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Penang, a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is also a wonderful place for foodies to hunt for different types of delicious foods. Penang food is a mixture of traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes, as well as fusion cuisine such as the Peranakan Baba Nyonya.
Nothing beats a plate of Char Koay Teow that is perfectly cooked with full of ‘wok hei’. Served together with crunchy bean sprouts, juicy cockles, and succulent prawns, I really enjoy my smooth rice noodles dish with a nice balance of spicy, sweet, and savoury taste.
Penang-styled Rojak combines assorted cut fruits with thick gooey shrimp paste (hae ko) and topped it off with roasted nuts for a crunchier texture. A local favourite snack, the fruit salad usually has fresh cucumber, crunchy jicama, sweet sourish pineapple, umbra, jambu, fried bean curd, and blanched cuttlefish.
Another staple street food for the local, you can find piping hot Asam Laksa almost in every corner of the island. Featuring sweet soury mackerel broth that is thick and vibrant in colour, it is my must-eat dish in Penang.
Sold by many hawkers and street food vendors, the Penang Hokkien Mee is a popular spicy prawn noodle soup dish topped with bean sprouts, water spinach, egg, prawns, pork, and sambal. What made it special is the broth that is carefully prepared by frying and cooking prawn shells with shallots and chili paste in a chicken stock to give it a rich flavour and pleasant aroma.
I still remember vividly my sunbath experience standing by the roadside while enjoying a bowl of refreshing Teochew Cendol. Featuring thick aromatic gula Melaka, paired with the right amount of coconut milk, it is the local’s favourite shaved ice dessert to beat the hot weather of Penang.
So here are my top 5 favourite Penang foods that you should not miss!! Offering some of the finest street foods in Malaysia, I really look forward to my revisit to this eater’s paradise again soon. Also, do check out foodpanda’s app to order these delicious Penang food from.
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