THE appetite of foodies was satiated in the second round of the Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) themed ‘Enjoy the Present’.
Visitors were spoilt for choice as the 60 booths by hotels, food trucks, pop-up cafes and restaurants lined the service road along Kelawei Road and the park beside Gurney Plaza.
Among the attractions was the teh tarik performance by Pelita Nasi Kandar restaurant’s Jalil Abdul Aziz who had won several national and international teh tarik competitions.
R. Kishor, 34, and his wife K. Inthuja, 30, from India, were awed with the teh tarik performance.
“Tea is a popular drink in India, but this teh tarik tastes different.
“We were amazed by the teh tarik stunts so we decided to give the tea a try,” he said.'
Besides Penang’s unique gastronomic delights, the event also featured a cooking demonstration and culinary competitions.
Junior sous chef Ong Ling Ming, 23, won first prize in the Authentic Penang Assam Laksa competition category.
“There is no secret recipe for my laksa but the authentic taste of it needs to be kept.
“Fresh fish and kesom (laksa leaf) are the important ingredients and one must not hurry when making the soup,” she said after winning a trophy, certificate and cash prize on Saturday.
Junior sous chefs Wong Keen Yan, 23, and Choong Zhen Jie, 20, who prepared the asam pedas soup, asam pedas fried frice, sweet turnip and LP sauce chicken, bagged the first prize in the Taste of Penang Cuisine Challenge category.
“These dishes are very popular in our Kota Cornwallis Dine and Coffee. The competition was tough and we did not expect to win the first placing,” said Wong.
Iconic Hotel and Hai Nan Restaurant won the best decorated booth for hotel and F&B outlet categories.
State Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law, who presented the prizes, said the event attracted about 80,000 visitors.
Earlier, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who visited the festival, tried some of the delicacies and checked out the various booths.
The inaugural PIFF comprises a 16-day festival from April 15 featuring various themes such as ‘Savour the Past’ (Street Food Festival), ‘Enjoy the Present’ (Taste of Penang) and ‘Relish the Future’ (Fringe Food Festival).
For more information, visit www.piff.com.my.