Ha Mi Ho Chiak? @ Armenian Street, Penang

Besides crowds and traffic jams coming from north and south, the end of the year gives everyone the warmest feelings. Filled with festive celebrations and school holidays, families and youngsters make road trips look like a breeze! 

I’ve been to Penang, Ipoh and Cameron Highlands – all in the month of December (definitely my favourite month of the year)! Despite going to Penang almost every year, I’ve never stepped foot into Armenian Street before. Penang is no doubt famous for its food; Armenian Street is well-known for its colourful commercialized street murals and they’re probably the best crowd attractions here.

We checked into Spices Hotel and it didn’t disappoint! As you can guess, the interior decor is inspired by local spices and each room suggestively has a different theme (although I beg to differ). If you’re looking for cleanliness, modernity and decor, this is the place for you. But if you’re looking for space, my 6 foot boyfriend and I had a bit of trouble with the level of comfort we had. 

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file_0051We were also provided daily breakfast @ Urban Spice Cafe (in front of the hotel facing the main streets) with a few choices in the menu. It’s just so-so.

file_0071Coal-burnt Kuih Kapit – a popular local snack that’s usually indulged during Chinese New Year. If you like yours with lots of coconut milk, this friendly aunty’s Kuih Kapit should do just the trick!

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file_005One of the cute street arts around Armenian Street

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file_002Caffe Hanakomichi – Their signature coffee was a tad too strong. Literally couldn’t stomach it 😦

file_003Armenian Street is famous for its local heritage houses and buildings. Make sure to wander around and appreciate hundreds of years of history and the beauty of its architecture!

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If you’re tired, fret not! Rent your own personal bicycle that comes in 2 pax and 4-6 pax. The real life still applies here though – only 1 person gets to drive. There are many different bike renters and prices range from about RM10-15 per head, so choose wisely!

When in Penang, one must EAT! 

file_006Kuay Teow Th’ng with duck blood, shredded chicken & pork/fish balls

file_0012Fruit Rojak @ Lebuh Keng Kwee

file_007Hot, steamy Muar Chee @ Lebuh Keng Kwee

file_000(From top to bottom) Penang Road Famous Chendul, Char Kuay Teow & Assam Laksa

Where are your favourite local hot spots for year-end getaways? 

Eating till there’s no tomorrow,

Steph

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Author: Stephanie Leong

Making thunderstorms go pow-wow. Talk to me at stephanielkm@gmail.com

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