Penang and the rest of Malaysia are going through an extremely bad dry and hot season. It is very, very hot for the past couple of days and today. To make matter worse, the air-condition in our room was not working since last night. This morning the management gave us a spare room on a different floor while the engineers were working on the AC system on our floor.
This morning about 7:30 am I decided to go for a walk, rather than my daily morning swim at the hotel pool. It was mild outside. I walked to a local “kopitiam” (coffee shop) in search of Char Koay Teow (CKT) stall. The one that my friend took me on my last December trip. She and her family came back to Penang for two weeks visit. She was my client at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney. I have worked with her for four and a bit years. That is how I came to know about the CKT stall and kopitiam. It is not far from the hotel – five minutes walk.
Most Kopitiams have a few stalls at the front of the shop, and many more along the street outside the shop.
After the CKT, I had to try a piece of “Ban Chang Kueh” – Penang hawker style pancake with fillings of brown sugar, peanuts and sweet corns. This is one of Penang local favourite snack. But, I think it is getting less popular because of the high sugar content. I have not had this pancake for many years. So, I had to try one to relive my memory, remember the flavour and texture of the pancake snack.
The “Ban Chang Kueh” stall.