Best Penang Local Foods

Harrison / October 9, 2014

Visit Penang And Try Some Of The Best Hawker Food There

Fun places in Penang

For those of you who don’t know, Penang is a state in Malaysia and here you can eat some of the best hawker food or street food in the world. Penang is famous for is hawker food which is traditional food sold directly on the street (from here the name of street food) and there are a few foods that you must absolutely try. We actually made a list of 10 must-try hawker foods in Penang so you can enjoy their culinary diversity.

Penang Assam Laksa

Number one on our list is Assam Laksa, a very notorious Penang dish. This dish was ranked number 7 out of 100 best foods in the world so if you happen to be in Penang, do not miss it. It’s a soup with noodles and spices topped with a dollop of rice vermicelli.

Penang Mee Goreng

The second dish to not miss is the Mee Goreng (especially if you love noodles). The dish is made of thin yellow noodles fried with onions, garlic with chicken or other type of meat mixed in. There are other ingredients in the mix that hive the dish texture but we let you discover these alone.

Penang Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is a dish with noodles (again) and prawns which makes it more of a seafood delight. The recipe varies from vendor to vendor and you can find many different ingredients in it but this is the main idea.

Penang Hokkien Hae Mee

Hokkien Hae Mee is a mixture of fried prawns with fried noodles, fried chicken, squish and fish cake. People who ever visited Penang appreciate this food the most.

Penang Wantan Mee

Another dish with noodles famous in Penang is Wanton Mee. The dish is usually garnished with vegetables chicken or pork and spring onions or mushrooms but other ingredients can be added to the mix. Read on…

Where Are All The Fun Places In Penang?

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penang the escape theme park

Penang has an amazingly rich culture and there are a lot of places to visit and learn from. Also Penang has a strong food culture which offers you the possibility to meet new people, new tastes and new ideas. Besides the cultural and culinary trip, Penang also offers activities and attractions for tourists interested in having a fun and relaxed vacation.

We offer you a list with what we considered to be the most fun places in Penang and the activities you can do there. We hope that it’s going to be useful, especially if you’re in Penang for the first time.

The Escape theme park

Here you can have a lot of fun doing outdoor activities like climbing a 30 foot tree and balancing on tight ropes a few meters above the ground. The park is in Teluk Bahag and is one of the most popular adventure parks in the area.

Here you can come if you feel like life in Penang is too relaxing. Bring your friends and have fun together trying to escape the ESCAPE Park!

Check and see how good your negotiation skills are

If consider yourself a good negotiator you should go to one of the markets in Penang. You can try the popular Bazaar Chowrasta to see if you manage to knock off the price of a product. These people are trained to do this night and day and it may not be that easy. It’s a fun way to visit the city and to see how good you actually are.

Ride a bike from Batu Ferringhi to Teluk Bahang

If you are in the need of a good workout you can take a bike and do this amazing circuit. It’s long, it has many curves and hills but you will be astonished by the views and the quality of the road. It will be silence and beauty at the same time. Read on…

The Penang Hungry Ghost Festival

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Have You Ever Been To The Penang Hungry Ghost Festival?

The Penang Hungry Ghost Festival takes place on the seventh moon in the Chinese calendar (August 15th) every year. In the Chinese belief, during this time the gates of Hell crack open and the hungry souls go out for an entire month looking to create trouble and misery for the living.

This festival is the Asian version of Halloween only for them it lasts an entire month. During this month, there are many superstitions that keep the story going. For example, infants and toddlers are not to be taken out under any circumstances and having a wedding or simply moving is considered to bring bad luck. Beach walks are forbidden because many spirits find their refuge there grabbing innocent people and taking them in the water.

For Buddhist people in Penang, this festival has a deeper meaning, signifying the connection between life and death, body and soul. Chinese in Penang believe that they must feast the hungry ghosts with plenty of food so they have good fortune and better luck in the future. Every year, people provide food and entertainment for the wondering spirits in altars. During the Penang Hungry Ghost Festival, there are set up stages where entertainment will be provided. Entertainment means puppet shows and singers who sing their music to entertain the spirits. If you’ve never been to such a show before you must know that the first place is always reserved for the spirits. That’s why you don’t have to be surprised when you’ll see the first row free.

All sort of foods are left outside people’s gates so the spirits can take the food and not enter the house of the one making the offer. There are lanterns lit so they can guide the spirit’s path to the food. You can also see shrines where people go and pray for people who died in their family.

Also, you should not be surprised that people are more superstitious during this period. Chinese people are strongly connected with their religion and customs and even if they don’t believe that ghosts are actually patrol their town, they do believe that bad things can happen. Read on…