Friday, 2 May 2014

Road Trip: Johor Bahru . Port Klang . Sekinchan . Ipoh . Penang . Butterworth . Muar . Johor Bahru Part 3/4 开车旅游: 柔佛新山。巴生。适耕庄。怡保。槟城。北海。麻坡。柔佛新山 3/4

Visited: 2014 Apr

Good morning! We went for a stroll in the cool, fresh morning before breakfast. 

Helpful information with maps to assist tourists and out-of-towners. 

My favourite public bus. 

Breakfast spot 1: Kheng Pin Kafe 群賓茶餐室. I simply love the Lor Bak and porridge here.

Breakfast spot 2: Toh Soon Cafe 多春茶座 Nice toast and half-boiled egg enjoyed in an alley. Kind of reminded me of the odd plant that grows luxuriantly out of cracks in a wall (notice top right corner of the photo).

Grocery shopping at Pasar Chowrasta and the lane next to it.

Bread exploration as recommended by Raymond. Business was brisk here and the mesmerizing fragrance from freshly baked bread filled the bakery.

Passed by another of the popular biscuits / peah shop, Ghee Hiang 義香, their sesame oil 麻油 is also well known. This seems like an express counter (similar to McDonald's take away counter / kiosk). Full sized shop is nearby.

After this, we went for a round the island drive, by the coast and up the hills, 有山有水,有景有妳。 Batu Ferringhi Beach (revisit), Tropical Spice Garden (there was a event going on), Teluk Bahang Beach, Teluk Bahang Forrest Eco Park and Penang Butterfly Farm.

Next come the hilly and winding road and the beautiful views at Teluk Bahang Dam.  A lone Heron was circling, fishing, I guess. We can see part of the sea and nearby houses, the forested hills and of the the dam.

As we enjoyed the scenic and relaxing drive, we have arrived at the fruit stalls, Durian Farms and into Balik Pulau. Now we know where to go, in the upcoming Durian season. 

Mission accomplished, we head to the town for lunch, Kim's Laksa 金叻沙 in nostalgic Nan Guang Kopitiam 南光咖啡店. Then, we visited Laksa Balik Pulau 浮羅叻沙 to try their version.

Feeling really full,  we continued our drive and come to a scenic look out spot by chance. It looks out to The Malacca Straits, so I believe the sunset view will be fantastic.

There is a Thai Seafood Restaurant located up here, BP Anjung Indah Thai Seafood Restaurant. The drive up its steep slope made me feel I am going to heaven. One can literally dine by the cliff. 

With the lack of time, we had to skip some parts and Bayan Lepas area and head towards Georgetown. Mrs Tea wanted to try Tambun biscuits / Tau Sar Peah / 淡汶饼 from Him Heang 馨香餅家. Just opposite is the popular Old Green House Restoran 老青屋餐室.

I took the opportunity to walk over to try A1 Bak Chang 肉粽.

Take a breather before we head for dinner at Kimberly Street 汕头街. We had Hai Koay Teow Soup 阿海现煮粿條汤 and 天皇鸡脚粿條汤, washed down with a refreshing cool 四果汤 at Dessert Old Time Delight Shop 汕头街养身糖水铺.

After that, we went for a stroll nearby and found room for a delicious plate of Nasi Kandar at Line Clear Restaurant (located in an alley).

After dinner, we saw lots of birds flying about a shop house that looked abandoned upstairs. Tired Birds returning to their nest? 倦鸟归巢?

to be continued ...

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