Penang, Malaysia – Are you looking for a quick gateway for the weekend? Looking for a place nearby but out of Singapore? Then you should totally visit Penang, the little island up the north-eastern coast in Malaysia. This island of Penang is known as the Food Paradise of Asia and according to Forbes, Penang is one of the top 10 cities for best street food. Truly, this state has everything to bring your taste buds on a gastronomical ride. Here are some of Penang’s signature dishes to try!
If you are in Penang, you must make sure that you never leave the island without trying this dish. It is a popular glass noodle dish with a spicy, mackerel-fish based broth with sour undertones, a traditional Peranakan disk. The mouth-watering soup is made by boiling poached mackerel together with lime juice, shrimp paste, and bird’s eye chili or more commonly known as chili padi.
Where to get it – Ayer Itam Pasar
Char Koey Teow
If you ask everyone on one dish that you must try in Penang, they would surely recommend you to try the Char Koey Teow. Yes, you may have tried one in Singapore, but believe us, the one is Penang has such a unique taste that will want you coming back for more. It is a dish of flat rice noodles that is stir fried in a charcoal fired wok with prawns, cockles, scrambled egg, bean sprouts and served with a thick chili paste.
Where to get it – Ah Leng Char Koey Teow at Kafe Khoon Hiang (uses duck eggs instead of chicken eggs)
In Singapore, Hokkien Mee is a dish that has fat yellow noodles in a thick black soy sauce but in Penang, it is a total new thing. Their Hokkien Mee is a prawn-based, spicy broth noodle dish that is made from boiling together dried prawns, prawn heads, garlic and other spices that pack a strong, delicious flavor. It is then served with a choice of pork slices, fish cake slices, bean sprouts, fried shallots and red chili paste.
Where to get it – 888 Hokkien Mee at Presgrave Street Hawker Center
Oyster Omelette (Oh Chien)
Oyster Omelette is Chinese omelette dish that is made from tapioca flour. This dish has seeped into the everyday food that’s sold all over Penang. Aside from the egg and oysters itself, this dish is fried together with garlic, chili paste and some shallots. The Oh Chien is usually served with a on a banana leave and a thick chili paste that is seriously mouth-watering.
Where to get it – Kedai Kopi Seng Thor on Lebuh Carnarvon
After digesting all those chili-infused delicious food, this Penang sweet, icy dessert will surely help to cool down the fire that is burning your taste buds. Known as cendol, each bowl is made up of coconut mik, pandan flavoured green rice flour jelly noodles and brown sugar poured over a heap of shaved ice. Totally worth-it on a hot sunny day.
Where to get it – Penang Road Famous Cendol, a small stall beside Jooi Hooi Café
Now that we’ve covered the must have street food in Penang, all you have to do is just be in Penang to enjoy these dishes. Good news for you, you can now fly to Penang with cheap flights from Traveloka. They offer flights from Singapore to Penang daily exclusively for you to experience this amazing state. Don’t miss out.
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