PENANG: There’s one thing the participating Penang Famous Street Food Fest hawkers will not compromise – the standard of their cooking and the quality of their food.
Popular Sisters Char Koay Teow seller Lam Miew Hong said she would bring along the ‘special’ wok which she had been using for 10 years to ensure diners get to savour the uncompromising taste of her cooking.
“I will have the whole set of my usual cooking utensils, including my wok, stove and spatula, delivered there for the event,” she said.
Lam said health is always in her mind when she is preparing the tasty fare. And that’s exactly the reason why her char koay teow is always less oily and salty.
“I will prepare sufficient supply of my specially marinated fresh prawns and the Sisters’ unique soy sauce, which are the must-have ingredients for my dish,” she said.
Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee stall owner Andrew Moey said he had specially ordered fresh cuttlefish and prawns from the wet market in preparation for the food fest.
“The taste of our curry mee depends very much on the chilli paste, which is a secret recipe passed down by my father who started the business more than 30 years ago,” he said.
The chilli paste is freshly ground on the day of cooking to maximise the taste.
“We will do all the preparation early and make sure all our customers get to taste the very original Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee,” he said.
Nothing beats a good meal accompanied with a good dessert and visitors to the food fest can expect the Penang Road Teo- chew Chendol to concoct mouth-watering delights.
Chendol seller Tan Chong Kim said he would promote his stall’s three ‘best-sellers’ – chendol, ais kacang and pegaga juice.
“My father started the chendol business more than 65 years ago and I have, over the years, done my best to maintain the very traditional taste of the dessert,” he said.
Thirty hawkers will serve their best-loved street food, halal and non-halal at the fest on Satur- day in conjunction with Star-walk’s 30th anniversary at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) in Relau.
Twelve of the hawkers are featured in the Famous Street Food of Penang: A Guide and Cook Book published by Star Publications (M) Bhd.
The book will be available at the fest at a 20% discount from its normal price of RM28.
Entertainment for the even- ing will include belly dancing, hip-hop and breakdance perfor-mances by Let’s Dance Dancers sponsored by Pallas. The Danz Club will put up salsa, cha cha, rhumba and other Latin dances.
Visitors stand a chance to win attractive prizes. Entry is free.
Mystery gifts will be given to the first 30 visitors born in 1978. They need to bring their MyKad for verification.
The event will start at 6pm and end at 10pm.