The abundance of seafood adds to Penang's status as a leading dining destination. Restaurants serve up some of the country's finest fish and seafood dishes, created using the local catch of the day.
Aside from a thriving restaurant scene, Penang is home to a huge street food culture. On almost every street throughout Penang, smoke rises and aromas fill the air as hawkers concoct a variety of delicious dishes. Despite the modest mobile facilities, some of Malaysia's finest food is created at these street-side set-ups. Street food is intrinsic to Asian culture, and Penang is considered a food paradise by many Malaysians and Singaporeans.
In 2004, Penang was declared as the best street food destination in Asia by TIME magazine; the judges raved about the sensational taste of the food, and the unbeatable value for money.
This road and the streets leading off it is the heart of Penang's street food culture. Vendors cook up a variety of dishes, usually incorporating noodles and seafood; some sweet snacks are also sold. Diners are seated in neat rows of tables and stools by the roadside.
The diverse nature of Penang's population means a wide range of cuisines can be enjoyed here. Both Chinatown and Little India offer a highly respected restaurant scene. Little India is particularly popular with vegetarian diners, as a crop of establishments cater for the ever-growing number of herbivore tourists.
A crop of little café s and restaurants in Georgetown cook up street-food dishes for similarly cheap prices, allowing diners to enjoy their food in a more comfortable setting. Dining facilities in Georgetown strike a comfortable balance between hygiene and authenticity.