Penang

In Penang, Tony Bourdain discovers a beautiful rice and shrimp dish wrapped in a banana leaf that he can't get enough of, then eats fresh snapper on Monkey Beach which surprisingly lives up to its name.

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Hotel Penaga

Located on the corner of Jalan Hutton & Lebuh Clarke

10050 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

 
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Straits Collection

86/86a, 89/95 Armenian St, Georgetown, 10200 Penang, Malaysia

 
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Rasa Sayang Resort

Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang, 11100, Malaysia

 
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Assam Laksa Stall Near Kek Lok Si Temple

Tourists visit the ornate Kek Lok Si temple to see the huge statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. But serious culinary aficionados know it as the landmark for one of the best Penang assam laksa (fish broth noodles) stalls, set up 59 years ago.

15 Lebuh Rambai 6, 11060 Paya Terubong, Penang, Malaysia

 
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Snake Temple

Going to a Chinese temple and draping yourself with crawling vipers is like some ritual scene that David Carradine and Bruce Lee could be doing together.

11300 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia

 
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Red Garden

One of Penang’s culinary gems is the Red Garden. The bright red-neon and fluorescent food court sits in the middle of Leith Street.

No. 20, Leith Street, 10000 Penang, Malaysia

 
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Nasi Kandar "Line Clear"

"Line Clear" sits in an alleyway off Penang Road. In Malaysian street lingo, "line clear" means business as usual for whatever moves through busy back lanes.

Behind 117 Penang Rd, Penang, Malaysia

 
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New Lane

Tony Bourdain and food writer/journalist Helen Ong explore the culinary delights of New Lane. Tony tries char kway teow (stir-fried ricecake strips) for the first time.

33 New Lane (off Macalister Road), 10400 Penang, Malaysia

 

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