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.
View of Gurney Drive (Penang’s main promenade) and the residential towers of Tanjung Bungah and Tanjung Tokong in the background.
View of George Town’s “7-Streets Precinct” , stretching from Magazine Road thru to Cecil Street, and the coastal highway leading towards the residential areas of Gelugor, and the industrial estate of Bayan Lepas.
Old George Town - this lattice-like labyrinthian part of the city is the old Chinese quarter and is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, with no high-rises within its collection of centuries-old Chinese shophouses, temples and residential homes.
Dining under the stars on Komtar’s 67th floor al fresco dining area.
Dinner that evening consisted of Modern-Penang dishes:
- 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.
- 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).
- “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.