Penang Food Fest with Friends


During a recent trip to Penang, the food capital of Malaysia, the backpacking husband and I planned a delicious Penang Food Fest!

We were fortunate to meet up with some very dear friends on the island who showed us around some of the very best places to eat.

Our friend Bob lives on Penang and other dear friends, Sally and Gordon and Sarah, had driven over to the island from Kuala Lumpur to meet with us.

We all spent a fabulous and fun few days together exploring Penang’s ancient UNESCO Heritage Site of Georgetown, with its famous street art and fabulously authentic street food, for which there’s always an orderly line.

We’d also worked up an appetite by taking a field trip to discover Penang’s rainforests and nature trails.

Read more about thing to do in Penang in my post My 10 Best Things To Do In Penang.

Then once back in Georgetown, we wandered around wonderful areas like Little India, finding fabulous GEM Restaurant for a hot curry and then lots of yummy and fragrant Indian street food stalls.

Another foodie discovery (and a place once frequented by my travel foodie hero the Late Great Anthony Bourdain) was The Jetty Food Court – just across the road from Clan Jetties of Penang – for local dishes like Char Koey Teow and Wan Tan Mee.

Clan Jetties of Penang
The Clan Jetties of Penang
The Jetty Food Court Penang
The Jetty Food Court Penang

We also really enjoyed the Penang café culture. It was so nice to stop and have a refreshing cool drink or a spot of brunch. One of my favourite brunching spots is the ‘Coffee Cave’ at Toh Soon Cafe on Bishop Street, Penang.

Toh Soon Cafe and other cafes in Penang for cooling drinks and brunch. The Backpacking Housewife


And then, for our last day on the island, we’d planned a delicious Penang food fest.

Again, we’re not talking fancy expensive restaurants, but traditional cafés and gourmet food courts and hawker stalls.

Amazing quality food and so affordable!


We’d all had a wonderful and authentically Asian dinner together the previous evening at Foong Wei Heong restaurant.

Our friend Bob had recommended this restaurant – which is wonderful for gatherings – and he’d ordered an array of delicious and diverse local dishes for us to try.

Dining with friends in Penang Food Fest. The Backpacking Housewife
Dining with friends in Penang. The Backpacking Housewife
Dinner Penang Food Fest: the backpacking housewife


After dinner, we all piled over to our dessert destination on Beach Street, to the stunningly beautiful heritage building of China House.

Bob says you haven’t been to Penang unless you’ve been to China House!

And, thank you to Gordon, for buying us all a huge slice of cake each!

Eating cake at China House with friends. Penang Food Fest. The backpacking housewife
Eating cake at China House Penang
Cakes at China House in Penang food fest


The next morning, we met up with Sally and Sarah for breakfast (early or you don’t get a table!) at the popular Fu Er Dai Dim Sum restaurant where they sell hundreds of dim sum baskets every day.

We ordered an assortment of dim sum that filled our table with dozens of fabulous steam baskets of delicious treats.

Dim Sum for breakfast Penang food fest. The Backpacking Housewife
Dim Sum for breakfast!

Then we ate a late lunch of cake (again) at China House. (3rd visit for us!)

In the evening, we met up with our lovely friends for a farewell dinner at Sungai Pinang Food Court Paradise and we all enjoyed a fabulous BBQ seafood feast.

What a very special time shared with such special friends!

Penang Food Fest Food Court. The Backpacking Housewife
Amazing seafood Penang Food Fest Food Court. The Backpacking Housewife
seafood paradise at Penang Food Fest Food Court. The Backpacking Housewife


You can see from my photos that it was all truly amazing.

Do check out my post on My 10 Best Things To Do In Penang.

And the post I wrote (with map) on Penang’s Famous Street Art.

Au revoir dear friends and Penang – I feel sure we’ll be back!

RIP: In loving memory of our dearly departed and much missed lovely friend, Sarah.

On Penang we stayed at The Prestige Hotel and we booked using Booking Dotcom


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