Road Trip to Penang

Road Trip to Penang

More than just a place with historic buildings and architecture, Penang boasts seasonings and spices of food delicacies that call out to any Singaporean.

Our road trip took us from Kuala Lumpur all the way to Penang!

If you drive from Singapore to Penang straight – it will take about 8-9 hours. But as we had kids with us, we used KL as our base, and each time as we passed through, we stayed in KL for a few days.

The stopovers in KL really helped the kids and the adults as the journey would have been too tiring, if we went direct!

So what’s so GREAT about PENANG?

After all, it’s so far away, and people normally fly there!

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Penang is a World Heritage Site sited by UNESCO, together with Melaka, and it is a place rich with historic buildings and architecture.

The drive to Penang is also very easy, as the roads are dual carriageway throughout. We drove all the way up as it is also cheaper for the family. Two full tanks of petrol can bring you all the way up to Penang. Much cheaper than flying (even after you add in the toll charges).

But the best thing about Penang for any Singaporean is the FOOD!

Somehow through its seasoning and spices, the food in Penang seems to suit the Singaporean palate, and the food is heavenly to me!

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From Chinese Traditional Cakes to the roadside stall selling dough fritters,any Penang food stall is capable of producing great tasting food.

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One of the places that I will recommend to start with is this food court in Penang called Red Garden. It is located at 20, Leith Street, 10000 Penang, Malaysia.

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Food Courts are a common sight in Singapore, and they have a large collection of different food stalls for any tourist to sample. However, one of the drawbacks of any food court is that they are not known to produce any fantastic food.

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However, I must say that the food here was GREAT!

We tried dishes like Char Keow Teow, Prawn Mee and Bak Kut Teh at the food court and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Bak Kut Teh in Penang is served in a claypot and full of vegetables! This was a real hit with my wife.

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Char Keow Teow in Penang is also different! First of all, it is not as dark! Secondly, it is served with a bit of chilli and some spices. However, the spices used to make the dish somehow seem to came out in a delicious concoction that made their Char Keow Teow stand out from its Singaporean Counterpart.

Even Nicole gave her endorsement to the Char Keow Teow! 

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Edmund Tay

Ed is a Daddy Blogger based in Singapore who loves to write about his Parenting journey. Here, he shares some of his travel stories, tips and adventures with his family.


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