Lao Fang Zi @ Penang

Lao Fang Zi aka Old House Cafe, read it from newspaper, read it from blogs about this place, and now it’s time for me to actually visit this place.

As the name says so, it’s an cafe with a theme of traditional design, antique style table and chair, with air conditioner on the ceiling, resembles the feeling of modern vs traditional.

All these with the quiet environment certainly makes this place a good cafe to hang around, chit chatting with friends and such, but how will the food fares?

2010.05.30 Lao Fang Zhi @ Penang-1

Chrysanthemum tea and Dragon fruit juice.

2010.05.30 Lao Fang Zhi @ Penang-6

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Ped’s Restaurant @ Bukit Kayu Hitam (Ban Dan Nok)

After walking under the hot sun around the town of Ban Dan Nok, it’s lunch time before we head back to Malaysia.

Since both me and LY are extremely thirsty, we order 1 big bottle of fresh sugar cane water to share among. It’s extremely refreshing, and we finish the whole bottle even before our dish came. Hence, 2 person 2 bottle, fair right?

2010.06.05 Ped's Restaurant @ Bukit Kayu Hitam-1

Some vegetables to go with some Thai sambal, which taste very good and spicy. Yummy…I love it.

2010.06.05 Ped's Restaurant @ Bukit Kayu Hitam-2

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Street Food @ Bukit Kayu Hitam (Ban Dan Nok)

One of the advantages staying in my hometown – Sungai Petani is that it’s very close to the border of Thailand and Malaysia. Folks here can just spend a little and are able to travel out of Malaysia already. How great is that huh?

And yea, Bukit Kayu Hitam is the place always being mentioned by folks here. People always say, let’s go to Bukit Kayu Hitam for some little shopping, and have some really authentic Thai food. However, little to be known by folks here, Bukit Kayu Hitam is still under Malaysia, as it is Kedah’s main border town on the Malaysia-Thailand Border.You don’t need to pass the border, or use your passport to visit Bukit Kayu Hitam.

However, since Bukit Kayu Hitam is not their main destination, passport is needed to enter the town of Ban Dan Nok in the district of Sadao, Songkhla province in Southern Thailand.

2010.06.05 Street Food @ Bukit Kayu Hitam-1

Like in almost every border, the immigration area is always packed and full with people queuing up. We queue up for more than 30 minutes, and since it’s open air border, there ain’t any air-conditional to cool us down. So once we pass the border, the 1st thing that came to my mind is to have some coconut jelly!

2010.06.05 Street Food @ Bukit Kayu Hitam-2

Ice cooled coconut jelly @ RM2.50 is really superbly refreshing for us.

2010.06.05 Street Food @ Bukit Kayu Hitam-3

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Zakaria Laksa Teluk Kechai @ Alor Setar

Alor Setar, the capital of Kedah, is very very famous of it’s laksa. No, not the Asam Laksa you find it Penang, but rather a variant of it, known as Laksa Kedah.

The most famous Kedah Laksa is Laksa Teluk Kechai, and Zakaria Laksa is the best according to many people.

2010.06.05 T Zakaria Laksa Teluk Kechai @ Alor Setar-5

According to what I understand, Kedah Laksa is supposed to be very similar to Asam Laksa in Penang, and the only difference is the garnishing used.

2010.06.05 T Zakaria Laksa Teluk Kechai @ Alor Setar-1

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The Royal Kedah International Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Alor Setar, Kedah

When I first heard that there’s going to have a Hot Air Balloon Festival so near to the place I stay, I say, I MUST GO! Moreover, I also read from newspaper that you only need to pay RM10 for a ride on the balloon. Amazing ain’t it?

2010.05.28 International Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Alor Setar-2

It was held for 3 days, starting from 28th May 2010. Each day it was divide into 2 session, 6.30am to 9am and 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The event was held at Taman Jubli Emas, Alor Setar.

However, the organizer had done a poor poor job. Taman Jubli Emas is a huge park, but we are not allowed to drive our car and park inside, while inside there’s still loads of place for parking. The police told us that only VIP can drive in, and others had to park their car on the road side. We were lucky as we reach early at around 3 PM while others who came late had to park their car as far as 2km from the entrance of the park.

2010.05.28 International Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Alor Setar-1

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Xian Ding Way @ Queensbay, Penang

Xian Ding Wei, yet another newly opened franchised Taiwanese cuisine here in Queensbay Mall, Penang. Since it’s mother’s day when I visit here, we reached early, at around 11 AM and I am quite surprise the restaurant is half fulled already.

2010.05.09 Penang, Xiang Ding Wei @ Queensbay-101

Since it’s Taiwan cuisine, here are the pearl milk tea. From left to right it’s yam, original and champagne, costing RM4.90 each.

2010.05.09 Penang, Xiang Ding Wei @ Queensbay-102

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