Food, Travel

Penang Street Food: Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow: one of the many reasons why one should always arrive in Penang with space in their waistbands. This is a popular street food dish of flat rice noodles and yellow wheat noodles fried in garlic, sweet soya sauce and lard, with ingredients such as Chinese waxed sausage, fishcake, beansprouts and cockles.

Here in Penang, the Malaysians use duck eggs instead of the usual chicken eggs (like we do in Singapore), and that lends an extra richness to the flavours in this dish.

Tiger Char Koay Teow – Jalan Dato KeramatGeorge Town

Lorong Selamat (Kafe Heng Huat) – 10400 George Town

No competition, Lorong Selamat wins hands down. Look out for the grumpy auntie with the charcoal fire stove and her weathered wok.

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Diving, Travel

Of an Afternoon’s Dream

Many a Malapascua afternoon was spent burrowed in this hammock reading in crisp jungle air, or chatting lazily on the beach while scrunching toes in the sand.

On one particular afternoon I sat out a dive and listened to the manager of the dive shop talk about his hopes and dreams for his son. On this little island, where every tiny business enterprise hangs on the continued existence of the thresher sharks swimming 30 metres beneath the surface, nobody dares to dream too big of an education and a career in a big city. How could you here? When even the nearest hospital is a good hour’s boat ride away? But thanks to his German customers-turned-friends (after more than a decade of their Malapascua dive trips) – he now does. Somewhere between their millionth dive and the surface intervals, the couple had turned to their trusted dive guide and volunteered to sponsor his son’s university education in Europe.

Can money buy happiness? From the look on his face as he spoke – Yes, I guess sometimes it can. That along with gratitude, pride, and hope.

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