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Flavors of Penang - Morning Street Food Tour

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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!

Highlights
  • 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

Description

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!

Includes

  • Beverages (no alcohol)

  • Meal (refer to the details in the schedule)

  • English-speaking guide
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Flavors of Penang - Morning Street Food Tour

Duration: 3:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Beverages (no alcohol) / Meal (refer to the details in the schedule) / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 09:15

    Check In at Soho Freehouse

  • 09:30

    Start of Food Tour

  • Have Breakfast at a Kopitiam

    The tour kicks off with a visit to one of the oldest Malaysian Chinese coffee shops that date back to 1940. Sample the well-loved Malay breakfast called "nasi lemak" with chili paste and a boiled egg. Prawn fritters and lobak are also available for trying as you visit a popular lobak vendor.

  • Go Around a Market in Penang

    Try some of the local seasonal fruits such as rambutan, mangosteen, dukong and the infamous durian. Various preserved fruits like nutmeg fruit, which is famous in Penang, also await curious foodies. You won't run out of choices with various kinds of seafood, dried goods and produce!

  • Discover Penang Food Culture

    In the 8 to 10 stops you will visit, you will get the chance to try numerous snacks and street food (assam laksa, char kuey teow, murtabak). As you gorge on delicious treats, your tour guide will also show you around historical streets and heritage sites that shaped Penang's food culture.

  • More Penang Food Scene Highlights

    Watch how crullers or yutiao are made and witness how local vendors make sun salted fish in one of Penang's earliest low-income housing estates. Afterwards, have a cool bowl of cendol, which is a serving of ice shavings with coconut milk and topped with green doughy strips and red beans.

  • Enjoy Local Malaysian Drinks

    Don't forget to try local favorite non-alcoholic drinks such as hot teh tarik (pulled tea), lime juice with sour plum, nutmeg juice and many more. The tour ends back at the market, where guests will be able to purchase food items they want to take home with them.

  • 12:30

    Check Out at Penang Road

  • (For Check-In) Soho Freehouse (Soho Freehouse & Penthouse Jalan Penang Georgetown George Town Penang Malaysia) Time: 09:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Penang Road (Penang Street Georgetown George Town Penang Malaysia) Time: 12:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Soho Freehouse (Soho Freehouse & Penthouse Jalan Penang Georgetown George Town Penang Malaysia) Time: 09:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Penang Road (Penang Street Georgetown George Town Penang Malaysia) Time: 12:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • The tour fee does not include alcoholic beverages as well as other shopping expenses outside the itinerary.

  • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

Additional Note(s)
  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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