For those not following EatingAsia on Twitter or Facebook, a link here to our walking tour of George Town published in yesterday's Wall Street Journal Asia. This isn't just any old walking tour, but a stroll that highlights delicious eats from shops and hawker stalls with a pedigree. We start early, at a decades-old lor mee stall, and end at 4pm next to Fort Cornwallis with the best mee goreng on Penang.
If I had to choose one don't-miss spot from this tour it would be Leong Chee Kee, a tiny bakery hidden in a parking lot where master baker Leong How Keng crafts what I'd wager are the most delicious coconut tarts in all of Asia. Just have a look at these babies (photo above): they're big, plump, and double-crusted, and their layered pastry wrappers, impossibly flaky, are filled with a generous amount amount of not-too-sweet coconut. Just fantastic -- which may be why they're often sold out by 11am.
Leong Chee Kee also does a wonderful hor chio pia, thin shortbread-like biscuits with a swirl of black pepper-heavy ground spices. Most tourists buy their hor pia at a nearby shop on Cintra Street, which in our opinion turns out an inferior version. Seek out Leong How Keng and his baked goods -- we promise it will be well worth the effort.