Heritage Hotels in Penang Stay in a heritage hotel for a cultural experience of old Penang (Hotelscombined)
4-5 Star Hotel
Eastern And Oriental Hotel Georgetown - 5 Star
Macalister Mansion Georgetown - 5 star (only 8 luxury rooms)
Seven Terraces Hotel Georgetown - 4 Star ; near St George's Church.
23 Love Lane Hotel Georgetown - 4/5 Star boutique hotel
1881 Chong Tian Hotel Georgetown - 4 Star, Campbell Street
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Penang - 4 Star, Leigh Street
Yeng Keng Hotel Georgetown - 4 Star, Chulia Street
Campbell House Georgetown - 4 Star
Hotel Penaga - 4 Star; boutique hotel, Jalan Hutton
Deluxcious Heritage Hotel Georgetown - 4 star (18 luxury rooms/suites); Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah )
Palanquinn Heritage Suites Georgetown - 4 Star (behind the Thai Temple, close to Gurney Drive)
East Indies Mansion - 3 star; No. 25 Lebuh China, George Town
Muntri Mews Georgetown - 3 Star (offers 9 rooms, Muntri Street, George town.
1926 Heritage Hotel - 3 Star (24 restored link houses), along Burma Road)
Museum Hotel - 3 Star, off Transfer Road,
Clove Hall Hotel Georgetown, outside of the city centre off of Burma Road.
Mango Tree Place Hotel Georgetown - 3 Star (outside city centre; B & B hotel just off Burma Road) (If you can't find the link - search hotels in Penang here)
2-Star/ Budget Hotel
Hutton Lodge Penang Georgetown - 2 Star (budget heritage hotel, Hutton lane) Penang Road)
Straits Collection Georgetown - 2 Star (just 4 rooms along the historic Armenian Street)
Chulia Heritage Hotel Georgetown - 2 Star (Chulia Street, set back from the road)
Sattcle Heritage House Apartments Georgetown - 2 Star (just outside city, Jalan Chow Thye)
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Laksa is of Malay origin but the Nyonyas/Nonyas (Penang Peranakan) have their own version. This is certainly Malaysia's most popular noodle dish. It is rounded rice noodles (similar to but thinner than Japanese Odon noodles) served with gravy made from fish flakes and rich spices. The dish is garnished with vegetables and is certainly a healthy dish not cooked with oil.
Here is a family recipe - we do not use oil and the ingredients are always roughly estimated, never weighed.
1 packet laksa (rice) noodles/ or 1kg wet fresh laksa noodles
1 kg mackerel or small fishes
- 1 stalk bunga kantan (flower of ginger plant), cut into slices
- 5-8 fresh red chillies, 5-7 dried chillies
- 10mm slice of square shrimp cake/paste (belachan)
- 3 cm piece of lengkuas/galangal, cut to slices
- 4 stalks lemon grass, cut to slices
- 3-4 large onions, peeled and cut
- 8-10 shallots, pealed and cut
1 cucumber - shredded
1 stalk lettuce leaves - shredded
2 large onion - shredded
1 stalk bunga kantan (flower of blue ginger) - slice thinly
2 red chillies - sliced thinly
2-3 slices of pineapples - cut into small pieces
1 bunch mint leaves - sliced thinly
2-3 hard boiled egg (optional) - sliced
Other ingredients for gravy:
One heap tablespoon of tamarind (asam jawa) - amount up to taste
2 pieces of dried tamarind
3 stalks of kesum leaves (water pepper)
salt and sugar to taste
Clean the fishes and boil (or steam) until cooked. Flake out the flesh of the fishes and ensure all bone are remove. Break up the fish flakes finely, add two cups of water to the fish flakes in the blender and blend the mixture, and put aside.
Gravy: Squeeze 3 cups of tamarind juice from the tamarind and pour into a pot for cooking.
Pound or blend all the gravy spices (with some water) to a paste, then pour the paste into the pot of tamarind juice. Add 2 more cups of water and stir the mixture over fire. Add the kesum leaves and 2 cups of water into the pot. Bring to boil, turn down the heat/fire and let the mixture simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until fragrant. Add the fish flakes that was blended, stir well, bring to boil and let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Add salt and sugar to taste. (If gravy is too thick or insufficient, add more water.)
Cook the laksa noodles by soaking into boiling water until soft, drain well and wash with some cold water before putting aside.
Cut or shred the garnishing ingredients and place on a plate.
In Penang: Where to eat Penang Laksa
Penang Hill or Bukit Bendara in the Malay Language, is probably one 'cool' place to visit when in Penang, which makes it a popular tourist for locals and foreigners. The hill has an elevation of about 833 m (2723 ft) and is located in the area clled Air Itam in the heart of Penang Island. On a breezy day the daytime air is much cooler than the city of George Town, which make it a great place to be in the sun. Temperature ranges from 20 to 25 degree Celsius, with cooler night air and a time to see the city lights.
Visitors can go up te hill by trekking up or by funicular train. Funicular train that leaves every 10 to 20 minutes, is an attraction - it takes visitors to the top of the hill in minutes, up the inclined slope that averages 29 degrees or more.
Jungle trekking is one of the popular activities in Penang Hills. There are many routes up the hill and some of the popular trekking routes are from the botanical gardens, Hye Keat Estate in Air Itam and some trail of Tiger hill.
On top of the hill is a mosque, indian temple, food court, owl museum and a hotel.
Location: Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera, Air Itam, 11500 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. Longitude : 5.408505 Latitude : 100.2770425
Contact: Tel : 604-8288880, 604-8288839, 604-8288861, 604-8288862
Penang Street Art
The most intresting scenes on the streets of Penang today is the street art of George Town.
Two of the most intresting art form that show the life in Penang are the Steel Rod Sculptures and Wall Murals in George Town
George Town Steel Rod Sculptures are by Sculpture At Work, a Kuala Lumpur-based company, which won 'The Marking George Town — An Idea Competition for a Unesco World Heritage Site’ in April 2010; organized by the Penang State Government on 7 September, 2009.
The design was selected as the most cost effective, robust and requires less maintenance. Its design concept which is voices from the people will make George Town unique and more interesting to visitors, young and old. Witty caricature sculptures are installed at the various buildings there of the historic enclave of George Town.
More at: http://sculptureatwork.com/?p=316
However, it was the murals by Ernest Zacharevic that have helped to position George Town as a showcase of street art in George Town.
Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic has changed the streets and buildings of Penang with his beautiful wall painting of children all across the historical enclave of George Town. The 2012 George Town Festival commissioned Ernest Zacharevic to add his murals in the city. Today, Penang is well known for her street art and soon after many towns in Malaysia has got their streets beautifully painted by Ernest, free or by commission!
(His website: zachas.com)
Virtual Tour: Penang Street Art on GIS - Online Map (comprehensive)
Or Location of Penang Street Art on Google: Penang Street Art Map
More at: Penang-Street-Art at myPenang
Best place to stay to see the street art: Hotels in George Town
myPenang - the inside guide to where to go and what to eat
myPenang is a travel guide book written to guide you through the labyrinth of Penang's hawker streets as well as provide a glimpse of the rich historical heritage and culture of the island. It gives you insider local knowledge of the place. There are numerous maps inside to guide you.
Some of the articles or extracts of the articles in the book is on this website with permission from the author.
myPenang is only available at MPH Malaysia.
Author: Lim Bee Chin
1st Edition - 2005