I will be doing a post on Grossi Florentino's soon - just need to get the pictures arranged. There's not a lot of pictures, but because the lighting was pretty blah and our cameras were pretty blah as well - a lot didn't turn out nicely, so I have to edit them somewhat.
Anyway, if you haven't already, San did a lovely post on Waterfront Station Pier, so do read that!
For this post, I am going to introduce the old-fashioned very typical Penang breakfast - Roti Bakar - at one of its most famous spots in Campbell Street. And it looks really dodgy, too. Hahahha.
I never knew Roti Bakar existed until my bestie Liang took me there last week after recovering from fainting in horror after hearing I didn't know what the heck was Roti Bakar.
Roti Bakar is thick slices of bread which is "burned" (in other words toasted) in a fire-pot with charcoal - in which the charcoal-toasting is its specialty. It is then slathered with home-made kaya (coconut jam) or home-made peanut butter and served with a half-boiled egg if you want it.
I had the kaya roti while Liang had the peanut butter. There's not much difference in the presentation.
My first bite was OMGSODAMNGOODWHY. Why haven't I tried this thing before?! It's so simple and easy and looks so ordinary but it tasted SUPER. Super super nice!! I had returned for a second meal since. :D
Apparently people don't dip their roti into the half-boiled egg. The half-boiled egg was just to accompany the bread for afterwards. Well I dipped and it tasted damn damn good. Oh, you season the half-boiled egg yourself with soy and pepper, to your liking.
The speciality drink of the place is Kopi Ais to go with the Roti.
The Kopi Ais is very very rich in taste and went well with the Roti although it is just a bit too sweet for me.
After we finished our roti, Liang was still greedy so we had another order of Roti Stim to share.
Roti Stim is steamed bread using hot water (from the same barrel they bakar the other roti), spread with butter when still hot and soft and sprinkled with sugar. I have had sugar toast before but this Roti Stim is really wow.
...Anyway, there won't be a lot of hawker food post if people are expecting lots. Health conditions preventing me from gorging my usual amount so apologies for that. But do try the Roti stuff when you come down to Penang/Malaysia. So yummy.
The lot above costs us RM8.40. That's approximately AUD$2.60. I can't even get a large takeaway coffee for that in Melbourne. :x