Penang is well known for being Malaysia's Culinary Capital. It is the most visited place for domestic tourists and is most well-known for its food. Penang street 'hawker food' is touted as one of the best in South East Asia and Asia. In fact, I grew up being spoiled for choice and being so used to the standard of Penang food that i never understood why Malaysians from other states always praised Penang street food, as i had grown up on this kind type of food and it was normal for me. Nothing particularly 'fantastic' about it. Of Course, now having visited other places in Malaysia such as KL and Melaka, I must say although the food is very good in KL and Melaka as well ( i love Melaka Nyonya Laksa!!) but Penang definitely has much more variety and choices of dishes and culinary delicacies compared to KL or Melaka. So although they each have their own unique dishes as well, Penang simply has more and in much more variety and choices.:-)
Anyways, my favourite Penang hawker food is Penang Curry Mee, Penang Hokkien Mee, Penang Assam Laksa, Mamak Stall Curry Sotong with Rice and other dishes, Char Koay Kak, Fried Beancurd adorned with Chilli sauce, and Chilled Soybean Milk with brown sugar syrup. Hhhmmmm....almost all of this gotten from Penang's most famous hawker centre, Gurney Drive hawker centre and also surrounding areas such as Pulau Tikus Market area and Tanjung Tokong/Bungah Area...I live 5 mins walk to Gurney Drive actually ...hehe..so its actually very convenient for me to eat all the delicious food at the Malaysia-famous Gurney Drive hawker street..hehe....
A food program on Penang 'Street Food'; check it out!:
Almost feel like going home right now..*salivating*, i really can't get used to the food options in Australia sometimes despite living here for so many yrs actually..i dun know why, maybe i am very biased but i feel Sydney and Melbourne both lack good Asian food and more importantly, good authentic Malaysian food..there's actually plenty of authentic asian food nowadays, just not malaysian, and definitely NOT cheap malaysian food, everything here is soooo freakin expensive when converted bck into ringgit, i mean, how can you even enjoy a meal even if its good when thinking about how not worth it for the price..that applies for everything here actually, everything is not cheap , thus i always do my shopping (most of the time i try to) bck in Asia, cos there's more variety for a cheaper price and of the exact same quality as bck in Australia! Damn, i hate expensive and limited dining choices in Sydney....can't wait to head bck to Asia again..haha..