Penang International Food Festival 2018 - Dining Under the Stars

(Peter) #1

The Penang International Food Festival 2018 moved up to the al fresco dining area of the 67th floor of the Komtar Tower in George Town’s CBD area this evening. Great views of the city from up there.

Dinner that evening consisted of Modern-Penang dishes:

  1. Amuse-geule: Smoked BBQ lamb jerky, and Hibiscus Tea.

2a) Roasted chestnut soup with garlic croutons, chopped macadamias and micro-cress.

2b) Oxtail soup, which more resembled the spiced “sop ekor” sold by the Indian-Muslim (“mamak”) food vendors in town.

  1. Nyonya-style Nasi Ulam - mixed herb rice, served with radicchio, toasted grated coconut and kaffir lime vinaigrette.

4a) Laksa carbonara - combining squid-ink pasta with Penang-style spiced laksa gravy, with tiger prawns.

4b) Nasi lemak with beef rendang (cooked sous-vide).


  1. “Apom Balik” (sweet local crepe) with chendol agar-agar, glutinous rice balls, red bean puree and Gula Melaka ice-cream.

Personally, I think the views were better than the fusion cuisine offered up there.

(John Hartley) #2

Views are certainly stunning, Peter.

(Peter) #3

Come visit George Town whenever you can, John. It’s got the best street food in Malaysia, if not the world. :joy: :joy:

It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a lot of architecture left over from the British East Indies era, and a rich Straits-born Chinese (Peranakan Baba-Nyonya) and Indian-Muslim heritage.