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Lonely Planet Ranks Penang as Top Culinary Spot for 2014

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In a recent article published by British daily The Independent, Lonely Planet, a renowned travel guide, listed Penang as a top culinary spot for 2014.

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Penang bagged the number one spot by beating other culinary places like Victoria in Australia, North West Spain, and the Deep South in United States, Lake District in United Kingdom, Puglia in Italy, Georgia and Oaxaca in Mexico.

According to Robin Barton, Lonely Planet’s commissioning editor, Penang is well known for its hawker food. He recommended the char kway teow, Hokkien mee, air bandung and asam laksa as “must tries.”

“Malaysian hawker food has spread worldwide via food trucks and pop-ups but nothing compares to hitting Penang.

“Its food reflects the intermingling of the many cultures that arrived after it was set up as a trading port in 1786, from Malays to Indians, Acehnese to Chinese, Burmese to Thais. The state capital Georgetown is its culinary epicentre,” said Barton.

Besides the night markets, Barton also encouraged food lovers to explore the Esplanade Food Centre for its delicious hawker food combined with a great seafront view.

“A pasar malam is an open-air night market and in Penang, you can go to Jelutong on a Friday and Macallum Street market on a Monday.

“The highlight is always the food. At 2am, a different world of stalls serves peppery pork-rib soups, skewered fish balls and sweets such as cendol,” said Barton.

Where is your favourite place to eat in Penang?

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