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Travel Guide

Penang, the Pearl of the Orient

A fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its t

About Us

Hpaper is a quarterly publication by HPL Hotels & Resorts. We cover broad topics like fashion, retail, gastronomy and design with a focused regionalist perspective. A concise companion if you like to be out and about, soaking in the local landscape. In each issue, the Hpaper team visits one of the 11 destinations where our hotels are located. We aim to provide you with helpful tips and tricks from our repository of local know-hows.

Publisher HPL Hotels and Resorts
Editor-in-chief Angeline Loh
Online editor Cynthia Tan, Daphne Ting
Contributing writer Jean Loo, Yang Huiwen, Elwin Chan
Contributing photographer Alvin Toh, Cyril Masson
Design and art direction Bureau Pte Ltd


Pinang Peranankan Mansion

One of the most fascinating cultures in Malaysia is the Peranakan or also commonly known a

P. Ramlee House

P. Ramlee House is the former home of iconic Malaysian actor, director, singer, songwriter

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

“You’ve never been to Penang if you’ve never tried Penang Road Famous Te

Tree Monkey Restaurant

Located on the hill of Tropical Spice Garden Teluk Bahang, Monkey Tree Restaurant serves v

No Shortcut to making Bak Chang

Savoury Glutinous Rice Dumplings

Pearly Kee is a food ambassador for Penang, and a culinary rebel. The Nonya (a Straits Chinese lady) turns her back on mortars and pestles for blenders, uses a dehydrator instead of relying on the sun, and buys, rather than cooks, her own bak chang.

Heave! Ho! Dragon Boats Go!

Pictures: Alvin Toh / Words : Sheere Ng
We catch up with participants of the upcoming Penang International Dragon Boat Festival

In this issue,  we meet up with Penang International Dragon Boat Festival's vice chairman to learn how this ancient Chinese tradition is intertwined with the city’s history, and even become a global competitive sport. We also join the Penan

Hokkien Kiam Chang

Savoury Glutinous Rice Dumplings
Include, along with the listed ingredients, your patience, and you are not far from making your own delicious savoury dumplings.
Preparation 1 Preparation 2


  • 600 gm bite-sized pork belly
  • 50—60 pcs dried bamboo leaves
  • 25 pcs dried shitake mushrooms
  • 25 pcs chestnusts
  • 60 gm peeled mung beans
  • 3 sets kitchen string

Marinate for pork belly

  • 1 tbsp dark soy s