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A break from Street Food – The 1st Penang International Gourmet Festival

It has been low key, but Penang has certainly got its act together by organising the first Penang International Gourmet Festival (PIGF) from 22 December 2010 until 2 January 2011.  The PIGF is one of the highlights of the Ministry of Tourism’s Fabulous Food 1Malaysia programme.  And I must say the PIGF is an interesting [...]

Top 5 Penang Experiences

There’s something for everyone in Penang.  While this is not meant to be a travelers’ shortlist (visitors are certainly welcome to it), I felt it relevant to name the Top 5 list of  Penang experiences from a local’s perspective…mine.
1. Feast on a smorgasbord of street food in George Town

You can’t escape it.  We (the locals) wax [...]

Battle of the Biscuit: Ghee Hiang v Him Heang

Apart from its famous street food, Penang is also famous for its tau sar pheah. The Star newspaper had an interesting article today about the history of two iconic biscuits brands in Penang, Him Heang and Ghee Hiang.  Ghee Hiang was the pioneer of Penang’s tau sar pheah, established in 1856.  Its popularity in the [...]