Pinang round 2!

Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Back to Penang and we met back up with Matt and spent two whole days just exploring the art around Pinang. As a world UNESCO Heritage site, it's packed full of interesting things. From antique shops and amazing murals to a route of iron wall sculptures. We also visited one of worlds only remaining Chinese mansions, Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. We spent the evenings trying different street stalls and drinking free drinks from Jass, and one night we went to the cinema to see the new Bond film. It was so weird, it felt like we were back in the UK!

We spent another day with Jass and he took us and Matt to the national park where we walked through the jungle to Monkey Beach. Although the beach wasn't great we had a hard trek through the jungle which was fun!
The other great thing about Pinang is the food! It's proper foodie haven and cheap too. We met a chef, Luke who wrote a few dishes down for us and even took us out to try a few delicacies from
the local street stalls. As a chef he tries to visit a few times a year for inspiration, it was an eye opener for us. Here's some of our faves, we can't remember the Asian names for most dishes:
Fish head curry
Chinese egg (preserved and planted for over three months)
Peanut balls - delicious!
Ban Chan Kuih - a peanut pancake, like a pancake taco filled with peanuts and sugar
Chinese noodle soup with Char Sui pork in. 
Laksa - spicy noodle soup usually with seafood in.
Mango lassi shakes - fresh fruit and yogurt drinks
Meat rolls
Banana leaf curry - three indian curries served on a banana lead with three dips, rice and poppadums, Lizzie was in heaven!
Chicken satay sticks
We loved our time in Pinang so much so that we think it's one of our favourite places so far. It has a European feel to it with the best food Asia has to offer and full of friendly faces.

It helped that we met Jass and Matt that we great company, and we are hoping to see Matt again in Oz. We'd recommend it a thousand times over - Jo wanted to live there!

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Dad bob on

I have just caught up with adventures around Pinang and Lanwaki and it just seems to get better and better. The food looks delicious,the places are interesting and you appear to have met some nice friends.
Today has been bitterly cold and its strange to see you in just shorts and tee shirts!
You will be pleased to know we have put your cheques in the bank today so it should show on your account in about 3 days.
Really enjoy FaceTime ,speak again soon.

Auntie Jenny on

I've just discovered your blog (always a bit slow on the uptake) So good to read your news and see the photos - looks like an incredible journey with much eating and drinking! Now I've found it I will look forward to the further adventures of Liz and Jo. Lots of love from all of us xxxxxx

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