I must say I was quite surprised by Penang street food. Previously I was in Sing, the Malay community was very big, and Malay food was sold everywhere, however, it did not suit my taste very well, except for satay (grilled pork with spicy sauce). Penang cuisine is a completely different story: more multicultural and colorful. In addition to the traditional dishes of the Malay group, there are Chinese, Indian and Perakanan (the group of Chinese married to native Malay people). Both my mother and I #lang_thang_khắp_penang (wander around Penang) and tried quite a few delicious dishes. I summarized in this album for your reference if you have the opportunity to come here!
The noodle seller looked so cute
The woman who sold char siu meat also looked cute hihi
This is fried flour, also known as carrot cake (radish cake) to Chinese people, sold on the street trolleys.
Fried flour here didn’t stick together like that in Vietnam, but it’s still fragmented thus it’s easy to wrap it up with paper for us to eat while walking
The man selling fried flour stood by the hot stove and laughed very brightly
Yay, this was probably my favorite. Peanut egg cake
The crust was thick, the rim was brittle and crispy, but the center was very soft. The fragrant peanut filling made me fall in love right away after once bite
He could make 5-6 peanut egg cakes at one time!
The scene of people having breakfast along the way we walked
This stall was at a street corner, and it was all crowded every morning
Curry Mee – the Curry noodle which made me drool by just looking
This curry noodle bowl looked attractive!
Yay, this was a very simple and delicious breakfast restaurant: duck noodle
There were also other dishes which I didn’t try
A bowl of duck noodles with noodles, shredded duck meat, fish ball, onion, and cilantro. Just that
There were no vegetables to be served with because so many nutritious and juicy things were in the broth
The pieces of duck meat displayed in the glass case were so delicious!
This trolley sold stir-fried noodle with Malay’s typical dried fish sticky rice
Stir-fried noodle with noodles, bean sprouts, chili, dried fish, and special Malay’s Sambal chutney
In this pack of sticky rice, there were sticky rice, dried fish, cashew nuts, mushrooms, pork, eggs, and Sambal chutney – a popular breakfast dish of Malaysians.
In the market, there was a poster introducing Sambal chutney – the pride of Malaysians!
This chutney was made from different types of chili with fish sauce, shrimp sauce, garlic, ginger, jaggery, vinegar, lemon, and fish sauce, … I have to say it was delicious
Hongkong style steamed thin rice pancake was also available in Penang together with many other dim sum dishes!
Steamed thin rice pancake after spread out on the table would be rolled (with or without fillings) and chopped
The pancakes were finished
Lastly, it would be served with light soy sauce
Instead of eating tofu with sugar syrup cooked with pandan leaves and ginger, the tofu here was served with a sugar syrup made from molasses, which was fragrant!
Soy milk had two types: use with sugar from white sugar, or molasses
The glass of molasses soymilk when stirred had the color of milk coffee and was fragrant and sweet
The soymilk seller seeing me taking pictures also made some poses, even though many customers were waiting
Bakkwa – the dried meat that remains moist, and is both salty and sweet. It is often rolled or sliced like this. It is a popular snack in Singapore and Malaysia
(like dried beef in Vietnam)
The types of meat used are often pork, beef, and chicken. You can find it at the market, take it as a gift to bring home
The price at the market was softer than that of the big brands
Indian curry is a must-try when you come to Penang because the Indian community here is quite crowded and in George Town, there is a Little India area where you can find everything from clothes, blankets, cushions, shoes, bags, ingredients, dishes which are Indian-styled and even imported from India
There was a delicious stall of Indian curry that my mother and I accidentally discovered and were determined to come back for the second time
When you go to 40 Queen Street, George Town, you will see a very large store and on the opposite side of which, a bit slanted, there is a modest curry store with old and shabby tables and chairs, but there are a lot of people lining up to buy. This curry store had various types of curry and I was very impressed with the fish curry because I had never eaten it
And this is lamb curry. A meal with 3 dishes of curry, 2 chapathi cakes (Indian flatbread), 2 cups of Malay milk tea cost us less than 100 thousand VND