Penang Tastes and Traditions Small Group Tour with Street Food Tasting

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
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A woman at the temple
A woman at the temple
A woman lighting an incense
A woman lighting an incense
The park is for all ages!
The park is for all ages!
Food court
Food court
Local store finds
Local store finds
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People passes by a vegetable stand

What To Expect

Set your taste buds salivating as you sample the best of the city's street food. Get stuffed with sweet and savory treats as you learn about traditional Malaysian cuisine. Wander old city streets, passing preserved heritage sites, and stopping at famed food spots like one of Penang's oldest Chinese coffee shops and Indian Muslim restaurants. There's no better way to literally taste the cultural diversity of Penang!


  • Savor more than a dozen tastings of traditional Malaysian cuisine and Penang street food

  • Talk with local food vendors and learn how authentic Penang dishes such as assamlaksa, char kuey teow and cendol are prepared

  • Taste Southeast Asian fruits such as mangosteen, rambutan and, if they're in season, those infamous durians

  • Explore old city streets and learn about Penang’s preserved heritage sites

  • Visit a Penang market to purchase treats to take back home with you


Food Tours in Penang
Departs From:
Meeting Point:
Soho Free House, Penang Road
3 hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:30 AM
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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

  • Non-alcoholic drinks


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Participants must be at least 6 years old to join this tour.

  • This tour operates as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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