Rustic, humble yet magnificent in the way every component comes together, the food native to Penang is unrivalled in all aspects. Whether it’s stir-fried and brimming with heady aromas of wok hei, soupy or saucy, there really isn’t anything quite like it
This is nothing like the hawker fare we’re used to, we assure you. From the iconic char koay teow to the humble nasi kandar, we bring you some of our personal favourites whenever we visit this island off the mainland of Malaysia. Disclaimer, we’re well aware that we missed out on a few but then again, we only had 2 days. READ ON
The perks of having locals take you around their city are aplenty, especially when our travel itinerary is no longer confined to what the media covers and what the guidebooks mention. We are lucky that our born-and-bred Malaysian friends have very kindly taken us around their UNESCO World Heritage-listed hometown, Penang
Similar to most Southeast Asians, Malaysians’ way of greeting revolves around the question of “have you eaten yet”. Needless to say, food is a way of life here—something that Singaporeans can resonate with. Penang’s street food has been ranked as world-class and we wholeheartedly agree. We had the best plate of char kway teow at Penang and there is no turning back.
From Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng to Pitt Street Koay Teow Thng, here are five local dining destinations—Penangite natives frequent—you should eat at the next time you visit Penang.
Penang is a modern Asian city that still preserves the traditional and historical elements of its past. With its buzzing cafe scene in Penang, travellers are often amazed by the myriad of cafes there—some exude an alluring old-world charm while others are more modern in terms of decor and food.
Whether you are looking for a chill time with your girlfriends, a great Instagrammable spot for photos or just simply savouring great food with freshly-brewed coffee, Penang’s dynamic cafe culture has it all.
This list of gorgeous cafes in Penang will turn your Instagram followers green with envy. Now it’s time to up your Instagram feed with these amazing Insta-worthy cafes you never knew exist in Penang! READ ON
Beyond anything else, Penang is known to be a food paradise with some of the best street food in Southeast Asia (we may be biased). Even tourists would have heard of the famous Hokkien Mee, Penang Char Koay Teow and Curry Mee.
So much has been said and written about Penang’s amazing street food but what most people may not be aware of, are the different local desserts they can find in Penang as well. Aside from the well-known Cendol, there is still an array of sweet treats to try when you are there.
For all you sweet tooths out there who are visiting Penang soon, here are 9 Local Desserts In Penang You Must Try. READ ON
A cafe by day and bistro by night, SHINISE is where you can get hearty food, live music, coffee, beer and baked goods all at one destination. The vintage cafe is housed in a pre-war heritage building centrally located in George Town, Penang.
Their food menu is inspired by Western eats but the creative minds behind the team at SHINISE has incorporated local influences in certain dishes to turn it up a notch. As such, visitors can expect to see fusion creations on their dining table that are mostly priced below RM30/ S$10.
Bird’s nest is a valuable Chinese tonic that is said to provide plenty of health benefits and improve your body’s immune system. This is the reason why it is highly sought after by the Chinese who use it to enhance their health.
We came across 92 Armenian, an upscale vintage cafe in Penang offering various types of bird’s nest delicacies such as their signature Bird Nest Egg Tart and other desserts. While some may think that is excessive, we are rather impressed with the team’s creativity and how they reshape the way we think of this traditional Chinese tonic.
Gone are the days where travelling leisurely is reserved for the wealthy. Vacations need not be extravagant and Singapore’s closeness to other Southeast Asian cities have equipped us with the privilege to frequent weekend travels. Why stay at home when you can venture out? Furthermore, Malaysian state Penang is only an 85-minute flight away from Singapore!
After spending a week in Georgetown, Penang, it dawned upon us that a getaway at this UNESCO World Heritage City is really a lot more affordable than what most people think – especially when you would be travelling without having to compromise on comfort. Starving yourselves is absolutely unnecessary and it helps that Penang’s street food is incredibly cheap.
From exploring Ernest Zacharevic’s street art, sampling Penang’s famous assam laksa to riding a trishaw, here is How You Can Travel To Penang For A 3D2N Trip With S$250 (All-Inclusive).
Penang is a food haven visited not just by the locals living in other parts of Malaysia but also tourists from abroad. Penang has seen a significant increase in tourists who make a special trip there just to indulge in delicious Penang street food.
But apart from eating, what else can you do there? In the past decade or so, the Malaysian government has been putting in extra effort to turn Penang into a place of interest with plenty of activities for everyone.
And if you are on a budget trip, here are 7 Free Things To Do In Penang. READ ON