Monday, September 14, 2009

The most amazing thirst-quencher in Penang!

There's this neat little place that my family have been going to for our thirst-quenchers while in Penang. It's been there for as long as I remember, so long in fact, the first time I was there I was but a little child. Apparently it was started in Penang in 1928 when the owner moved his business from Sri Lanka. The shop is hidden in a little nook on Tamil Street near the Chowrasta Market.
It's called "Ais Tingkap" (I think they came up with this name quite recently coz I don't ever remember it having a name at all!). It's a coconut drink, made with coconut water and topped with olibanum gum resin, coconut flesh, crushed ice and soaked basil seeds and a spritz of their special ingredient. That little spritz makes all the difference! The fragrance that it imparts makes this drink one of a kind. It's the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day.I haven't found anything remotely close to this in KL or any other parts of Penang for that matter. Every time I am in Penang I make it a habit to indulge in this drink.

The ais tingkap stall is closed on Sundays.

Adjacent to the ais tingkap stall is a stall selling hot-off-the-wok prawn fritters and fried tofu. The prawn fritters are to die-for. It's crispy outside, and so soft and chewy inside. The prawn fritters and tofu are served with a home-made peanut based sauce. Who says indulgences have to be expensive? The best food are sometimes found in the most unlikely of places, this being one of them.


Hoodie Cam said...

Yummeh! I want the prawn fritters nd fried tofu!
Can you make a food review of KFC Shrimp? I would like to know how it taste just before i try it :p

Sharon said...

Hoodie Cam, my hubby and daughter seemed to love the KFC Shrimp. Better than the fish fingers it seems.

Hoodie Cam said...

OMG, I cant wait for the break fast tomorrow, might be having KFC Shrimp! Im sure, it will taste great, since everything that your daughter loves, have something in common with me! :p Like the chicken wings. :))

Sharon said...