Finally, a much needed break! We did a road trip up north to Penang. It was a fun road trip with the whole family: Baby A, husband and my parents. The last time, we flew back to Alor Setar for Chinese New Year. This time, Baby A is 10-months old and we decided to drive. A little tight with 2 adults at the back and 1 car seat, but it was manageable. I could still breastfeed Baby A so not too bad at all!
Journey to Penang
We took about 4.5 hours drive all-in. Stopped in Ipoh for lunch and had a toilet break once along the way. It wasn’t too bad! Baby A was also behaving quite well.
I was looking for an affordable, convenient, clean and nice hotel with swimming pool. I have stayed in Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang several times. In fact, I did a babymoon-get-away with hubby to Penang, 3 months before I gave birth to Baby A and we stayed in this hotel. Of course, I have also stayed in other hotels too. But, if your budget is between RM250-RM300 per room per night and you are traveling with your family + children, do try Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang. I booked from Agoda and with all the discounts, final amount was RM242 per room per night. Really worth it.
We got the rooms on Level 10 which I thought was quite decent, not too low and not too high. We wanted to have 2 rooms side-by-side, unfortunately we didn’t get it. So, there were 1 room between our rooms.
We rested for a while in the room before heading out for tea. What do we do when we have some time to kill? We take photos!
The hotel has lots of facilities which you should be able to see from their website. But what I really like is their swimming pool! The swimming pool gets natural sunlight from the sun in the afternoon. We went swimming with Baby A 2 days in a row at around 5.30pm and the water temperature was PERFECT! At first, being the very blur person that I am, I thought the pool was heated. Of course, hubs corrected me.
You know how much Baby A enjoys the swimming pool after you watch the video below. I am really glad we have the HydroKids Swim Mate. Baby A really enjoys her swimming session so so much these days. She can move freely in the water and we even started training her to go under-water! I must say, the best swimming aid for Baby A.
On a side note, they have quite a nice kids room too!
Food Food Food
When in Penang, one must eat, eat, and eat! Usually, that’s what my trip to Penang is all about. This time, we had to cut down the number of places to go because we have a little baby to attend to. So here goes my food itinerary.
Day 1- Tea time at China House Beach Road
They have a wide variety of cakes that you can choose from. They have 2nd floor and 3rd floor that sells painting and jewelries which I think not many people know. I myself have not gone up to the 2nd and 3rd floor. Parking will be a problem, especially on weekends or public holidays. Good thing GRAB is now available in Penang so you can easily grab a car or taxi to China House for tea time. However, the place is still quite crowded but they are kids friendly. They provide some rough papers and crayons on your table so your kids can scribble, draw and color while you enjoy your slice of cake.
Day 1 – Dinner at Pisa Corner Cafe at Bayan Baru
We stayed in Gurney Drive but drove to Bayan Baru for dinner?? Well, dad wanted to visit an old friend there so we went for dinner and then went to his friend’s house nearby. Pisa Corner Cafe was recommended by dad’s friend and we were really spoiled with choices. There were so many stalls and everything just looks delicious and smells yummy. I don’t think there is a need for me to write further, let the photos speak for themselves.
Day 2: Breakfast at Genting Cafe – Lorong Delima 3, Taman Island Glades
This place is a must go for me without fail, every single trip or visit to Penang. I only eat this 3 things when I am there:
- Chee Cheong Fun (finishes very early so do try to go there before 12noon)
- Assam Laksa (they start only around 11.30 to 12 noon) I never went back the assam laksa stalls near the temple or by the roadside after I tried this. They have fried popiah which you can order to be served together with your assam laksa
- Muar Chee (uncle only comes at around 11.00am) His stall is outside Genting Cafe. Other than muar chee, he also sells corn in cup and corn on the cob.
Day 2: Lunch at Nyonya Breeze at Straits Quay Penang
This was recommended by my friend because I told her the whole fam bam will be having lunch together. Whole fam bam meaning not just my parents but my parents-in-law too. They drove from Kedah to Penang to join us on our road trip. I read review that the Pork Rendang was good. Unfortunately, it was sold out when we ordered. (it was only around 1.00 pm)
We ordered, Ju Hu Char, Sambal Udang Petai, Asam Heh, Kari Kapitan, Inche Kabin and Tau Eu Bak. All the food was really good except for Inche Kabin chicken which I thought was so-so only.
Day 2 Dinner at Khun De Thai Restaurant
This restaurant was walking distance from the hotel. We wanted to try several other restaurants but they were all full either because there was a wedding going on or fully booked until 9.00 pm. So we decided to take a walk down Gurney Drive and ended up having dinner at Khun De Thai Restaurant.
The restaurant is just next to a hotel. Because we were quite hungry and Baby A was slightly crankier, I didn’t manage to take photos of the place or the food!
We ordered Garoupa Fillet salad, egg omelette, prawn tom yum soup, pandan chicken, squid and vegetables. Because I don’t have the photos, I can’t even recall the name of the dishes that we have ordered. Overall, the food was quite nice, tasted a bit home-cooked type. They were short staffed as the 2 owners (I am assuming they are) were taking orders, serving food and being cashiers at the same time. They had 1 additional helper who served drinks and food occasionally. We waited for about 30-40 minutes for our food to arrive, which explains why Baby A started to feel sleepy and cranky mid-way through dinner.
We wanted to have desserts at the Crepe Cottage down the road but it started drizzling. So, we went back to the hotel instead.
Day 3 – Bak Kut Teh for breakfast at Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant
We woke up slightly late and was also a bit lazy to drive out. So we walked down to Bali Hai which was just next to Khun De Thai Restaurant along Gurney Drive. It was our usual breakfast place before we check-out from the hotel. The bak kut teh (wet and dry) is good here.
More reviews on Bali Hai’s Bak Kut Teh from trip advisor here.
Overall, this was an enjoyable trip. I never thought that it would go as well as we planned. The weather was good, Baby A behaved quite well most of the trip, my parents enjoyed themselves and most importantly hubs and I got to relax a little from the trip. Other than that, it was also an early Mother’s Day celebration with both our moms. Also, my first year celebrating Mother’s day!
Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day!!