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Nan Guang

Locals come here for laksa asam – thick rice noodles in a tart, herbaceous fish-based broth, with mint leaves, pineapple slivers, onions and fresh chillies – or laksa siam, in which the tartness is tempered with a d…
Beach in Balik Pulau

Pantai Pasir Panjang

This empty, pristine beach with white sand the texture of raw sugar is one of the prettier spots on Penang for the few who make the effort to get here. The beach is backed by a National Service Training Centre for y…
Church in Balik Pulau

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church

When this Catholic church was first established in 1854, it occupied a hut made of palm leaves; the handsome current structure dates from 1894. The floor tiles were designed by a French priest, the stained glass was…
Malaysian in Balik Pulau

Cafe Ko Cha Bi Balik Pulau

Run by friendly folk, this pleasantly decorated cafe serves a very tasty range of local dishes including a delicious laksa, Hakka rice and noodles and desserts such as ais kacang (syrup- and coconut-milk-topped ice …
Seafood in Balik Pulau

Jia Siang Cafe

Buy fish and seafood at the nearby market stalls in Pulau Betong village and bring them to this simple shack of a cafe to be cooked as you like, for around R14 per head. Tough to navigate if you don't speak Malay or…