for business yet (but you can get drinks and snacks). It was free to enter and you needn’t feel obligated to purchase anything at all.

It had gigantic flower and ant figures to greet us at the entrance.

It had gigantic flower and ant figures to greet us at the entrance.

They also had like figurines of elephants, etc etc etc and then I started laughing at this really weird looking horse with its veins popping out and a very happy grin LOL

They also had like figurines of elephants, etc etc etc and then I started laughing at this really weird looking horse with its veins popping out and a very happy grin LOL

Decorated steps to a pavilion. I was glad I wore covered flats cos it rained earlier on the day (and then became hot as hell later, very much like Singapore)

Decorated steps to a pavilion. I was glad I wore covered flats cos it rained earlier on the day (and then became hot as hell later, very much like Singapore)

Apparently, this place holds a restaurant and I swear it has the most AMAZING view ever. Although it was rather grey and foggy, this place offered you a really good overview of a part of Penang and the shoreline! And it's so beautiful with the fruits hanging off the canopy which provide some kind of shade for us.

Apparently, this place holds a restaurant and I swear it has the most AMAZING view ever. Although it was rather grey and foggy, this place offered you a really good overview of a part of Penang and the shoreline! And it’s so beautiful with the fruits hanging off the canopy which provide some kind of shade for us.

I was told that this is Passionfruit!

I was told that this is Passionfruit!

Amazing view 1 (from the other side)

Amazing view 1 (from the other side)

Amazing view 2 - from the balcony area nearer to the restaurant.

Amazing view 2 – from the balcony area nearer to the restaurant.

Since we’re at such a pretty spot, must take photos lah! XD

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After about like 10 minutes here exploring the place, we began our descend down which took like all of 3 minutes. Some how going down was so much faster than going up!

And on our way down we saw a peacock (probably the same one!) again!

And on our way down we saw a peacock (probably the same one!) again!

Our guide also brought us to the beach!

Was too lazy (and feeling TOO HOT and bothered)  to get off the car so I wound down the windows and snapped a picture of the beach! Beautiful.

Was too lazy (and feeling TOO HOT and bothered) to get off the car so I wound down the windows and snapped a picture of the beach! Beautiful.

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Our guide later took us to the snake temple, which was touted to be one of its kind in the world. It was built after the death of Tan Chiauu Eng, which was a healer and also provided shelter for snakes - and apparently after it was built, snakes came to the temple themselves! Wiki here.

Our guide later took us to the snake temple (originally called the Temple of the Azure Clouds / 清云岩), which was touted to be one of its kind in the world. It was built in 1850 after the death of Tan Chiauu Eng, which was a healer and also provided shelter for snakes – and apparently after it was built, snakes came to the temple themselves! Wiki here.

The temple isn't too big - there was another guan yin temple at the back of this nearer to the snake garden / breeding ground. I didn't find anything "demonic" about this temple at all - please, no hail hydra jokes. lol

The temple isn’t too big – there was another guan yin temple at the back of this nearer to the snake garden / breeding ground. I didn’t find anything “demonic” about this temple at all – snakes are deities too, aside from being portrayed as bad in certain dramas and movies.

There were no fees for entering the temple, but of course if you decide to offer some prayers you have to pay for the joss sticks / incense. They have a photo taking section with a huge python, but they charge for that – the money goes to caring for the snakes and up-keeping of the temple.

And yes, there ARE snakes in the temple. I was reading this and was like... huh where?

And yes, there ARE snakes in the temple. I was reading this and was like… huh where?

*looks higher* Oh my god are they real!?! (They are)

*looks higher* “Oh my god are they real!?!” was the first thing I said because they looked so immobile and shiny. (They are real, and they’re pit vipers.) They have snakes for you to take pictures with (actually a very harmless looking python like you’d find in Singapore’s zoos) but please do not just anyhow-ly grab one for a photo. They have people to help you with the snake placement!

And more snakes in the breeding garden! The snakes just laze about anywhere and you can find them perched on doorways, and even picture frames. If you're afraid of snakes... please don't!

And more snakes in the breeding garden! The snakes just laze about anywhere and you can find them perched on doorways, and even picture frames. Needless to say, if you’re afraid or cringe at the sight of snakes… you should just go somewhere else haha. It didn’t really bother me at all because the snakes were mostly chilling out. Folklore says that incense paralyzes the snake, but of course, that’s just ancient chinese myths!

It was like SUPER DUPER HOT out there so we escaped to a mall for some air conditioning, hahaha. The guide brought us to the nearby Queensbay mall, which is still in Bayan Lepas. It’s actually quite a huge mall and we went shopping at the supermarket (I love this couple because I also love supermarket shopping hahaa) – they got some wine, and I was just going “oooooohhh” at the sheer variety of noodles they have in Penang! Their instant noodles section spanned over 2 entire shelves, you know?! Much amaze hahaha.

I had to stop by the pharmacy and get myself some Difflam with anti-bacterial properties. It was good relief for my throat which felt like it had been scratched by sandpaper! There’s also a Sephora & Kiehl’s here if you want to grab some essentials!

P.S. – An interesting fact if you do not know – Both Queensbay Mall & Gurney Plaza are owned by CapitaMalls Asia. 

After that we took a really long drive over (crossing the bridge) to Butterworth to get some seafood! We initially wanted to head to Bukit Tambun but the guide advised us to try her recommendation in Butterworth instead – Restoran Ah Keat!

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Seafood in Penang is definitely cheaper than Singapore (unless you go to those rip off places along Gurney), but the mantis prawn’s prices really put me off so we ended up not ordering that. Here’s what we got:

Sweet & Sour Clams. THIS WAS SHIOKKKKK!

Sweet & Sour Clams. THIS WAS SHIOKKKKK!

Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves. Loved it! The chilli was phwoarrrrrr!

Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves. Loved it! The chilli was phwoarrrrrr!

Seafood Tomyum soup! It ended up being too sour, unfortunately. But otherwise it's spicy, and got kick ah!

Seafood Tomyum soup! It ended up being too sour, unfortunately. But otherwise it’s spicy, and got kick ah!

Salted Egg Crabs - unfortunately they gave us one crab which wasn't too fresh, and that was sad cos otherwise the food we've tried so far were nubbad at all.

Salted Egg Crabs – unfortunately they gave us one crab which wasn’t too fresh, and that was sad cos otherwise the food we’ve tried so far were nubbad at all.

Hot Plate Tofu! It was cooked really nicely - the tofu didnt taste too overcooked or chaotah, if you know what I mean! And it had a whole egg yolk hidden at a corner - I was the lucky person who pierced it and got to enjoy it with my bee hoon!

Hot Plate Tofu! It was cooked really nicely – the tofu didnt taste too overcooked or chaotah, if you know what I mean! And it had a whole egg yolk hidden at a corner – I was the lucky person who pierced it and got to enjoy it with my bee hoon!

Which brings me to... the fried bee hoon cooked with flower crabs! It's pretty good and sweet - wish I could have had more of this but we needed space for penang hokkien mee right after this so....

Which brings me to… the fried bee hoon cooked with flower crabs! It’s pretty good and sweet – wish I could have had more of this but we needed space for penang hokkien mee right after this so….

On the overall the dishes were really not bad! (That or we were super famished). The total cost came to approximately 160 RM and I thought that it was a fair price given the number of crabs we’ve had, although I feel that it could be cheaper.

Map for reference.

Map for reference. Butterworth on the right, Georgetown on the left!

At this point of time we’ve actually went on the bridge, scaled the mountains and ended up on the other side of Penang (Butterworth) so what we needed to do was to take a ferry back to Georgetown!

It was most interesting for me because this is the first time I’ve taken a ferry which allows cars on it. There was a neat queuing system, and ferries come and go every 30 minutes! You can see the information on a screen while you wait in the car patiently for the ferry to arrive and to be allowed on board.

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That’s us driving onto the ferry!

On the ferry... cars lined up neatly. They also allow passengers without cars aboard - they're all on the second deck.

On the ferry… cars lined up neatly. They also allow passengers without cars aboard – they’re all on the second deck.

You're free to roam around, but don't go to close to the front where these barricades are! Water splashes in as the ferry moves forward.

You’re free to roam around, but don’t go to close to the front where these barricades are! Water splashes in as the ferry moves forward.

Approaching Georgetown! Waiting for the connector to come down, if you can spot it.

Approaching Georgetown! Waiting for the connector to come down, if you can spot it.

As we were arriving, the guide told us about the accident that occurred back in 1988 – the ferry terminal bridge collapsed due to overcrowding (there were two major events going on at the same time) – and according to her, it was on the 31st of the 7th month festival and she said 31 people died from the accident (I later googled and it says 32 though).

If you’re interested, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Abdul_Halim_ferry_terminal_bridge_collapse — in George Town, Malaysia.

I wasn’t feeling too well by the time we reached Georgetown, so I opted out of supper, was dropped off at the hotel and the guide brought Casey & Trish over to Lebuh Presgrave Hokkien Mee (三條路888福建面) instead! I AM SO FULL OF REGRETS FOR NOT MAKING IT.

pic by Trisha

pic by Trisha

LOOK AT THIS FANTASTIC BOWL OF NOODLES. PORK BELLY, INTESTINES, CHILLI, SHALLOTS. OH MY GOD.

LOOK AT THIS FANTASTIC BOWL OF NOODLES. PORK BELLY, INTESTINES, CHILLI, SHALLOTS. OH MY GOD.

They very nicely tapao-ed a pack back for me and I rolled around in bed in pain till a few good hours later. And even though it was cold, the prawn noodles were still extremely enjoyable and oh my god the salty roast belly coupled with the spicy soup was too good. I miss this already as I’m typing this. The RM8 Instant Hokkien Mee I brought back from Penang had nothing on this (confirm la!)!  And it’s only RM5.50 for a bowl with pork belly additional topping. AHHHH!!!

We actually wanted to try the prawn noodles on our first nigh, but it was Thursday and they close on thursdays. Please take note of the opening dates and timing – refer to the list at the bottom for easier reference! ; )

That very fantastic dinner marked the end of our Day 2. Hehehe.


 

Food Places:

{ Toh Soon Cafe }
184 Campbell St, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
8am – 6pm, Closed on Sundays – foursquare link

{ Kedai Kopi Kheng Pin }
Jalan Penang (Jalan Sri Bahari), 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opens 630am, Closed on Mondays – foursquare link 

{ Cecil St Wet Market & Hawker (七条路巴杀) }
202 – 218, Lebuh Mcnair, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opens (supposedly) 11am – 4pm. Operates all week –  foursquare link

{ Penang Road Cendol }
Lebuh Keng Kwee (at Penang Rd), 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
1030am – 7pm – foursquare (tan)

{ Restoran Ah Keat }
6881, Lorong Merbau 1 (Off Jalan Raja Uda), 13000 Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia
5pm – 1.30am – foursquare link

{ Lebuh Presgrave Hokkien Mee (三條路888福建面) }
67-A Lebuh Presgrave, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opens from 5pm – 11pm. Closed on thursdays. – foursquare link


 

Places of interest:

Bukit Genting Hill Leisure Park & Restaurant (小云顶中泰海鲜)
Jalan Balik Pulau, 11000 Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia – foursquare, tripadvisor

Snake Temple aka Temple of the Azure Clouds / 清云岩 
Jalan Tokong Ular, Kawasan Perindustrian Bayan Lepas, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia – tripadvisor

Queensbay Mall 
100 Persiaran Bayan Indah 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia – website

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