If there is one thing we can assure you about Penang, it is its food quality. Most of the foods here have authentic tastes and a lot of the foreign cuisines have found the Malaysian recipes, which is what makes them so unique here in Malaysia. The blend of different cuisines together has formed several food items which now solely belong to Malaysia and attracts millions of tourists every year. Penang is considered to be the food paradise of Southeast Asia and is famous worldwide for its enriching quality-food. Take some time out of your busy schedule just to pamper your taste bud and tummy, which might even end up being the best deal of your life.
The food paradise, Penang, is located off the northwestern coast of the Peninsular Malaysia in the Strait of Malacca.
Best time to visit:
Avoid having strong cravings for good food during the months of April-May and October-November. It rains heavily during these seasons and might ruin your experience of the authentic street foods. The Penang tourism is on boom during December to January and June to September. Although it might get a little crowded at times during these seasons, this is when you’d find the island in its true colors as well.
How to reach:
You can take a trip to the island from KL via any mode of transport. Most prefer going by flight or bus. All the modes take almost the same time to reach. You can also use railways or even rent a car or taxi to go to Penang.
Penang, especially George Town, witnesses millions of tourists every year. Find out more about Penang tourism in our previous blog.
Penang is a huge tourist spot in Malaysia with George Town being the second largest city of the country, by population. You can get an experience of the island however you’d want to. From high-end luxury hotels to simple lodging and homestays, Penang welcomes all of its guests wholeheartedly.
Where and what to eat:
You might be constantly eating in Penang, but one thing we can assure you is that you can never have enough of it. You try one thing, you jump to another, then you want to go back to the first one, and the cycle goes on. Penang is primarily famous for its local street foods and here are a few must-tries:
- Nasi Kandar
- Char Koay Teow
- Penang Assam Laksa
- Char Koay Teow
- Koay Teow Th’ng
- Lor Bak
- Curry Mee
- Dim Sum
- Penang Rojak
- Mee Goreng
- Apom Manis
- Ais Kachang
- Penang Teochew Chendul
- Lok Lok
- Oyster Omelette
- Wanton Mee
These were the dishes you must try before even thinking of stepping out of Penang. A lot of places in Penang have made their name to the top. A few of the noteworthy ones may include:
- Kedai Kopi Ming Hooi, Gat Lebuh Macallum
- Restoran Nasi Kandar Line Clear,Near 161 & 177 Penang Road
- Café Sin Yin Nam, Lorong Baru
- Hon Kei Food Corner, 45, Jalan Kampung Malabar
- Mount Erskine Market, Jalan Mount Erskine
- Kedai Kopi Seng Thor,160, Lebuh Carnarvon
And, the list goes on. A lot of them are famous for their own specialties, but we’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Things to keep in mind:
- You can find several ATMs and money-changers at several spots on the island, including the Penang Airport itself. You must keep enough cash with you to fully be able to enjoy the local food.
- Get a local Malaysian SIM for hassle-free communication all throughout your stay in Malaysia.