Saturday, April 10, 2010

Penang Trip - Georgetown - Bukit Tambun Seafood Village

This is the first time visiting Penang. Very impressive! People are helpful, food are delicious. You can almost find food anywhere. Hired a car Proton Saga from KASINA rental, reasonable price and very good servise from Miss May. With a GPS, you will never get lost!!! Drove pass Penang bridge to Bukit Tambun for Seaffod, just me and my wife thou, 4 dishes cost us merely SGD 30, Mantis Prawns, Fried Crab, steam Sting Ray and deep fried squid with 2 fresh baby cocnuts and a can of Coke.

Penang is a state in Malaysia, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite.

The Peranakan, also known as the Straits Chinese or Baba-Nyonya, are the descendants of the early Chinese immigrants to Penang, Malacca and Singapore. They have partially adopted Malay customs and speak a Chinese-Malay creole. The Peranakan community possesses a distinct identity in terms of food, dress, rites, crafts and culture. Most of the Peranakan Chinese are not Muslims but practice ancestor worship and Chinese religion. During British rule, the Peranakan had a reputation of being loyal British subjects and many of them adopted British mannerisms. They prided themselves as being Anglophone and distinguished themselves from the newly-arrived Chinamen or sinkheh. The Peranakan, however, are almost extinct today due to their re-absorption into the mainstream Chinese community. Still, their legacy lives on in their distinctive cuisine, their elaborate nyonya kebaya costume and exquisite handicrafts.

Penang island is a paradise for food lovers who come from all over Malaysia and even Singapore to sample the island's unique cuisine, earning Penang the title of the food capital of Malaysia. Penang was recognised as having the Best Street Food in Asia by TIME magazine in 2004, citing that nowhere else can such great tasting food be so cheap. Penang's cuisine reflects the Chinese, Nyonya, Malay and Indian ethnic mix of Malaysia, but is also strongly influenced by the cuisine of Thailand to the north. For example, Laksa and Hokkien Mee. It's especially famous "hawker food", sold and eaten roadside, strongly features noodles and fresh seafood. Places to savour Penang's food are Gurney Drive, Pulau Tikus, New Lane, Swatow Lane, Penang Road and Chulia Street. Local Chinese restaurants serve excellent fare too.

Here are some photos to share during my trip. Enjoy!

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