From tempting street food stalls and busy food courts to Michelin-star restaurants, Penang sure does have it all. To the curious foodie at heart, herein is a detailed take on where to go & what to have.

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Little India

Penang’s capital of George Town showcases two distinct culinary sections, each with its own story to tell and experience to be had. First up is Little India which every evening bursts open with aromas of rice, meat, and veggies smeared in ghee to partake in. In fact, the vendors lining Chulia Street afford memorable encounters with a wide selection of curries, naan roti, and spice-infused biryani that will have you salivating at the very end.


Cruise through the Far East at Chinatown where you will be met with quite a number of choices to make. Initially, you can indulge your tastebuds in Hainan chicken rice before trying out the flavourful dumplings that are served at Cintra Food Corner down Jalan Ria. Also, be sure to sink your teeth into a serving of Char Koay Teow that combines flat noodles, stir-fried prawns, blood cockles, bean sprouts, chili, and soy sauce together with a helping of chicken or egg.

Off-the-street dining

For those seeking a more luxurious and refined setting, then it is best that you make a reservation at Gurney Drive’s PUTIEN which is a Michelin-star restaurant. The abalone is as good as they come but expect to pay a minimum of USD 200 per head. Next up is Karaikudi in Little India where you ought to be should you crave masala-based dishes and a menu comprising chicken specialties and Indian-inspired seafood creations.

Food courts

Diverse cuisine is at the heart of the local food courts such as Sri Weld Food Court and Red Garden Food Paradise where in exchange for ambience you will be served an assortment of tasty fare. If you find yourself staying at Travelodge Chinatown Kuala Lumpur on your rewarding KL hotel promotion, then an excellent way to enhance your holiday would be to beeline for Penang.