Time Out Penang Visitors Guide - - Indulge -

In your opin­ion, what makes Pe­nang so unique?

Pe­nang is a quirky, cre­ative is­land with its colour­ful pre-war houses, beau­ti­ful carv­ings, the street art, lush green hills and beau­ti­ful beaches. If there is ab­so­lutely just one place in the world you must visit that has ev­ery­thing, it has to be Pe­nang.

It’s ob­vi­ous your fra­grance range is influenced by your her­itage and roots. What made you choose to re­turn to Pe­nang and create these scents?

All my fra­grances are a re­flec­tion of my life, the places I’ve been, cul­tures I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced. Ge­orge Town by Josh Lee was in­spired by the list­ing of Ge­orge Town as a World Her­itage Site by Unesco in 2008; it’s a trib­ute to my home­town. I wanted to evoke the nu­ances of the is­land, from the sea to the her­itage land­scape us­ing spices like nut­meg, cin­na­mon and car­damom, and flo­ral notes like hi­bis­cus and rose; I wanted to cap­ture what Pe­nang re­ally means to me.

What are your favourite places to eat?

When I’m back in Pe­nang my mum will cook and we eat as a fam­ily. Pe­nan­gites are a lot like Ital­ians, we al­ways say mum’s cook­ing is the best. The next best thing is hawker food of course! Breakfast is a bowl of Hokkien mee at Seang Lim’s stall at the Pi­nang De­li­cious Food Court, while for lunch I have my favourite char kuey teow at Ah Leng’s in the Tong Hooi cof­fee shop. Tea time favourites in­clude as­sam laksa and Chi­nese pan­cakes (with dif­fer­ent top­pings) at the Lok Pin cof­fee shop. And for din­ner, Aun­tie Gaik Lean’s on Bishop Street is fa­mous for lor bak, as­sam fish, ker­abu and that truly Pe­nang drink, nut­meg juice.

Could you re­count a truly Pe­nang mo­ment, an event or some­thing that just made you think, ‘Only in Pe­nang!’?

For me, truly Pe­nang mo­ments are when we have our fes­ti­vals and cul­tural celebrations like the Pe­nang Jazz Fes­ti­val, Ge­orge Town Fes­ti­val, We­sak Day or any pub­lic hol­i­day re­ally. We gather our fam­ily and friends, sit out­side, un­der the stars, gos­sip­ing, chat­ting. We host the city folk, kick off our shoes, talk loud, eat, drink, laugh! Mo­ments like that... only in Pe­nang.

JOSH LEE Per­fumer

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