Someone brought one big sack of bread and he shared it with other park goers to feed the fishes.
We have been following a food blogger/vlogger from Malaysia, Ceddy, and he’s recommending the char kuey teow on this place.
Bonus: The food is muslim-friendly.
A bit of note, Penang folks are not joking when they said their food is delicious 😋
There is this… joke/anecdote about food peddler. The more unfriendly the seller is, the tastier the food is. The logic is: The seller doesn’t have time to be nice. They need to cook right away to serve the queue.
With Bee Hwa, that’s definitely the case. Not unfriendly, but as soon as we sat, the service staff asked with a rushed tone, “okay. Want what?” (“What are your orders?”)
We ordered three char kuey teow and one white curry mee for Rey (she hasn’t able handle spicy. We are working on it.)
And char kuey teow they delivered. It has subtle char taste (fire/charred) with enough spiciness but not too much and you can definitely taste the shrimp and the fish ball.
The glistening sparkles you see were not oil. It was the sauce filled with yumminess.
On a first glance, the portion might look smaller than usual char kuey teow. Don’t get fooled, it gives you a nice, satisfied full tummy afterwards. Wash it down with teh ais, and Penang’s hot weather no more.
I’m letting Rey’s face when eating white curry mee does the talking.
Definitely a must-have when we are visiting Penang for our next vacations.
We are fully vaccinated! ✨
When we had our first dose back on May, we prepared for 12 weeks of waiting time before the second dose.
I… forgot if I have wrote about my first dose experience here. Anyway! It was on May 15, several days after Eid al-Fitr. It was on Saturday, and we realized it was the first weekend during the vaccination program (the program started on Monday) so things were a bit super busy and slightly chaotic. The security teams were busily managing the lines and had to yell many times to give information.
Anyway! We received news several weeks ago that the waiting time in-between doses for Astra-Zeneca can be reduced to 9 weeks. We didn’t have to do anything, though. We only need to wait for notifications on our second dose appointment — then two weeks ago, we received SMS notification that our second dose is on July 17 (yesterday.)
There was not a lot of pics as I really don’t want to stop and making lines behind me 😅 But I can tell the committee has definitely upped their game! The lines are clearer now. There are several lines available:
- Malaysia citizens, and…
- Non-Malaysia citizens
- First dose
- Second dose
It was pretty cool. The lines are easier to navigate, and there are security folks and volunteers on several points to help folks with checking their status and scanning the QR code on the MySejahtera app (this is the app for our contact tracing throughout the pandemic.)
ALSO, shout out to the committee for providing Calm Room! For folks attending the vaccination process with concerns such as autism, panic attack, and/or anxiety, the team will be happy to help and attend their needs on Calm Room.
For the second dose, the process has been super quick since our data has been recorded and the only thing needed is some clarifications and cross-check. I arrived on check-in point then escorted to the vaccination jab station — all in less than 5 minutes.
In total, it was a… 20 minutes (including observation time) process, I guess? During the observation time, the committee assisted us on writing the second dose information on our vaccine card. This is definitely helpful and making things faster (also, avoid typos.)
It’s really bad that we are in the pandemic. I wish I could hug all the medics and volunteers there. They have been through a lot and working tirelessly to ensure we are all safe and healthy. Thank you so much, all of you! Stay safe and stay healthy!
(Currently, I’m having mild fever (37°C-ish) due to the vaccine’s side-effect. Mild joint discomfort and dizziness. However, nothing super serious. Oxygen saturation is still okay and I can still taste and smell stuffs. I’m stocking up on isotonic drink and some multivitamins. Get vaccinated if you can, friends! Stay safe and stay healthy!)
Hey! I skipped blog for the past 2-3 weeks as my sinus infection blaring up. Unfortunately, it happened on the kids too. We actually suspect the current renovation works on our apartment building caused the sinusitis/allergy as it can be pretty dusty at times. Luckily, no fever.
Recently, I’ve been listening to this.
I heard ‘Jálale’ from Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco’ and I always thought it’s an instrumental music.
Anyway! My husband has been watching Uncle Roger Shows and when he watched uncle Roger visited Chef Wan’s restaurant ‘Cafe Chef Wan’, he commented that we have to try it too.
We actually tried one of Chef Wan’s restaurants: ‘De.Wan 1958’ in The Linc, Kuala Lumpur. At that time, the restaurant was under refurbishment and it was… If I’m not mistaken, juuuust after the first lockdown. Things were still pretty chaotic and people tried to get back on their feet.
Nevertheless, this is a restaurant by chef Wan, and he’s one of the best chefs in Asia. His tireless exploration of food and his deep respect and understanding on food and traditional dishes are second to none.
So! We decided to try ‘Cafe Chef Wan’ restaurant; we also noticed ‘Cafe Chef Wan’ restaurant has variations on western and asian dishes. This is super helpful in case the kids preferred western food.
When we went there, the restaurant was crowded. Expected, because uncle Roger (Nigel) involvement would catapult the promotion to the public. When we got seated, we decided to have mee rebus (noodle soup) for Wira, spaghetti bolognese for Rey, Sri Lankan fish croquettes for appetizer, and kerutup lamb shank for Ari and I.
So! When I saw the price, especially mee rebus, I was slightly surprised because it’s quite above average. Might be due to the place itself, I thought.
Oh how I was wrong.
This would be the third time we got fooled by the portion. First time was when we just arrived in Malaysia and we wanted to have dinner at Madam Kwan KLCC. We ordered a fish head curry and we thought, “eeeh, it will be a small fish head that Wira can finish on his own.” It arrived in a pot that enough to feed four people.
The second time was when Ari and I ordered our lunch from banana leaf restaurant. Banana leaf is a term for restaurants, usually Indian restaurant/serving Indian foods, that serving the food on banana leaf. You can eat the rice along with rich, spicy, yummy curry and gravy using cutleries, yes, but who would do that if you can just dig in using your hands? So! We ordered two portions from this restaurant: Devi’s Bangsar, through GrabFood. When the meal arrived, we had to keep one portion for the next day’s breakfast. Mind you, this is two hungry adults — and one with tendency to comment, “I’m hungry” every five minutes (not Ari.)
Wira enjoyed the mee rebus immensely. He mentioned that it’s spicy but not too chili-spicy. “It makes my tummy warm.”
Rey just dug in directly on her pasta.
I rarely a fan of bolognese sauce because I keep getting sour-taste/acid from the ragu (the sauce) so I have hard time enjoying red sauce in respect to pasta. But this one, this one, for some reason able to give the richness and the sweetness of the ragu without the acidity. They did something really right with the tomatoes.
For the fish fingers, we all love it.
You can dip the fish fingers to lime yogurt or to tzatziki sauce. The sauce gives the clean taste, yet you can feel the hint of spice (turmeric, I guess?) on the fish (maybe from the coating?)
As for the main character…
The kerutup lamb shank is served with nasi bukhari, pineapple chutney, dhal, raita, fattoush, and papadum.
The lamb is so soft; fall-off-the-bone soft. The richness of the broth balanced with the freshness from raita and pineapple chutney.
This is a dish for dinner. A meal to give warmth and comfort as you slip into the evening.
Cafe Chef Wan @ KL East Mall
As usual, I was on Tiktok, scrolled my FYP (For You Page) timeline when I saw an illustrator created a really cute penguin character, printed it, and made the drawings as mask protector.
Then I found out the illustrator is a Malaysian.
Then I thought, “if that person has an online shop, RIP wallet.”
Chonk, round, absolute unit creature?
Emperor penguin chicks stand-off against a petrel then an adelie penguin, as properly described by the narrator, “the feistiest penguin”, helped the chicks by standing right in front, facing the petrel as the petrel realized YOU DON’T MESS WITH ADELIE PENGUINS?
… They have an online shop in Shopee Malaysia. I might need to do some kind of Viking funeral of my wallet.
This is what I really love from small business owners. They always take their time to write handwritten note with sweet and kind messages.
I ordered postcards (10 pieces per set) and masking tape (3 pieces per set) from them. When I opened the package, I also received free stickers! Thank you so much!
Do you have local/small businesses that you love? Feel free to share!
Illustrations by c.gua.