Swallow @ The Saw Emporium
With various kitchen and bar takeovers, new dining partners and even more food and alcohol, pop-up event Swallow @ The Saw Emporium is showing no signs of slowing down. The self-proclaimed ‘multi-concept culinary lifestyle event’ opened in November 2017 at The Saw Emporium – once a former sawmill – to much fanfare with notable restaurants and bars like Teppei Syokudo (one of Singapore’s best Japanese restaurants), Qwenchers, Embers BBQ Grill, Norm, Noct and more. This coming weekend will see a takeover by Taps Beer Bar – winner of Best Beer Bar in the Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur 2017 – with the biggest craft beer party in Penang (Jan 19-21); the launch of the one-night only Cocktail Bar January edition with a Swallow x DaVinci gourmet cocktail bar (Jan 18); and live music by Wedding in Charlie with Charlie’s Friday @ 9 on Friday (Jan 19). There will also be new menus by Teppei Syokudo, Embers BBQ Grill and Wham by The After Meal, alongside a new Thai food option with Soi 55 handing over the kitchen to WhatSaeb แซ่บ Boat Noodles.
Top 20 iconic hawker dishes
Historically and geographically, Penang is perfectly positioned to be one of the top places for street food in Asia. As one of the great entrepots of the region, the combination of the spice trade, colonialism and the myriad of cultures which settled here through the ages has given rise to a unique cuisine which is becoming renowned the world over. The number one priority for many visitors is to eat their way through the island and this list will give you a head start. Here are 20 classic hawker dishes in Penang – what they are and where you can get them.