Street food and Cadbury's chocolate!

Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pinang,
Sunday, January 6, 2013

We arrived in Penang after a 3hr ferry from Langkawi. I'd already found a hotel online so we went to see if they had a room. Luckily, they did and boy, were we pleased! Brand new and like a proper hotel room. There was even free hot and cold drinking water on each floor! After dumping our bags, we headed out to find some street food - one of the things Penang is famous for. We gorged on roast duck and rice, chicken satay and a rice flour pork-filled roll for a mere 4 between us. It was yummy! We picked up some Borneo tea (cheaper than the usual Lipton tea) on the way back to make use of the free hot water. We had also bought a huge bar of Cadbury's Topdeck at the ferry port. So, after having a hot powerful shower (a rare find in Asia) we drank tea and ate chocolate in the softest sheets since we'd been at home - it's amazing the things you miss!

The next morning we had a chocolate muffin and chocolate milk from 7-11 (a Spar type shop) for breakfast (Beth you would've been jealous) as there was nothing else around. Armed with our city map - me navigating as usual - we went to the Love Lane area, which is the UNESCO Heritage part of the city. There were lots of beautiful buildings as well as Little India, although much cleaner than real India. After lunch we headed back towards our hotel in search of a big shopping mall which turned out to be a mini Clark's Village! There wasn't much else to do and I had a dodgy stomach anyway (a legacy from India which happens every now and again) so we went back to the hotel and watched a film in English on our flat screen TV - we really were making use of our nice hotel!

That evening we headed out for food. We would've had street food again, but I was apprehensive in case it made me unwell again for our travels to Sumatra the next day. Finding anywhere was difficult in the part of the city we were in. But we managed to find the most revolting meal in town. It sounded like a fondue type meal until we saw it! A huge heated wok was plugged in near our table with stock, wilted lettuce, anaemic chicken, off-white jellied cylindrical fish balls and jellied cubes of white tofu, then we had to add noodles and what turned out to be tinned sausages. I think they said it was a Taiwanese 'Steamboat,' but whatever it was, it was the worst meal we've had! We would have been better off getting a pot noodle from 7-11 for 20p. Our meal cost a S.E. Asia extortionate 7, and we left most of it! Luckily, we had saved some chocolate!

We set our alarm for 5am the next day to catch our flight to Sumatra...
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