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Penang’s Fading Street Food Traditions

Penang is known for its street food, but this is a tradition that’s fast giving way to something else.

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My wife told me about this strange cafe that she went to that made their own marshmallows. She thought that I may have wanted to film there. I went and checked it out and realized that she was right.

So I made a short documentary about not only this place but Penang’s changing food traditions. As more money pours into Asia and the cultures develop substantial middle classes and become more “internationalized,” traditions, such as the street food that Penang is known for, fade away and new traditions take their place. However, while the surface elements of these two sides of culture appear different, there is an underlaying ethic that is very much the same.

That underlaying ethic is what this short film is about.


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Filed under: Changing Cultures, Culture and Society, Food, Malaysia, Vlog

About the Author:

I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3717 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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