Penang, a melting pot of cultures, boasts a food scene as diverse and exciting as its history. From fiery curries to fragrant noodle dishes, Penang’s cuisine is a symphony of flavours waiting to tantalise your taste buds. Get ready to embark on a delicious journey with this guide to the must-try Penang treats!

Penang Char Kway Teow

This iconic stir-fried flat noodle dish is a Penang staple. Flat rice noodles are expertly tossed in a scorching wok with egg, fishcake, bean sprouts, and a secret sauce, resulting in a smoky and flavourful masterpiece. Be sure to customise your Char Kway Teow with extra chili or a squeeze of lime for a truly Penang experience. If you are staying at an affordable hotel like Travelodge Georgetown Penang, which also offers exclusive Penang hotel deals, head out to a nearby restaurant or food stall to sample this dish.

Asam Laksa

This spicy and tangy noodle soup is a Penang treasure. Rich tamarind broth is infused with aromatics like lemongrass, galangal, and turmeric, creating a complex flavour base. Thick rice noodles are served with fish, vegetables, and a dollop of fragrant shrimp paste – a must-try for adventurous palates.

Penang Roti Canai

This crispy flatbread is a Penang breakfast favourite. Thin dough is stretched and twirled before being cooked on a griddle until golden brown and flaky. Roti Canai is traditionally served with a lentil or curry sauce, offering a delightful combination of textures and flavours.


Cool down with a refreshing bowl of Cendol. Green pandan jelly noodles are layered with shaved ice, red beans, and palm sugar syrup, creating a vibrant and delicious dessert. Coconut milk adds a creamy touch, making Cendol the perfect way to end a Penang feast.

Tau Sar Piah

Tau Sar Piah – Image via Flickr

Don’t leave Penang without indulging in this sweet and savoury pastry. Mung bean paste filling is encased in a flaky buttery crust, creating a delightful contrast. Tau Sar Piah is perfect for a quick snack or a sweet souvenir to share with loved ones back home.