Killing as many birds as possible with one stone should be what one is always looking for while traveling, especially with tight budget or limited days to stay and Joo Hooi Cafe is one great place to do that! Our food hunt has yet once again started the moment our day has started in the morning. As recommended by the travel guides we got from a hotel, we were determined to search for Joo Hooi Cafe where they serve Penang laksa with great reviews. It was a short drive for us before the signboard of Joo Hooi Cafe appears right ahead of us while on the road and it had become a routine for us once we found the place that we were looking for, we would look for car park lots which is a fairly easy task to do as car park attendants would signal to you if you are looking for a car park and guide you into a car park space where you will have to pay a car park fee that varies from MYR1 to MYR5 depending on the area you are in, it will be of course, more expensive if you are parking near any tourist attractions.
While passing by the cafe, we were greeted with a crowded make-shift stall that is selling Cendol. Everyone around the stall were hanging around with the stall with a bowl in their hands slurping away leisurely, from there, I realized they were all having Cendol! I was telling myself that I am so going to have a taste of that. Cendol is a cold and sweet desert that taste really wonderful especially in a hot weather like what we have in Asia.
Once seated, we ordered both Penang laksa and Cendol almost immediately as the stall that is selling Penang laksa will be closed for the day at 5:30pm. With half an hour left, we were pretty excited to know how the famous Penang laksa would taste like. The picture of the laksa shown below tells you how a typical laksa looks like in Penang, some call it assam laksa as it taste a little sour, just enough to give you more appetite! Just a few mouthful and I knew that this has to be the best Penang laksa I have had so far. The taste was strong with spiciness and sourness but all was just right for my liking.
After having my taste buds satisfied by the Penang laksa, I went for my Cendol anxiously as it is my all time favorite desert. Cendol is a cold desert which is made up of coconut milk, worm-like jelly made from rice flour, beans and palm sugar. The sweetness of this desert is something that I love and this has to be the best Cendol I have tried so far in Penang! There were few other stalls as well but all were starting to pack up and rest for the day. Joo Hooi Cafe is one place that is packed with great food, so if you are not driving and want to make the best out of every trip that you make in Penang, you must visit Joo Hooi Cafe and indulge yourself in the mouthwatering food they serve there!
All the pictures shown here were taken with 16-35mm f2.8L USM on 5D II.
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