No trip to Penang is complete without a walk through Gurney Drive Hawker Center. The place is overflowing with smells and flavours that is essentially the soul of Penang – its food! Said to have the largest variety of local cuisine in one area, Gurney Drive Hawker Center is the perfect place you can mingle with the locals and try dishes you have heard about from the locals.
What is the Gurney Drive Hawker Center
The Gurney Drive hawker center is like an open-air food mall. You pay as you order and the food is delivered to your table. Start at the juice stall and sip on the fresh juice as you pick and order from the various stalls. You’ll notice that the popular stalls usually have a wait in the queue policy while ordering, and they sell everything ranging from stir-fried noodles to assorted dumplings. The perfect end to your meal would be Ais Kachang – a dessert of shaved ice, red kidney beans and a whole variety of toppings. It’s a food court that leaves you sinfully full but positively satisfied as well, without a big hole in your wallet.
A food lovers paradise
A foodie’s paradise, the hawker centre attracts even locals, not just tourists. A popular area, especially during dinner time, it’s better if you reach for an early dinner, else you may end up hunting for a place to sit for a long time. With at least a hundred food stalls to explore and numerous food options to suit everyone’s taste, it’s hard to run out of food options here. The clever serving size here also ensures you can try more than a couple of dishes and experiment with whatever catches your eye or tingles your nose, as you walk around.
The best way to get a tour of this maze-like food market is with the help of a local travel guide, and that’s where Locaguide will come to your rescue. Create an itinerary and book a guided tour of Penang with Locaguide, and get to explore places like Gurney Drive like a local!