Friday, July 23, 2010

Penang Durian Season July Trip 2010

I am currently back in Penang, my hometown, after 2 years and 4 months..been ages, and guess what?? It's durian season!! hehe...I haven't been back during durian season for at least 4 years and thus i haven't had durian for that length of time:-) I've had HEAPS of DELICIOUS DURIAN during this time and eaten alot of good ole' penang hawker food during this vacation as well as had Japanese food, Thai food, as well as Korean bbq and also my beloved nyonya cuisine and nasi kandar as well as malay rice with so many other goodies such as teochew food..yummy..visited balik pulau, chinatown, pulau tikus market, and a couple of other places too:-)

I also managed to squeeze in a visit to my old primary school and went into the classrooms and sat in the tiny chairs (during school holidays so the place was empty)...been at least 15 yrs since i had entered those classrooms!! (I've visited before years back but even then i didn't get a chance to enter the classrooms as they were locked and this time, they happened to be cleaning the classrooms)...took photos with my brother and his friends whom also attended the same primary school as I...it was a trip down memory lane for us all despite our age gaps..also went to pulau tikus market as well as visited my former mandarin language tuition teacher at her home..she taught me and my bro mandarin on weekends throughout our primary and secondary days..
i also got to visit the 'Japanese Bon Odori Festival' this time which is held annually in Penang but which I haven't been before, my brother's friends had told him about it and he had friends visiting from Taiwan and Kuala Lumpur and so we went together with out parents...it was nice..

Everything is so delicious and affordable here, and oh...the delicious nyonya food and nasi kandar as well as freshly grounded 'sambal'!!! You simply can't get this type of freshly grounded sambal (malaysian chilli paste) back in Australia...and things are so cheap back here...movie tickets cost only RM7 or RM 10 and only a dirt cheap RM5 on Wednesdays...that's like AUD $2 for the cheapest tickets to the latest movies! Will be returning to Sydney, Oz on Sunday:(

8 comments:

fufu said...

oh..durian!!!! i think almost 8yrs i havent had durian!!! miss durian so much!!!!! >< and penang food too =p

hcpen said...

fufu: me too!!! I missed durian soo much...but not as long as you-maybe 4 yrs at most for me, never went back during durian season, so this time i had so much! Ate like 2-3 containers full,hehe:-)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I love nonya food but durian is not really my cup of tea I must admit! :P

hcpen said...

Lorraine: Oh, what a pity:-) I guess its an acquired taste:)

YTSL said...

Waah... sounds like you're having a great time! Had any assam laksa, Hokkien mee and Perak Lane beehoon yet? (Those are my 3 personal faves!) :)

duriandave said...

Glad to hear about your homecoming!

I also had my share of durian when I was in KL recently. I was able to taste raja kucing and bamboo leg for the first time, as well as the sinfully delicious durian cendol.

Now I'm spoiled. I don't think can eat the durians that are imported to the U.S.

The next time I visit Malaysia, I'll spend my trip in Penang. :D

hcpen said...

YTSL: Yes, I love assam laksa and hokkien mee alot too..i had them all including mua chee, foochow fishballs, char koay kak,etc!!:-)

hcpen said...

duriandave: Yes, you should spend next time in Penang when in Malaysia! I'm back in Australia now after havingmy fill of the tasty durian!!