Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Sunday Drive to Balik Pulau

This past Sunday Kevin, Linda, Cheah and myself went to Balik Pulau, which is on the other side of the island of Penang. We went there to visit our friends Alan and Amanda, who have just bought a new home there. This was the first time I have been in this area and was quite impressed. Their house was beautiful and there were many nice developments nearby. It was a little out in the boonies though. After spending some time at Alan and Amanda's house we went for some Asam Laksa, a specialty of the area.

    We went to a nice place on the edge of a durian plantation for the laksa. It was a beautiful place, with about 8 tables. There was an antique shop here with many beautiful antiques collected by the owner on his trips to China and the area. The owner lives here with his family in a traditional Malay style wooden home. We all had two bowls of laksa and a large durian. This was the last durian that the restaurant had and the owner gave it to us free of charge. This was the end of the durian season and this was the best one I have had this season. Durian is one of those foods you either love or you hate. Fortunately I love it, but I realize most Caucasians can't stand the smell or taste.

    After eating we went down the road a short distance and visited The Nutmeg Factory. It was very interesting, even though I didn't understand a word the owner was saying. I ended up buying some nutmeg syrup, nutmeg jam and durian cake. I also bought a small nutmeg tree, so in 4 years I will have fresh nutmeg!

    If you want a close by adventure I recommend taking a trip to Balik Pulau. You won't be disappointed.

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