In the north of peninsular Malaysia is the small island of Penang. It’s widely known as the food paradise of all of South-East Asia. Now that’s a big claim, and if you haven’t heard of Penang, don’t worry. We didn’t really know much about it either.
Penang, and it’s capital, Georgetown, only really pops up in conversations with people who stare vacantly into the distance, mid-conversation, as they recount a sour/spicy/sweet soup that a mother/aunty/grandma has perfected for years/generations/eons, and it all comes down to the crispiness/tartness/texture of some herb/spice/sauce that is only available from a small village/region/country at certain time of day/season/century.
Neither of us have visited a city to simply Eat, and it seems Penang couldn’t be a more perfect destination.
So we reached out to two close friends from Malaysia, who in turn passed on recommendations from two local Penangites on the best hawker stalls (that’s street-food to you and I), to visit, and what to eat there.
We highly recommend any and all of the places below and If you see us staring vacantly into the distance when we talk about Penang, you’ll now know why...
EMMA & PETE
We're just two Aussie's who met in London, married in Prague and travelled overland back to Australia.