Some claim that Penang has the best gastronomic scene in all of Southeast Asia. I was joined on this trip by my sister Jody and my brother-in-law Anton. We set out to try all of the main dishes. Laksa: a spicy noodle soup; Nasi Kandar: an Indian rice dish with a mixture of curries; and my personal favorite Char Kway Teow: stir fried rice-noodle strips. We stayed in the white sand beach area of Batu Ferringhi about 20 minutes from George Town. George Town is the urban center of Penang Island, located off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the Strait of Malacca. George Town was first settled by the British East India Company in 1786 and colonized in 1867. For centuries due to its strategic location Penang along with Malacca and Singapore provided a vital port for major trade routes. In 2008 George Town gained UNESCO World Heritage Status bolstering its attention on the world stage again. The large Hokkien Chinese population along with a mixture of Malay and Indian groups have left their mark on the local cuisine. We ate nearly six times a day making our way through the streets of old George Town and checking out all the unique murals throughout the city center. If you are in the region I absolutely recommend a trip to George Town! Here are a few photos of our trip below!
“Boy on a Bike” Mural, Ah Quee Street, George Town by Ernest Zacharevic.
Anton enjoying some street Chicken Satay.
Jody and Anton at another piece by Ernest Zacharevic.
Known as the grandest clan temple in Malaysia, The Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clan-house with impressively intricate architecture. Below is inside the Khoo Kongsi clan house.
Sunset on our last night at Batu Ferrenghi!