Moving on...finally

Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
Trip End Jan 26, 2011

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Hang Chow

Flag of Malaysia  , Pulau Pinang,
Friday, August 13, 2010

After a few too many beers and lots of tasty food we were unable to muster the energy to move onto the Perhentian islands as planned. So we sat around enjoying our AC and catching up on our sleep. The night before we had decided to go on a local food binge. So we started in a chinese place with 30 or so tanks full of various live sea-creatures. We opted for some fresh water prawns and some Red snapper, which were promptly caught and BBQ'd with various noodles and vegetables. Even Roy enjoyed it and he doesn't normally like seafood. Next we went to another chinese place, the whole menu was in Chinese so we just pointed at what we fancied and were not disappointed, slow cooked belly pork, meatballs, Chinese lettuce and a bowl of rice each were quickly washed down with the ever-present Tiger beer. A few streets along we found a huge Chinese karaoke bar with hundreds of locals drinking and eating. Our waiter seemed surprised to see white faces in there and we were informed that tourists have never been in before but we were welcomed nevertheless. It took us a couple of songs to realise that we were the only ones applauding at the end of each song and caught a couple of dirty looks thrown our some appreciation guys! We ordered some amazing spring rolls and octopus in a chilli sauce. All amazing again. After this we headed back to the ubiquitous Reggae bar for several more beers and rolled back to the hotel around 5am.

After recovering the next day we went out for a wander around Fort Cornwallis, the 18th Century British fort on the edge of George town before finding the street vendors in full swing. Picking our way between stalls and lots of locals stuffing themselves we couldn't pass by without a little snack, which turned out to be another 2 hour eating session. All kinds of fishy delights stuffed with flavour and spices, tossed into hot oil which you then pick at with cocktail sticks. Huge plates of seafood thin noodles, bowls of thick noodle soup with pork and crab balls were chased down with a plate of various exotic fruits for a total of about RM 15 ( about 3 GBP) You can see why were are struggling to leave this place! On the way back to the bar we discovered a Chinese theatre company down a side street which we stood and watched for a while (see photos) as well as impromtu cinema screen set up in the street showing the Jacky Chan classic "Police Story".

Back to the bar for some non-alcoholic drinks where we met some nice Germany girls. Sonya, one of said girls wanted to sample some of the roadside delights so I wandered back with her for more fried fishy delights and more plates of fruit. We booked a overnight minibus up to the Perhentian islands for the next night and got a relativly early night.
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In Penang, eat, drink and be merry.

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