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Ais Kacang at Swatow Lane

In a previous post I voiced my opinions about Swatow Lane and how the entire street of hawkers was moved from the street into a modern food court.

Mee Sultan is Gone Swatow Lane
The corner where we used to enjoy hot mee goreng and ice cold ais kacang. Swatow Lane street sign

Ramadan Bazaar in Penang

Of the 5 things I planned to do while in Malaysia, the only one that wasn't possible was drinking teh ais on a corner in little India. This is because the cafe right in the center of little india had closed. A minor inconvenience because there are plenty of places to get teh ais, but none with such a prime location. On the positive side though, the other 4 activities were completed.

Since today is the last day of Ramadan, it seems fitting that I right about the Ramadan Market. For anyone who hasn't had a chance to visit a country with a large Muslim population during Ramadan, the basic ritual is rather simple, Muslims don't eat or drink from dawn until dusk. The times that they stop and start eating are marked by the morning prayer and late evening prayer.

As you might imagine when fasting, life doesn't generally continue as usual. This is partly because the body must make it through an entire day on whatever was eaten in the morning, and also because many Muslims use their time during Ramadan to reflect on life, engage in prayer and visit family and friends.

You pick my Penang priorities!

Malaysia is one of my favorite places to visit, especially Penang where I am very blessed because I have in-laws in there. This not only gives me an excuse to visit regularly, but an insiders perspective into the best that Malaysia and Penang have to offer. My father in-law especially makes my visits all the more entertaining both with his antics and his choice of the best Penang eateries.

Before each visit to Penang I always anticipate visiting my favourite places, which like most activities in Malaysia, usually involves eating. Here is a list of what I am anticipating for my trip next week.

  1. Eating Ais Kacang at New World Food Court on Swatow Lane.
  2. Nasi Dalcha at Ghaffour in Sungai Pinang.
  3. Relaxing with Teh Tarik on streetside tables in Little India.
  4. Walking the streets and touring the heritage houses.
  5. Browsing the food stalls at the Ramadan bazaar.

What do you think should be the first thing I write about? Let me know in your comments and I will make sure to write a good post with photos about the experience.

A not so appealing food add in Egypt

Delicious Food

Traveling back from Luxor I found this advertisement in the Egypt Air in-flight magazine. I don't know about you, but normally when I see an advertisement for food, it looks better in the photo than in real life. In this case, if this is better than the real thing I fear this restaurant has some serious problems. Apparently they not only utilize their marketing budget for airline magazines, but also giant billboards, I saw the same photo in Mohandiseen on the way home from class.

Shalabi Menu Translation

Shalabi About a week or so ago during a break from class I went out in search of a falafel shop. What I found was a place called Shalabi on a side street in Doqqi. For a falafel shop Shalabi is rather clean and spacious, but more importantly the employees were really friendly. As expected their menu was completely in Arabic.
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