Some time ago, a Halal MUI / Jurnal Halal reporter made a tourist visit to Penang. To find out more about any culinary tour in Penang, let’s look at the following article.
Besides Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Johor Bahru, Penang Island is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Malaysia. Although Penang is famous for its natural and cultural attractions, culinary tourism in Penang is certainly not to be missed.
A variety of delicious foods can be found and eaten in Penang. Food in Malaysia is influenced by various cultures. Ranging from Indian food, Malay, Peranakan Chinese, Kalimantan to Portuguese, Dutch and English. The results of this mixture produce a variety of foods, rich in flavor and suitable on the tongue of the Indonesian people because there are similarities with Indonesian food.
It is incomplete if you go to Penang don’t try Kandar Rice, Fat Rice, Laksa, Cendol, Sotong Noodles, Rojak, and other special foods. Hameed Pata’s cuttle noodles located in Esplanade Park, Padang Kota Lama can be one of your culinary tourism destinations. This noodle shop is striking because of its long queues. It tastes good, especially with the refreshing orange juice.
There is also the Es Cendol Teochew which is perfect for the hot weather in Penang. Cendol Ice Shop located in Lebuh Keng Kwee is very famous so visitors have to queue to enjoy a bowl of cendol. But, this shop has a branch in Gurney Plaza, so if you do not want to queue for long and hot, the shop in the mall is suitable to be an option. Besides cendol, the peanut ice dish is also worth trying.
For those of you who want to taste the Halal Chinese Muslim restaurant in Penang, you can stop by the CMR (China Muslim Restaurant) restaurant in the Bayan Baru area. Various Chinese dishes can be enjoyed at this restaurant. Such as various Lamien, seafood dishes, goat dishes, and other special dishes.
It’s not difficult to find and taste halal cuisine in Penang, many restaurants or food stalls already have halal certificates from JAKIM (Halal Certification Body) Malaysia. Usually the halal logo is posted at the entrance of the shop or restaurant or on the restaurant’s menu. Making it easier for us to be able to taste various halal dishes in Penang. Restaurant and taverns will gladly tell you that the dishes they are serving are halal.
For souvenirs, Penang has a special cake that is suitable for souvenirs. It’s called Tambun Cake. In Indonesia, this cake is like bakpia with various contents. However, unlike Bakpia, the skin of the Tambun Cake tastes salty and flavorful with onions which are quite dominant. The combination of salty and sweet taste makes the chili cake has a unique taste. This special cake can be found in the corners of the city of Penang, one of the tambun stalls that has been halal certified is Ben Heang located on Jalan Macalister Penang. (AH, AMR)