Penang Street Food Bingo

While researching about the must try foods in Penang, I had the idea of making a Bingo card to challenge myself to try more dishes beyond my usual CKT, assam laksa, and murtabak. My friend Cla helped make it possible (with the eating and the designing), and after taking it for a spin last July, it’s now ready for download!

Penang Street Food Bingo

Two files are available for download: a single card in JPG, which you can use in your mobile device (just edit with your favorite image editing app to mark the items you’ve tried), or if you’re more of a pen and paper kind person, a printable version is also available in PDF. The print version has two cards, and is optimized for printing in letter or A4 sized paper.

We may have been too enthusiastic in ordering food.

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Some notes:

  • You can cross off a lot of items in the card by going to hawker centers. We went to Joo Hoi Cafe on Penang road, and we were able to have good assam laksa, lor bak, otak-otak, chee cheong fun, and cendol.
  • I know tandoori chicken isn’t exclusive to Penang, but Restoran Kapitan in Lebuh Chulia makes really good tandoori and naan.
  • If you’re going to Kek Lok Si temple, you can head to Sisters Curry Mee for breakfast, and then have asam laksa at the Air Itam Market for lunch.
  • If you want to go off the beaten path though, head to Bayan Lepas for some really good (and spicy) curry mee and kway teow th’ng at the Dhoby Ghaut Cafe.
  • For murtabak, you can try the ones they have at Hameediyah Restaurant. Their biryani looks good too!
  • Roti canai in Jalan Transfer is great for breakfast. Make sure to head straight to the stall with the huge curry pot, or you might end up with eggs on toast instead. They also have teh tarik and nasi lemak here.

Here’s my updated Penang map, with the hawkers and restaurants I’ve tried (or want to try). It also includes the location of the cat street arts (the green star icons).

For souvenirs, you can try out the pastries at the Ghee Hiang. Their Tau Sar Pneah are really good. My friend who lives in Penang bring home boxes of these everytime he goes home to Johor.

For mobile devices (JPG): Penang Street Food Bingo (55)
For printing (PDF): Penang Street Food Bingo (62)

The Crazy Cat Lady Travel Diaries: Penang

Hello, I’m Nina and I love traveling and cats. Though my social media posts may seem I am super crazy about cats (and I am!), I can’t say that I love them as much as I love traveling — travel is something that is constant in my life, which resulted to me not even having a cat. I figured that since I’m away a lot, it wouldn’t be fair to the kitty that I will be adopting. And that is why I go crazy whenever I come across a cat.

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This post is (hopefully) a first of a series of blogs that I will be publishing about stalking cats I’ve encountered in the different cities and countries I’ve been to through the years.
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Review: Bayview Hotel Georgetown

A visit to Penang is not complete without staying and exploring the historic city of Georgetown. For this leg of our Penang trip, Bayview Hotel Georgetown has kindly offered us two night’s stay, and a special rate for my third night through


The hotel is located on Lebuh Farquhar, right in between the Eastern & Oriental Hotel and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. While it’s in the buffer zone, its location is still pretty optimal — the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is within walking distance, yet it’s far enough that it’s in a quieter neighborhood (though the streets around it are quite busy with speeding cars).

From the Georgetown Bayview Hotel, we were able to walk to the Purrfect Cat Cafe in Jalan Muntri, Dewan Sri Pinang in Light Street, and Kapitan Restoran in Lebuh Chulia in the historic core.

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Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

While we didn’t stay at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort’s next door neighbor, we had the opportunity to tour the hotel. On our first night, we also dropped by to have dinner at Sigi’s to try out their Durian Cheeseburger.

The Golden Sands Resort is a four-star property, and is geared more towards families on holiday. Much like many of other Shangri-La properties, the huge freeform pool dominates the outdoor area.
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