Pulau Tikus

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Pulau Tikus is a suburb in George Town city in Penang Island, Malaysia. This upper class residential neighbourhood is named after the actual Pulau Tikus island which is a rocky outcrop 2 km off the northeast coast of Penang Island, just opposite Tanjung Tokong. This particular island is shaped like a mouse and is believed to be infested with rats.[1]

Geography[edit]

Pulau Tikus proper starts near the junction of Burmah Road with Edgecumbe Road, and ends just before the Bagan Jermal junction. Burmah Road forms the main artery through Pulau Tikus, with the heart of town at the intersection of Burmah Road with Cantonment Road.[2]

Places of Interest[edit]

The first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, spent his retirement years in Pulau Tikus, in a house on the former Ayer Rajah Road now renamed Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman after him.

A sharp contrast to the heritage along the same road include high-end commercial buildings such as the Burmah House and Bellisa Row, the latter a favourite hangout at night with outlets like the dance club Bed Cafe & Lounge, bistro Segafredo Zanetti Espresso and café The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

There are also numerous Buddhist and Taoist temples, with the more famous ones being the Wat Chaiya Mangalaram ( Reclining Buddha Temple ) built in Burma Line in 1845, the 203-year-old Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple just oppo­site, and the Buppharam Buddhist Temple in Perak Road .

In Pulau Tikus, you can drive along roads lined with palm trees such as Peel Avenue, which marks its south­ west border, and Codrington Avenue .

Burmah Road, which runs through the centre of Pulau Tikus, boasts many pre-war shophouses and heritage build­ings, including the 195-year-old Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Nearby Pulau Tikus is its east coast of Gurney Drive, a tourist attraction with its long stretch of seafront promenade. There are also restaurants and cof­fee shops, pubs, hotels and condominiums, and the popular Gurney Plaza shopping complex, which is a favourite haunt among many shoppers alike. There is also the Midlands Park Centre in Burmah Road and the Bandar Baru Air Itam supermarket in the commercial Plaza Axis in Cantonment Road.[3]

Food and Culture[edit]

Pulau Tikus is also a haven for food lovers. There is a popular char koay teow stall at the Sin Hwa Coffee Shop opposite the Pulau Tikus police station along Burmah Road. The curry mee next to Hong Leong Bank at the junction of Jalan Kucing and Burmah Road is the best I have tasted.

There is one famous mee goreng stall at the junction of Burmah Road and Bangkok Lane, and several nasi kandar stalls and restaurants along Burmah Road, such as Kassim Mustafa.

There is also delicious cakes available at Secret Recipe and at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, both in Bellisa Row, Maxim Cake House in the next block of shophouses, and nearby Jenni’s Homemade Cakes and Bakery in Cantonment Road.

Besides that, there is also the Haagen Daz outlet in Bellisa Row with Baskin Robbins across the road. Furthermore, there is the Iceice Baby restaurant along that same row with a wide range of desserts.

At the Pulau Tikus market in the mornings, regulars seeking a refreshing drink at a hawker stall selling soya bean milk and soya bean curd. Just outside the market, there is a stall selling Chinese pancake in the original plain style sprinkled with sugar and nuts. In the evenings, the hawker stalls near the market come alive with a wide variety of tasty local fare. One can enjoy char koay teow, hokkien mee, satay, popiah, wantan mee, koay teow thing, nasi lemak, curry mee, roti canai and wide variety of nyonya kueh at reasonable prices. Parking is available if one does not mind some walking after a good meal. [4]

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