Well, you're here in Penang and you need to buy something for the relatives back home. Instead of buying that lousy T-shirt, why don't you buy the best biscuits in town? Penang is famed for her tau sar peah ( a flaky biscuit with green bean filling) and hneoh pneah ( an equally flaky biscuit with caramel). Both biscuits are easily available anywhere but I'll recommend the best shops in town. Here they are:
What to buy: 1)Ghee Hiang, 95 Jalan Pantai, Tel: 04-262 0635 - 2nd best
2)Him Heang, 162A Jalan Burma, Tel: 04-228 6129 - The best
Him Heang is famous for its Tambun Biscuits. It is a smaller version of 'Tau Sar Peah'. Most Penangite know this is the best in town. Him Heang claims that they don't distribute their products to any other vendors. So, you can only buy their products in their shop at Jalan Burma. Although I did see some sellers sell Him Heang products on Jalan Penang.
The shop closes on Sundays. So, if you are in town for the weekend, make sure you buy it before sunday!
What to buy: Tambun Biscuits, 'Pong Peah', Nutmeg products, etc.
What to pay: Tambun Biscuits (small 16 pcs): RM5.80 per box; Tambun Biscuits (big 32 pcs): RM9.80 per box
very old shop. but serve quality stuff.
1 box of tao sao piah is RM8.50. open till 5-6pm.
n very friendly people. it's more of a family business
What to buy: get their tao sao piah. very very nice. their black sauce is also very gd !!
What to pay: RM50 is more than enuf coz the tao sao piah shelf life is 3 weeks.
Well this place is a must if you wanna pack some local foodstuff back to your home country . Most of the things here are nicely packed , so its easy to bring along.
There are many shops there , so ask around and bargain before you buy . Dont buy from the first stall you stop , walk around !
What to buy: Hot stuff amongst local from other states includes
1) Dried Satay Fishes
2) Dried Squid Seasoned in Fine Sugar
3) Pepper Biscuits
4) Lau Hau ( the fruit, or drink ) both has
5) Tau Sar Pneah
What to pay: RM 10 for 1 big packet of satay fish ( contain 20-30 smaller packets inside ) , one box of pepper biscuit and a box of dried cuttle fish . Any of the above combination is possible
it's a small old shop nestled in city centre selling the most delicious biscuits i've ever eaten.. you can't get it anywhere else other than penang!
What to buy: the dragon ball is actually a little balls of biscuit made of green bean mash with delicious pastry.. it comes in boxes of 32 yummy pieces.. definitely a must! :)
What to buy:
Traditional Chinese Biscuits (tau sar pneah, hneoh pneah)
They are so fresh that when I picked up my orders they were still warm.
The best is the hneoh pneah - it has a flaky crust and the fillings are so much and sticky - caramel filling which is so yummy. Other choise is the tau saw pneah which is green bean filling and another one is the bwon sugar, gula melaka filling
What to pay: About 6 ringgit for a packet of many bisucits
What to buy:
Gartien Pineapple Cake is another of Penang's favourite food snacks.
What to pay: RM$38 per box. Rather pricey for a few pieces of pineapple cake.
What to buy:
Penang is famous for its' Tau Sar cake. Not to be missed for all tourist visiting Penang.
What to pay: RM$6 and above