What made my short stay in Penang so worth it is that I didn’t taste anything that wasn’t to my liking. Meaning, everything was delicious to my curious tastebuds. I didn’t even eat in a restaurant labelled as “fine dining.” Because to have an inkling of Penang cuisine, you’d have to be there on the streets, where the cooking mamas chop onions as fast as those chefs on TV in their little stalls and serve food on makeshift tables. Outsiders would have the impression that whipping up good hawker food was a way of life there, and the practice was passed on through generations. This is what comprises the legend that is Penang food.
The first real meal I had upon arriving was this colorful wan tan mee, priced at $1 or forty plus pesos. This was egg noodles in black soya sauce with slices of roast pork, dumplings, green veggies, chilies and other bits. Simply superb!
That’s me making tusok the fishballs 😛 I love the Lok Lok! These are shabu-shabu or steamboat ingredients put in barbecue sticks. You choose from an assortment of goodies on display, dip these in boiling water to cook for a few minutes and slather with your chosen sauce. The great Penang food adventure wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the lok-lok.
Photo is kinda blurred, but the sticks or skewers are color coded so that the stall owner will be able to compute how much you’ve eaten. A brilliant street food idea, I must say!
A heavy breakfast I ate just as we were about to depart Penang. It is something I crave until now if only for the oh-so-yummy fried rice that had a topping of fried little anchovies. The meat on the other plate was from a lechon (roasted pork) stall I saw in the market. The coffee was perfectly blended, even though it was just their kopi with condensed milk. Cost of this meal was about $2 or one hundred pesos.
Yam cake – a local rice flour delicacy with dried shrimps, green onions, chilies and fried shallots.
These banana pancakes were glorious! Only cost one ringgit or fourteen pesos for two pieces.
Cendol or cendul – dessert primarily consisting of shaved ice, green noodles (like spaghetti) and milk. Definitely a great summer cooler.
Ais (ice) kacang with ice cream – yummy! What you see here: sweetened red beans, a brown-colored jelly, barley pearls and syrup. Totally refreshing.
Uncle Bob’s fried chicken – perfect breading, perfectly-seasoned meat. My picky son gives this a thumbs up!
Cheap and delectable dimsum on the street. Penang stalls sell Japanese and Thai food too.
I find this sign in an outdoor restaurant quite meaningful. This foodieventure is something that will stay with me, even after I have left the place <3