Penang Food at a Crossroads

By Lim Sok Swan

December 2022 COVER STORY
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Photo by: Wilson Teh
PENANG’S STREET FOOD has always been a crowd-puller. Part of it has to do with Penang’s early history as a port. That inspired into being a smorgasbord of foods that marry food ingredients and cuisines from different cultures into innovative, popular and practical dishes. Penang’s street food was conceived to not only be cheap and filling for port workers often involved in manual labour, but also to include elements that reminded them of their ancestral homes.During the Covid-19 pandemic, I...

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Lim Sok Swan

is currently focusing on heritage studies. She believes that more understanding among different groups and cultures can make Malaysia a better home for all.