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