What to eat in Penang ~ Eam Huat Charcoal Steamboat

Eam Huat Charcoal Steamboat
Address: 7, Medan Penaga, Kampung Batu Lanchang, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 16-455 5955
Opening hours: 5:30pm to 9:45pm

Exploring Penang Georgetown with a toddler

Penang is a colourful Malaysian city that is rich in multicultural heritage. The city is known for its colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, wall murals and of course, its food such as tambun biscuit (tau sar piah).

Penang has changed so much since my first and last trip 10 years ago. I was there for training with a bunch of fresh graduates, and somehow the food didn't impress me much. This trip left me craving Penang food so much, and I'll never see Penang food (in Singapore) in the same light again!

Excited Little V before we departed
We flew to Penang via Jetstar. Little V was a bit fussy when we had to put the infant seatbelt on her, but fell asleep as soon as the plane took off. There's no bassinet available on the flight, and the seats were definitely more cramped compared to that of a full service airline. I was thankful for the adjustable armrest though, since I had a bit more space to navigate when the armrest was up.
The flight took about 1.5 hours, and prior to the flight I have already decided it was best to catch a taxi from the airport because we don't have to wait too long, we have too many luggages, and the prices are fixed so there's no haggling required. We probably should have called a 6-seater Grabcar or Uber though, on second thoughts.

Airport taxi coupon - We were staying at an airbnb apartment in Georgetown and it costed RM 44.70 to get there.
On the way to Georgetown

We stayed at a shophouse turned airbnb apartment in Georgetown, and the location was very convenient! It's walking distance from 3 malls (about 10mins walk), or RM5 for grab. There's also night hawkers (about 7pm to 10pm) just one street away, selling totally delicious oyster omelette and lor bak! The hosts were nice and checking in and out was easy and fuss-free. The rooms are located on the second storey so it may be a little inconvenient if you have huge luggages or are travelling with elderly or kids, but it was a comfortable stay for us. Just watch where your toddler is going! 

Airbnb link: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/8094180?s=51  

Lor Bak from Presgrave Night Hawkers
I was down with fever the second day and my hubby packed food for me! 

Ee Mee

Oyster Omelette - I swear the oysters were so fresh and juicy!

Lor Bak with the sauce

If you are a tau sar piah lover like me, there's a shop just 2 streets away. The pandan tau sar piah are very fragrant. You can ask for samples to try if you want.

Automated packing machine

Tau sar piahs!! 

Weather is really hot and humid in Penang, just like in Singapore. As far as possible we try to hand carry Little V in case she gets too hot in the carrier. But she enjoyed being back carried and even fell asleep despite the strong heat! 

Food trucks spotted in Georgetown

One of the popular things to do in Georgetown is to find the murals! Although I was anticipating to find most if not all the murals, I didn't manage to take photo with that one mural I was longing to find! Here's a valid reason to go back again!

Yes this is the kids on bicycle mural that I was looking forward to take photos with! However when we reached there was a couple taking wedding photos, it was drizzling, and Little V was fast asleep in the carrier. I decided to continue walking thinking that we will walk back again. I was wrong!! But now I got a reason to go back again!! 
Oh this looks like fat cat mat in badanamu.. haha! Yes that's my sleeping toddler behind my back.

Although I didn't get the chance to take a photo with the kids on bicycle, I managed to take a photo on a real bicycle. Would have been perfect if Little V was awake!! 

Our first food stop was Joo Hooi Cafe, and the best in my opinion! 

This is probably my favourite of the trip. Curry mee!! This photo was taken before mixing in the chilli, in case you are thinking how come the noodles don't look like curry mee. In my opinion this is way better than Sister's Curry Mee at Air Itam. 

Assam Laksa

Shun Kueh, Yam Cake - I think they were so-so only but my hubby enjoyed the yam cake (and he doesn't eat yam in Singapore!)

The popiah was not worth the calories (and popiah is one of my favourite favourite foods so I'm rarely biased)

Char Kway Teow! It was so yummy I can't remember how many more plates we ordered!

Cendol is the perfect dessert for the hot weather! No sharing please! Tip: if you are seated in the coffee shop, you can order directly from one of the uncles and skip queuing!

We were seated at the corner of the coffee shop near the road so it wasn't so cramped and hot! I had to fight off some aunties who wanted to snatch our table though. 

If you are bringing a toddler like what I did, there's no high chairs available. So, it's time to show off that mummy juggling act! One hand and leg holding toddler, the other hand eating the yummy food while trying to prevent your toddler from snatching your food! Best if your food is served on a spoon by your hubby or fellow travellers so that you don't miss out on the good food, like mine! 

Here's Little V signing off! Bye~~~ 

Airport Bus from Osaka Station to Kansai Airport

It was a long and treacherous journey from Umeda station to the airport bus bay. We were misled to the domestic airport bus bay and had to brisk walk / run with huge luggages and a baby. We finally found it after almost 30 mins and got another shock by the long queue!!! We were actually quite lucky to squeeze onto the bus, all thanks to the Japanese invention of aisle seats on the bus! 

7 days in Japan with a baby - Day 7 Osaka - Museum of Housing and Living, Tenjinbashi, Kuromon-ichiba Market, Namba

I love museums, especially those that have buildings and streets that depict life in the past. Thankfully the Museum of Housing and Living was walking distance from our airbnb, so there's no reason why not to go (except that it eats into the remaining shopping time).

7 days in Japan with a baby - Day 6 Osaka / Ikeda - Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Umeda Sky Building, Grand Front Osaka

View of Osaka from Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory
The Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル) is a spectacular high rise building in the Kita district of Osaka, near Osaka and Umeda Stations. It is also known as the "New Umeda City". The 173 meter tall building consists of two towers that are connected with each other by the "Floating Garden Observatory" on the 39th floor. - Japan Guide

This is my favourite photo from the day of museum visiting, sun set viewing and shopping. Going back again after 10 years brings back good memories!

7 days in Japan with a baby - Day 5 Osaka - Kushinoya, Pokemon Centre, Osaka Castle, Hankyu Umeda

Started the rainy day with a trip to Pokemon Centre and lunch at Osaka Station. The biggest winner was probably Little V who got a pikachu from waipo and gonggong (one of the rare "waipo-approved" soft toys!!)

7 days in Japan with a baby - Day 4 Osaka - Ichiran, Pablo, Luke's Lobster

Ichiran Dotonbori Yataikan 一蘭 道頓堀店別館
Address: 1 Chome-4-16 道頓堀 Chūō-ku, 大阪市中央区 Ōsaka-fu 542-0071, Japan
My dad was craving for something hot and soupy (a.k.a noodle soup) for a few days before we had the chance to have ramen! Since Ichiran is a recommended must-go for ramen lovers, we decided to give it a try (also because we were back at Shinsaibashi for more shopping and it's nearby). 

The queue was surprisingly quite fast, and the most time-consuming part of the visit was ordering the food from the vending machine. All of us wanted different combi and paying using coins was a pain! After we were done with our orders we were brought to the upper levels for the counter seats. No baby chairs of course so we took turns holding Little V. 

Green tea almond pudding

Overall Ichiran ramen was not very memorable for me, and I would prefer ordering at the comforts of my table instead. 

Cheese tart PABLO Dotonbori 焼きたてチーズタルト専門店PABLO 道頓堀店
Address: Japan, 〒542-0085 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Shinsaibashisuji, 2 Chome−3−15, 宗 右 衛門 町 通り
Item checked off my Japan bucket list! Bought one for breakfast and was slightly disappointed. I guess eating it fresh and warm out of the oven would be better? I loved the mini chocolate tart though. So yummy I must remember to eat it again during my next trip!

LUKE'S LOBSTER ルークス 心斎橋店
Address: 1 Chome-3-21 Shinsaibashisuji, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0085, Japan
My very first lobster roll and it was yummy!!!!! Actually we were quite full after Ichiran but we couldn't resist it. Good choice though. The bread was delicious with the butter and the lobster was so fresh! 

The next time I visit Shinsaibashi, I promise I will just eat along the way so that I can try more yummy food!