VISITORS to the Penang Famous Street Food Fest will have a tough choice to make this evening – to decide which among the 30 popular hawkers they should patronise.
Thirty hawkers will serve their best-loved street food at the fest in conjunction with Starwalk’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.
Other than the truly Penang street fare such as ais kacang, asam laksa, char kuey teow and Hokkien mee, there are also other food available.
Gurney Drive Pasembur ‘Rojak' stall operator Syed Mohd Shahul Hameed said he would not do business from his usual stall on Saturday in order to prepare for the food fest.
He said his pasembur would be a “modified version” of the traditional one that only had prawn crackers, cucur, potato, tauhu and eggs.
“We will prepare a wide range of other fried foodstuff for the customers to choose from, such as sausages, fish balls, fish cakes and groundnut crackers that go really well with our sweet pasembur sauce,” he said.
Jelutong Satay seller Bashir Gulam said he would prepare his special home homemade gravy to go with the spice-marinated chicken and beef satay.
“For the past 15 years, I have continuously improved the taste based on feedback from my loyal customers,” he said.
Also closing his stall for the day is Penang Road Mamak dessert seller Shahul Hameed Haja Mydin.
“I will be selling bubur kacang, gandum and pulut hitam at the food fest – all made from my father's recipe,” he said.
Several interesting activities have also been lined up to entertain the crowd.
Red fm's DJ Terry and the Red Ryders will the laughter with fun games while dancers from Let's Dance Studio and Danz Club will mesmerise the crowd with all types of dances from belly dance, hip-hop to Latin dances.
There will be a 60-minute line dancing jam session from 7pm where dancers from various line dancing group will join in for a non-stop “step step twist and turn” hour. Those interested to join in the session can still register before 6pm today.
Awaiting visitors are interesting lucky draw prizes, including a Philips 32” LCD television and a Panasonic Micro HiFi.
Entry to the fest 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.