It was my last and final day on-board SuperStar Libra as we will be disembarking back at Swettenham Pier at Penang after 4 days and 3 nights cruising over to Krabi and Phuket. My travel companion, Darren and I went to Mariners Buffet restaurant which serves international buffet and a section specially catered to Indian vegetarian.
As it was our final meal on the cruise, we had a breakfast feast with our neighbours next door too and had a spread of food ranging from Western to Asian selection. Items like scrambled eggs, cheese, ham, hot dogs and croissant were comforting food for breakfast as we usually see them around. Of course, since I didn’t had siew mai at the Chinese restaurant for breakfast the day before, I told myself to have some even though it wasn’t very fantastic.
I am not exactly a rice person but Darren, being a huge eater who gets hungry every few hours decided to have some along with baked beans. We ate many other things as well such as porridge, roti prata and noodles. Yes, way too much till I was so busy tucking down the food and not taking photos of them.
I had to end it with my favourite banana walnut muffin and fruits. I don’t remember eating that toast though. I wonder who placed it on my plate…
After breakfast, we had to settle our payment with all the additional purchases made on-board and only by doing so, we are allowed to collect our passport for disembarkation. We got on a coach transfer from the port and the local tour guide brought us to a famous restaurant for lunch.
This is a random photo as the building reminds me of some British building we have in Raffles Place. Except without that roadside hawker on the motorbike.
Here we are, at the restaurant. Interesting exterior with a mini porch.
Restaurant D’Dapor has won some awards and is recognized for its heritage. Since then, it has been a popular dining place to visit for many tourists and dignitaries. They specializes in Penang Malay cuisine as you will see some of them later.
Our dear friends Thoothoo and Jialing at our table pointing to the homely decor of the restaurant interior. It really feels like dining at home with the curtain binds separating each table behind us, allowing some privacy especially for families.
We were served about 8 or 9 sharing courses for lunch as each came quickly one after another. Below are some photos of the dishes we had.
First to land on our table looks like the Malay salad topped with ikan bilis which looks like their version of Gado-Gado (Indonesian salad). The sauce to complement the vegetables and beancurd was sour and spicy. Appetizing start of a meal!
Oh yes, I love the homemade Otak Otak from Penang! It’s like a huge fish cake which has chili and spices in it. It was nice but I prefer it to have more chunks of seafood in it.
I can’t exactly remember what are these deep-fried golden brown thing but it looks like fried fish or crab stick to me. This is probably the only dish besides the dessert which isn’t spicy.
Sambal Chili Sotong! A favourite dish among Singaporeans for its tender and chewy squid rings infused with the spicy chili sauce with the hint of dried shrimps.
Don’t this orgasmic bowl of curry chicken looks so good? Potatoes with chicken is such a classic and perfect by itself even without any rice although you may like it with a bowl of rice.
The Curried Prawns was alright through I wish the curry would be infused into the meat of the prawns under their shell. So much for the trouble of peeling the shell off. Definitely not worth staining my hands.
It was a sweltering hot day and yes, finally we have some ice-cold Chendol but after eating a bit of it, we found that the coconut added lacks the richness and the ice shavings were too coarse. We didn’t like it but I had some to cool myself down.
After lunch, we were brought on a city sight-seeing tour on the coach as the tour guide showed us some of the landmarks in Penang, from George Town all the way to the Penang International Airport.
This house here was used in our local Channel 8 drama, “The Little Nonya” as the house of the family of the lead actress.
We passed by monuments too like this very old church.
Their government court house too! Revisiting Penang after 2 years sure brings back memories.
This is a very old museum which contains history of Penang and Malaysia. Is Malaysia’s flag flying at half-mast or am I seeing things myself?
St. Xavier’s Institution is the oldest surviving formal school in Penang that is founded in 1852. If I am not wrong, our tour guide said that he studied at this school when he was younger.
From afar, the famous Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion also known as the Blue Mansion can be seen from afar. It has been labelled as an UESCO World Heritage Site for 30 years because of its long history and significance.
We weren’t satisfied with our Chendol over lunch earlier and we went to Penang Road for more!
There are 2 Chendol stalls just across each other and both claim they are as popular. Hence, we bought both to compare and decide among ourselves. The stall I had (see photo above) is in the blue bowl which adds more gula melaka (palm sugar) compared to the another one which is less sweet. If you prefer a “healthier choice” Chendol, the orange bowl sure suits the bill. After eating our Chendol, we were brought to a shopping mall for some last minute shopping and headed over to the airport after.
That marks the new of my 4 days 3 nights fly-cruise to Penang, Krabi and Phuket. It was a fun experience to have Darren with me to embark on SuperStar Libra and new friends made along the way. Lastly, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the wonderful team at Star Cruises for giving me this opportunity and making this a fun and memorable experience.
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Read day 1 to day 3 of my blog posts here:
- SuperStar Libra 4D3N Fly-Cruise: On-board the SuperStar Libra at Penang (Day 1 of 4)
- SuperStar Libra 4D3N Fly-Cruise: James Bond Island & Gala Dinner! (Day 2 of 4)
- SuperStar Libra 4D3N Fly-Cruise: It’s a Phuket FantaSea! (Day 3 of 4)
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** 4D3N Fly-Cruise Adventure courtesy to the wonderful people at Star Cruises.
*** Photos are all taken using Panasonic LUMIX TZ-25 camera.