What’s better than living in a place with a mango season? Living in a place with two!
Actually because of the varieties that are available, and because there are imports coming in from other Southeast Asian countries, there really isn’t a time when mangos are not available. And that is a wonderful thing.
There are several varieties of mangoes, but our favorite is a green skin one called ‘honey gold’. In Indonesia, we called it harum manis. As its name implies this is a sweet mango. It is soft too. A ripe one will practically melt in your mouth.
There are other varieties that are tart and stringy. They can be good too. Sometimes I cut a sweet one and a tart one and have a bowl with both. Good eats for sure.
I usually try to pick my own mangos myself. I generally go by touch. A ripe mango will not be rock hard. There will be some give to the skin. But it won’t be so soft that the skin stays dented after you press into it.
Here’s an illustrated guide to how I cut a mango. Read more…
Muthu Frozen Foods—BA, Blok 598, Jln Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Tanjung Bunga 04-890 6900.
On the right, before you go into the Tanjung Bunga traditional market.
Probably the best meat shop at least in north Penang. Good quality beef burgers, sausage links, lunchmeat, bacon, boneless chicken breasts (min. 2 kilogram packs) even turkey loaf, and even simple enchilada. The staff is very helpful and friendly.
Straits Market—Jalan Loh Poh Heng, Tanjung Bungah
Great source for Western food like boneless chicken breasts, tortilla (flour and corn), corn nacho chips, blocks of New Zealand and other cheeses, whipped cream, tomato sauce, salsa, maple syrup, Doctor Pepper, whole turkey (seasonal).
SIMS—Lebuh Carnarvon, (just east of Prangin Mall) Georgetown
This classic old store seems to be the source for baking needs for hotels, restaurants and finicky cooks and cake decorators all over Penang.
Enrico—Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown
This seems to be the ultimate source for Indian spices and ingredients in Penang.
Traditional markets, also called wet markets, are a great source for fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, spices, and other basic local ingredients. Best to shop here in the morning—the earlier the fresher. There are three popular ones along Penang’s north coast.
- Pulau Tikus (just south of the Police Station)
- Tanjung Bungah (down the hill and to the left from Dalat Internationall School
- Teluk Bahang (on the left as you come into town after the traffic roundabout).
In Georgetown, check out Chowrasta Market on Penang Road, or Campbell Street market at Campbell and Carnarvon.
In Batu Ferringhi, there is a morning market that does not have its own dedicated building. It can be found in the parking lot behind the Mutiara apartment buildings, which is behind the Petronas and MacDonalds in Batu Ferringhi.
Also, check out the amazing street market that appears in the streets around Campbell on Saturday mornings.
And check out the night food (and everything else!) markets that pop up in the evenings. They start getting set up around sundown but don’t have much activity until 8:30pm.
- Teluk Bahang every Monday night
- Tanjung Bungah market every Tuesday night.
- Batu Ferringhi market every Saturday night.