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Deliciousness in Penang (Part I)

The Man loves driving, especially the "fast and furious" kind of scene and as you would imagine, it is rather difficult to drive like that in a very small and regulated country like Singapore. So every now and then, we head up north, take advantage of their way of handling traffic matters in their typical "Malaysia boleh" fashion, and test the performance of his car *wink*.

On a roadtrip to Penang. Revisited some favorites, discovered a couple of new treasures, and returned happy and belly filled. I wish I was not in this situation where I would be wearing a wedding dress in a couple of months though. Penang hawker food is definitely not healthy. Plus, it was mentally challenging not to overeat the deliciousness!

As usual, it was breakfast at the MacAlister Lane coffeeshop selling chee cheong fun and char kway kak. The stores close around 1:30pm.  Do note that MacAlister Lane and Jalan MacAlister are two different lanes.  We ordered a large portion of ccf and a medium portion of ckk. I had read that the CCF could be served "unwrapped" or as they were, all coiled up. Previously, our order came in the original coiled up state. I like that because I don't like too much of the sweet sauce and prawn paste. Coiled up CCF means I can control the amount of sauce better. This time around, the CCF came upwrapped. D liked this version better because he is definitely all about the sauce; more surface area = more sauce to like. *Note to self: next time, make sure I indicate upfront.

The CKK is alright. Loads of charred bits and chai po, crunchy sprouts and egg. But I prefer that the char kway was in smaller pieces.

Next street that you must visit: Lorong Selamat. What to eat? The famous "three sisters char kway teow".
The queue is extremely long, with lots of tourists and locals alike. While seated, you will get other vendors from a coffee shop about 3 shops away, selling food like chendol, oyster egg, lor bak, etc. We ordered an oyster omelette to try. This one had none of the starchy gooey bits but it was still very good. The generous large oysters, thick fluffy and juicy egg, and amazingly, non-oily compared to SG version.

We had to wait for a bit before our CKT arrived. Tada!  Welcome to Penang's most expensive CKT. This is a small size at RM8. But let me tell you, it was super worth the calories and the money. The noodles are thin, soft and pliable, and charred just sufficiently. There is a good balance of flavors and textures from the noodles, bean sprouts, lap cheong, etc. And the prawns were big, plump and fresh. I would come back again everyday!


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