this was Penang

February 28, 2012 § 2 Comments

In this island, I’m spoiled. Not with choices, but with not having to hunt for good street food. My parents are from north of Peninsula Malaysia, when I was little we do a mini road trip a couple times a year to visit family and friends. The island being the most frequent for now, because of a kinship between food and people.

Over the years, the food culture has taken a modern twist. With many western restaurants filled across small lanes and hotels, many of which remains busy as local people embrace anything modern and interesting. Yet, their day to day lives consist mainly street or hawker food, a familiarity I grew up with. As much changes evolve, we fall back into routine.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry
Curry Mee, spicy curry soup with noodles. I love it with lots of bean sprouts, tofu and more sambal (chili paste). Can’t go wrong.

Cecil Street Market (7th Street Market)
Char Kway Teow, fried flat rice noodles in dark sauce and spices. The key here is to find a store using an old wok placed over a charcoal stove. This tradition has been used for many years, thus flavors and tastes remain authentic.

Kuih, desserts, mostly made with coconut milk and rice or tapioca flour and local flavors. Pandan leaves, aduki beans, mung beans, palm sugar, sweet potatoes, ground peanuts etc.

Still hungry?
Try Nyonya Breeze Desire at Straits Quay. I love their curry for it’s so Peranakan, using mostly lemongrass, ginger and kaffir lime.

After eating so much, I started a day with just fruits and hot tea. Best way to detox and get rid of excess baggage!

Another reason Penang is fantastic. Check out this spice shop in Little India, which had barrels of spice powders ready to be scooped and used. The streets are filled with fragrant spices and not to mentioned real reasonably priced as well.

Already looking forward to the next trip. It’s always a vacation not too far from home. More walking and taking pictures perhaps will do the tummy good.


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