Small-Group Tastes & Traditions Walking Tour

Food & Drink

Taste your way through Penang, savoring your favorite dishes of authentic Malaysian cuisine. From traditional rice and soup dishes to exotic fruit and seasonal vegetables, this tour is a treat for those who love to tickle their taste buds with diverse, complex flavors.

Kick-start your culinary adventure with a tasty breakfast of nasilemak—rice cooked in coconut milk—chili, and a boiled egg at a traditional Malaysian Chinese coffee shop. Then visit a popular vendor, where you can sample prawn fritters and lobak, a 5-spice, deep-fried pork roll.

Next, explore an array of foods that make up the Malaysian diet with a visit to a typical market. Try local fruit, including rambutan, mangosteen, and the distinctive durian.

Enjoy Malaysian, Chinese, and Indian cuisine as you stop at various food stalls. Meet local vendors, learn about the preparation of assamlaksa—noodles in fish soup—before visiting an Indian eatery for murtabak, a meat-filled bread dish. Then wash your food down with nutmeg juice or perhaps Malaysia's national drink, tehtarik, a tea and hot-milk beverage.

Arrive at a residential estate and see how yutiao—a deep-fried dough stick—is made, as well as the sunning of salt fish. Complete your tour with something sweet. Perhaps even indulge in a glass of cendol, shaved ice in coconut milk with jelly noodles made from rice flour.

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