George Town in Penang, Malaysia, has the best street food in Asia, argues John Brunton. As the city gears up for the George Town Festival, which starts this Friday, he picks 10 stand-out places where you can eat fantastically well, and cheaply
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Nowhere in Asia can compare with Malaysia when it comes to street food, and although the capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a foodie paradise, ask Malaysians themselves where is the best place to eat, and the unanimous answer will be the tropical island of Penang, and in particular, George Town, a seething, authentic Chinatown. The stalls here are a gourmet kaleidoscope reflecting Malaysia’s colourful ethnic mix – as well as offering delicious Malay and Indian cuisine, Penang is unparalleled for the diversity and quality of its regional cooking. You eat well and cheaply everywhere in Penang, but here are 10 places really worth discovering.
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There’s no need to bike all 30 miles of this traffic-free route through the backdrop to Henry Williamson’s classic story; many families just plump for the six miles from Braunton to Barnstaple. Along this flat section you can Tarka-hunt along the banks of the Taw, spot wildfowl on the mudflats and keep interest piqued with gems from the downloadable audio guide (northdevonbiosphere.org.uk). Take a picnic or try the Boston Tea Party cafe in Barnstaple, with ethical cuisine, lashings of tea and cake, and excellent-value kids’ fare.
• devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail. The route is signposted from the tourist information centre in Braunton; rent bikes from Otter Cycle Hire (01271 813339) close to the start of the trail in Braunton