Many raving about Penang food after writer’s approval

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  • Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016

GEORGE TOWN: Locals and tourists are raving about Penang food once again with the latest endorsement by renowned American food writer James Oseland.

A British traveller, who wanted to be known only as Amily, said Penang deserved the tag as a food paradise for its unique fare.

“We enjoy all the food that we have tried. I can’t agree more with the comments about the food here,” said the 20-year-old who was accompanied by fellow Briton Hannah, also 20, at the Gurney Drive food court.

Hannah also gave the thumbs up to the favourite Malaysian meal – nasi lemak.

Oseland, 53, who is also a reality TV cooking show judge, is in Penang to find the best food to feature in his book.

The book will spotlight traditional home-cooked food. Oseland said it was the best way to understand one’s culture.

Administration clerk Nur Ruzaina Abdul Rahim, 24, was not surprised that Penang kept winning accolades for its food.

“It has all types of flavours and cuisines,” she added.

State Tourism Development Committee chair­man Danny Law Heng Kiang said Penang­ites should be proud of the latest recognition.

“A lot of herbs and spices such as chili, nutmeg, pepper and soy go into the cooking of our local food,” he said. “On top of that, our food is widely influenced by the cultures from the myriad races here.”

Federation of Northern Hawkers’ Associations deputy chairman Lam Tong Ying said he would get a lot of compliments for Penang’s food whenever he visited other countries.

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