Your Local City Guides - Hidden Gems: Revealed

James Tan
Food blogger, Penang
James started his blog j2kfm.com to promote his town’s delicacies. Since then, he has expanded his taste buds to include cuisine from Perak, Selangor and Penang. Recently, he was featured on the Asian Food Channel Discover Perak Travel Show and the NYTimes.com’s Diners Journal.

Hidden Gems: Revealed

With PARKROYAL Penang Resort located in the heart of Batu Ferringhi Beach, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the sights, sounds and flavours of Penang. We look to James Tan for his insider secrets and discover the little gems that he has unearthed!

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Heritage Mansions

Imagine walking into someone's home uninvited. Only difference is? The mansion used to serve as an office and residence of one renowned personality; Kapitan Cina Chung King Kwee. Pinang Peranakan Mansion has been refurbished and now opens its doors to the public (a minimal entrance fee applies); proudly exhibiting more than 1000 pieces of artifacts and collectibles from the golden era, with a beautiful courtyard with natural sunlight from above.


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Penang Street Arts

Finding that excuse to walk around Georgetown under the hot sun in hopes of burning those calories in between meals? Look no further than the inconspicuous alleys and heritage buildings for creative story-telling of how life was back in the days in the form of wall murals and steel sculptures. Or if working up a sweat is not your cup of tea, you can check out similar artwork from the comfort of PARKROYAL Penang Resorts’ Art Lobby exhibition.


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Traditional Biscuits

No doubt as far as confectioneries are concerned, people go ga-ga over Penang's Tau Sar Pneah; a type of spherical-shaped pastry filled with mung bean fillings. But where do you go for the best? Definitely Him Heang on Burmah Road in town. Here's a tip; go early and do not go on Sundays. They're off.


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Char Kway Teow

My personal all-time favourite Penang street food; a plate of Char Kway Teow is a must whenever you are eating out on the island. You can find one right in the comforts of PARKROYAL Penang Resort at the Tamarind Brasserie. Besides that, there are some other choices; the Jalan Burmah's Sin Hwa Coffee Shop, Pulau Tikus wet market's night time version, Siam Road's uncle selling from the street and Batu Lanchang market food court.

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Balik Pulau

Often regarded as the land most fertile on the island for the king of fruits (durians) to thrive, Balik Pulau has more than an ace up its sleeve. Try the asam laksa from a corner shop named Nan Guang next to the wet market. And be absolutely wowed by the flavours!

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Nyonya Kuih

Colourful selection of sweet and savoury delicacies are prepared freshly everyday at Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay at the back alley off Chulia Street. This six decades old establishment offers more than 20 types of kuih such as seri muka, bingka ubi, talam, curry puffs and many more. Essentially dealing in wholesale business, don't be alarmed if you don't see nicely arranged kuih in glass display counter here, but instead trays after trays of them selling off like hot cakes.

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Ais Tingkap

Enough with the shopping malls already? Good. Take the time to tour the old markets of Penang; and embrace the everyday life of the locals. Pay a visit to Chowrasta market and purchase some preserved fruits (jeruk) from an extensive array on offer, and let's not forget to sip on a glass of 'Ais Tingkap' or window sherbet from the stall next to the market. Alternative? Try Batu Lanchang wet market near to Jelutong, but more so for the impressive lineup of hawker stalls in the food court next to the market.

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Explore the West Side of Penang Island

From Tropical Fruit Farm to a Durian buffet & Farmstay, Teluk Bahang Dam and Penang Butterfly Farm to Spice Garden and Batik Factory, the western stretch connecting Batu Ferringhi and Balik Pulau is a wonder in its own right. The newly opened adventure theme park; ESCAPE is an eye-opener beyond the ordinary water rides and petting zoos.