Yum yum yum! Balik Pulau is particularly famous of two things. It’s name is synonymous with its well known Durians and secondly, Laksa!
There are a few stalls scattered around this little township offering this yummy mouth watering delicacy.
Well, for this time, I would like to blog about Laksa Janggus.
Note that Laksa Janggus is different from Siam Laksa as it’s more to sour/spicy/lemak. Sorry I’m not too good in describing food. It’s a laksa that Malays usually sell, hopefully you get my idea.
I got a little flyer one day when I got back from work. It talks about Balik Pulau. History, map, attractions.
There’s lots of things to see and learn from the flyer itself and I’m impressed by the work of it.
I learned lots of new things about Balik Pulau from that I never knew before even though I was born and raised in this little town itself. I get to know that the roundabout that I drive around is once used to feed those thirsty horses commuting around the township many years ago. There’s lots to see and get impressed with the town heritage and culture!
Well, sorry that I forgot to scan the flyer and show you guys here. Just plain talk. But hey, they actually have a website and I think by know it has been gaining some popularity among the locals and international now. Check out the official website, http://www.arts-ed-penang.org/
MyBalikpulau is one of two community-based heritage education programs organised by ARTS-ED. A similar project entitled Anak Anak Kota is conducted in the World Heritage Site of George Town.
Both heritage education programs are designed to help young people connect with their community and environmental heritage through the process of mapping and interpretation of local cultural assets.
The project uses non-formal and ‘creative arts initiatives’ to raise awareness of the meaning and significance of cultural heritage (agricultural, architecture, trades, crafts, customs, food etc) among young residents aged 11-20 living in the local community.
《探究浮罗》乃是浮罗首个古迹导览地图。值得一提的是，这是浮罗年轻学生在参与《我的浮罗山背》活动，利用两年的时间炮制而成作品！《我的浮罗山背》也得到Penang Heritage Trust, Badan Warisan Malaysia, Pusat Internet Desa 及 KaKi Creative 的鼎力支持。同时第一版的印刷是由DiGi Telecommunication 赞助的.
此地图涵盖了两个游览区，分别是：徒步浮罗市镇 及 汽车或脚车甘榜路。两个游览区都有多个有趣及 包括老房子， 道地美食，农耕物， 乡区传统行业等等。
quoted from PenangMedia.com
Escape from the hustle bustle of the city for your weekend dinner with great view overlooking Balik Pulau (South-west of Penang island).
Seafood Otak otak
Seng, is the new boss operating the restaurant now. Few restaurant operators had rented this spot over the few years (partly due to high cost of rental or charging too expensive, I think).
My family has already know the boss before this as he operated at somewhere else before moving to this new spot.
Popular dishes from this restaurants include Seafood otak otak in Coconut shell and Tofu with Anchovy (ikan bilis) and vegetable. (see pic)
Look for Permandangan Indah Enterprise, it’s located at the top of the hill on the way up to Balik Pulau from Paya Terubong/Relau. Along the way up, you will see an ample space with some stalls where you can do some sight-seeing over looking Balik Pulau (See map for exact location)
For booking/ more info, you can call 012 5646858 (Seng)
Map after the jump!
Last week I took a motorcycle ride up the hill traveling from Balik Pulau to Air Itam on an unusual route.
Talking about the route, it is usually taken by me and my friends during the 九王爷 festive week (falls on 9th month of Chinese lunar calender) by foot to a Chinese temple called 清觀寺. It is usually a 2 hours journey on foot from Balik Pulau up till the temple. I will try to post up photos taken around that temple later.
I have google-ed abit on 九王爷, If you would like to know more about this festive event, check it at http://forum.photopintu.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5873
And here’s some brief description about 清觀寺 temple found in Wikimapia
A Taoism Temple for the god of “Nine Emperors”. It was built on a hill top in 1890 (this hill is known locally as ‘Cheng Jee Chan’- literally meaning 1200 steps of stone stairways leading to the hill shrine). A festival / praying ceremony is held consecutively on the first nine days of the 9th Month in Lunar / Chinese Calendar every year. The climax is on the midnight of the 9th day where the worshipers send the deities back to heaven…
宝天宫 Bao Tian Gong Chinese Temple (HDR)
宝天宫 Bao Tian Gong Chinese Temple (HDR)
Going back to the topic itself, I went to another temple called 宝天宫. It is located somewhere 2km away from 清觀寺 measured in straight line (Obviously, it is not that near as you can imagine in real life up the hill). I don’t know much about this temple but for one thing I’m freaking sure. It offers great view of Balik Pulau from there! :D
This is probably the best place you can find in Penang with lots of green, far away from the hustle bustle of the big city like Georgetown. Gosh, Balik Pulau just got its first traffic light about 2 years ago. See how traffic-free it is :D.
Geographically, it is located on the south west part of the Penang island. Most of the people here often commute to work at other places like in the industrial area in Bayan Lepas, at the south east part of the island.
These shots are taken at the top of the hill along Jalan Tun Sardon. This is the major link connecting Balik Pulau to the rest of the island.
Head on to Wiki to find out more about my beloved hometown, Balik Pulau