I love traveling and I love travel photography but there is always something nice when you can do travel photography with leaving home which is what I did for a feature on Penang street food in this month's SBS Feast Magazine.
(Above : Diners wanted. Chilies to be served along side koay teow th'ng (noodle soup)).
(Above : The Legend - Mdm Soon Suan Choo and her char koay teow. I went to her shop the first time I came to Penang in 2006. At that time people warned me that she was a tough character along the lines of Sienfeld's 'Soup Nazi' but I behaved myself, got served and paid the 'outrageous' sum of RM8 (about U$2.50 - most versions are about a dollar) for a plate. Today, looking back it is still a great version (I'm not one to say best..it's all subjective) and frankly she may have mellowed a bit letting me hang over her wok for 30 minutes or so to get the shot above. Something I wouldn't have imagined happening when I first visited her in 2006).
(Above : My favorite vendor in Chow Rasta Market convinces a tough customer that his greens are the freshest by snapping the stem).
(Above : Butchers in Chow Rasta Market work in the early evening to break down hog carcasses for local restaurants.)
(Above : The action goes well into the night. In Penang many vendors still use charcoal for cooking).
(Above : the 'ol red, white and blue - Penang style.)
Want more Penang? Join me this July 18-21 for a fun filled food and travel photography workshop. Still a few places left! Check here for details. See you there!
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