Penang Culinary Tour
Yummy Yummy Food Tour!
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Zarika Travel Yummy Tour is catered specifically to foreign tourists and visitors, as well as local tourists from Singapore and Asian countries. Unlike other packaged tours with a van that loads and unloads visitors at various tourist traps, Zarika Travel is the ONLY tour company that offers customized itinerary with a friendly driver, in a licensed mini van (new and with air-condition) with proper insurance coverage.

We will start our journey by having breakfast at the famous Toh Soon Cafe local coffee shop. This old-style Hainanese cafe located in a dinghy side-street off Campbell Street is insanely popular among visitors to Penang. It's been featured in almost every other travelogue on Penang. Serving Hainanese-style coffee - thick, aromatic and sweetened, patrons pack this ramshackle little cafe from as early as 7am on weekdays. To go with the aromatic brew are steamed or toasted bread, thickly smeared with "kaya" (egg-coconut milk custard) and butter. Little packets of Malay nasi lemak, topped with chillied shrimps and hard-boiled eggs, are also available.

Next station - Chew Jetty is said to be the more known and prominent one among the eight clan jetties of Pengkalan Weld. You can trace its origin back to the earlier Chinese settlements in Penang who built these village on stilts. Aside from being features in various travel television shows, the popularity of this jetty grew when it became one of the mural site for Ernest Zacharevic's 'Mirrors George Town' project that was in conjunction with George Town Festival 2012. The pathway to the mural may be crowded by an increasing trafficof tourists and street art enthusiasts but the delay will you give you time to browse the souvenirs and quirky note books on sale on the sidewalk there. We shall then proceed to the famous Penang Chendol. its been around since 1945 and it has become quite an institution in Penang. Every one knows of the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol. Make your order, pay your cash, grab the bowl of cendol and stand in the middle of the road as you slurp down the cendol. You can't really beat the atmosphere of eating cendol standing in the middle of a grimy street; really the experience cannot be replicated sitting down in a modern clean soul-less kopitiam. Personally, there isn't anything too spectacular about the cendol itself, but the authenticity cannot be denied.

Our next stop – Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist Temples in South East Asia. It is also known as the temple of Ten Thousand Buddha. The 7-Tier Pagoda of 10,000 Buddha which dominates the temple, is influenced by the architecture styles of the Thais, Burmese and Chinese. A beautiful bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy overlooks the temple.

We will then head to the Penang famous Asam Laksa located just 5 minutes away from Kek Lok Si temple. Living up to Penang's esteemed street food cred, this stall is hugely popular for its authentic assam laksa. Situated next to Air Itam market, each bowl is stuffed with thick rice noodles and fresh vegetables before topping off with spicy mackerel based soup and a dollop of shrimp paste.

Our next station will be the Siam Road Char Koay Teow. What merits the stall's popularity and volume of customers is their stir-fry technique using charcoal flames as opposed to frying them over a gas stove. Perched at the end of Jalan Siam, this char koay teow stall has been a favourite among Penangites since its opening many decades back. As the owner operates only with one assistant, prepare to wait with other local regulars for your order (many have said to wait for 20 minutes or more). However, it's well worth the wait since every plate is stir-fried to perfection with fresh ingredients. There are no seats around the stall, so enjoy your plate of char koay teow at the Chinese coffee shop across the street.

Lastly, our driver will bring you to Lim Wah Thai and Coffee Tree Penang to purchase some local products and then back to the hotel.

  • Breakfast at Toh Soon Cafe
  • Chew Jetty
  • Penang Road Famous Chendol
  • Kek lok Si Temple
  • Penang Famous Asam Laksa
  • Siam Road Char Koay Teow
  • Local Products Shopping

Tour Charges


  • English-speaking driver-cum guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Train ticket of Penang Hill


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks


  • Adult - RM150 Nett per pax
  • Child - RM130 Nett per pax


Approximately 6 hours

  • Minimum 2 person