Firefly Now Has Daily Flights To 3 Destinations From Penang. Check Out Our Top Makan Picks

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Now that interstate travelling is allowed, confirm must be feeling up for a getaway right?

Firefly will be launching three new daily flight routes from Penang to Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and Johor Bahru from January 2021 onwards. The best part? You'll get to fly on their new Boeing 737-800 planes!

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These new flight services will see two daily flights between Penang and Kota Kinabalu, and Penang and Kuching, as well as three daily flights between Penang and Johor Bahru.

What's cool is that you can book the flight tickets from as cheap as RM79. However, if you sign up to be a Firefly member, you can enjoy cheaper airfare from only RM69. Ooh, so worth it!

Book from now until 31 December 2020 to enjoy these fares and travel any time from 25 January until 30 June 2021. Most importantly, of course, remember to always wash your hands, wear a mask, and practise physical distancing, okay?  

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Looking forward to your short getaway? Check out some of these must-try food spots when you visit these destinations:

1. Penang

Penang Air Itam Laksa

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This stall is loved by both locals and tourists. It's an absolute must-try whenever you visit the state. Assam laksa is a bowl filled with tangy asam broth, topped with rice noodles and fresh mackerel. It's a delightful, unique dish that many have come to enjoy. In fact, did you know that assam laksa was recently ranked as number seven on the World's Best 50 Foods by CNN? 

Not only is this stall famous for their assam laksa, you gotta try a bowl of their rich curry laksa too.

Address: Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong, 11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Opening hours: 10:30am - 7pm (Opening hours may vary due to CMCO)

Nasi Kandar Kampung Melayu

You're probably aware that Penang is also known for delicious nasi kandar. And you must have heard of popular nasi kandar stalls like Line Clear Nasi Kandar and Deen Maju Nasi Kandar. However, do give Nasi Kandar Kampung Melayu a try on your next visit! Many Penangites rave over this nasi kandar and most of the dishes are made from scratch. 

Address: A-29, Jalan Kampung Melayu, Kampung Melayu, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
Opening hours: 6:30am - 1pm & 4pm - 10:30pm (Opening hours may vary due to CMCO)

2. Kuching, Sarawak

Choon Hui Kopitiam

If this dish is something you have not tried yet, you're missing out. The shrimp-based broth is mild but gives a variety of flavours from sweet to sour, and spicy. In fact, Anthony Bourdain loved it so much that he called it the "Breakfast of Gods."

Sarawak laksa usually uses rice vermicelli, which not only complements the prawns, shredded chicken, and sliced omelette, but it soaks up the broth to give you a burst of flavours when you bite into the noodles!

Address: 34, Jalan Ban Hock, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 6:30am - 10:30pm (Opening hours may vary due to CMCO)

Maria Kek Lapis Bakery

Sarawak kek lapis is ah-may-zing. Not only are they beautiful, with intricate patterns and striking colours, but they have so many different flavours. From chocolate and coffee, to prunes and raisins, they have everything. 

Maria Kek Lapis Bakery is one of the popular places that sell layer cakes, with a different range of flavours, including their best-seller, the classic layer cake. Besides that, the bakery also sells whole cakes and pastries too!

Address: 37, Jalan Main Bazaar, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (Opening hours may vary due to CMCO)

3. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Seng Hing Kopitiam

If you visit Kota Kinabalu, you must try Seng Hing's Tuaran mee! This dish is basically a plate of egg noodles fried with pork lard, char siu, vegetables, and other ingredients you can choose to add on. What sets Seng Hing's Tuaran mee apart from the rest is that they also add a dash of rice wine into the noodles, which enhances the overall flavour of the fried noodles.

Besides that, the kopitiam also serves a wide range of other dishes too. Make sure to give their Tom Yam noodles a try!

Address: Block G, Lot 10, Lorong Sinsuran 2, Sinsuran Complex, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening hours: 7am - 4pm (Opening hours may vary due to CMCO)

Kedai Makan Islamic Restaurant

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Kedai Makan Islamic Restaurant has a special roti canai dish that looks so good and has a really unique name – Roti Canai Cobra. It's a combination of all the things you love, in one plate. You can choose which curry you prefer to douse your roti canai over, and then pick your favourite vegetables before finally finishing the dish with a sunny side up egg!

The restaurant is also pretty famous for its mamak mee goreng, which many has claimed to be 'beyond their expectations.' :o

Address: Basement, S40, S41, Lorong Centre Point, Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening hours: 9am - 9:15pm (Opening hours may vary due to CMCO)

4. Johor Bahru

Woon Kiang Restaurant

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Kway Chap or also known as Kuey Teow Kia in Johor, is a bowl of flat rice noodles in a herbal pork-based broth with pork innards. This comfort food is usually eaten for dinner or supper, and it's so popular that you confirm can find one easily when you're out exploring. One of the popular hawker shops that sell kway chap is Woon Kiang Restaurant, which has been around for about 90 years.

Although it's perfectly delicious on its own, you should pair the noodles with other dishes that the restaurant offers such as beancurd, braised eggs, stir-fry cabbage, braised chicken feet, and so many more.  

Address: Jalan Pandan 2, Taman Stulang, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: 5pm - 4am (Opening hours may vary due to CMCO)

Medan Selera Meldrum Walk

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JB is well-known for their food streets too, and you can find them almost anywhere. If you're looking for a wide range of heavenly dishes to taste, one of the popular food courts is Medan Selera Meldrum Walk.

The must-try dishes are the fried oyster, BBQ chicken wings, BBQ fish, and so many more. It's a 300-metre long food street, so, confirm got something for you. :D

Address: 23, Jalan Meldrum, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Opening hours: 5pm - 12am (Opening hours may vary due to CMCO)

So, what are you waiting for? Book your flight with Firefly today to enjoy awesome fares! Get more information here.

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