Where When to go Must-tries
86 Lebuh Kimberley, George Town
Dinnertime Mantis prawn char kuey teow; fried oyster; satay
The best of Penang street food doesn’t just offer a transformative experience for your taste buds, but also a glimpse into a previously unknown world that suddenly comes into vibrant view through the flavours on your plate, through the hawkers themselves, the nearby diners, the street life and even the architecture that surrounds you. In this respect, Sin Guat Keong coffee shop is a very special place indeed. Located in the Heritage Zone, this legendary locale may not be as off-thebeaten-path as others, but it deserves a spot on this list for its sheer authenticity and sense of place. Just a handful of hawkers occupy this little shoplot, but if you can’t find what you want, numerous other stalls offering lor bak, chicken rice and more are just footsteps away. Once you manage to grab a seat in the crowded dining area, you’ll soon be engulfed in a little microcosm of Penang. As you watch locals line up at their preferred stalls to put in their to-go orders and cheerfully stroll around searching for the perfect dish to quench their nightly cravings, you’ll undoubtedly feel a satisfaction that extends to something deeper than just your appetite.
Eating & Drinking 2015/2016