Malaysia has a rich multicultural population; its cuisine has been influenced by Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Portuguese flavours, as well as techniques and ingredients from indigenous Sabah tribes. Penang is a wonderful place to sample some of these traditional dishes, with lively streets, night bazaars and busy food stalls. Gurney Drive is a favourite hangout of Penangites, where courting couples stroll along the seafront and families converge to enjoy the tasty 'hawkers food'. Expect to sample dishes such as mee goreng, a Malay noodle dish that is stir fried with egg, bean curd, bean sprouts and spicy sauce; or satay, skewered meat marinated with honey and roasted over an open charcoal flame. Freshly fried fish topped with sauce of your choice, and char kway teow, a local noodle dish, are also popular.