“A fantastic way to sample a wide variety of foods in Penang in 3 hours - everything from sweet to savoury, liquid to solid. Guide made it easy and we didn't feel rushed. Walking through the markets on the weekend was great to see. ...Michael C., – See more reviews
What To Expect
Start off with a breakfast visit to one of the oldest traditional Malaysian Chinese coffee shops, known locally as a kopitiam. This shop dates back to 1940, before the battles of the Malayan Campaign and Malayan Emergency. Sample the traditional Malay breakfast of nasilemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) with chili paste and a boiled egg. Try prawn fritters and lobak, a five-spiced deep-fried pork roll that's a delicacy in Nonya cuisine, while visiting one of Penang's most popular lobak vendors.
Next, head to one of the oldest markets in Penang filled with various kinds of seafood, fruits, vegetables and dried goods. Try some of the local seasonal produce such as rambutan, mangosteen and dukong and if you're daring enough, the king of Malaysian fruit: durian. Either love this fruit or hate it! Sample a variety of preserved fruits including the nutmeg fruits for which Penang is famous.
There will be 8 to 10 stops in total, where you will taste delightful snacks, drinks, and desserts. Explore historical streets with preserved heritage buildings and hidden back lanes. Along the way, your foodie guide will explain Penang's street food culture and the heritage that brings such pride to Penangnites.
Be able to savor more than a dozen food items. Penang showcases some of the best street food of Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors - have the opportunity to taste assamlaksa (rice noodles in sour fish soup), char kuey teow (fried flat rice noodles), and murtabak (an Indian Muslim bread with meat fillings) in Penang's oldest Indian Muslim restaurant dating back to 1907.
Watch how crullers, called yutiao, are made and feast your eyes on the large array of salted fish being sunned by a local salt fish vendor in one of Penang's earliest low-income housing estates.
When it comes time for dessert, dig into a cool bowl of cendol, a serving of ice shavings with green doughy strips and red beans covered with coconut milk.
Make sure you also try the local favorite non-alcoholic drinks: hot tehtarik, (pulled tea), lime juice with sour plum, nutmeg juice and many more. The tour ends at the market, where you will have the opportunity to 'tapau' (pack) some of the foodstuffs you want to bring home with you!
Food as indicated
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Tips and gratuities
Participants must be at least 6 years old to join this tour.
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