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Spoilt for choice at Penang street food fest


Crowd-puller : People checking out the large variety of stalls at the festival.

Crowd-puller : People checking out the large variety of stalls at the festival.

GEORGE TOWN: Those already having trouble deciding on what to eat would have faced bigger problems during the two-day Penang Street Food Festival here.

Replete with some 100 hawker stalls selling food from the state’s signature dish char koay teow to the other favourite, nasi kandar, visitors had a dizzying array of choices.

The stalls were lined up along parts of Beach Street, Bishop Street, Church Street and Church Street Ghaut in the heart of the city’s heritage enclave.

This year, organisers had opted for the 1970s feel, putting up decor and items reminiscent of that period such as wooden blinds and traditional food covers.

Yum-mee food: Ong (left) managing the Lim sisters’ ‘curry mee’ stall in Air Itam, George Town.
Yum-mee food: Ong (left) managing the Lim sisters’ ‘curry mee’ stall in Air Itam, George Town.

Among the popular stalls was that by the famous Lim sisters, who have been selling curry mee in Air Itam since 1946.

There was a long queue at their stall, which was managed by their grandniece, Ong May May.

There was also a stall selling seafood from Pulau Aman – which is off Batu Kawan on the mainland – offering fresh mantis prawns as well as crabs and clams.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who launched the event on Friday night, said the festival was being held for the second time this year.

“The first time was in April and it attracted 120,000 visitors. I’m sure we will be able to draw a larger crowd this time,” he said in his speech.

The festival, which ended yesterday, was organised by TLM Event in conjunction with the country’s 60th National Day with support from the Penang Island City Council and Penang Global Tourism.

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