Posted on Friday, 31st July 2015
PENANG TOP EATS
Being the foodie capital of Malaysia, Penang resonates with many special signature dishes such as char kway teow, wok fried noodles with prawns; hokkien mee, a prawn noodle dish in a prawn broth; and assam laksa, a tangy and spicy fish broth noodle soup, but to name a few.
You need months to try the best that Penang has to offer, but if there are two things everyone must try at a minimum, then in my opinion these are the following:
1.Penang Road Famous Cendol
This cendol is legendary in Penang. All my research pointed to this being the best in Penang and every local I spoke to also agreed it was the best. Made with coconut milk, pandan jelly noodles, shaved ice, palm sugar and red beans, this was a deliciously refreshing, creamy and not too sweet. It was so delicious I kept going back for more. At MYR2.50 (about £0.42), I also thought it was great value (by Western standards).
Note that there is another cendol stall across Penang Road Famous Cendol, but just head to the one with the queues. You really can’t miss it.
Penang Road Famous Cendol is located on Lebuh Keng Kwee on the corner of Penang Road.
2. Sisters Curry Mee
These two sisters are in their 80s and have been making curry noodles at the same stall for over 60 years. Their back-breaking work begins at 4:30am when they start preparing the ingredients for the noodles. They are a Penang institution and much loved by the locals. I thought their noodles were really tasty with the broth being rich with flavour and nicely spiced, especially when you mixed in the sambal. A trip to Penang would not be complete without a visit to these legendary sisters. The cost of a bowl of curry mee is MYR5.50 (about £0.90).
Sisters Curry Mee is located at 610 K, Lorong Beside11500 Ayer Itam. (Google map link)
They are open from 8am to 1pm, or when the noodles sell out.