Earlier this year, the Penang Watercolour Society organised its 31st annual exhibition. The paintings were on display from 17 March till 1 April 2014 at the Penang State Art Gallery, Dewan Sri Pinang. This exhibition was unique because each artist was asked to draw a set of six postcards (size: 14 x 19 cm each). In addition, an additional postcard was drawn to be exchanged with other participants of the exhibition during the opening. Besides proudly depicting the wonderful landscapes and rich historical and cultural heritage of Penang, the watercolour artists were free to express their creativity in the beauty of watercolour art. For this exhibition, I featured 7 stalls in Penang, one of my favourite subjects. Many of these stalls draw people from far and wide, just to enjoy the delicious traditional fair they have been cooking for decades.
Char Bee Hoon Stall, Penang
The hawker operating this fried noodle stall still uses the traditional charcoal fire to fry his food, infusing the food with the unique aroma of the good old days.
Famous Chendol Stall Off Penang Road
Of course, we must feature the most famous chendol stall in the whole of Penang. It is a ‘must-taste’ for all first-time visitors and tourists to the pearl of the orient. The ice-cold delight is a great way to quench one’s thirst on a hot, sunny day. Chendol is heaven in a humble little bowl – ice shavings, green chendol and red beans combined with creamy coconut milk and sweet palm sugar, all melting slowly into the ice.
Char Kuay Teow Stall Lorong Selamat, Penang
The most well-known fried kuay teow stall in the whole of Penang Island. I like to call this the ‘PhD’ char kuay teow because the hawker wears an elaborate red hat while cooking up a storm.
Fresh Cow’s Milk Stall, Little India, Penang
Located on Market Street, Little India, this stall has been traditional utensils and wares for decades.
Fruit Stall, Penang Road
Curry Mee Stall, Ayer Itam, Penang
This Siamese-style curry noodle stall has been operating for over 60 years. Located in Ayer Itam, beside the river, the stall is run by two sisters. The hawkers and customers still sit on low wooden stools at the stall.
Kuay Teow Soup Stall, Ayer Itam, Penang
This stall sells its hearty, warm noodle soup every morning at the Ayer Itam market.
To find out more about the Penang Watercolour Society, of which I am a Life Member, visit www.pwcs.org.my.