Penang Local

Penang Local

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The best recipes from Penang, a city obsessed with food.

As its Southeast Asian and Oceanic neighbors know, Malaysian cuisine is some of the best in the world. For centuries the Malay Peninsula has harbored ships from the Middle East, India, Europe, China and Indonesia. And while Kuala Lumpur might be the nation's official capital, Penang is undoubtedly Malaysia's food capital.

Penang is a city practically bursting at the seams with incredible (and spicy) food and with the people who love to eat it. Penang Local takes you on a culinary tour of Malaysia's bustling, intoxicating north. With 70 recipes that define the cuisine, you can capture the magic of Malaysia at home.

Even a brisk walk through George Town is alive with the fragrances of laksa - coriander and cumin (the foundation of Malay curries), along with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, cardamom, star anise and fenugreek. This book captures a day in the life of this food-obsessed capital, featuring iconic national recipes that will quickly convert you to a chili-lover.

About the Authors

Asma Aris & Ahmad Salim are a collaborative duo with a passion for good food, fine flavors and sustainable living. Under the brand SCINTILLA, they’ve created upscale Malaysian pop-up restaurants in Australia, Indonesia and Japan. This is their first book.