Where to Eat : Malay Food 101 At James’ Famous Nasi Campur

Facebook is a wonderful thing, we use it quiet a lot in Malaysia , especially in Penang. We get live feed on what people are eating, what restaurants are open, whats closed, whats good and what NOT to try. If it weren’t for my friend Jo  (Eccentric Fadlin on FB) , and his persistent postings, I…

Where to stay : Experience the real George Town from Ah Tong’s Residence

Ah Tong’s Residence built in the late 19th century but was a tailor shop until 2010. It’s been owner-occupied for 5 years making it a primary residence on  Lebuh Kimberley (Kimberley Street). The photos of the property will speak for themselves, recommended for couples or a small family of 4. With the modern comforts fitted…

Urban artisan soft serve review

We at Penang local are in search of Penang’s best soft serve. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it… Tell us your favourite so we can go check it out. Today’s black sesame and green tea soft serve is from urban artisan at Nagore square. Price RM12.90.  The green tea had a really…

Beach Town Ferringhi, eating on the coastal road.

Batu Ferringhi is towards the northern tip of the island. Its pretty vibrant on holidays, plan to leave your vehicles parked all weekend long. Better yet, don’t bring your car on to the island. If walking with kids around this beach town, watch out for traffic on narrow streets. Be weary when you’re walking on sidewalks,…

Restaurant Review: At Chok Dee Thai 

This here, is where we go , at least once a month, when we’re all in town. There are  usually 6 of us, sometimes 8 , if we can manage to sync our calendars. At Chok Dee Thai Restaurant  , its a family affair (friends who have become family). A handful of round tables scatter the dining room,…

Penang’s Famous Laksa is at Air Itam (Hitam), whether you like it or not.

Oh… you’ll be in hot soup if you already have set expectations of this local eatery. Clear your mind of any conventional street food experience. Here is Penang’s famous Laksa, even those who prefer their own recipes will have to admit that Air Itam (also spelled “Air Hitam” ) is THE place for the best introduction. No one…