Malaysia is a country of diverse cultures and interests. There are numerous groups of people, tribes and clans settled in different parts of the country. You could know more about the varied cultures and what better way to know than by tasting some great local cuisine.
Food of Penang reflects the eating habits of the multi cultural society of Penang. Most of these cuisines are available at road side stalls and are popularly known as hawker food. Some of the most popular dishes are noted below.
Penang Laska is a dish of thick round rice noodles in a spicy and sour tamarind-based fish soup. Satay is a very popular dish and is the famous meat-on-a-stick. It is typically made from marinated meat - chicken, mutton or beef, skewered onto bamboo sticks and grilled over hot charcoals. There are numerous Chinese hawkers who outnumber Malay hawkers in Penang prepare satay with pork. A fresh salad of cucumbers & onions are served together with a spicy-sweet peanut dipping sauce for dipping. Ketupat, a Malay rice cake, is sometimes served together with satay.
Ikan Bakar is a popular dish that means grilled or barbecued fish. Ikan Bakar is a popular fish local fish for grilling. The fish is usually marinated in spices, coconut milk, sometimes stuffed with sambal, then wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over hot charcoals. Otak Otak is a dish made of fresh fish fillets that are blended light spices, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and other aromatic herbs, into a sort of fish mousse. The fish mousse is wrapped in banana leaves and steamed or grilled.
One can also come across different kinds of seafood that are served in several restaurants in Penang. Chinese and Japanese food is extremely popular here. Dim Sum is a very popular Cantonese dish that is widely available across all restaurants in Penang.
The food of Penang is indeed exotic, delicious and is sure to satisy every appetite. To know more about Penang, Malaysia visit Travour.