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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 lyrical about our love of Penang food.   The hawkers have elevated street food into a national treasure promoted by the Ministry of Tourism on a global scale.   So put away the need for courtesy and pig out till your heart’s content on the best street food this side of the earth.  From comfort food (Char Kway Teow, Kway Teow Th’ng) to desserts (Chendol, Nyonya Kueh) there is always something tasty to be discovered at every turn around George Town.   To find out where the locals are feasting check out the Penang Street Food iPhone app : http://bit.ly/hHeR0z.

2. The Penang Bridge International Marathon

This is the only time where pedestrians are welcomed on the Penang Bridge, the longest bridge in South East Asia at 13.5 kilometers. 20 November 2011 is the only time when traffic on the bridge is diverted and runners of all shapes and fitness levels take over.   This is certainly the most healthy and fit way to catch the sunrise over the Pearl of the Orient. Definitely penciled in for 2011…

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Finally, Penang Mee Sotong available in Petaling Jaya!!

Craving for Hameed Pata’s mee goreng sotong at the Esplanade but stuck in Klang Valley?  Fret not folks, we’ve just located a credible alternative right here in Kota Damansara!

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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 past (circa -1960 through 1970s) amongst locals made the company neglectful of customer service.  And like typical family-run businesses of yore, it did not have aggressive ambitions to expand.  What it meant was that customers tended to get the short end of the stick, i.e. queuing up for biscuits and getting turned away empty handed when the day’s production has been sold out.

This naturally led competitors, specifically Him Heang, to fill the gap in demand.  Credit to Him Heang that they also innovated by introducing the Tambun biscuit (or dragonball biscuit) which is half the size of the Ghee Hiang tau sar pheah.

That got me to thinking, which one do Penangites actually prefer?  

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Top Tips to Avoid the Streetfood “Delhi Belly” Syndrome

Do you really want to know?

For those who are used to travelling and are adventurous in terms of food, there is inevitably the risk of contracting “Delhi Belly”*. I’ve certainly gotten my fair share of it in China, Vietnam, Bangkok and Turkey.  I guess I must have taken enough precautions in India due to the notoriety of the cleanliness of the food preparation/water to fortunately avoid getting traveler’s diarrhea in the place which derives its name.

My Chinese experience was actually at a decent seafood restaurant in Yantai.  We were treated to boiled crabs, and everyone including the host was struck down with diarrhea immediately after.  The diarrhea attack was actually worse for my dinner mates which chose to abstain from wine during dinner.  The host had it the worst as she had to hospitalised!

In Vietnam, it was an unfortunate case of diarrhea and purging.  It was really distressing to have spent half my holiday on the throne and my head in the waste bin.  The culprit was two slices of cut dragonfruit prepared on a junk boat in the middle of Halong Bay. It was unfortunate to be downed by fruit when I was busily tucking into Bún Chả which was served right next to the restroom and not get ill.

With a wealth of fortunate and unfortunate experiences with food abroad, I’ve summarised my top tips for avoiding traveler’s diarrhea when indulging in street food (or any food for that matter) :

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Updated Penang Street Food App

We recently updated the Penang Street Food app. The app, which is now at version 1.2.1, is still absolutely FREE.

In the latest update, we added new features that you might find interesting. You can now share your favourite Penang delicacies with your friends via the built-in email feature. Or if you prefer, you can update your Facebook status to rave or rant to your friends about the new Penang food stall you just discovered.

The new Facebook feature also allows you to upload photos of your gastronomic adventures, be it your favourite Penang delicacy or your regular stall that you never miss when you go to Penang. You have the option of taking a candid photo and uploading it on the spot as you enjoy your food or upload a saved photo from your photo album. In both cases, a new album will be created in your Facebook photo albums to store all photos uploaded from the Penang Street Food app.

Alternatively, you can also email your favourite food photos to us via the built-in email feature. We will definitely try to feature your photo contributions on our Facebook fan page and on penangstreetfood.com.

These new features are accessible via a new “Share” tab. Make sure you download the Penang Street Food app (version 1.2.1) to check out these cool new features.

We also launched More! Penang Street Food on the App Store not too long ago on 15 September 2010.

Apart from being ad-free, the More! Penang Street Food offers:

  • More Food – fifteen different types of must eat street food in Penang
  • More Stalls – more than 160 stall listings with business hours and maps
  • More Convenience – get the route to your food stall of choice with a single tap
  • More Fun – share your gastronomic adventures with friends via Facebook and email
  • More Features – eat, shoot and share, upload photos of your favourites to your Facebook wall
  • More Interaction – submit your street food recommendations to us

Make sure you check out More! Penang Street Food on the App Store! Until you do, your new iPhone 4 will be incomplete!

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