As part of the effort to promote Penang street food against the onslaught of fast-food culture and gentrification, I thought a poll to determine once and for all the signature street food dish of Penang would help to whet everyone’s appetite.
But first, nominations, please – for the dish that uniquely captures the essence of authentic Penang street food culture and satisfies the most number of taste buds.
Here are some candidates: Penang char koay teow, Penang laksa, Hokkien mee, cendol, poh piah, ho chien (oyster omelette), nasi kandar, chicken rice, pasembur, apam balik. (We will leave aside health considerations for now!)
Any other must-taste dishes in Penang that I missed out? Please add in the comments below. Watch out for the poll proper coming soon!
By the way, I have created a new category on the menu bar above to make it easier you for to locate street food in Penang the next time hunger pangs strike, all based on readers’ suggestions.