Penang, a beautiful island located just off the coast of Malaysia, is known as a food capital. The island is famous for its delicious culinary offerings that reflect its diverse heritage and culture. There are bustling hawker centres for those looking for a taste of authenticity, and there are hotels featuring on-site restaurants. This article dives into all that and more.

George Town’s Street Food

A famous UNESCO World Heritage site in Penang, George Town is the capital of Penang. It’s known for its historical allure, cultural landscape, and colonial architecture. However, the town is popular with tourists and locals alike for its dynamic culinary scene too. Plus, the town offers the likes of Citadines Connect Georgetown Penang for those interested in Penang hotel apartments.

A Taste of Nyonya Cuisine

Nyonya cuisine is a blend of Chinese ingredients, spices, and cooking techniques used by the Malay and Indonesian communities. Must-tries include Ayam Buah Keluak, Otak-Otak, Laksa Lemak, Nasi Ulam, and Mee Siam.

Indian Offerings

For a taste of India, head to Little India. The stalls lining the streets offers a delectable array of Indian food you wouldn’t want to miss. Here, the streets are lined with vendors selling Roti Canai, a flaky flatbread served with dhal or curry, and Murtabak, a stuffed pancake, both of which are staples for the local Indian community.

Sweet Treats

Teochew Chendul – Image via Flickr

For a sweet and memorable ending to your culinary expedition in Penang, try Teochew Chendul, a bowl of shaved ice heaped with green rice flour jelly, red beans, and palm sugar syrup, topped with creamy coconut milk. It’s the perfect antidote to Penang’s hot afternoons.