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.







4 comments:

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...

Enjoy!