Batu Feringhi, Penang. Rocky, sandy beaches surrounded by dark green hills... fresh sea breeze mixing with the fresh hilly air giving you only one idea: peacefulness. Just what I needed for that weekend getaway from the long hours of being in the office where the air cond freezes you like as if you ARE in Antartic.
I don't understand why office air conditioning must be extremely MAXed out all year long, even during cold rainy season which makes it like ICE. So after 10 hours of daily work in a jail-like, freezer box for almost 4 years, I hate air cond. (Dear office mates : I am amazed at you people who can wear skimpy clothing and claim it's "so hot in here"..) Ahh the sandy beach... and beautiful natural rocks to just look at while the waves splash against, making calm music... How I love going to the beach! I especially love the warm salty breeze that makes me smile and relax each time I'm here.
You can find various type of food here - Indian, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Malay, and small little stalls with, local favourite cuisines to satisfy your curios tastebuds and hungry tummy.
This is the Chicken Pilau from the Tandoori stall, RM7.00. The rice is fried with some spices and curry, with chunky chicken pieces. Spicy? It's a 8/10. You can request it to be less spicy, otherwise you will be drinking ice water non stop... But if you're local who probably is already used to spicy food, no problemo!
For a lighter dinner, try the butter naan served with dhaal, for just RM3-4.00. This also comes in the Chicken Tandoori set, served with mint sauce and some onions. The dhaal is good. Thick and tasty. Just how I love it.
Once you sit down, the drinks attendant will come to you asking what you would like to have. From soft drinks, to fresh juices, hot or cold drinks, and beers, just order and they will bring it for you at a very reasonable price.
You MUST order satay. There is nothing else you should order until you taste the satay first. The most loved Malaysian food. Chicken or beef, grilled on charcoal fire and served with cucumber, onions and peanut sauce. You will never taste the same satay if you missed this, as it is unlikely to taste the same as what you get, if you are from overseas.
How do you order satay? They usually charge it per stick. So, order as much as you like!!
I don't remember how much they cost but it is not expensive at all...
Chinese food is everywhere. And most stalls sells different Chinese specialty dishes, my favourite being the Char Koey Teow and Deep Fried Spring rolls. Usually costs between RM3.00 - RM6.00 per dish...
The food portion here is usually smaller so order more and share around. There's other delicious food like the ikan bakar (grilled fish), Italian pizza, Chinese stir fry dishes, and hot plate noodles.
You can see my other post on Long Beach Cafe, with some more pictures there.
Read about what BM Kia has on his blog about Long Beach Cafe, Penang.
Malaysia Best Recipes also has more delicious food shots from Long Beach Cafe, Batu Feringhi.