Blog reader Tunglang kicks off the new year with the first of his choice of Penang Street Food in 2013. And no big surprise there as it goes to one of the icons of Penang.
Anthony Bourdain, host of Travel Channel’s culinary and cultural adventure programmes, recently visited Penang to try out the local street food. This is his verdict. Part 1
Update (2 August): What is this huge (five-storey?) building in this plan? (It reminds me of the aborted ‘airport terminal’ building for the Penang Hill Railway.) Something to keep the developers/contractors happy? Do we need yet another ‘iconic’ building when we already have sore thumb Komtar, 1st Avenue and Prangin Mall nearby, with lots of unutilised space in them? Please, not more concrete structures when the space for a green lung is so limited. Thanks to QuercusBen on twitter for raising this concern. Also, do we need even more boutique hotels etc? Be careful that this place doesn’t become a another gentrified heritage area, devoid of authentic living cultural heritage. Original entry (31 July 2012): The proposed Penang Heritage Square has the potential to be a landmark if done properly, with ample public consultation, plenty of green and public spaces, and a showcase of heritage street food. View Larger Map
Bangkok and Singapore are ahead of Penang in terms of street food, if the folks at virtualtourist.com are to be believed. What do you think?
CNN GO has put Penang at the head of a list of ‘Asia’s 10 greatest street food cities’.
What draws people to Malaysia? Little to do with boutique hotels, Petronas Twin Towers, theme parks, glitzy malls or any other property development..
Nothing comes close to Penang street food. This time, the Gourmet Traveller falls head over heels for street food you have to try at least once in your life.