Penang might just be a small city in Malaysia, but this small city has made a big difference by winning itself the title of “Street Food Capital of Asia”. Probably the best thing about Penang cuisine is how they have amalgamated the diversities of various ethnicities and cultures into one, the wholesome family of Penang food.

Penang food is all about creating love through their food and sharing this love with everyone. You will find familiar bits of Singapore, Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisines in Penang food. Best known for its ample varieties of street food, Penang has very rightfully won the title of “Street Food Capital of Asia” as well as won the hearts of travelers and locals alike.

Penang Food

1. Lor Bak

Lor Bak

For those who have a profound love for fried foods, Lor Bak is a traditional Penang street food which consists of a variety of deep fried meats, seafood, tofu or even vegetables. Two dips are served along with this dish, making it the perfect dip and snack street food for hungry travelers.

2. Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa

Traditionally a dish from India, its Penang variety of it consists of a thinner soup with spicy noodles and a variety of vegetable as well as meat toppings. One of the most, highly recommended street foods by local Penang, Assam Laksa has made its way from their far neighbors all the way to Penang and into their hearts.

3. Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow

Another dish with is infused with the culture and tradition of its Singaporean neighbor, Char Koay Teow is a national favorite dish in both Singapore as well as Penang. Blended elements of its original Singaporean cousin along with traditional Penang tastes give birth to a unique and mouth-watering version of Penang Char Koay Teow.

4. Hokkien Hae Mee

Hokkien Hae Mee

A popular and well-loved dish by travelers from all around the globe, Hokkien Hae Mee is one of those dishes which has crawled its way into the food blogs and travel journals of every traveler. Originally a dish taken from China, this friend noodle soup is immensely popular due to its generous amounts of seafood, water spinach and meats added in to make it complete.

Hokkien Hae Mee is one of those dishes which you will find on the mouths of every local as well as travelers in Penang, no journey is complete without a taste of this dish.

5. Laksa Lemak

Laksa Lemak

This is one of those immensely popular dishes you will find in high-quality restaurants. What gives Laksa Lemak its twist from the traditional noodle soup variety is its addition of a curry flavor to the soup. Made of coconut milk infused with spices and usually having shrimp in them, this Penang cuisine has roots in traditional South Indian cuisine, which too uses generous amounts of spiced coconut milk curries in all its dishes.

6. Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

A dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this dish holds a high place in the hearts and minds of locals and tourists both. A rice dish complete with coconut curry and a variety of sides, this dish also has its grass roots in traditional Indian food, with a twist of its Penang elements.

Rightfully winning itself the title of “street food capital of Asia”, food in Penang is one of those rare, unique cuisines with a blend of traditional tastes from all cultures, so that you always feel a bit of home, even when you are traveling.

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