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5 must try dishes from Penang

An alluring fusion of the East and the West, Penang, Malaysia is as modern as it is traditional. A melting pot of different cultures and influences, Penang food ranges from gourmet fine dining to delicious street food. A foodie heaven, if there ever was one, the Penang Islands offer it all.

Asian Inspirations lists the top five must-eats the next time you’re visiting the Penang Islands.

1. Nasi Kandar

Penang Islands
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Rice presented with an unending rundown of curries and dishes carefully arranged with fish, chicken, squids, prawns and vegetables – a hearty dinner for those with big appetites, and who love fragrant flavours.

2. Laksa 

Penang Islands
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There are two varieties of the Laksa – one is sharp and tart with plenty of fish (Assam Laksa) while the other is cooked with rich coconut milk (typical Laksa). Both the versions are delightful, don’t miss out on them.

3. Char Koay Teow

Penang Islands
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This yummy seafood dish, literally meaning stir-fried ricecake strips, will entice all your senses with its aromas and flavours. Made with flat rice noodles, bean shoots, eggs, cockles and prawns, the ingredients are stir fried over hot flames. The gourmet version of this delicacy is famous in Penang – it is prepared with extra seafood, more crab meat and duck eggs.

4. Hokkien Mee

Penang Islands
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Hokkien Char, known to the rest of the world as Hokkien Mee, is loved as much by the locals as it is yearned for by the tourists. The yellow noodles are fried with sticky dark soy sauce, crunchy vegetables, pork and seafood. It is unquestionably a local top pick.

5. Nyonya kuih

Penang Islands
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Bursting with the delicous flavours of coconut and Pandan, the Nyonya kuih or cakes are rich in taste and flawless in appeal. The cakes are an incredible sight with their extraordinary and delicate composition. A certainly a must try when you are in Penang.

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