We just returned from a short stay in Penang.
Although we can legitimately claim to have been 'on assignment' it may be that, in our quest to leave no gastronomic stone unturned, we went a bit overboard.
To whit: between 6pm Friday and noon Sunday we downed Hokkien mee (prawn noodles), asam laksa, laksa lemak, lorbak, cendol, ais kacang, rojak, oh chien, pasembur, char kuey teow, and an unidentified jelly-ish sweet bathed in palm sugar syrup.
And then, oh kuih, kerabu beehoon, mayong, putu mayam, putu piring, sotong kangkong, popiah number two (with crab meat), roti and curry, assorted Nyonya kuih, ketayap, apom balik and durian.
We missed out on a targeted kerabu beehoon number two (the vendor was sold out within an hour of opening), and then finished with a large lunch at a seventy-plus year old Hainanese coffee shop where we ate, among other things, a remarkable pomfret gulai tumis.
Amazingly, there are many Penang specialties that we did not have a chance (or the stomach) to try. But all in all, not bad for forty-two hours.
Stay tuned for details.