Imagine a world without traditional fast food outlets, the usual suspects clogging up our mini-malls. Imagine we had individually owned and operated joints serving stuff like this all over America. Can you imagine how delicious that would be? – Anthony Bourdain on Penang food
Travel obviously engages our sense of taste while not forgetting about the others, making a lasting experience to follow us wherever we go next.
Visiting Malaysia means an unforgettable experience with one of the world’s most famous food cultures, found on Penang’s Gurney Drive. A single photograph quickly brings back the heat on my neck, the bright colors, and a distinct mix of flavors encapsulated within a wall of sea-salt air.
Renowned in Asia and spreading throughout the world, Won Ton Mee or Won Ton Noodles certainly won me over. People commonly describe Malaysian food as “to die for” but this dish of Canton origin made my trip. A lot was happening on the plate as it arrived to my table in Penang. Among the noodles were slices of pork, leafy greens, dumplings, and a sauce so delicious that my belly craved more and more as the trip continued.
Out of everything available, Won Ton Mee was THE dish on my mind each day. It is often found throughout Malaysia and different varieties exist throughout Southeast Asia. The bowl I enjoyed might differ based on the vendor. Of course, it’s not the only food in Penang that’s got me thinking about a return. There were some other favorites found along the way.
Have a look at these other delicious meals and let me know what you think in the comments section!
Nasi Lemak and Chicken Rendang
Even Baclava from a Syrian Food Stall!
Got a photo of Penang food that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll throw it in here!