Penang cuisine refers to the multicultural cuisine of the State of Penang. Penang cuisine mostly comprise of street food popularly sold at roadside hawker stalls, in hawker centres or in coffeeshops across the State of Penang. For centuries, Penang Island has served as a melting pot for various ethnicities and religions; Penang cuisine reflects the hybrid mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan, Thai, Eurasian and European influences.

The capital city of Penang, George Town, has been internationally recognised as one of the best street food cities in the world over the past decade[1][2][3]. Indeed, Penang cuisine has been one of the main selling points of Penang's tourism marketing campaigns and Penang hawker food has even found its way to restaurants around the world.

Although Penang cuisine is generally similar to the street cuisines of Singapore and other parts of Malaysia, each Penang street food can be easily distinguished from similar varieties served in, say, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

List of Dishes

A great number of dishes, snacks and desserts can be classified under Penang cuisine. For starters, the Penang state government has released a list of protected Penang street food, which includes some of the more popular and authentic Penangite street dishes[4]. The list is as follows.

Aside from these dishes, several other dishes, snacks and desserts, which are not under the protected list, are just as famous.