Of Nine Emperor Gods, Trojan horses, char koay teow, Hoe Peng mi ku and Jelutong market @ Penang

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Sights
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I am soo soo behind in my postings…and had missed out on something which I wanted to blog about, the trip to Penang happened during the last day of Sept and first day of Oct this year.

Since the trip took place during the Nine Emperor Gods celebration, PW took us to the Too Boo Kong / Nine Emporer Gods temple at Jalan Raja Uda to soak in the festive air , the whole temple was a lighted up with yellow toned lamps and the temple glittered like gold in the night..this was my second trip to the temple, you can read about my first visit to the temple  by clicking here   (Plus-sized) Paper clothes for the godsDevotees paying their respects at the altarI was rather fascinated with a handsome white horse placed at the entrance of the shrine hall, there were two buckets on the platform as well as blades of grasses Upon closer inspection …one bucket was filled with  water and the other with beans of some sort..must be the food offered to the horsyDevotees lighting incense and candles at the temple grounds

Chinese opera….now modernized with LED subtitles (left of pixs) , which is a good thing for someone like me who can’t understand teochew


The crowd enjoying the live showA famous stall for fried stuff – whatchacallit and hamchinpeng..this was nice, although deep fried, they didn’t felt too oily and ahh, crispy, yet soft, fragrant and very addictive !

The next day, met up with a bunch of old mates at a kopitiam in Lorong Selamat, one of the more famous shop was closed on that day and due to some miscommunication, we ended up at the shop which was not the one originally in the plan…but anyway, the main purpose was to catch up on old times and updates on recent happenings..The ice kacang was not bad, the ice shavings was very fine and melt in the mouth …and I would also recommend  the nutmeg drink .kau-kau…YUmmmAn old lady was going around the tables promoting  yam cakes, we decided to order a mixture of steamed and fried yamcakes…review – floury and tasteless..SC and myself ordered Char koay teow, when the 2 plates arrived at our table, I was rather taken aback that these costs us RM15..wahh…tourist price la…and frankly, the taste was so-so only, overated one and the queue was so long too !EL ordered  Asam Laksa from  the stall across the street, which looked pretty appertizing.After our meal, PW eyes lighted up, the shop across the street was selling one of her favourite food – mi ku , back in Uni days, this shop ‘Hoe Peng Biscuit’ was located opposite KOMTAR, I still remember staring in awe at the big fat miku while waiting for the buses ( well, I don’t see miku  back in my kampong mah)


Literally translated, miku means rice turtle, that probably relates to the shape of the floury buns . Mi ku could probably be described like a Chinese version of bread (?) one could steam it, then remove the reddish ‘skin’ ( optional) and then eat the bun with butter or jam..The regular miku are in red but because it was the nine emperor gods celebration, you get some yellow ones too..

After lunch and stuffed with updates and reminisces , we went for a stroll at Straits Quay which  was very pleasant …I was told that the place is even prettier at night


After the lepak-ing, it was dinner time..and rather then go to a posh restaurant, we decide to reminiscent a bit further and explore our old supper haunt at the Jelutong marketplace..

Duck thigh mee-sua – not sure was this the same stall , but taste-wise not bad..

As I didn’t have a satisfying charkoay teow for lunch, I decided to have another go at char koay teow, at about half the price ( and smaller sized prawns), I found this to be better tasting than what I had at Lorong Selamat.PW had prawns noodles- which was not bad..Juicy and delicious popiahDesserts..ooh….i hadn’t had the peanut soup since I left penang..it tasted as how I remember it to be ( way too sweet but oh so good), while PW and SC had the gingko soup- which appeared to have more ice than soup We were looking out for the laksa auntie with her mobile stall but with no luck.. not sure is she still around, I still remember the large chunks of fish in her laksa..makes your mouth water mannnn…

As usual, a truly enjoyable and happy trip in Penang . I love Penang ! And the food of course !

  1. Sumptuous® says:

    Penang.. good place, good food!

  2. pegasuskl says:

    Can’t agree more AhSumpt !

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