Archive for February, 2010


Laksa Janggus

Alone and bored on a Saturday afternoon, I ventured in search of the famed Laksa Janggus. Reputedly one of the best laksa in Penang, Laksa Janggus is located in Kampung Perlis, Balik Pulau. And of course, like most famous eateries in Malaysia, it has been featured on Jalan-jalan Cari Makan. Now, whether or not being featured on Jalan-jalan Cari Makan justifies it’s reputation as THE BEST laksa in Penang, I don’t know. It all depends on one’s own personal taste, I guess. My verdict? It’s good. It’s definitely tasty. And best of all, it’s very cheap! RM 2 for a big bowl of laksa.

Just google “Laksa Janggus” and you will find that many have blogged about the place. Hence, driving directions to the place are easy to find.

The long line of cars, belonging to customers, parked along the main road of Kampung Perlis, is proof of the popularity of Laksa Janggus

People queing up for the laksa. Food and drinks are on self-service here.

Voila! Does it look appetizing? (Sorry about the shadows and highlights)


8,000 – 11,000 year old skeletal remains found in Gua Bewah, Terengganu

A team of archaeologists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the Terengganu Museum have unearthed skeletal remains that have so far been dated to 8,000 – 11,000 year ago. If they are indeed as old as 11,000 years ago, this would mean that they are roughly contemporaneous with the famed Perak Man, from Gua Gunung Runtuh in Lenggong, Perak. Interesting.

I am not at ease at how the tv9 news reports the skeletal findings as Mesolithic. Whether or not there was a “true” Mesolithic in Malaysia is highly debatable. Some archaeologists in Malaysia prefer the use of the term “Epi-Paleolithic”. Furthermore, other findings at Gua Bewah include Neolithic pottery sherds, dated to 6000-4000 years ago. Whether or not they were found at the same level as (and associated with) the skeletons is unclear. At this point, I would assume no, since obviously the skeletons are reported with much older dates. I guess we will have to wait for a full report to be published for more details on the excavations and findings.

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