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Friday 30 December 2022

Penang Day 5 (Pekan Air Itam, Morning Market, Gurney Drive)

Penang Day 5!

We woke up bright and early this morning and left the hotel at a quarter past eight. We walked to the bus stop at 7-Eleven along Jalan Penang and caught the Rapid Penang 201 bus for a fare of RM2.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.40) the bus took us all the way to Pekan Air Itam.

We got off in the thick of the action at the morning market and began our stroll. We walked to one end of the morning market and then doubled back before entering the wet market. We then exited and walked along Jalan Pasar until we reached the food court to have us some breakfast.

We had intended to have breakfast at the Laska Bisu (mute) but we were too early. We then took a stroll around the food court to see what the alternatives were before deciding on:

  • Wan Tan Mee
  • Toast Bread with Half Boiled Eggs
  • a round of drinks

that came to RM13.80 (approximately USD/EUR11). While not quite as cheap as our breakfast yesterday it could still be considered reasonable enough.

Cat then asked that we take another stroll along the morning market as she wanted to get a snack that she’s not had in a long time. Right at the end of the street she found the stall that sold Apom. We couldn't find a suitable description of it online though.

We then headed back to the bus stop from earlier and as we waited for the bus something else caught her eye. She was drawn to a diminutive stall selling Chinese New Year cookies and could resist getting a container of Fried Arrowhead (Ngaku Chips), a common snack during Chinese New Year. She also got the Malay sponge cake, known as Ma Lai Go in Cantonese.

We continued to wait for the bus but was denied passage twice, for various lame reasons such as the bus did not go to KOMTAR and we were waiting at the wrong bus stop.

Third time’s the charm as we finally caught the Rapid Penang 201 bus for the same fare of RM2.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.40) that took us all the way back to the hotel.

We were feeling a little weary and decided to stay in the entire afternoon. We took away from 126 Hui Ong Cafe the following Thai fried items:

  • Kao Kai Jiao Moo (Omelette with Rice) for RM9.00
  • Pad Kha Prao Moo (Basil Fried with Rice) for RM9.00

We had our lunch in the room then spent the afternoon resting and doing some video editing.

We emerged at a quarter past five and hailed a Grab car to Gurney Plaza. We had bought a few items that would not fit our luggage bags so we were on the hunt for a small overnight bag. After trying the Adidas store and JD Sports we eventually found the perfect bag at a Puma store.

We then walked out of Gurney Plaza and headed to our dinner destination. After a five-minute walk we arrived at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre and began to surveil the various stalls walking from end to the other. Most look quite generic and we settled on:

  • Penang Rojak for RM6.00
  • Prawn Lam Mee for RM6.50
  • Hokkien Char Mee for RM7.00
  • Coconut Juice for RM6.00
  • Apple Juice for RM3.00

for a total of RM50.00 (approximately USD/EUR11). In our minds the price was in accordance with the place being a tourist attraction and so we accepted that it was going to be a bit pricey.

After dinner we walked back onto Gurney Drive headed southwest before getting across Jalan Kelawai and onto Jalan Bagan Jermal. Here we waited at the bus stop, the first Rapid Penang 103 bus declining to take us while the second Rapid Penang 101 was full and did not stop.

We gave up waiting for a bus and hailed a Grab car for the same fare of RM14.00 (approximately USD/EUR3) back to the hotel. While my lower back is getting better, we will continue to err on the side of caution. Having said that, tomorrow is Cat's birthday!

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