I’m a big fan of food network. Other than the cooking series and competitions, what I love most about it are the traveling chefs. They go to different parts of the world and taste the local dishes some of us haven’t even heard of. I think that’s the best way to get to know a foreign country: eat the local dishes to your heart’s content.
Right now, Penang has been attracting travelers that range from backpackers to workers who are looking for a unique place to relax in. And why not? Penang has successfully retained tradition and culture amid the contemporary advancements happening around them. So if you’re someone who is looking for a new kind of traveling experience, Penang is certainly the place to be.
To guide you on your trip, I’ve listed down local dishes that you need to be on the lookout for whenever you find yourself sitting at a restaurant or standing in front of a hawker centre.
When you’re in Penang, you better try out the most famous soup in the whole of Malaysia: the Laksa. It’s a spicy soup with rice noodles or rice vermicelli. The soup can be based on spicy curry coconut milk or sour asam.
This is a dish that originated from Penang itself. The Nasi Kandar is created with steamed rice that is served with curries and side dishes. It can be prepared with chicken, seafood, and beef. You will also love the aroma that comes out from the spices used in the dish.
Char Kway Teow
Char Kway Teow literally translates to “stir-fried ricecake strips”. It’s a popular noodle dish in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore. It includes, you guessed it, flat rice noodles that are stir-fried in soy sauce and chili over high heat. The dish also includes belachan or fish paste, prawns, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, Chinese sausage, and fishcake.
This is a favourite dish in Malaysia and Singapore. The Penang version of Hokkien Mee is soup-based and uses prawn noodles. The ingredients include chicken or pork, kangkung (which is a kind of spinach), squid, and fishcake. Similar with the Singapore version which also uses prawn noodles, the Penang Hokkien Mee doesn’t cook the noodles with dark soy sauce.
Of course, a huge food trip should definitely end lying on the most comfortable bed. Where else can you find the most relaxing accommodation than in Hotel Sentral Seaview Penang. A hotel accommodation in Penang that offers a beautiful view of the sea and a full-range of luxury amenities to make an awesome day end on a high note.
They say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, and Penang is definitely a foodie haven. Hawker centres, restaurants, stalls, and booths all filled with the local dishes you will never have enough of.