This is a little post to keep alive the idea for a museum to create greater appreciation for the culinary heritage of the streets of Penang.
More photos from the exhibition in Germany at the Bustler.net site.
You might also like to check out the Shinyokohama Ramen noodle museum in Japan, which appears to have innovative interior design and layout plan.
Here’s where you can keep the discussion going for a Penang Street Food heritage museum. Such a museum could pay tribute to the unsung heroes of Penang, the humble street food vendors. It could also remind future generations how it all began apart from providing a unique draw for visitors to the state.
A state government agency or heritage body could oversee this project as a long-term means to promote the domestic economy and treasure what we already have. I think it should not come under a private corporation as it would then end up promoting that particular company instead of Penang street food, which is the public heritage of the people of Penang.
It need not cost millions to set up. All that is needed are unused premises and oodles of creativity. The tools of the trade and exhibits can be fairly easily sourced locally or perhaps donated by retired street food vendors. Photo enthusiasts can create a gallery section and a hall of fame for vendors. Those more technically minded can volunteer their skills to set up the lighting effects. It could be a people’s project that would encourage creativity and pride in our street food heritage, something which most of us are passionate about.
Apart from a museum, policies should be put in place to encourage, nurture and keep alive this vibrant street food living culture, which provides mouth-watering food for locals and visitors alike at affordable prices.