While we miss our short holidays across the border, here are some Malaysian favourites for us to enjoy

There are many things to love about our neighbour up north, and one of them is undeniably the food. Putting aside the war on which country “owns” which dish, Malaysia is famous for its flavourful authentic cuisine that is as rich in heritage as it is in taste.

Luckily, we don’t have to wait till the borders open to have a taste of Malaysian delicacies. Penang Culture, the very embodiment of that dual spirit of innovation and tradition in Malaysian food, marks 10 delicious years of sharing that mutual respect and appreciation this year.

For the occasion, Penang Culture is proud to debut three original new dishes, each created in the spirit of three leading food states in the country — Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. Additionally, the restaurant is giving 50% off the three new dishes, for a limited time only, for dine-in and takeaway as a thank you to all its loyal customers who have supported it through the many colourful years.

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With Ramadan coming up, this makes Penang Culture the perfect place to enjoy some great food while breaking fast. Enjoy authentic Malaysian food at great value for money from now till May 13. The dishes are also available for delivery at 20% off.

As Singapore’s first Penang-themed Halal restaurant, Penang Culture is helmed by Penangite head chef Wong Thin Lipp, who started his culinary career in the streets of Penang.

From the Straits of Malacca comes the Malacca Golden King Prawn Seafood Bee Hoon ($24.90 after 50% off, UP $49.80), an indulgent bee hoon dish cooked to succulent sweetness with King prawns, clams and squid in a rich and thick milk and cheese sauce. Elevated from Penang Culture’s previous recipe, it now comes with King prawns that, when paired with the creaminess of the milk and cheese gravy, draws out the sweetness of the seafood for an incomparable treat, especially for seafood lovers. Penang Culture’s version is made with three types of cheeses — nachos and gouda topped with parmesan — that will satisfy even the most voracious cheese lover.

Moving on to the capital of Kuala Lumpur, Penang Culture offers the KL Crispy Breaded Chicken Cutlet ($8.90 after 50% off, UP $17.80) with housemade curry mayo. A whole succulent chicken thigh is breaded and deep fried to golden perfection and served with an accompanying Western-Asian fusion dipping sauce, presenting modern flavours reflective of the metropolis.

Keeping true to its namesake, Penang Culture is introducing the Penang Fragrant Kam Heong Clams ($9.90 after 50% off, UP $19.80). Juicy lala clams are stirfried with dried shrimp, curry leaves and a rich caramel-like soy sauce for a dish that is pleasantly sweet yet not short of spice. The star ingredient is a kam heong sauce made with the chef’s family recipe utilising curry powder specially imported from Thailand. Stronger curry flavours bring out more intense nuances of the prized hae bee hiam in the dish, presenting a truly powerful kam heong dish as it is served in Penang.

Welcome the new, but don’t forget the classics! Make sure to also grab some Malaysian favourites on the menu, such as the Penang Rojak ($5.90), featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and cuttlefish tossed in a sweet rojak prawn paste. A generous sprinkling of crushed peanuts adds crunch and earthiness to a sweet and refreshing treat.

A trip to Penang is never complete without trying the state’s famous laksa. Rest assured that Penang Culture has done its Penang Assam Laksa ($7.90) justice, with chunks of mackerel fish in a thick spicy Assam gravy.

Finally, complete your Malaysian dining experience with a refreshing and icy bowl of D24 Johor King Chendol ($6.90). The cold and creamy shaved ice dessert flavoured with a dash of gula melaka, coconut milk and red beans is made fit for a king with upgraded D24 Johor durian puree and freshly squeezed coconut flesh.


PENANG CULTURE

Five outlets: NEX, Compass One, White Sands, JEM, VivoCity

Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm (last order at 9.30pm)