Penang food is world famous, but with all there is on offer, are you sure you know what to eat when in Penang? Come to grips with these 26 famous Penang foods (and 80 good places where to eat them) and you'll get started on your Penang food hunt in no time.
What to eat in Penang? Praised as one of the best places to eat in Asia, Penang food is rich and varied thanks to the multi-ethnic history of Penang island. With Malay, Indian and Chinese settlers, the island offers the best of three world cuisines and has an incredible variety of dishes. Food hunting in Penang is fun and an endless discovery of new tastes.
In 2014 Lonely Planet even declared Penang as the Best Foodie Destination of the year, thus sanctioning the quality of the famous street food in Penang and its best hawker dishes to the world. Since then, more and more tourists have come to the island not only to see George Town’s street art and enjoy Penang nightlife and many exciting bars, but especially to enjoy a Penang food trip, gorging on Penang’s famous food, and trying some of the best Penang restaurants. From upmarket tourists to backpackers, everyone thinks that eating in Penang is a crucial aspect of any trip to the island. There are more Penang local dishes than what you can sample on a single trip.
You could sign up for a Penang Street Food Tour with a local guide that will take you to some of the best shops and street stalls, stopping to admire the famous Penang street art and some of George Town’s most interesting temples. Heritage on a Plate Food Tour is a three-hour long food hunt at four different locations. You can choose between lunch or dinner, and you’ll have a private guide ready to explain the nitty-gritty of Penang life and culture. George Town Night Food Tour mixes food hunt with an exploration of the Chinese Clan Jetties, and ends with drinks in one of Penang’s most exciting bars.