Enroute on foot to mum’s place after alighting at a nearby bus stop, there was a sense of noise and crowd with narrow road and cars and motorbikes slowly edging their way to the markets. A large open air food court – Super Tanker – was packed with morning shoppers and hungry customers to eat at one of the 30 plus hawker stalls inside and along the street pavement, selling all the famous Penang street food. It was food seduction at its best in true Penang local lifestyle.
There are three wet markets in the area – a newer and larger wet market which is set a few blocks from the other two smaller and older wet markets. All three markets are within walking distance from mum’s place. Where there is a wet market, there is an open air food court and a few coffee shops.
Mum is the best local tourist guide anyone can ask for. She knows most of the stall owners. She told me the “Char Koay Kak” (fried raddish cake) was good. I had to sample a plate which cost only Malaysian Ringgit $2.50, or less than AUD$1! In each of my trip back to Penang, the must have street food for me is “Char Koay Teow”, “Char Koay Kak”, “Koay Teow Teng” and “Loh Mee”.
It was a lovely memory to remember – Breakfast with Mum, a rare and precious occasion.