Penang Char Kuey Teow

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Georgetown’s culinary heritage: Cruise over the bridge into Penang and feel your tummy rumble as you enter one of Malaysia’s prime makan destinations. Start your exploration in Penang’s beautiful Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and head to Jln Macalister at Yi Garden for a plate of Penang’s celebrated char kway teo with duck eggs, packed with wok hei punch and delicious to the last bite. Laksa aficionados will want to give the Penang laksa at Laksalicious at 123 Hutton Lane a try, with that tangy assam flavour leaving an addictive buzz. Fans of Indian grub won’t want to miss out of nasi kandar from Hameediyah on Lebuh Campbell, the fragrant yellow rice topped with curried meat and vegetables and liberally doused with fiery sauce. It’s not all about gargantuan feasts here: try the southern Indian crepe-like apom manis or the Teochew style cendol when you are in need of a bit of a sugary lift. The best people to guide you round Penang’s hawker treats are the locals, who are passionate about the city’s food heritage. If you want to know what’s hot, don’t be afraid to ask around, food is a language itself here.

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