A whole new world (2)…

I’ve been here a couple of times before and I’ve enjoyed some of the stuff available here…so before I arrived in Penang, I was telling everybody that I would check in at the hotel and take a cab to the New World Park and start gorging myself with all my favourite Penang specialties that I could lay my hands on there.

However, I changed my mind upon arrival as I thought I could walk to Prangin Mall & 1st Avenue after eating…but when the taxi from the airport drove past all these places, it looked like it was a bit too far to walk. But when I told dear ol’ Eugene, he kept on insisting that they were all within walking distance and a little bit of walking would do me good.

Well, like I have said in my previous post, that Saturday morning, after our breakfast and walking along Penang Road, my cousins and I saw Tune Hotel and knowing that this food haven is situated right next to it, I suggested that we walked there…and that was what we did…and we walked…and walked…and walked…and it felt like we were never going to reach our destination. Thankfully, we finally did…and by then, I was already completely drenched in my perspiration!

An ex-student of mine, Daniel, is currently in Penang doing his one-and-half-year clinical after his stint of an equal length of time in Dublin, Ireland…and he wanted to meet me while I was around on the island. I told him to meet us at the place and so, there he was! It certainly was nice seeing you again, Daniel, after all these years…

Of course I had the cendol all to myself…

New World cendol

…while my cousins shared a bowl and they said that it was way better than what they had at the infamous Gurney Drive Hawker Centre the night before.

Actually, we shared most of the things we ordered like the chee cheong fan, Penang-style with the hay kor (prawn paste)…

New World chee cheong fan

…and I insisted that they should try the or koi (yam cake) served with chilli sauce  and hay kor and topped with fried dried shrimps…

New World or koi

I had to try the otak-otak which, of course, is the Penang-style one that is different from the very popular Muar otak-otak

New World otak-otak 1

It was very nice…with a slice of fish as a base and everything else in it…

New World otak-otak 2

I must say that it was better than what we had at the nyonya restaurant we went to the previous night and I’m sure it was way cheaper too.

Daniel ordered the pasembur which he said was different from what they sell elsewhere…

New World pasembur

…and true enough, I really liked it – quite unlike what I had at the Indian place along Penang Road (that is famous for its Indian soups) and a lot nicer.

Well, all of  us sat there and chatted as we ate until around noon when we all headed back to our respective hotels…and I had to clean up and change to get ready for my lunch date. Who did I go out with for lunch? Well, you stay right there – I’ll be right back… LOL!!!