Malaysia is a diverse and multicultural country with over 20 ethnic groups calling Malaysia home. Needless to say, this diversity also presents an array of interesting, original, and unique cuisines. As Malaysia modernises and becomes more cosmopolitan, an increasing number of international cuisines have become more accessible to Malaysians and all those who visit. Dining opportunities range from popular hawker stalls along the streets to smart, trendy, and formal restaurants.

The Indian, Malay, Chinese, and Peranakan (a unique blend of Chinese and Malay styles) cuisines have roots that go back many centuries. Traditional Malay cuisine has been greatly influenced by early traders from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, India, and China as well as from the Middle East. The food is often described as spicy and flavourful with a variety of spices and herbs ground together to make a paste called ‘rempah’ which is one of the main cooking ingredients. Coconut milk is an important ingredient in Malay sauces.

Indians came to Malaysia as immigrant workers in the estates and brought with them their religion, culture, and various cuisines. Indian cuisine in Malaysia is strongly guarded and has changed very little despite modern changes experienced throughout Malaysia. The cuisine is characterised by the sophisticated and subtle use of various spices, herbs, vegetables, and a wide assortment of dishes and cooking techniques. In general, Indian cuisine doesn’t use pork or beef and there are lots of vegetarian dishes as many Indians do not eat meat.

Peranakan or Nyonya has its roots in the historic port of Melaka. Its pungent, spicy, and fragrant cuisine uses the most aromatic of ingredients while preparation and cooking can take several hours to ensure full flavour and tender meat. Sauces and pastes are made from scratch and patiently pounded with passion and deliberation. In old days, cooking skills were an essential measuring tool to indicate if a woman would prove to be a good wife or not. It is said amongst the Nyonya community that when a man was seeking a bride, he would listen to the pounding of spices as it signified the amount of attention a woman would give to her cooking.

Chinese immigrants came to Malaysia to work in the mines, mills, and on the docks while introducing their cuisine to Malaysia. In comparison with the other Malaysian cuisines, Chinese is the most versatile using the main cooking methods of steaming, simmering, and frying. Chinese cuisine is also considered the least spiced of all the styles found in Malaysia. Flavours are distinctive and reflective of the different areas in China from where the settlers came. However, as the Chinese in Malaysia became more affluent, the choices of cooking ingredients also increased, although the flavours remained distinctly Chinese. Sumptuous Chinese banquets are most affordable in Malaysia.

Our gourmet tour takes you to three of Malaysia’s main food cities - Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Langkawi. Besides visiting markets and spending time learning how to cook, you will be able to go sightseeing to see more of Malaysia.
 

MALAYSIA GOURMET TOUR (7 DAYS OR 3 DAYS)

 

TOUR CODE : AO-MG-01

 

 

 

 

Departure : Daily, Minimum 2 pax.

Start : Kuala Lumpur/ Penang/ Langkawi

End : Kuala Lumpur/ Penang/ Langkawi

 

 

Malaysia is renowned for her diverse cuisines due to its ethnically mixed population of Malay, Chinese and Indian. The best thing about eating out in Malaysiais that we have every kind of foods to cater to different budget and taste, ranging from the popular street hawkers, coffee shops to fine dining restaurants. This tour will help you to understand and explore your way around the array of culinary options in the three states of Malaysianamely Kuala Lumpur, Penangand Langkawi.

 

KUALA LUMPUR

DAY 01: KUALA LUMPUR - CHINATOWN (-/-/D)

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. At 1800 hrs, proceed to Chinatown, a place that is bustling with shops, stalls selling clothes, shoes, watches etc and many varieties of food stalls. Haggling is a cardinal rule here and the place is usually crowded with locals as well as tourists. Stroll along the stalls and restaurants and enjoy sights and smell of this oriental ambience.

Dinner at Old China Café, a quaint restaurant offering Peranakan cuisine, a mix of Chinese-Malay  influence. As you walk into the dinning lobby decorated with antique decorations and ornament, you will be transported to the early 1900s in Malaya.  

 

DAY 02: KUALA LUMPUR – CHINESE COOKING LESSON (B/-/D)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for your cooking class. Learn the art of Chinese cooking conducted by a renowned chef in Malaysia.  Non-alcoholic welcome drinks and souvenir certificate will be given at the end of the class.

At 1800hrs, we will pay a visit to the Central Market, once a dirty wet produce market, now a popular center well known for handicraft, antique and art. Great place to pick up some local souvenirs. Our next stop is Little India, be dazzled by the potpourri of spices used for cooking at the spice shops and  shoes and textile shops. Dinner at Coliseum Café, established in the 1920’s, it is an unpretentious restaurant serving western food. The old furniture and decorative memorabilia, preserved from when it was first opened, creates a nostalgic feeling. Overnight.

 

DAY 03: KUALA LUMPUR (B/-/-)

After breakfast in the hotel. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight or continue your gourmet adventure to Penang. 

 

KUALA LUMPUR GOURMET TOUR - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS   
All prices are per person  
Minimum 2 persons  
Valid From 01-Nov-11 to 31-Mar-13  
Per pax on twin share $1060
Per pax on triple share $960
Single supplement  $300
Price is based on per person basis.  
Meals : ABF on day 1, 2. Dinner on Day 1, 2.  

 

 

PENANG

DAY 01: PENANG - INDIAN COOKING LESSON (-/-/D)

Penangis known as a food paradise. It abounds with fresh seafood and fruits. Despite its Chinese character, Penangalso has a strong Indian presence and there are some popular specialties to savor.

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free,

At 1845hrs, you will be picked up for your cooking class at Palace D India where you will be taught to cook Indian food. This restaurant in Penangrecreates the ambiance, atmosphere and flavors that make a visit to the Palace d’ India a memorable and unforgettable one.

After a sumptuous dinner, enjoy a trishaw ride through the streets of Georgetown. Visit the Hawker Food Centre, a gastronomic sight along the coast selling all kinds of mouth-watering foods. We will drop you off at the night spot in Georgetown. Recommended places to visit are Irish Pub, Farquhar Street, Soho’s Pub at Penang Roadand First Avenueat Cititel, Penang Road. Return to Hotel on your own. Overnight.                                               

 

DAY 02: PENANG - WET MARKET/GEORGETOWN TOUR/TROPICAL FRUIT FARM TOUR (B/-/D)

After breakfast in the hotel, we will visit a local wet market at Chowrasta. Enjoy the sight of numerous local fresh produce that are sold there - different fish, vegetables, spices, poultry, meats and dry foods. After that, we continue our walking tour to the inner city of Georgetown– Campbell Street, Kapitan Keling Mosque, SriMariammahTemple, KuanYinTempleand Little India. Drive to FortCornwallis, Reclining Buddha and a BurmeseTemple.

1230 hrs, we proceed to a Tropical Fruit Farm, a lush 25 acres orchard with over 140 species of tropical and sub-tropical fruit trees. Take a tour around the farm and enjoy the fruit tasting and a choice of one type of fruit juice.

One should not leave Penangwithout tasting its good seafood as you will with your dinner at Eden Seafood Restaurant. Overnight.  

DAY 03: PENANG (B/-/-)

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for your onward flight or continue your gourmet adventure to Langkawi.

 

 

PENANG GOURMET TOUR - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS   
All prices are per person  
Minimum 2 persons  
Valid From 01-Nov-11 to 31-Mar-13  
Per pax on twin share $730
Per pax on triple share $600
Single supplement  $240
Price is based on per person basis.  
Meals : ABF on day 1, 2. Dinner on Day 1, 2.  
Surcharge per room per night on 20/12/09 - 07/01/10 $95

 

 LANGKAWI

 DAY 01: LANGKAWI ISLAND (-/-/D)

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

In the evening, you will be transferred to Bon Ton Restaurant for dinner. Located near the sea with a wonderful ambience of traditional antique Malay houses and coconut trees, this restaurant is famed for their specialty in fusion cuisine. Overnight.  

DAY 02: LANGKAWI ISLAND TOUR & MALAY COOKING LESSON (B/L/D)

Today’s Malay cuisine class will be held in a lavishly crafted wooden Malay house which resembles a palace of a Malay Sultan in the bygone era. The chef will guide you to select herbs grown on the courtyard before class starts. Lunch will be the very own food have cooked.

Evening, pick up from the hotel for your dinner at Barn Thai Restaurant, famous for their tantalizing mixture of different Asian influences. This truly remarkable restaurant sits in lush mangrove surroundings and is built entirely of tropical hard timber. Overnight.  

DAY 03: LANGKAWI (B/-/-)

Breakfast in the hotel. Free at leisure till your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

  

LANGKAWI GOURMET TOUR - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS   
All prices are per person  
Minimum 2 persons  
Valid From 01-Nov-11 to 31-Mar-13  
Per pax on twin share $970
Per pax on triple share $770
Single supplement  $330
Price is based on per person basis.  
Meals : ABF on day 1, 2. Dinner on Day 1, 2.  
Surcharge per room per night on   
~ 01/11/09 - 19/12/09; 11/01/10 - 31/02/10 $95
~ 20/12/09 - 10/01/10; 13/02/10 - 16/02/10 $70
~ 06/12/09 - 12/12/09 (LIMA) $125
Compulsory Christmas Eve Dinner  
~ Adult $135
~ Child $70
Compulsory New Year Eve Dinner  
~ Adult $185
~ Child $95

 

Note : This flexible program allows you to chose one, combine any two or three of the Gourmet destinations, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi

A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
If you are interested, please contact your local agent to make the booking or alternatively email us at reservations@toursite.com.au