We practically ate our way around Georgetown, capital of Penang and UNESCO World Heritage Site, during our long weekend vacation there. Our feet first came to rest at Joo Hooi Cafe, a popular eating place that comes up frequently in internet searches on Penang food.
Joo Hooi is famous for its char kway teow (above), a dish of fried flat rice noodles cooked under high heat to give a characteristic wok taste. It was pretty good, but what I really liked is the eatery’s other hit, the cendol, a dessert made of pandan rice flour, red bean, shaved ice, coconut milk, and palm sugar syrup. Best thing to have on a hot afternoon.
Iced milk tea
Penang assam laksa, a dish of thick vermicelli and garnish in a fish-based soup stewed with lemongrass, chillies, and assam (tamarind), giving off a tangy and mildly spicy taste