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Malaysia 

(Penang)

(23 May 2013 - 26 May 2013)

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Day 2 

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Good Morning Penang! Something that I would like to share on finding hotel accommodation in Penang. It’s best to choose a hotel that does not provide breakfast as there’re so much good food in Penang to explore (yet so limited stomach spaces) :P

We had Dim Sum at De Tai Tong Dim Sum Restaurant which is 350m (15 mins walk) from Cititel. [Address : 45 Cintra Street, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia, Tel: 04 2636625, Dim sum is available from 6am till 12pm]

This place was really packed with locals and tourists when we visited. We had a pleasant surprise that piping hot Dim Sum were still served in trolleys like these! That’s a really cool experience for us as such way of serving are nonexistence in Singapore.

Basically, there’s an invisible anticlockwise circuit that the aunties followed when they pushed their carts around (hence they wouldn’t bump into each other). It was an experience to see the elderly waitresses wheelling their carts up and down the aisle, stopping at each table, enticing customers to purchase food from them. They were really friendly and tried to insist that we try almost everything.

While most Dim Sum were just average tasting, don’t missed out the Cheong Fun (Steamed Rice Four Rolls) with prawn, roasted pork belly and the egg tarts. Most fried items were pre-cooked but the roasted pork belly and egg tarts were still warm and crispy when served. We simply loved the crispy flaky crust of the egg tarts and the smooth egg custard within.

However the Ondeh Ondeh (Nyonya Kuih) was disappointing as they weren’t filled with sweet brown palm sugar (Gula Melaka), instead they were stuffed with lotus paste. We can’t remember the exact damage but the dim sum here were definitely value for money!

Above : “Quiet Please (Street Fighters)” Sculpture. A total of 52 wall sculptures were placed around George Town in 2010 to create awareness about the historical and cultural identity of some of the local sites in the city. Who dare to say that Penang is all about food only??

Time to do some exercise aka burning off some calories after such a filling breakfast. We walked 1KM (25 mins) to the Pinang Peranakan Museum (which is also known as the Green Mansion in Penang). [Address : 29 Church Street (Lebuh Gereja), 10200 Penang, Malaysia, Tel :  604-2642929, Open on Mon – Sun, including Public Holidays from 9:30am to 5pm, Adults: RM 20 per adult (instead of RM10 that’s stated on their website – Understand that the revision in the admission fee was mainly due to the addition of the Peranakan Jewellery Museum). Complimentary conducted tours are available with arrangements (at the cashier counter) for a group of 5 persons and above.

Having watched “The Little Nyonya (小娘惹)” in 2008 where plenty of scenes were filmed here (The male lead – Chen Xi’s house), the visit was indeed an eye opening experience for us.

The courtyard.

We were awed by the beauty of the craftsmanship and the intricate designs of the main doorway.

The museum is divided into two levels. The lower level is the place where guests visit, including a big long dining table (aka Tok Panjang – Literally translates into “eat on a long table” but actually it means feast on special occasions), a side dining chamber with western decor (likely used to entertain the English guests), a room for playing card games and the kitchen. This place is so much more beautiful and bigger than the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum in Malacca (where photography was not allowed in the museum).

Posing as Nyonya playing ‘Cherki’ (a traditional card game)… ’Baba’ refers to male descendants and ‘Nyonya’ are the females counterparts of the Peranakan Chinese (Straits Chinese), whom are the descendants of late 15th and 16th-century Chinese immigrants to the Indonesian archipelago and British Malaya.

Understand from the guided tour that wealthy Peranakans even have their own TCM counters!

The kitchen where all the wonderful kuihs kuihs were made.


Besides the green mansion is the the Ancestral Hall of the original owner, Kapitan China Chung Keng Quee  (郑景贵) – Understand that this museum has been resold to an antique collector. We learnt that bats are actually considered auspicious animals for the Peranakans. Bats are known as 蝙蝠 (Bian Fu) in Mandarin where the word 蝠 (Fu) sounds like 福 (Fu) which symbolises good luck, wellness, health and wealth.

Those black spots that you see on the roof above were actually real bats!

The second level features a number of chambers. One of them features the traditional Peranakan bridal rooms showcasing the bridal headwear, bridal bed etc. The sewing room where the Nyonyas make their Baju Panjang (Long Dress) and Kebaya, embroideries & beaded shoes.

Next, the jewellery museum featuring what the wealthy Peranakans had acquired, leaving a fabulously rich legacy from jewelleries to furniture in expensive and finest materials such as gold, silver, porcelain, teak etc. Exhibits ranging from Nyonya brooches, hairpins, traditional covered jars, metal belts, gold bracelets, table wares were displayed in this newly added room. Ladies would loved these exquisite jewellery collection.

Eat and sh*t at the same time?? *faints*

We had a wonderful time exploring the museum. This place is definitely worth a visit! No wonder it’s ranked the Number 1 for attractions in GeorgeTown on Tripadvisor.
Ciao! :D (From : Travelling Pooh)




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Travel@HamHamFarm - The World, Here We Come!

Day 2

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Malaysia

(Penang)

(23 May 2013 - 26 May 2013)

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