Thinking of eating rice in Penang? ... read on.
Rice is the staple food in Malaysia and Singapore. Most Malaysian take at least one or two rice meal daily. Plain white rice is cooked daily in almost every household. White rice is usually taken with a selection of dishes prepared with meat, fish or vegetables. (note: 'nasi' refers to cooked rice in Malay; 'beras' refers to uncooked rice)
Other than plain white rice, some unique rice meals you can order or buy at eating places or restaurants are:
Nasi Lemak - This is Malaysia's most popular breakfast rice meal. This is rice cooked in coconut milk, served with ikan billies (anchovies), egg, groundnuts and cooked sambal (chilli condiment). Sold usually at roadside stalls by all races in Malaysia (Origin: Malay). This is a very popular lunch meal too.
Chicken rice is white rice cooked with chicken stock and served with roasted or boiled chicken. Of Chinese origin, stalls selling Chicken rice somtimes also serv roasted duck and pork. You may find Malay stalls (halal) also selling chicken rice or 'nasi ayam' but usually served with deep fried chicken.
Nasi kandar /nasi biryrani - Nasi biryrani is rice cooked with spices and prepared by placing layers of the spiced rice with pieces of spiced-cooked lamb, mutton or chicken, then garnished with almonds and raisins. Nasi kandar often refers to plain rice or nasi biryani served with an assortment of curry. (available at Indian-Muslim or Malay stalls or restaurants)
Nasi daun pisang (banana leaf rice) - an Indian rice meal served on a banana leave. White rice is served on leaf with an assortment of vegetables, curried meat, fish or vegetables and papadum (crispy cracker made from flour with spices).
Nasi goreng is fried rice. You will find many styles of fried rice in Malaysia. Rice is fried in various styles by the different communities in Malaysia.
Nasi kunyit - yellow rice, cooked from glutinous rice with coconut milk and turmeric; usualy served with chicken curry (Malay and Nyonya)....Nasi kunyit recipe
Nasi Ulam is often prepared by the Malays and Nyonya communities. It is cooked rice mixed with an assortment of herbs and vegetables, salted fish and dessicated coconut, etc. (similar to this is nasi kerabu)
Pulut inti - glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk and served with grated coconut mixed wit palm sugar (brown sugar).
Rice is also popularly made into Malaysian kueh. Rice and glutonous rice are often wrapped in banana leaves or other palm leaves, then boiled, steam or toasted over charcoal fire.
Unique Heritage Hotels in Penang
There are many hotels in George Town offering affordable accommodations. Some are modern high-rise while others offer visitors a unique traditional or old Penang experience. For those who want a feeling of old Penang, or have a feel of 'British Colonial' Penang, checkout some of these heritage hotels.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, 3* This Chinese house with Straits Settlement designs dates back to the 1880s and is a winner of the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award in 2000 for conservation. Check out and compare rates for Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion here
Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O), 5* Fondly known as E&O, this grand hotel has a seafront location in the city. The brainchild of the Armenian Sarkies brothers, who were also associated with the Singapore Raffles Hotel, this historic hotel with a colonial flavour dates back to 1885. In the old days this the place where the rich and famous wine and dine too.
Compare E&O Hotel lowest rates from multiple sites and book online here.
Seven Terraces, George Town - "....Seven Terraces, a boutique hotel with the relaxed ambience of an island resort." – The Wall Street Journal
SEVEN TERRACES – this newly opened small private hotel of only 18 suites is by the award-winning hoteliers Karl Steinberg and Christopher Ong. (Winners of the 2007 UNESCO Award of Distinction for heritage conservation and regular Conde Naste Hot List nominees).
Check and compare Hotel Rates of Seven Terraces in GeorgeTown
Hutton Lodge Experience unique colonial-style living in a restored guesthouse located in the heart of the George Town. At 17, Jalan Hutton, just off Penang Road, it is ideally located within walking distance of George Town's many tourist attractions.
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Penang's first bike sharing programme will be launched on 17th of December 2017.
This is a new way to sightseeing around Georgetown, Penang. Anyone can pick up a bike from any of the 25 stations and return it to another station.
You need to signup via their website or LinkBike apps to purchase credit or package.
From LinkBike website:
LinkBike is taking commuting to a new level.
PENANG is one step closer to be a liveable and international city. ........Apart from building a 39.3 KM dedicated bicycle lane from Straits Quay to Penang International Airport, now the city will be linked with bicycle lanes and commuters have the convenience of BSS.
LinkBike BSS operated by FAST RENT BIKE (PG) Sdn. Bhd. is an initiative by Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to make Penang an international city like Melbourne, Amsterdam, Tokyo and others. MBPP is working closely with the operator to set up 25 strategic locations in George Town and also Queensbay and Straits Quay.
...... Anyone can pick up a bike from any of the 25 stations and return it to another station. It is as simple as a scan on the QR Code to release the bicycle.........." - Source: www.linkbike.my
Proposed Linkbike Stations
Kimberly Street Food
You can find some of the best authentic Penang food at Kimberly Street (Lebuh Kimberly), a road that links Penang Road and Carnavon Street, in the heart of George Town.
Some of the Restaurants and cafe along Kimberly Street:
- Chok Kee Cafe (8am-4pm) - shop serving Porridge or Cantonese Chok
- Bee Hooi Coffee Garden (5pm-11pm) - stalls selling Yee Foo Mee, Lor Mee, Hokkien Prawn Mee, Char Koay Teow, Fried Rice, and more.
- Sin Guat Keong - stalls selling Char Koay Teow, Hokkien Mee, Chee Cheong Fun, etc
- Tua Pui Curry Mee (23, Lebuh Kimberly) - shop selling Curry Mee
- Roadside stall selling Duck Koay Teow Thng - Lorong Ngah Aboo (opposite Old House Restaurant)
- Kimberly Street Cafe - sells Koay Chap (from late afternoon/evening) - Roadside stall and coffeeshop
- Kedai Kopi Seng Thor (corner shop facing Carnavon street - Oysters
- Other Roadside hawker stalls (evening) - economy bihun, Nonya Kueh, Koay Teow Thng, Chinese dessert