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Philcon Day 3, and Why I'm Not A Food Critic IV

Hello to the_gneech. I noticed he added me to his friends list this afternoon so I'm happy to reciprocate. Great to have a fellow cartoonist on board.

Woke up somewhat later today but still had time to go out for breakfast before the 10am panel. The Corner Bakery Cafe was a lot more crowded than usual this morning so I went to the Dunkin Donuts on Market St. The latter had breakfast sandwiches and lousy service. What more could you ask for? :)

Attended the following panels: "Computer Law and Security", "Exploring history, myth and culture through the lens of Japanese animation", "Creating Aliens", and "George Orwell After All These Years". Followed that with the Gripe Session, basically the closing of the con.

In the evening, I figured since the con was over, I'd take a walk further out to a restaurant. Chinatown was only two blocks away from the hotel so I went out on Arch St for a bit, turned around a corner, and saw Penang.

No, it wasn't a discontinuity in space that brought me to that Southeast Asian island. Penang is actually a chain of Malaysian restaurants. Ordinarily, I don't go to Malaysian restaurants because some of them have been disappointing but I've heard good things about this franchise so I figured I'd give it a try.

It was a rather busy place when I arrived but the service was pretty quick anyway. I ordered three items: java mee, chicken satay and ABC. Java mee is yellow noodles with egg and fritters in a spicy sauce. The satay is skewered roasted meat served with a peanut sauce. And ABC, or air batu campur (mixed ice, literally), is a pile of ice shavings, flavored with two kinds of syrup, over bits of jelly, sago, corn and red beans.

I thought the food was pretty authentic. More or less as I remember those, although I haven't been back to Malaysia in nine years. Too bad I only found the restaurant on my last evening here or I'd go back to try another dish there. Maybe I'll go to the Penang in Edison, NJ one day.

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