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BY CK Lam

Penang is a food haven and the variety ranges from appetizing hawker food, contemporary cuisine and of course, seafood. For those craving seafood meals, you’re spoilt for choice with the many seafood restaurants on both the mainland and the island.

Just ask around and the locals will proudly recommend their seafood places. There are some right on the beach with views of fishing boats and fishermen hauling in the day’s catch. However, if you prefer dining indoors with air-conditioning, there are many restaurants conveniently located within Penang towns.

There is a comprehensive selection of seafood to choose from in the display counter of seafood restaurants such as crabs, mussels, prawns, clams, fish, oysters and many more. Whether you want them grilled, steamed, chilled, deep-fried or baked, choosing fresh seafood can take some time. Fear not, here are a few tips that will help you order the best seafood meal you’ve ever had.

Penang Seafood Guide by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Penang is a hawker paradise with a huge variety of interesting street food stalls offering plenty of good and reasonably priced Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I revel in the delights of hawker food, sold throughout the market area, neighbourhood stalls and the narrow back alleys of Penang.

Some of the stalls offer sitting areas while others have none, so you may have to eat while standing up – a bit of a challenge. However, it’s an even bigger challenge to decipher what goes into each dish and just where those flavours dancing on your palate stem from. This is where I can help.

Hokkien Mee

What it is: Also known as prawn mee, Hokkien mee is served with choice of either blanched yellow noodles or rice vermicelli, or a combination of both.

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food: Hokkien Mee

 Hokkien mee with add-on pork ribs

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BY CK Lam

It is Friday and at Holiday Inn Resort Penang, the Terrace Cafe offers a variety of fun food spreads at the Friday Funday Feast.

The Friday Funday Feast is one of the weekly themed buffet dinner. There are four rotating menus and patrons will have a variety of seafood & meat specials, pastas, and delicious appetizers and salads.

Go for Friday Funday Feast in Holiday Inn Resort Penang by what2seeonline.com

Corn kernel mixbean salad

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BY CK Lam

Penang is a hawker paradise with a huge variety of interesting street food stalls offering plenty of good and reasonably priced Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I revel in the delights of hawker food, sold throughout the market area, neighbourhood stalls and the narrow back alleys of Penang.

Some of the stalls offer sitting areas while others have none, so you may have to eat while standing up – a bit of a challenge. However, it’s an even bigger challenge to decipher what goes into each dish and just where those flavours dancing on your palate stem from. This is where I can help.

 Pan Mee

What it is: Pan Mee is also known as mee hoon kueh in Hokkien. You can have either the dry version or with soup. Pan mee is a type of noodle made of rice flour that is handmade manually on the spot. The prepared small lumps of dough are kept fresh in a tight container, and when the time comes, they’re flattened and cut into strips using a noodle-making machine.

 Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Pan Mee

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BY CK Lam

Recently Asiaeuro held the Evans & Tate Margaret River wine dinner at Tiffins Parkroyal Resort Penang. The event had a selection of Margaret Rivers’ finest white and red wines from Evans & Tate paired with a delicious meal crafted by Chef Tan Jee Aun and his team.

Canapes were served and guests enjoyed prawns with coconut curry, air-dried beef on beetroot hummus and feta & mint melon with the 2013 Evans & Tate Gnangara Sauvignon Blanc. The refreshing wine with fresh lime zest, fig, passion fruit and grassy flavours was delightful.

Also present at the event was McWilliam’s Sales Director Asia Pacific, Garrick Harvison. Garrick provided insight of the winery and the varieties of wines

Evans & Tate Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.com

2013 Evans & Tate Gnangara Sauvignon Blanc

Evans & Tate Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.com

Prawns with coconut curry

Evans & Tate Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.comEvans & Tate Margaret River Australian Wine Dinner at Tiffins by what2seeonline.com

Feta & mint melon and air-dried beef on beetroot hummus

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BY CK Lam

Penang is a hawker paradise with a huge variety of interesting street food stalls offering plenty of good and reasonably priced Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I revel in the delights of hawker food, sold throughout the market area, neighbourhood stalls and the narrow back alleys of Penang.

Some of the stalls offer sitting areas while others have none, so you may have to eat while standing up – a bit of a challenge. However, it’s an even bigger challenge to decipher what goes into each dish and just where those flavours dancing on your palate stem from. This is where I can help.

CHAPATI
What it is: Chapati is an Indian flatbread made of wheat flour. It’s a staple in the Indian community’s diet. There is a very light flavour stemming from the wheat dough to this flatbread and it is simply delicious when dipped in curry.

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food: Chapati

  The best way to enjoy chapati is to dip pieces of it into curry

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BY CK Lam

Penang is a hawker paradise with a huge variety of interesting street food stalls offering plenty of good and reasonably priced Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I revel in the delights of hawker food, sold throughout the market area, neighbourhood stalls and the narrow back alleys of Penang.

Some of the stalls offer sitting areas while others have none, so you may have to eat while standing up – a bit of a challenge. However, it’s an even bigger challenge to decipher what goes into each dish and just where those flavours dancing on your palate stem from. This is where I can help.

 

SAMOSA

What it is: Savoury samosa & curry puffs are popular deep-fried snacks sold mainly at Indian and Malay street food stalls. They’re made out of dough cut into small pieces and stuffed with a savoury spicy filling. Fillings might vary slightly but most vendors have the vegetarian version filled with essentially spicy curry paste, potatoes and onions. The meaty version with chicken meat is also available. Samosas are normally triangular-shaped while curry puffs are crescent-shaped and tapered at the ends to keep the filling intact.

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Samosa

Deep-fried samosas make the perfect snack

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By CK Lam

Xiao Fei Yang Steamboat Restaurant (Little Fat Lamb) was buzzing with diners when we visited the place for dinner. The steamboat restaurant which has developed a reputation of offering nice cuts of meat is located along Jalan Tanjung Tokong Penang, a few houses away from Starbucks Drive-Thru.

Raw meats and veggies are cooked in a pot of hot soup.  At Xiao Fei Yang, there is the herbal soup (RM23) and hot & spicy Mala soup. You can also opt to have the combination of both, priced at RM25.

Ordering is made easy with the ticking ordering system. We tick our choices of ingredients and in a short while, the pot of soup is set up the table. The Mala broth is hearty and fiery, boiled with lots of herbs, peppercorns, ginger and chillies. The herbal soup flavored with a mixture of Chinese herbs, garlic, longan and kei chee (wolfberries) is especially welcoming.

Xiao Fei Yang Steamboat Restaurant in Tanjung Tokong Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

For those looking to indulge in international fare and treats fused with Penang’s thriving culinary pulse, do make a visit to DownTown Art Heritage Cafe.

The outlet on the corner of touristy Armenian Street and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling does a brilliant nasi ketuk, serving up the traditional Indonesian rice dish cook with local clitoria flower. There is a choice of Nasi Ketuk with Chicken Rendang or Nasi Ketuk with Grill Lemongrass Chicken.

The Nasi Ketuk with Chicken Rendang comes with delicious spicy slow-stewed chicken drumstick, spicy anchovy sambal, papaya & onion compote and crispy local prawn crackers.

    DownTown Art Heritage Cafe in Georgetown Penang by what2seeonline.com

Nasi Ketuk with chicken rendang  RM16.90

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BY CK Lam

We could not resist the offer from our friends to track down the crab clay pot rice at Kedai Makanan Jia Hian. We travel over to Simpang Ampat Penang to enjoy the simple pleasure of this fabulous rice dish.

Kedai Makanan Jia Hian is another neighbourhood cze char place. Previously located in the corner house on Taman Merak Jaya, it has since shifted to a shop house in nearby Taman Idaman.

The signature dish is obviously the crab clay pot rice. We could see that most tables have at least a pot or two of this dish.

Crab claypot rice at Jia Hian by what2seeonline.com

Jia Hian signature crab clay pot rice

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BY CK Lam

The bustling stretch of Campbell Street in Penang has always been packed with shops dealing with Chinese dry product specialties and restaurants. The mix of restaurants include Il Bacaro, Tho Yuen, Toh Soon, Hameediyah, and Kedai Makanan Yee Heong.

In the last year, the neighbourhood has many new cafes like Sugar Honey Cafe, Moustache Houz, Kantan Cafe and The Safe Room. The Sugar Honey Cafe is known for its waffles and other light bites besides pasta and sandwiches.

Sugar Honey at Campbell Street Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Among the many dim sum places in Penang, one old-time favorite is Yong Pin Restaurant. The place with its location in Sungai Ujong is full of memories for those who frequent this place for its range of dim sum and noodles.

Besides a breakfast fare, the dim sum is also available during dinner. Round bamboo steamer filled with small plates of dim sum is being carried around the tables by workers.

 Dim Sum @ Yong Pin Sungai Ujong, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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