Cheap Eats: Dining With a Difference in Penang

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This food paradise has much to offer hungry stomachs! Be adventurous and, when you're sampling street food, always head for the spots that look popular with the locals.

The most famous spot for local speciality char koay teow, or stir-fried rice cake, is the legendary Sister's Char Koay Teow on Macalister Road in Georgetown. It's sure to fill you up for another day's wandering! Next door, you'll find a yam cake stall where you can try this light, delicate dish too.

When it's time for dessert, hunt down a bowl of cendol, or jelly noodles in coconut milk, shaved ice and palm sugar. Head to Lebuh Keng Kwee where two competing food stalls run by two different families have been dishing up this sweet, fragrant dish for almost 40 years.

And of course you can't leave Penang without trying a laksa. Seek out assam laksa, a spicy noodle soup flavoured with poached fish, tamarind, lemongrass and chili. Talk about delicious! Meanwhile, laksa lemak offers a sweeter coconut sauce and deeper curry flavours.

Lastly, if you find a stall selling popiah, you've got to indulge. This is the Penang version of spring rolls, made from miniature crepes, and come with three sauces for dipping. Crispy, spicy and utterly irresistible!

Where will you be spending your days? Share your plans with my friendly team and we’ll tell you the best street food to sample along the way!