Penang is a fun place to visit and a great place to eat. Five centuries of colonialism plus Chinese, Indian and Muslim influence on traditional Malay culture have created a diverse multi-cultural society–and good food.

Char kway teow–big rice noodles¬†fried with egg, vegetables, shrimp and sausage in soy sauce.

Curry mee–egg noodles in spicy curry coconut soup with sprouts, prawns, cuttlefish, cockles, tofu and mint.

Hokkien mee–port soup with noodles, prawn, sprouts and egg.

Laksa asam–fish-broth soup with tamarind and mint with white rice noodles.

Steamboat–Chinese fondue with many thinly sliced meats, fish, tofu, vegetables.

Tom yam soup–spicy seafood soup with noodles, tomatoes, fish, prawns and crab.

At food courts, hawker stalls typically sell a plate of these dishes for about $1US.

Lodging–Cathay Hotel does “ooze with character” as the Lonely Planet says, but the music from the food court across the street inhibits sleep until 3 a.m. The noisy night hotel staff in the lobby doesn’t help.

Oriental Hotel–please, clean, firendly hotel with central air and views.

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