50 things to do in Pe­nang

Let Time Out Pe­nang be your guide as you ex­plore one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing is­lands in the world

Time Out Penang Visitors Guide - - Contents -

1 Durian

There aren’t many fruits that can in­cite such dramatic re­ac­tions – ei­ther a sigh of plea­sure or a gag re­flex fol­lowed by an ex­ple­tive. Pe­nan­gites claim their duri­ans are the best; so for durian vir­gins, this is the ideal place to take that first taste and for fans to in­dulge their affection for this prickly, whiffy fruit. Take a tour to the Bao Sheng Durian Farm (p63) or or­ganic Green Acres ( greenacre­spenang.com) in Ba­lik Pu­lau (both these farms of­fer ac­com­mo­da­tion), or the or­ganic Free­dom Eco-Farm ( free­domget­away.org) in Teluk Ba­hang. Hun­ker­ing down by the side of the road eat­ing durian from a van sell­ing them is per­fectly ac­cept­able too.

2 Nut­meg

Nut­meg was brought to Pe­nang by the Bri­tish in the late 18th cen­tury. It was one of the bas­tions of the lu­cra­tive spice trade which saw the for­tunes of Great Bri­tain and the Nether­lands soar as they fed the Euro­pean pop­u­la­tions’ mam­moth ap­petite for spices from what was then known as the East In­dies. Nut­meg is used in cook­ing all over the world, but you won’t find a glass of nut­meg juice in many places. Many cof­fee shops in Pe­nang of­fer this re­fresh­ing, if mildly as­trin­gent, drink so give it a try.

3 Am­bra (buah ke­don­dong)

This fruit is com­monly made into a juice, usu­ally with a sour plum, and has enough vi­ta­min C to knock that cold into next week. Some­times known as a Tahi­tian Ap­ple or Hog Plum, this is a favourite Pe­nang thirst-quencher and as it’s pretty hard to find any­where else, try it when you hit that fa­mous Pe­nang hawker food trail.

4 Ny­onya kuih

Ny­onya cui­sine is a fas­ci­nat­ing riot of tastes and colours and as much as ev­ery­one waxes lyri­cal about the savoury dishes, their kuih (Malaysian sweets) aren’t too shabby ei­ther. Main ingredients in­clude gluti­nous rice, co­conut, san­tan (co­conut milk), var­i­ous ex­otic flours (sago, tapi­oca, mung bean), pan­dan (screw­pine) and sugar. Al­though Ny­onya kuih is found through­out Malaysia, Moh Teng Pheow (p44) is a pop­u­lar op­tion to get your fix with favourites like kuih talam, pu­lut tai-tai and pu­lut inti.

5 Eden on Hut­ton Lane

Any lo­cal will tell you this restau­rant was the go-to for good value set lunches,

Ny­onya kuih

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