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Ah Boy Kwayteow T’ng, Penang

Have you heard about this stall?  Apparently most of the locals in Penang want to keep this secret. In a recent trip up north to Penang, we were told to search for this place along Argyll Road.  So the Sunday before we left the island, we dutifully drove along Argyll Road looking out for a [...]

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Afternoon Tea @ 1885, The Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

So where would you go, in Penang, if you wish to have a quiet tête à tête with your best friend over a traditional English Afternoon Tea?  Why … to 1885, of course. 1885 – named for the year that The Eastern & Oriental (The E&O) Hotel was established, is a classic colonial-style dining venue [...]

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Grand Dame of Heritage Hotels in Penang: The Eastern & Oriental Hotel

I first set foot into The Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Hotel way back in the mid 1970’s (I can’t recall which exact year though).  I remember I was really in awe of it… well, understandably, it was the very first time I had been into such a big grand building!  Yes, even back then, The [...]

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Help to spread some love – Penang Shan Children’s Home Association

Recently in Penang, just before the Chinese New Year, about 40 bloggers and public visited the Penang Shan Children’s Home Association to distribute food, beverages and gadgets, sponsored by various commercial entities. It’s a philanthropic exercise not only by businesses in executing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) but by everyone wishing to give back to [...]

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Help to spread some love – The Ramakrishna Ashrama

Recently in Penang, about 40 bloggers and members of the public visited The Ramakrishna Ashrama to distribute food, beverages and gadgets, sponsored by various commercial entities. It’s a philanthropic exercise not only by businesses in executing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) but by everyone giving back to society, thus making life more bearable for those [...]

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Penang Food Stories (Chapter 3): Song River Cafe @ Gurney Drive

I know some people scoff at Song River Cafe being a good place to eat in Penang, maintaining that it’s only meant for tourists and that most self-respecting Penangites would not patronize that place.  Well, I’m not really bothered about this, because I have my favourite dishes there and yeah, I am not a Penangite [...]

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Penang Food Stories (Chapter 2): Lam Ah Kopitiam – damn nice Beef Noodles & Oyster Omelette

“Gubak Kway Teow”, that’s what the Penangites call their Beef Kway Teow (flat Rice Noodles).  It seems that Penang had 2 famous Gubak Kway Teow outlets founded way back in the 1960s, one was at Victoria Street and the other’s at the junction of Beach Street (now Lebuh Pantai) and Acheen Street (now Lebuh Acheh).  [...]

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Penang Food Stories (Chapter 1) – Food hunting in Pengkalan Weld

In the past few months, we made a couple of food trips to Penang. The main objective was really to gorge ourselves silly, checking out food places recommended by friends as well as re-visiting old favourites. Of course not everything we ate was worth recommending to others, so I’ll just skip those not-so-good ones. In [...]

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Gurney Delights @ Kota Kemuning

No, you didn’t read it wrong – there IS a place called “Gurney Delights” in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam. It’s a neat little café, unpretentious and simplistic in its set-up, located in the midsection of a block of shoplots in the Kota Kemuning commercial centre. I first noticed this outlet some months ago, yet had [...]

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