With the rain still coming down, we headed off towards Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. This iconic bluish building was built in the 1890s, but was fully restored only in the late 90s before earning an UNESCO award in 2000. If you want to have an insight into how the rich used to live back in those days, this is the place to visit. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed and there are only tours at certain hours. The other alternative, is to stay a night in one of the rooms.
Luckily our day was planned with indoors in mind so despite having the rain, we were actually pretty dry. Next stop — Peranakan Museum. If you are driving there, be prepared to hand over your keys to the car jockey, so that she could park your car and you can have a good solid hour or two at the museum, which is a must. If not, just walk here.
This is one of the more expensive museums in Penang (RM20 per entry) but it gives you a 3-in-1 experience and you have no time limit here. There’s not much paraphernalia that you can catch up on unless you want to buy the book. But this is a good museum nevertheless. They probably should take out a leaf from some of the foreign museums with the walking headphones that could point you out what are the things of note.
This museum is basically a collection of all things western and eastern back in those days, with some minimal descriptions.
Besides this museum, they have another museum behind it that houses jewellery and all things expensive plus another area set up for a temporary relic display. So all in, it was worth the price of admission itself, if digging up and browsing through old things are your cup of tea.
As an additional, not so informative side, there is a small temple next to the museum that you could visit, although not much can be gleaned from what it is all about.
But Jack likes it, as can be seen by his happy face running around this old house.
Sisters’ Char Kuay Teow
It was nearly lunch hour so we went driving for this hard to reach spot, located at the junction between Jalan Perak and Jalan Macalister and opposite the Loh Guan Lye Specialist Hospital is this unpretentious stall selling crabmeat char kuay teow. Unfortunately, I think the sisters are no longer the owners of the store due to age, as we saw a middle age aunty doing all the cooking. But the crabmeat was still there. Wouldn’t say that it’s a must visit, but if you want to try crabmeat, this is the place then.
Well as you can see, we weren’t really full from the char kuay teow itself so we went to Mugshot Cafe. This is probably one of the hippest places to be seen. So make sure you go there, even if it’s just to take some photos. Or a mugshot if you would prefer, they have the props and the wall of shame for you to stand up against and take a photo.
Out of all the things listed on their menu, the least you could try is their Bacon and Egg Bagel (RM12; 2016).
The bun was freshly cooked and you might need a bigger mouth to capture all the gooey egg and the bacon together in one bite!
Dinner was a big letdown as the stall that we were supposed to be visiting, sold out. So we had some other non famous food. Nothing much to shout about, well, there you go, win some lose some.