Most travellers know the city as a hawker fare heaven, but an emerging generation of young chefs are transforming and elevating its local dining scene. Victor Loy shares his gastronomic exploits during a recent trip back to his hometown.
I make two trips back to my hometown of Penang annually, and as the years pass, it’s amazing to watch how the dining scene evolves. George Town, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, is now the perfect blend of old and new, with traditional and contemporary restaurants and bars housed in shophouses of myriad hues. It’s hard for Penangites to pigeonhole the new establishments into a single category due to our cornucopia of influences brought by English, French and Japanese immigrants, and the chefs and proprietors’ personal experiences.
Excerpt from the June 2017 issue of epicure.