You Say Pinang I Say Georgetown
Trip Start Mar 09, 2010
38Trip End Apr 21, 2010
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We took a tour to the Tropical Spice Garden on the northern edge of the island
The tour of the Tropical Spice Garden was a mix of botanical garden and spice garden. They had pretty much every type of palm tree growing there, along with rubber trees, cinnamon trees, pepper trees, every type of ginger, etc, etc. If it was a tropical plant, they were growing it. We concluded the tour with a cooking demo from a lady named Nazlina. She showed us how to prepare a Malay chicken dish from scratch. This included breaking a coconut and scraping out the inside, using part of it to make coconut milk and the other part heated and pounded into a paste for flavour. Then she created another paste from fresh spices and peppers. Lastly, she put it all together with the chicken into a lovely and spicy dish. You can find some of her recipes at www.pickles-and-spices.com. She also had an assistant Karrie (from Richmond Hill, Ontario, who was now living in North Vancouver, BC), who was on a tour earlier in the day, but decided to stay around to learn more about the cooking. This is the type of environment it is there.
Unfortunately, we were only docked in Penang for 6 hours, because all we really had time for was this one excursion. We would have loved to have walked around town, as it was so clean and beautiful. This was our second favorite city in Asia, with Nha Trang being our favorite.