Focusing mainly on George Town, this Penang food guide includes some of the most enduring eateries on the island, serving some of the best examples of key Malaysian dishes like asam laksa, char koay teow, curry mee, chendol, and many more.
Malaysia is home to Kuala Lumpur and some of the world’s most picturesque islands and beaches. Penang is one of the world’s best street food cities while Langkawi is one of its most beautiful islands.
To be honest, Kuala Lumpur was never one of my favorite cities. It reminded me too much of Manila. It’s big, it’s hot, it’s crowded, and it can often be overwhelming. For us, it was always a point of entry and quick stopover on our way to more interesting destinations in Malaysia.
I’ve been on many of these tours from A Chef’s Tour and this Kuala Lumpur food tour is one of my favorites so far. Malaysian cuisine is too broad and nuanced to encapsulate into four hours, but Chef Faris does an excellent job of giving you the best possible taste.
We had often heard Penang described as the street food capital of Malaysia so it was only a matter of time before we travel-ate our way here. The food is reason enough to go, but if you appreciate interesting architecture and urban art, then you’re going to LOVE Penang.
From disaster to favorite travel memory, this trek through the rainforest of Langkawi didn’t go exactly as planned, but it turned out to be one of our favorite travel experiences thus far.
Known as the “Jewel of Kedah”, Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands about 30 km off the coast of northwestern Malaysia. It was awarded UNESCO World Geopark status in 2007 and is home to lush forests, white sand beaches, waterfalls, caves, limestone cliffs, and mangroves.
Though we spent much of our time in Penang eating (and chasing after street art), we did learn a little about George Town’s rich history by visiting some of its most notable museums and cultural attractions.
To be honest, we didn’t take a bus to the foothills of Air Itam to visit Kek Lok Si Temple. We went to seek out two of Penang’s most legendary hawker stalls.
With all the heritage houses and street art to be discovered here, it almost feels like a giant labyrinthine playground.
If you enjoy catching Pokemon monsters, then you’ll have a blast trying to find all of George Town’s street art. Here’s what we caught.