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Hotel Chefs To Cook Local Delicacies At Affordable Prices

GEORGE TOWN: To make ends meet during this pandemic, several hotels from Penang are converting to hawking street food as guests were forced to stay away and no tourists in town.

As the spreading of the virus is no where seen to be declining, not only are top chefs putting on a new hat as roadside food handlers, the hotels are also giving away free stays to regular patrons using the hawker fare.

During the MCO period, hotels are not allowed to offer rooms to anyone except government officials, frontliners and essential service workers. Their kitchens and restaurants are also closed as dining-in is not permitted.

To change things around, a five-star hotel near Komtar here has converted its front entrance into a hawker street. JEN Penang has now venture into the food business full-time, with top chefs bow out of their kitchens to take the wok and make local favourite foods such as char koay teow.

Source: Rasa Malaysia

The hawker-like was driven by the un-hotel like prices of between RM6 and RM8.50. Drinks, ranging from teh tarik to lattes are also reasonably priced for a top hotel, ranging from RM2.50 to RM10.

In search of an alternative source of income, other five-star hotels on the island are also taking the food and beverage outside their premises to customers. Many hotels have converted their car parks into a space for pop-up stalls, selling laksa, hokkien mee, cendol and so on.

Source: Hungry Go Where

A point given to buyers for every RM2 spent on food which is priced between RM5 and RM12. By collecting 350 points, a customer can use the points earned to redeem one night’s free stay at the hotel. If you happen to reach out to these places, do drop by to support local businesses.

The Malaysian Association of Hotels mentioned that the hotel industry is currently in dire straits, with occupancy rate dipping below 20% nationwide. Between March and November last year, a total of 204 tourism and hotel businesses could not operating their business because of restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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