We don’t know about you, but when we think Malaysia we think street food. And hawker centers (awful name, but that’s what they’re called) are where the action is for street food fanatics like us. Plastic tables and chairs are laid out in the center and an overwhelming choice of street food stalls circle ’round. Each usually serves only one or two dishes — the chef’s specialty. There is no need to diversify, for each cook sticks with what he does best while letting the others do the rest.
Take a lap around, scope out the stands surrounded by the biggest crowds of locals, and figure out your eating strategy for the evening.
Panorama: Gurney Drive Hawker Center – Penang, Malaysia
Perhaps start with some Penang curry mee (coconut milk based soup) or char kway teow (fried noodles) and them move on to sambal satong (squid and okra in a sambal sauce) and finish off with some cendol (crushed ice and coconut milk dessert).
And the proverbial icing on the cake after a delicious multi-course feast like this? Your wallet is only a few dollars lighter.
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