Food by Dave Lane


After three months in Penang we think its about time we put our favorite places on here to share with you all. Nowhere in the world is there such a diverse range of food on offer. There has to be something to please everyone,and at prices you would never believe!.Shall we start with breakfast? Ok we go to various markets most days and top of the list must be the Char Koay Teow at Bengs stall on New Fettes Park market. The stall is not marked with a sign but is in the corner of the food area, next to the temple. This can be washed down with lashings of wonderful Penang coffee, a coffee unlike any other. Other breakfast favourites are the Pancake stall at Tanjung Bungah wet market, filled with either peanut, sweetcorn or egg. Then there is the famous Chowrasta market!.Our favourite here in the open air food court is Char Koay Kak, which is similar to Char Koay Teow except that small pieces of rice cake replace the flat noodles.

And so to lunch!.Personally I think it best to try all the different snacks on offer, a banana fritter here, a yam fritter there!! Or Poker One Cafe at Batu Ferringhi do good cheap meals at lunchtime.

Now evening meals. Well we are spoilt for choice here.You can spend as little or as much as you choose.Ok we all like cheap food, as long as its good. Only last week, for the first time in 12 years of visiting Penang, we went to the Eden Seafood Village for a special treat. The food,service and cultural show were excellent, but I would only do it once, as I wonder if all that justifies the price!.We like the Sea Horse food court in Tanjung Bungah, always very full with locals which is a good sign. Something for everyone here,and very cheap. I can highly recommend the Sizzling Hotplate Noodles,and anything from the Western food stall, but especially the Barbecued, lipsmacking good!. Another very good Western food cafe is opposite the Fettes Park market, again always packed with local people. Our favourite of all is Siang Pin Seafood Restaurant,opposite Tanjung Bungah wet market. The deep fried prawns, spare ribs, deep fried chicken, black pepper beef, mantis with mayonaise, oh the list goes on and on ...wonderful food,and to my suprise I've never seen it mentioned here before. Now I realise that food is a very personal choice,and in our time here we have eaten at nearly all the well known places. These are just our choices to make your stay here more memorable. While we are in the Hungry Ghost season,we have seen three street displays,the one near Chowrasta, that Kayes photographed, another in Tanjung Bungah, complete with Chinese opera,and another at Fettes Park market this morning, which was not quite finished being set up, but from what we saw it will be very impressive. Kayes is it possible for you to get some photos of the Nine Emporer Gods Temple in Butterworth?.We have been to see it three times and wonder at the beauty of the place. Makes a nice afternoon out. Get a driver,go over on the ferry and enjoy!!