Thursday, 26 July 2018

Jom Makan: Enjoy the flavours of Penang

Penang is on of the best places on earth for gourmets and food lovers are being enticed to the seafront city by one of its leading hotels: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang. 

With Georgetown is often described as "the culinary capital of Malaysia" the new Jom Makan (Come Eat) campaign will allow guests to uncover the island’s most mouth-watering attractions, from busy markets to sizzling street food stalls, top-notch restaurants, creative cooking classes and much more.



With its rich cultural diversity, including Peranakan, Indian and Chinese influences, plus a tropical climate and abundance of local seafood, Penang has a hugely vibrant food scene. 

The island’s most famous dishes include nasi kandar, or rice served with various choices of curries; laksa, the famous spicy noodle soup; char koay teow, a fried flat noodle dish; and a popular Penang version of Hokkien mee featuring yellow noodles in prawn soup. 

All of these delectable dishes, and many, many more, can be discovered at the street food stalls and local restaurants of  regional capital Georgetown and the popular beachfront area of Batu Ferringhi.

The launch of Jom Makan also coincides with the Penang International Food Festival (PIFF), a culinary extravaganza that returns to the island this September. 

This annual event is a celebration of Penang’s street food, with 16 days of mouth-watering food and drink on Georgetown’s Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street). Guests can choose from over 150 food trucks, themed dining experiences, mini festivals and a professional chefs’ challenge.


DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang offers regular complimentary shuttle bus services to and from Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi, allowing guests to experience this free culinary fiesta and other events such as the Georgetown Festival, which returns this summer.

“Every visit to Penang is a feast for the senses," says Jamie Mead, the resort's regional general manager. "At DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, we are proud of this rich culinary heritage and encourage our guests to experience every mouth-watering delicacy the island has to offer. 

“Our own chefs present an array of authentic local dishes at Makan Kitchen, our lively all-day restaurant. Alternatively, guests who want to learn more about the island’s food can ask our concierge who will be delighted to recommend the best places to discover local cuisine.

“I would like to invite all guests to jom makan – come and eat with us here in Penang, the culinary capital of Malaysia.”

Visitors who want to discover the best of Penang can choose to visit the island’s markets such as Chowrasta Bazaar, where locals flock to buy fresh meat and fish, along with a wide range of sweets and pickled fruits. 

After dark, Macallum Street Night Market and the Long Beach Food Court are just two spots to savour flavoursome local street food. 

Cooking class options include the Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School and Nazlina’s Spice Station, which takes guests on a tour of the local food markets before returning to Georgetown for an  al fresco class.

For more information call +604 892 8000. 

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