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Friday Flashback: Our Favourite Penang Food Part 2

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Hey, guys! I'm back with a FF post for you. Back in 2016, we used to do breakfast food tours as well as the current lunch and dinner hops. It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed doing it. But we've had to put it on hold so we can concentrate on making the lunch and dinner hops the best they can possibly be. I'm really looking forward to doing it again soon, though!

Breakfast in George Town: Chowrasta Market

I took these pictures sometime in 2016, I think? They've been sitting on my hard drive since and I thought this is a good time to put them up! The Chowrasta Market in George Town is a historic site and the original site was founded in 1890. It was named for the South Indian Tamil community that made up most of the vendors at the time.

These days, it's represented mostly by the Chinese small vendor community. The structure itself has been renovated, but is a press of stalls crowding the surrounding streets in the morning. You'll find everything from produce to plastic pails to underwear here! I'm mostly here for the food though.

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Penang Curry Noodles

 The curry noodles at the Chowrasta Market Food Stalls is really popular. It's a creamy, sweet broth of coconut milk and curry accented with spicy shrimp paste on the side. It's served with seafood, egg noodles and vermicelli.

The curry noodles at the Chowrasta Market Food Stalls is really popular. It's a creamy, sweet broth of coconut milk and curry accented with spicy shrimp paste on the side. It's served with seafood, egg noodles and vermicelli.

Penang Chee Cheong Fun

 Chee Cheong Fun is flat rice noodles served with sweet, tangy, sour and soy sauces. You'll find this dish in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur as well, but in Penang we like to do it a little bit differently. The local version is served with thick sauces that includes either a sweet chili sauce or a spicy sambal. This place is just around the corner from Chowrasta Market, on Lebuh Kimberley.

Chee Cheong Fun is flat rice noodles served with sweet, tangy, sour and soy sauces. You'll find this dish in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur as well, but in Penang we like to do it a little bit differently. The local version is served with thick sauces that includes either a sweet chili sauce or a spicy sambal. This place is just around the corner from Chowrasta Market, on Lebuh Kimberley.

I'm going to have to visit the Chowrasta Market again sometime soon. It's best to drop by early-ish in the morning, and I feel like a good time is around 8.00 a.m. By then, the usual crowd is mostly done with their grocery shopping, but the stalls are still open and ready for the breakfast crowd. Go take a look when you can!

There's a lot of good food in Penang. The Friday Flashback series will help recap some of our recommendations and help you decide which delicious dishes to have on your trip to Penang. For more breakfast favourites, read Part 1 of our Friday Flashback series.

 

Penang in Pictures Part 1

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Wow, we have got just a tonne of pictures from traveling, eating and just generally pointing our cameras at things. If you're traveling Penang or thinking of traveling here, we hope this helps you get an idea of interesting things to see and do during your trip in George Town and Penang. Since we're rather curious and intrepid travelers, occasionally we'll also include some other destinations in this series. But for now, enjoy Part 1 of Penang in Pictures!

P.S. We're starting with some older pictures from circa 2015. Over the series we'll catch up with more contemporary glimpses of George Town. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane (and our photography skillzz)

George Town, Penang

 This shot is from the Tokong Kuan Im or Kuan Yin Shrine in the middle of George Town. It's right along harmony street and an important part of the Taoist Buddhist life and community here.

This shot is from the Tokong Kuan Im or Kuan Yin Shrine in the middle of George Town. It's right along harmony street and an important part of the Taoist Buddhist life and community here.

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 If you've heard of Penang's street art, then you're definitely familiar with Armenian Street/Lebuh Armenian. Many people come here to line up for their perfect Instagram shot with our street art. But there's so much more to Lebuh Armenian than a 5 minute pit-stop. There's real history here, and it's still a bustling centre of commerce, art and culture.

If you've heard of Penang's street art, then you're definitely familiar with Armenian Street/Lebuh Armenian. Many people come here to line up for their perfect Instagram shot with our street art. But there's so much more to Lebuh Armenian than a 5 minute pit-stop. There's real history here, and it's still a bustling centre of commerce, art and culture.

Friday Flashback: Our Favourite Penang Food Part 1

Penang Food, Malaysian FoodDanny MahesComment

Are you looking for an easy way to find food in Penang? We got you covered! In the time that we've been doing food tours here in Penang, we've made a lot of recommendations for travelers looking to enjoy the best of Penang food.

The Friday Flashback series will help recap some of our recommendations and help you decide which delicious dish to prioritise on your trip here. For our first FF, I'm starting with a couple of breakfast food that's some of my personal favourites.

Penang Loh Mee

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Don't be alarmed! The Penang Loh Mee looks intimidating, but is really soothing and great soul food. It's egg noodles in a thick, sweet, starchy sauce with roasted pork, braised egg and a generous helping of chili and vinegar. It may not be a looker, but it's fulfilling, nutritious breakfast food. Read more about Loh Mee here.

Roti Canai on Transfer Road

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You may have heard that eating Roti Canai is something of a Malaysian sport. This crepe-like flat bread can be had in many ways and in many places. My favourite way to have it is what we call "banjir" i.e. flooded with curry. On Jalan Transfer/Transfer Road, you'll find a really popular breakfast place that serves the roti canai torn up, drenced in beef or chicken curry and crowned with a runny egg on top. Try that with a sweet cup of coffee and tell me it doesn't give you all the morning buzz you need.

There's a lot of good food in Penang. The Friday Flashback series will help recap some of our recommendations and help you decide which delicious dishes to have on your trip to Penang. For more breakfast favourites, read Part 2 of our Friday Flashback series.