Penang Street Food is an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad which is FREE on the App Store. This essential app for foodies introduces you to the famous hawker fare and the lively street food culture of Penang, Malaysia.
@Lorenzo - Sorry for the delay in response. Great to hear that you will be making the trip to Malaysia. Tip for you, the Penang Street Food app is free, you don't pay a cent to download. It has twelve must-try food types and over 60 stall listings with maps.
IMHO you must taste Char Kway Teow (fried flat rice noodles) and Assam Laksa (rice noodles in spicy & tangy fish broth) when in Penang, as those two signature hawker foods that originate from Penang and are oft replicated outside Penang and into Singapore. But obviously the best ones are found in Penang. You can find it everywhere on the island but you have a shortlist in the app which locals tend to favour.
If you are keen on a typically Southern Indian style of cooking, then certainly the Nasi Kandar is a must eat! White fluffy rice is accompanied with a variety of curries. Again the origin of Nasi Kandar is Penang, you can get this too in KL but obviously you can't go wrong trying this in Penang.
When in KL, I certainly recommend you to try Roti Canai (Indian bread served with curry) and Teh Tarik (pulled tea). Both are fascinating to watch being made. Roti Canai is kneaded and flipped in the air. Teh Tarik is pulled from a height to get a really nice head of foam and changes the nuances of the taste of the tea!
And don't forget to try the national breakfast Nasi Lemak (rice cooked with coconut milk served with fried anchovies, egg, cucumber and spicy sambal).
I could go on and on about the food...but these are my must eat shortlist. I hope you enjoy your trip to the region. Bon appetit!
Actually the user is from Penang and had developed an iPhone app called Penang Street Food ;-)
Penang is famous for its street eats. NYT had featured Penang in 2009's Places To Go listing, with its street food taking a prominent position.
So, I was wondering how many travelers to the Far East are game to try the local offerings which can be heavenly...but may be 'troubling' for persons with delicate tummies.
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