I’m going to Penang next Thursday (17-04-08) with my wife for holidays and food finding. Anyone have any nice food to recommend, please feel free to drop some and i will try it out.
This will be our second time stepping into Penang as first visit was on year 2003.I miss some of the food there especially Asam laksa, fried Oyster (ho chian) and etc. How does the Penang name come from? this is what i found in wikipedia
The island was referred to as 檳榔嶼 (Bīnláng Yù) in the navigational drawings used by Admiral Zheng He of Ming-dynasty China in his expeditions to the South Seas in the 15th century. Early Malays called it Pulau Ka-Satu or “First Island”.
The name “Penang” comes from the modern Malay name Pulau Pinang, which means island of the betel nut tree (Areca catechu), family Palmae. In Chinese, Penang is known as 檳城 (pinyin: Bīnchéng / Bīngchéng; Hokkien: Peng Sheah). All three names can refer either to the island of Penang, the state of Penang or sometimes the state capital, George Town.
More specifically, George Town is known as Tanjung in Malay and 喬治市 (Qiáozhì Shì) in Chinese. Penang Island is simply Pulau Pinang (/’pulaʊ ‘pinaŋ/) in Malay and 檳榔嶼 (Bīnláng Xù) in Chinese, and Penang state is Negeri Pulau Pinang in Malay and 檳州 (Bīn Zhōu) in Chinese.
I will post all the photos and all the food we taste when we back…stay tuned.
Source : Wikipedia