I've always found that it's more fun to go to Penang with my Singaporean or Malaysian friends. They seem to know what to order, and they always do a better job of picking out scrumptious foods for us to enjoy. This past weekend I was able to join a group of 10 people (including a Singaporean!) to dine at Penang. Of course, we put him in charge of ordering. 🙂
From top, left to right:
Pineapple fried rice
Shrimp, squid with shredded pineapple, vegetable, & egg in fried rice
Shaped fried taro stuffed with corn, snow peas & black mushroom topped with cashew nuts
Chow kueh teow.
Malaysian famous stir fried flat rice noodles with fresh shrimp, squid, bean sprouts chives, eggs, soy sauce and chili paste
Mango Sticky rice
Penang Style Striped Bass with Special Sauce
Homemade Roti Canai (Indian pancake)
All of the food was quite tasty, but my favorites were the Homemade Roti Canai (I always get this), the Kang Kung Belacan (the shrimp paste adds an amazing salty umami flavor to the vegetables - very good), and the chow kueh teow.
I believe this favorites list is more personal preference than a reflection on the quality of any of these dishes. Several of my Singaporean and Malaysian friends vouch for this place and say that it's quite authentic and good (even if everything costs about triple what it would cost in Singapore).
This is a great place to visit, especially with a group, since it's fun to try a bunch of new dishes family style.
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