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George Town, Penang - My Favourite Things


Nutmeg seeds drying in the sun, off Chulia Street in the UNESCO heritage designated area of George Town - the outer covering of such seeds, the mace, has been removed here.  Nutmegs were first planted by the British East India Company on Penang Island after seeds were transplanted form their native home in the Banda Islands. The British colonials also successfully grew nutmeg trees on what is now the island nation of Grenada in the Caribbean.

My quickly depleting nutmeg drink, stirred with sour plum to create a cooling tasty effect.


Sweet sticky cakes in miniature baskets freshly steamed - a significant cultural concoction for the southern Chinese, especially for the Lunar New Year.  You an also taste such snacks in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and in the Asian suburbs of Western cities.  Preparation and photo credit - Ms S.K Teoh.


Teatime relaxation, with ginger lemon (background) and chamomile (foreground) at ChinaHouse at 183B Victoria Street, a great idea to get away from the midday sun and enervating humidity.  Victoria Street is within the UNESCO designated heritage area of Georgetown.


Shanghai has its really fatty pork, Germany has its pork knuckle and Greeks love their olives.
I reckon Penangites love their crunchy deep and belly stuffed fried fish! 


The Rocky Road slice at the Gala Restaurant, corner of Mounter and Leigh Streets.


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