A Taste of Penang
Hi everyone! Welcome back to our “A Taste of Penang” series! We are picking from where we left off, what was it? Oh yes! Hokkien mee! That’s actually my favourite dish! Today we are going to look at 3 more new dishes. So, to all foodies out there, take note!
- Nasi Lemak
No matter what, this dish has always earned a special place in our hearts. Nasi lemak actually translates to creamy and rich rice. They certainly got that right. This dish is made up of a few components. Firstly, the rice is cooked with coconut milk until the aromatic coconut fragrance is buried deep in the rice so that you can taste it in every mouthful. Secondly, we have the sambal, which is a spicy sauce that gives you the kick you have been looking for in every Asian dish. Next, we have a few garnishes, mainly fresh cucumber slices to cool off the sambal while giving you the perfect balance to the whole dish, fried anchovies which gives you the crunch and substance in every bite, roasted peanuts and our good old classic – the hard-boiled egg. As for protein, the nasi lemak also comes with a choice of fried chicken or fried fish. The perfect dish to balance yin and yang, night and day and black and white. This dish starts as low as RM3 ($0.70 / £0.19) and can go up to RM20 ($4.69 / £3.73).
Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang – Sri Weld Food Court, Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
I’ve been giving so many savoury suggestions, now it’s time for something sweet. This dish is a dessert perfect for a hot day. It’s made of jelly noodles, coconut milk and palm sugar. The jelly noodles are made of rice flour and pandan (screwpine leaves), which gives it its green colour. The coconut milk is also accompanied by palm sugar syrup which makes it sweet yet fragrant. All this flavourful goodness for only RM5.90 ($1.38 / £1.10).
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul – 4 2, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
- Nasi Kandar
If you’re looking for something to fill your tummy to the brim, this is it. Nasi kandar is a wholesome meal of steamed rice and various vegetables, meat and curries of your choice. The common dishes served in nasi kandar are fried cabbage with turmeric, salted duck’s egg, omelette, lady’s fingers / okra, fried chicken, curried beef, fish, lamb or chicken, fried prawns or squid, and various types of curries. This meal is not for the faint of heart, for as you can see, most of the side dishes are curried and spiced. However, nasi kandar has been a big hit in Malaysia and it appeals to people of all ages. So come and challenge yourself to this dish for as low as RM7 ($1.64 / £1.31).
Deens Maju Nasi Kandar – 170, Jalan Gurdwara, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Wow! All this food talk is making me hungry. I’m going to head over to Ali Nasi Lemak and get a packet, be right back with A Taste of Penang Part 3!