Meet your guide and small group at Soho Free House on Penang Road, and begin your 3-hour food tour of Penang with a traditional Malay breakfast. Walk to one of the city’s oldest Malaysian-Chinese coffee shops, known locally as a kopitiam, where you’ll sample nasilemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) with chili paste and a boiled egg.
While visiting one of Penang’s most popular vendors, sink your teeth into prawn fritters and lobak, a deep-fried, spiced pork roll that’s a delicacy in Nonya cuisine. Then stroll to one of Penang’s oldest markets, overflowing with seafood, fruits, vegetables and dried goods. Sample a variety of preserved fruits and taste seasonal produce such as rambutan, mangosteen, dukong and — if you’re daring enough — durian (known for its strong odor).
Explore historical streets with preserved heritage buildings and hidden back lanes, listening as your foodie guide describes Penang’s diverse street food culture along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to taste specialties like assam laksa (rice noodles in sour fish soup), char kuey teow (fried flat rice noodles) and murtabak (bread with meat fillings) in Penang’s oldest Indian Muslim restaurant, dating back to 1907. Watch how crullers (fried pastry), called yutiao, are made, and feast your eyes on the array of salted fish at a local 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 to try one of the local non-alcoholic drinks: hot tehtarik (pulled tea), lime juice with sour plum, nutmeg juice and more.
Your tour ends at a market, where you can purchase items to take home with you. (Check your country’s import laws to confirm what food products are permitted for travelers.)
Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Brilliant tour with our guide Poh. We were met promptly on time and it turned out to just be the two of us so we got a 'private tour', bonus! We started out in a coffee shop with some local coffees and morning snacks as well as the national dish nasi lamek, followed by a trip through the local market with some other dishes, then to a bakery, another restaurant for the local version of laksa and a desert; and then to an Indian restaurant for a beef rendang, biriyani and local pulled tea. Along the way Poh also talked about the history of the area, the Unesco status and what that has meant for Penang/Georgetown, pointed out loads of street art and gave some information about each one, and pointed out other general information about the local free buses. At the end of the tour my partner said he wanted some sweets for his son and Poh proceeded to take us down to the nearby coffee and chocolate museum and take us through which was not expected but definitely appreciated! Highly recommend this trip, definitely for first time visitors to Penang. We are foodies from near Melbourne, Australia and I'd say the only thing for us was that there wasn't a great deal on this tour that we hadn't eaten in some form before, but other than that, a wonderful experience!
This was a great tour. No nonsense with getting on and off of busses. Just an intimate walk through George Town’s beautiful streets with delicious food, good company, interesting history, and two tour guides who clearly LOVED their jobs. Such a pleasure.
HP our guide was fantastic! High energy, in-depth knowledge and fabulous customer service. She made the experience everything and more we wanted. Her care in selection of foods and places was stellar. If you want a sampling of great food with a fun guide, you cannot do better!
What a fabulous tour! Our guide, Po Lian, was highly knowledgeable and explained everything in a friendly and interesting way. We got to try a huge number of different and delicious things, from noodle dishes to fish and meats, fruits, drinks and desserts. She was able to accommodate my food allergies and made sure that I could eat everything. I was in Penang for 2 weeks before taking this tour, and wasn't finding food this good - and never would have stumbled upon these places myself. I would highly recommend this tour -- but don't eat breakfast beforehand, and bring your appetite!
This was a fantastic tour. We got to try a good variety of delicious local specialties. Our guide was very informative and enthusiastic. Highly recommend.
Guide was excellent. Got to try about 10 different local dishes.
This tour was a highlight of our Penang stay and we could not recommend guide Poh or the content highly enough. The food and insights to the culture were wonderful
Our guide was friendly and informative and took us through the city so we could sample the local food. By the end of the tour we could not eat another thing. The meeting point was easy to find, and though we were walking for the entire tour, we stopped at numerous places to sample the food and drink. Our guide had even brought wither her small plastic bowls so we could share some of the dishes easily! Would definitely recommend.
Did the morning tour. Was very good with a lot of food. Taste all the dishes Penang is famous for. Will definite recommend tour
Best to do this tour with an appetite as there is plenty to taste. Tour guide, Kevin, was a friendly chap who explained the name and composition of various dishes tasted. We sat in amongst locals chatting noisily and I sampled various dishes that I otherwise would not have eaten if not on the tour. We walked though a big covered market area with folk selling fresh fruit, vegetables, noodles, fish and meat. Very noisy and busy. It was great! Bought a small bag of fresh ground coffee and a bag of Penang 'white coffee'. Something to do with how it is roasted I think. At the end of the tour I saw oysters being fried as a kind of omelette. Found my way back in the evening to sample. Delicious!!! Really enjoyed this tour, was fun.
Penang showcases some of the best street food with Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. On this 3-hour walking tour you get to sample more than a dozen delightful snacks, drinks and desserts. With as many as 10 stops, you’re able to savor tasty bites while exploring the city’s historical streets, markets and hidden back lanes with a local foodie guide. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 to ensure a personalized experience with a small group.