Save the best for last…

Last Sunday (22nd November 2009), my good friend, Eng, drove over to Sungai Petani (SP) from Bukit Mertajam to take us over to Penang island for our flight back to Sibu. We were quite worried that we might not be able to make it as the Penang Bridge Run was held that same day and the bridge was closed from 2.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Thank goodness, by the time we crossed the bridge at around 11 something, traffic was smooth and there wasn’t any jam at all.

Eng took us for lunch at this Lorong Selamat place, noted for its extra-expensive char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles). My niece, BDQ, wanted to take me there when I was in Penang in August but it was closed owing to the Hungry Ghost Festival at the time. It certainly was popular and the man…

Lorong Selamat char kway teow stall

…warned us that we might have to wait for a long time. Well, it did not really matter as in the meantime, we had some of the many other things available  like this or chian (oyster omelette), for instance…

Lorong Selamat oyster omelette

We also had the lor bak

Lorong Selamat lor bak

…and the jiew-hu eng-chai (cuttle fish and kangkong)…

Lorong Selamat sotong kangkong

…and even the or koi (yam cake)…

Lorong Selamat yam cake

I think the yam cake at New World was much nicer – firmer and it had hay kor (prawn paste) and fried hay bee (dried prawns) sprinkled on top. This one was kind of on the mushy side.

And then, the char kway teow came…

Loroong Selamat char kway teow

The moment I cast my eyes on it, it dawned on me as to why it was much more expensive than at other places – RM6.00 a plate. The prawns were humongous! But that was about it. The kway teow itself was of a lighter shade than what I had had elsewhere and tastewise, it was pretty much the same…or perhaps, those at some other places could even be better.

There were other things available from the stalls at that shop and I was told that the ABC and cendol was very popular but we were simply too full to have anything else. Another time perhaps…

We went straight to the airport after that for our flight to KLIA and then home to Sibu. It certainly had been a most wonderful and enjoyable trip to SP/Ipoh/Penang and I would like to thank everyone concerned once again for everything! Till we meet again…