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Tastes and Traditions in Penang

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Savour 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.

Inclusion

Local English speaking guide; Food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Exclusion

Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Alcoholic beverages; Travel insurance; Shopping expenses; Gratuities; Additional food and drinks.

Hours of operation

Available Tuesday - Saturday at 9:30am.

Duration

Approximately 3 hours.

Location

Meeting point: Soho Free House, Penang Road (next to Peking Hotel).

Ending point: Penang Road, opposite the police headquarters.

Itinerary

our Penang food tour starts 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. You will sample the traditional Malay breakfast of nasilemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) with chili paste and a boiled egg. You’ll also 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 (who also represented Penang at the Adelaide Food & Wine Festival!).

Next, you’ll 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. You’ll either love this fruit or hate it! You can also 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. You will 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.

You will be able to savor more than a dozen food items during this three-hour Penang city tour. Penang showcases some of the best street food of Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors — you’ll 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.

Your 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! (Check your country’s import laws to confirm what food products are permitted for travellers.)

Additional Information

Dress standard: Casual, light clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Policies

Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Cancellation: 2 days prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty.

Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.


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