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.<br /><br /> 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.<br /><br /> 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.<br /><br />
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. <br /><br />
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.<br /><br />
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.