5 Dishes You MUST Eat When You Visit Penang, Malaysia

17 September 2019

George Town, the capital of Penang off the west coast of Malaysia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved colonial-era mansions, shophouses, temples and ethnic enclaves.

Grounding all this stunning architecture are the alley cul-de-sacs and unfurling lebuhs (roads), where the true heart of George Town pulsates to the rhythm of clanging woks and the hum of expectant eaters in (often long) lines.

In spite of hipster cafes and bars sneaking into legendary hawker strips like Jalan MacAlister, Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Kimberly, locals remain fiercely protective of their street food: the old-fashioned, handmade dishes that generations of cooks expertly fry with flourish, long before slow food became a trendy movement.

Your best bet is to ramble across George Town, feasting your eyes on the sights while tasting various dishes from atmospheric kopitiams (traditional coffeeshops) and streetside peddlers. But if you’re here for the greatest hits – dig in.

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Related links:
9 Unique Reasons To Visit Penang, Malaysia, Only 1.5 Hours From Singapore
Destination: Penang

Singapore Airlines’ regional wing SilkAir flies five times daily non-stop from Singapore to Penang.

By Desiree Koh, SilverKris / Updated September 2019 

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