PENANG STORIES
PENANG STORIES

Penang in all its complexity is presented in bite-sized stories, guides and interviews, to be taken in and savoured slowly.


Getting a haircut at Huang Koong barber shop at Jalan Hutton guarantees to bring out all kinds of feels. Part of its charm is getting your hair cut by a septuagenarian Chinese barber. The other part is being able to marvel at all the vintage interior within the pre-war shophouse, which has remained unchanged since 1968.
An idyllic spot for a quick getaway, hop over to Penang's mainland and visit the historic Jeti Lama heritage enclave.
Exquisite wedding locations in Penang, from seaside once-in-a-lifetime and pristine heritage bungalows to tropical rainforest and a previously derelict theatre, we speak to the people who made dream weddings possible.
Have you seen the rat-headed prisoner on the wall of Mugshot Cafe on Lebuh Chulia? How about a monkey-headed general guarding the moon gate in China House’s courtyard? There’s a dragon-headed General Guan Yu riding a horse on the wall of the Drippin’ Dragon Hostel on Lorong Hutton. Have you seen that too? Familiarise yourself with the works of Penang-based British artist Thomas Powell.
The late Anthony Bourdain may have fallen in love with nasi kandar but did you know that there are other equally delicious rice dishes apart from nasi kandar?
Teochew Puppetry and Opera and where it stands today.
What are the hidden relics from a wartime era of the old Malaya? Reputed to be the largest war museum in South East Asia, the Penang War Museum is said to share experiences and feels of its function back in the days.
How Penang's Chowrasta Market has changed tremendously. Between its wet market and bounty of food stores, Chowrasta Market is heaven for book lovers.
The Straits-born Chinese, also known as the Peranakans, are committed to perfection, not only in their food but also in their ensemble, from head – to toe, literally. Kasut manik (beaded shoe) is highly valued as it is an integral part of the Peranakan's culture and it is handsewn into delicate designs. For a female Peranakan, also known as a Nyonya, a kebaya is incomplete without a pair of kasut manik.
A common favourite amongst Penangites be it for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner or supper, here's a round-the-clock list for Penang nasi kandar.
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