A Taste Of Penang: Small Group Food Tour - Penang Hill

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Penang showcases some of the best street food with Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. On this 3-hour walking tour you get to sample more than a dozen delightful snacks, drinks and desserts. With as many as 10 stops, youre able to savor tasty bites while exploring the citys historical streets, markets and hidden back lanes with a local foodie guide. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 to ensure a personalized experience with a small group.

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Meet your guide and small group at Soho Free House on Penang Road, and begin your 3-hour food tour of Penang with a traditional Malay breakfast. Walk to one of the citys oldest Malaysian-Chinese coffee shops, known locally as a kopitiam, where youll sample nasilemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) with chili paste and a boiled egg.

While visiting one of Penangs most popular vendors, sink your teeth into prawn fritters and lobak, a deep-fried, spiced pork roll thats a delicacy in Nonya cuisine. Then stroll to one of Penangs oldest markets, overflowing with seafood, fruits, vegetables and dried goods. Sample a variety of preserved fruits and taste seasonal produce such as rambutan, mangosteen, dukong and if youre daring enough durian (known for its strong odor).

Explore historical streets with preserved heritage buildings and hidden back lanes, listening as your foodie guide describes Penangs diverse street food culture along the way. Youll have the opportunity to taste specialties like assam laksa (rice noodles in sour fish soup), char kuey teow (fried flat rice noodles) and murtabak (bread with meat fillings) in Penangs oldest Indian Muslim restaurant, dating back to 1907. Watch how crullers (fried pastry), called yutiao, are made, and feast your eyes on the array of salted fish at a local vendor in one of Penangs earliest low-income housing estates.

When it comes time for dessert, dig into a cool bowl of cendol, a serving of ice shavings with green doughy strips and red beans covered with coconut milk. Make sure to try one of the local non-alcoholic drinks: hot tehtarik (pulled tea), lime juice with sour plum, nutmeg juice and more.

Your tour ends at a market, where you can purchase items to take home with you. (Check your countrys import laws to confirm what food products are permitted for travelers.)

Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.

Inclusions for A Taste Of Penang: Small Group Food Tour

  • English-speaking guide
  • Food tasting
  • Non-alcoholic beverages

Exclusions for A Taste Of Penang: Small Group Food Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Alcoholic beverages

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 year

A maximum of 12 people per booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear a comfortable walking shoes

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Guide was excellent. Got to try about 10 different local dishes.

  • Best to do this tour with an appetite as there is plenty to taste. Tour guide, Kevin, was a friendly chap who explained the name and composition of various dishes tasted. We sat in amongst locals chatting noisily and I sampled various dishes that I otherwise would not have eaten if not on the tour. We walked though a big covered market area with folk selling fresh fruit, vegetables, noodles, fish and meat. Very noisy and busy. It was great! Bought a small bag of fresh ground coffee and a bag of Penang 'white coffee'. Something to do with how it is roasted I think. At the end of the tour I saw oysters being fried as a kind of omelette. Found my way back in the evening to sample. Delicious!!! Really enjoyed this tour, was fun.

  • This tour was a highlight of our Penang stay and we could not recommend guide Poh or the content highly enough. The food and insights to the culture were wonderful

  • Our guide was friendly and informative and took us through the city so we could sample the local food. By the end of the tour we could not eat another thing. The meeting point was easy to find, and though we were walking for the entire tour, we stopped at numerous places to sample the food and drink. Our guide had even brought wither her small plastic bowls so we could share some of the dishes easily! Would definitely recommend.

  • If you are a first time visitor to Penang, as we were, this small group tour is the best introduction to the diverse food styles and flavours found particularly in the Georgetown area. We tasted, Malaysian, Indian and Chinese influenced dishes from lor bak to murtabak, noodles, soups and a cooling coconut milk dessert, plus delicious sweet PoPiah filled with crushed peanuts. Our guide Junie was very well informed about the food treasures of Penang. She considered other group members food preferences and sensitivities with care and diplomacy. My partner and I ate everything offered and were not disappointed! Junie guided us safely through the unpredictable traffic and some uneven pavements which was a real help. She shared her knowledge and enthusiasm generously. This is an unmissable experience. Don't eat breakfast if you are on a morning tour!

  • The day of our tour it was just my wife and I and our outstanding guide, Junne, was waiting for us upon arrival. She spoke perfect English and took us through a wide range of activities until we could not eat or walk any further. Not only was she super knowledgeable about the fact of and restaurants of Penang but she gave us terrific tips about where to go and what to do on the island.mi could not recommend the tour higher. Sorry if I misspelled our guides name, her business card is safely filed away in my suitcase to recommend to my friends and clients.

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