My boyfriend just finished watching our fave food show, No Reservations. This ep was filmed in Penang, and while it is a malaysian area, the food seemed more like a really awesome fusion of asian/indian flavors and wasn't anything that I've ever seen at my favorite local malaysian spots (which, here in NYC, actually exist!)
I immediately took to the web to try to find either a Penang spot in the NYC area (no dice, so it seems) or some recipes and everything seems to lean heavily towards the generic panang curry. We found some recipes that are probably authentic but require insane ingredients that we would never be able to find, even here in NYC.
Does anyone have any experience with Penang cuisine?! Any tips for cooking or a restaurant (basically anywhere within half a days travel from the states, we're going to be planning an international trip soon) or just any basic feedback on these amazing looking dishes? I would LOVE to find a cooking class or something similar, but it seems like a serious niche... however, he and I are generally not crazed by food shows as we've both eaten some great international food in our time, but this stuff specifically looks just amazing.
(as an aside, as soon as we finished the episode the first thing out of my mouth was "omg I need to post this on chowhound." I'm officially an addict!)