The Penang International Food Festival is a 16-days event celebrating the diversity of Penang food, ranging from popular local hawkers street food to ‘fringe’ food festival featuring cafes, food trucks and so on. The festival starts from 15th to 30th April.
For more info, please refer to its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/penanginternationalfoodfestival/.
Curry Mee is a popular local food here which can be found in most coffeeshops or hawker food courts in Penang. It is a type of yellow noodle dish served with cubes of pig’s blood, cockles, cuttlefish, shrimp, and fried tofu puffs, all of these in a coconut milk curry gravy.
Unlike the Chee Cheong Fun style in Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong, Penang’s Chee Cheong Fun is special in its won way where the steamed rice rolls are eaten with its secret recipe sauce. The sauce is what sets it different in Penang. Each hawker stall that sells Chee Cheong Fun will claim that their stall has the tastiest sauce. The above picture was from the stall located at the Genting Coffeeshop, in Greenlane, Penang. This particular stall’s sauce is made using peanut butter paste as one of its ingredients.
Although Chee Cheong Fun is usually available at any time, it is commonly taken during breakfast or brunch.
Char Koay Kak or Fried Radish/Carrot Cake is a common and popular hawker food in Penang. The ingredients of this dish usually consists of carrot cake cubes, bean sprouts, salted turnips which will be fried together with an egg or chilli.
Maggi Goreng (or translated as “fried Maggi noodles”) is a common style of cooking instant noodles of the Maggi product brand which is common in Malaysia. This dish can be generally found at Maalay or Indian Muslim (or Mamak) food stalls in Malaysia. Maggi Goreng is prepared by stir-frying the noodles with vegetables and eggs.
Hokkien Mee (or also known prawn mee/prawn noodles), is a type of Chinese noodle dish cooked in spicy prawn broth together with bean sprouts, boiled egg, slices of pork and of course, the prawns. A very popular and common local dish here, it was said to be brought here by immigrants from the Fujian province in southeastern China.
Penang laksa or commonly known as asam laksa here is a sour, fish-based soup with noodle usually made with mackerel soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Besides the fish, asam laksa typically include lemongrass, galangal (lengkuas) and chilli too. A popular delicacy for both locals and foreigners, it is one of the must-try hawker food in Penang.