Our first night in Penang, and we are so excited to step out to try the food! If there was ever a place where a person could sample food from around the world, it’s Penang. As a major shipping port for hundreds of years, many nationalities like the Chinese, Thai, Indian and Malay settled here and luckily, retained their cultural flavors.
Our taxi driver recommended Red Garden Food Paradise Hawker Station, which we later found out is where most of the tourists go, but we were excited and jet lagged after 2 flights, and food was on our minds. Besides all the food stalls, there’s nightly shows. Check out their website at www.redgarden-food.com.
Walking in, there were large tables everywhere with numbers, surrounded by a variety of food choices from Vietnamese, Chinese provinces, Japenese, Malay and Indian. We chose a table (B52!) under a fan, and a server came to take our drink order. She explained to us that we should go order our food and give our table number, and the food would be brought to us then we would pay.
The choices were numerous and it was hard to decide. We started with some easy dishes for our first night.
The dumplings were ok. The pork dumplings (top left) were the best. The ones that look like snowballs were cheese filled tofu balls. The last ones tasted like store bought instead of fresh made.
Yes, this is a very bland dish, but the chicken was superb! Sometimes you just want comfort food.
Unfortunately, this was not the best Asam Laksa Tom had ever had. There wasn’t enough tamarind flavor, and much of the greens were lettuce instead of water spinach. Don’t try to fool a foodie!
Hokkien comes as a noodle dish and a soup. This was the best dish we had this night.
Overall, it was a fun experience, but there’s many more hawker stands to try! Next, we go on a food tour!