Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Local Specialties in Balik Pulau

Nutmeg & fruit pickles (jeruk in malay).

Besides the spices, Balik Pulau is also well known with nutmeg & prickles. Many types of preserved fruits can be buy from the market complex which located beside the    Rapid Penang Bus Station (just on you right hand side if you arrive using the third route). You might want to buy some as “ole-ole” before you went home.

Herb Garden. 

The garden which is located in Kampung Jalan Bharu contains over 100 species of plants with medicinal properties. These herbs extracted through a variety of methods have medicinal properties to improve blood circulation, digestion, cure muscular pains and other ailments.

Mature plants are processed in the garden itself to produce ingredient for traditional Malay herbal products which you may purchase at the garden. Try the herbal spa. (Open : 9 am – 6 pm. Call 019-4671792 )

Kuih Bahulu

It’s located in Kampung Jalan Bharu the same way as the Herb Garden. Along the Kampung Jalan  Bharu road, you may see the “BAHULU” sign just beside the road. Her, you can get yourself a fresh baked bahulu (which happens to be the most famous Bahulu in Balik Pulau due to its maintained quality). (Open : Mon-Sat, 8.30 am – 5 pm. Baking : 8.30 am – 1 pm. Call 04-8666739 for queries)

Pulau Betong Fish Market

Pulau Betong fish market is located 1km from the BTN Camp in Pasir Panjang. If you’re heading to the camp, you’ll see this fish market first on your right side. This fish market is slightly different and special compared to normal wet market (which opens in the morning). This market is open around 130 pm till around 4 pm which is the time where all the fishermen returned from the sea. The fish, squid, crabs and prawns are most fresh ones (even some of them still alive at the moment they were packed!). The freshness is offered with a very reasonable price!! If you feel like cooking while staying in Astana Inn, you may get some of the main ingredient here.

Durian Season

Durian is one of the main attractions to Balik Pulau. Some the might just traveled from as far as Selangor just to taste the delicious & variety of Balik Pulau durian during its season (mainly around May-July). Durian season is usually the same period as the mangosteen & rambutan season. You might need to balance the “heat” of durian by consuming mangosteen.

The paddy field view

 Above picture is actual photo taken from the paddy field in Kampung Titi Teras (where Astana Inn is located). You can bring along your sport shoes to take a jog in the morning @ evening while enjoying the view.

Resdung Treatment

 For those who had sinus or Malay said “resdung” and want to try a traditional treatment for it, you can pay a visit to this house which located in Kampung Jalan Bharu. Watch out for the sign board or you might miss the entry to the house. The treatment goes one person at a time with a charge of RM12 per treatment (if there’s no price change). If your ears feel itchy each time you consumed ‘belacan’ or seafood, you can ask the healer to extend the treatment in your ears. You might feel a little tickles or hearing a sound like something has been suck out from you ears and burned.

Famous Laksa Janggus

This famous Laksa is situated in Kampung Perlis nearby Pasir Panjang Beach. Open daily from 2pm until 7.30pm and closed on Wednesday. This restaurant is also called Laksa Timah.
You have to line-up at the counter, order and purchase because they do it in " Self-Service" way. This restaurant was featured and gets recognition in the famous TV show "Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan".

Introduction To Balik Pulau

Balik Pulau simply means 'the other side of the island'- literally that’s how it means. Balik Pulau is cannot be seen from the other side of the island unless you’ve traveled through the hillside road. It’s located just on the northwestern coast of the Penang Island; it’s the fruit bowl of Penang featuring fruit plantations and spice gardens.

Route to reach Balik Pulau

  •          One is by following the coastal road all the way round the island-take the Teluk Bahang road to Balik Pulau. By following this way, you can view the beautiful beaches of Batu Feringghi, forests, and farms of durian.

  •         The second way is via Teluk Kumbar. Following this route, you will pass through the industrial area of Bayan Lepas. But please note, the hillside road via Teluk Kumbar is still under construction and very minimal road lights available during the night. If you fell hasty about driving on the road you’ve unknown about, you might want to consider the other route. However, despite the turns in this route, there’s minimal volume of gear changing during driving.

  •  The third way to reach Balik Pulau is through Jalan Tun Sardon. This route has the widest road among all. You can view Balik Pulau beautiful scenario by following this way as it passes over a small hill. A very clear and beautiful sunset can be view on the way of this road or you may stop for a while at hilltop of the road for photo snapping.