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A taste of Penang

Jul 26. 2018
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By The Nation

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is introducing a new “Come Eat” (Jom Makan) campaign, inviting guests to discover the island’s mixture of Peranakan, Indian and Chinese culinary influences.

Billing itself as “Culinary Capital of Malaysia”, Penang boasts mouth-watering attractions from bustling markets to sizzling street food stalls, exquisite restaurants, creative cooking classes and more. 

The recommended dishes include nasi kandar (rice served with various choices of curries), laksa (the famous spicy noodle soup), char koay teow (Hokkien yellow noodles in prawn soup), and the local tandoori chicken, all of which are available in the street food stalls and local restaurants in Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi. 

The Jom Makan campaign coincides with the 16-day Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) that returns to Georgetown’s Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) this September. Guests can immerse themselves in a carnival of cuisine, including an invasion of more than 150 food trucks, theme dining experiences, mini festivals and professional chefs’ challenge.

“Every visit to Penang is a feast for the senses. At DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, we are proud of this rich culinary heritage and encourage our guests to experience every mouth-watering delicacy the island has to offer,” said Jamie Mead, the resort’s regional general manager. 

“Our own chefs present an array of authentic local dishes at Makan Kitchen, our lively all-day restaurant. Alternatively, guests who want to learn more about the island’s food can ask our concierge who will be delighted to recommend the best places to discover local cuisine.”

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang offers regular complimentary shuttle bus services to and from Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi. Visitors who want to discover daily life in Penang can choose to visit the island’s markets such as Chowrasta Bazaar, where locals flock to buy fresh meat and fish, along with a wide range of sweets and pickled fruits. 

Then after dark, Macallum Street Night Market is the perfect place to savour incredible local street food in a vibrant and colourful setting. Guests can also experience a wide variety of hawker stalls and charming family restaurants in World Heritage-listed Georgetown, while the Long Beach Food Court in Batu Ferringhi allows diners to choose from an amazing array of delicacies.

Finally, guests can completely immerse themselves in Penang’s culinary culture with a cooking class. The Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School provides the perfect introduction to the island’s most popular dishes, while Nazlina’s Spice Station takes guests on a tour of the local food markets before returning to Georgetown for an atmospheric alfresco class.

Meanwhile, the Kid’s Club at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang hosts children’s cooking classes, introducing a new generation of potential chefs to the wonders of Malay cuisine.

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