Bald Eagle has a persistent smirk on his face these days. “You’re writing about Spain already, eh? Have you finished writing about Penang? Have you finished writing about Australia?”

Variety is the spice of life, Sir Nag-A-Lot.  Spain today, Apong Guan tomorrow.


If you’re visiting my blog for the first time, welcome!  If you’re curious about the Nirvana Bus Tour, read about it here:

The Nirvana Bus Tour Part 1 – click HERE
The Nirvana Bus Tour Part 2, Prologue and A Nirvana Tribute – click HERE
The Nirvana Bus Tour Part 3, The Tanjung Tualang Chapter – click HERE
The Nirvana Bus Tour Part 4, Street Food in Pulau Tikus, Penang – click HERE


Come as you are, as you were
As I want you to be
As a friend, as a friend
As an old enemy
Take your time
Hurry up
The choice is yours
Don’t be late
Take a rest
As a friend
As an old…

Lyrics from Come As You Are, Artist: Nirvana, Album: Nevermind

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you wear.  The coffeeshop is old, bearing scars and marks of days gone by.   On an aside, it’s wonderful to see the preservation of old buildings in Georgetown, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Sai Lam Coffee Shop isn’t devoid of tourists, mostly backpackers, but it is also well patronized by the locals.   The wanton mee here is springy, cooked al dente, and is served either with beef tendons or with char siew.   If you can look past the rather ordinary tasting char siew in a deep red hue, I can assure you that you’re in for a treat with the darling looking wantons – little pillows of minced pork, unadulterated and absolutely delicious.  Freshly made, take 5 or 50.  Now tell me, don’t you just want to caress them?


Sai Lam Coffee Shop
307 Chulia Street