A long history of multiculturalism dated back to the late eighteenth century, blending cuisines of Malay, Chinese, Indians, Thai and European has created a colourful culinary scenes and uniqueness in tastes, textures and flavours of local street food that can only be found in Penang
Penang has been named one of the top destination in the world for its exceptional street food in many years. This shouldn’t come as a surprise for its diversity of different cultures colliding in a melting pot of tastes and flavours that stem back generations.
In Penang, you can experience the diversity of each of these cultures in their native culinary dishes as well as the distinctive “Peranakan” or “Nyonya” dishes which are a fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines. There is an endless choice of food to experience and enjoy. From cheap eats starting at USD $1 street food to open-air and fine dining restaurants.
Knowing where to eat is the secret. Many locals will travel to one particular street vendor for one speciality and then head off to another vendor for another dish, turning their evening meal into a smorgasbord of tastes and sensations.