NY Times listed Penang as one of the 44 places to go in 2009

Penang Island has been picked by New York Times Travel section as one of the 44 places to go in 2009. Our little island in the sun, with all the quirky stuffs offered as foods are amongst some of the most interesting place to go.

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The above is the screenshot taken from The New York Times. This blog has been linked as one of the site that chronicles the interesting foods we have.

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So, what will be my personal recommendation for tourists who come to Penang for the foods?


Satay. These are skewers of barbequed chicken and beef, marinated with tumeric, lemongrass, fennel, cummin and other local spices. The charcoal grilled sticks of flavourful meats are then dipped in a slight spicy peanut gravy.

char koay teow

Char koay teow or fried rice noodles with huge prawns, Chinese sausages, beansprouts and other ingredients. Usually, the vendor will fry it according to your requirements.

roti tisu

Roti tisu. A wheat flour dough is stretch so thin, it looks like tissue papers. Then, it is pan fried till crispy and slathered with milk.

assam laksa

This is the assam laksa recommended by Penangites. However, you need to have a streak of the foodie adventure blood in you like Anthony Bourdain or Fear Factor participants before you try this extremely sour, spicy and stinky noodle made with fish, tamarind, all kinds of local herbs and rice noodles.

Penang foods – You cannot find it any where else…

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Used to be PenangFaces, now known as Food Haven, for all oink-oink foods

12 thoughts on “NY Times listed Penang as one of the 44 places to go in 2009

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    (January 13, 2009 - 3:30 am)

    Can recommend something not… So oily ? 😛 I scare of those oily oily food, especially the char koay teow… 😛

    sweet jasmine

    (January 13, 2009 - 6:07 am)

    Hurray! to Penang street food and congrats to you too.


    (January 13, 2009 - 8:53 am)

    wow…one of the 44 places to go and it’s where we are staying and enjoying the great food all these while!! 😀


    (January 13, 2009 - 9:25 am)

    Hey Lilian!

    I actually saw this article in the saturday New York Times (special travel issue) and wanted to tell you about it 😀 Do you want me to send that issue to you so that you have an actual hard copy of it to keep as rememberance?


    (January 13, 2009 - 9:28 pm)

    you are really great!!!!!! congratulation…

    what a good start on 2009

    Agnes Tan

    (January 13, 2009 - 10:09 pm)

    GReat!! But I hope the street vendors doesn’t increase their price after learning this article. (…sweat…)


    (January 14, 2009 - 10:32 am)

    wah, you geng lah!


    (January 16, 2009 - 10:25 am)

    Penang is the culinary capital of Malaysia? PUIK!!!

    beauty mom

    (January 16, 2009 - 4:40 pm)

    ok ok, need your signature now. so famous liao…


    (January 18, 2009 - 9:47 am)


    Penang laksa is the best laksa ever. Actually, I don’t think tourists from countries that have a) spicy food or b) a lot of seafood will have problems with it.

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