The food capital of Malaysia, Penang is a food-lover’s paradise. Time labeled Penang as the state with the best street food in Asia in 2004. CNN also consistently ranks it among the top-ten places for street food. And in 2014, Penang was voted the top food destination by Lonely Planet. This is because Penang offers a comprehensive choice of great-tasting food at significantly cheap rates.
The influence of Chinese, Malay, Indian, Nyonya and Thai ethnicity is prominent in the cuisine of Penang. Most of the cuisines are sold at hawker stalls, which is what Penang is famous for.
The most popular “food streets” in Penang include Pulau Tikus, Gurney Drive, Penang Road, New World Park, Chulia Street, Chai Leng Park and Raja Uda. Among the most popular dishes to try are Mee Sotong, Penang Char Koay Teow, Assam Laksa, Lobak, Hokkien Mee, Koay Teow Th’ng, Lor Mee, Satay, Or Chen, Penang Sar Hor Fun and seafood.