A short 1-hour drive away from Penang, the rain town- Taiping is often one of the popular choices for Penangites as a short getaway destination. Our last trip to Taiping was 4 years ago and we were there recently for a short trip. We took advantage on the low-priced hotel stay at Novotel (less than Rm150 for a night). The hotel is very strategically located with all places of interest either within walking distance of short distance.
A short 15 minute drive from Taiping town will land you at Matang, a village famous for Seafood Porridge; many regular patrons are willing to drive for hours to there just to savor their Seafood Porridge. There are a few Chinese seafood restaurants at Matang and for this round, we tried our luck at the Lighthouse Seafood Restaurant. The place has a simple restaurant setting- with basic tables and chairs; no menu is available though. The servers will approach the diners and take the orders on the spot. The popular orders here are the signature Seafood Porridge, Steamed Flower Clams, Deep Fried Fish, Steamed Fish etc. The signature Seafood Porridge was delicious; unlike the Cantonese-style Porridge which has a creamy texture, Lighthouse's retained the Rice-like texture with clear, sweet Seafood broth... cooked with a generous amount of Fish, Prawns and Fish Balls. All seafood were fresh and plump, the seasoning was not heavy and relied heavily on the seafood sweetness. Reasonable prices but is it worth to go all the way there for the Seafood Porridge? It's alright if you happen to be in Taiping but I would not travel all the way there from Penang.
To find a spot in Taiping town to stretch your tourist leg without compromising on your healthy diet- Cheeky Summer is the perfect spot for a quick rest and have a sip on the refreshing fruit juices. There are plenty of healthy options such as Smoothie Bowl, Cold-Pressed Juices, Toasts etc; all at discounted prices as compared to Penang's rate. For a large size Avocado drink, it costs Rm 13 only; something that we would not be able to find in Penang (such item would easily cost above Rm 15 in Penang). Strategic location and comfortable atmosphere, suitable for those who seek for a light meal or casual hang out over healthy drinks. Cheeky Summer can be found right next to the famous Bismillah Cendol.
The Warehouse 1957 is one of the latest cafe spot in Taiping, it is found right next to the Container Hotel, a short drive from Taiping lake. It is housed in a container with simple, industrial style interior decor. The menu is quite big- with an array of Western dishes from appetizers, to mains and desserts. We were too full to try their mains and decided to try some of their light snacks. The Seafood Toast was quite good- with a creamy, savory sauce accompanying... the whole flavor combo worked but a pity that the edges of the Toast were slightly too dry to our liking. Threadfish Salad was something with Thai element (Kerabu-like Salad)... it was just okay-average. A modern, chic place to hangout nevertheless.
Have Fun Exploring Taiping!