Penang has become well known as a “food paradise” for her range of comestibles covers several exotic mix of Indian, Malay and Chinese gastronomy which mirrors the multi-ethnic combination of the State.
Penang local product is also a popular marketplace that drawn a lot of attention, especially from foreign tourists.
Penang’s most popular local products are snacks made from fruits like nutmegs and durians which are grown locally. By nature, Penang’s local products are unique and are mush sought after as souvenirs.
There are several types of local food products produced by the multi-ethnic groups in Penang. Each of the products have their own history and unique taste and preparation methods.
Some are made by steaming, some fermenting and baking and grilling and many by “secret” techniques known only to members within a family. All are yummy for the tummy and super delicious.
Some local products are: Apom, kuih Bahulu, nutmeg, pickled fruit, Penang muah chee, pepper biscuit, putu Mayong, Rojak shrimp paste, somosa, tau sar pneah and etc.
A shop near the Gurney Drive area offers a DIY “Tau Sar Pneah” (local biscuit) making class. The fee only RM 15.00 and you will be guided by a chef to make 4 pcs of “Tau Sar Pneah” and a premium box packaging will be given away once the class completed.
Patrons may also go to other locations like Georgetown, Ayer Itam, Pulau Tikus, Bayan Baru to purchase the mouth-watering local product.
In order to maintain the freshness of these local products, it is advisable to not expose them under the hot Sun, Be mindful to consume before the expiry date as most of the product does not contain preservative.