Last Sunday, we had a team outing to Balik Pulau for durians.
We joined the Penang Mensa group (a rather large group this time as it included Mensans from KL) on Sunday morning for an 8-car convoy all the way to this rather ‘hidden’ durian farm on the way to Balik Pulau town. It was easy to miss if you didn’t look out for it!
Due to the large number of people, it seemed the durians weren’t enough. The durians were tasty with some liking the intensely bitter durians laced with sweetness at the end.
There was only one guy opening the choice fruits – the farm owner was sweating as he deftly opened durian after durian, only to see them all gobbled up faster than he could prise open the fruits!
No trip to Balik Pulau is complete without tucking into a bowl of Penang laksa in Balik Pulau town. We drove to the new market complex and tried out Stall No. 26 which is a branch of the famous Chicken Brand Laksa Balik Pulau (Original Famous Asam Laksa since 1968 or so it says on Mr Tan Choon Teong’s business card! ~ See how entreprising and competitive laksa sellers are these days!). This laksa stall has a story and you can read the full unofficial history of the Chuan Heong Cafe laksa over at my personal blog.
Well, sad to say, the Stall No.26 laksa was quite diluted and didn’t really live up to its name.
So we decided to go to the original shop and try the original laksa and compare.
It was burning hot at noon-time but all in the name and pride of laksa lovers, we made Jensen drive us all in his jeep to the heart of Balik Pulau town (which is really a one-street town). I wanted to try Uncle John’s laksa but people were spilling out of the shop and it was standing space only!
Grrrrr…..so we settled for laksa by crossing the road to the Chuan Heong Cafe laksa (the HQ for Stall No.26) and finally found some sort of perverse satisfaction in having laksa lemak with lashings of prawn paste. All downed with the famous Balik Pulau nutmeg juice!