George Town is also the place for a 'heritage food' discovery. Be sure to sample the
infinite array of Penang street food and Nyonya Cuisine - you will not
find some of the food anywhere else.
There is a wide variety
of food that is uniquely Penang or Malaysia - Malay, Chinese, Indian,
Thai, Peranakan (Nyonya/ Nonya) food and even a fusion of continental
cuisines. Penang offers the best of Malaysian street food or better
known as hawker food. Penang is often referred to as the
food capital of Malaysia.
The best of Penang hawker food can range from rice dishes to noodles and
snacks. The most famous of her street food is usually a fusion of what
is a combination of Asian food - Sino-Malay, Indian-Muslim, etc.
Typical Penang hawker food
are: hokkien mee , laksa, char kueh teow, chee cheong
fun, lobak or otak-otak, pasembur, etc.
(see Penang food page) However, don't leave Penang
without tasting the unique local
Cuisine (Nonya / Peranakan Cuisine), which is a mix of Chinese
and Malay cooking - often of food cooked with aromatic herbs. And of
course Nyonya Kueh - famed
throughout Malaysia , that originates here.
Penang also offer visitors many shopping delights. You can shop
at open-air markets, at bazaars or in air-conditioned shopping complexes. A
unique experience is to walk through the night market or pasar malam, a place for you to get all sorts of bargains,
from clothes to fruits. The most popular night market is at Batu
Ferringhi, Penang Island.
You will find details of all this in our travel guide My Penang (myPenang)
and Details here on Penang Food
Where to eat in Penang
to but Penang Tau Sar Pneah (Tambun biscuits)
Cultural Experience in Penang
With cultural diversity comes
numerous cultural and religious holidays and celebrations. You
will see in her celebrations a mingling of Malay, Chinese,
Indian, Arabic and European cultures. Enjoy her
festivals that reflects what is in Asia. Visit Penang
during one of the many Malaysian festival to enjoy the celebration
and festivities, all on one small island. Check out the numerous
Chinese festivals of Penang
here. Get to know more about Penang in
The most renowned temple is of course Kek Lok Si,
which is the most visited tourist spot at the foothill of penang
hill. However, also
at the foothills of Penang Hill, adjacent to the Penang Hill
railway station is the newly restored Thni Kong Tnua or Jade
Emperor Godís temple....Penang Hill is a
place for relaxationcheck
out this place. Visit Chinese clan houses, the snake temple, Fort Cornwallis, Air Itam, Kuan Imm Teng, museums, churches, mosques,
and many more places.
For nature lovers, there are ample
parks and beautiful beaches on Penang island, along Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang. Or venture
further to vacation in the nearby mystical island of Langkawi
Nyonya / Nonya
refers to the women who are
decedents of the early Chinese settlers in Malaysia. Many
married the locals or adopted the some Malay cultural practices
resulting in a unique culture which is a mix of Malay and
Chinese. These people are referred to as the Peranakans or Baba
and Nyonyas. (Baba refers to the male Peranakans)
more about the Peranakan get a copy of
myPenang, written by a
local who knows the culture.