Experience Malaysia’s exciting cuisine while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang.

Taking influences from China, India, Thailand and Europe, Malaysia enchants its visitors with a spell of diverse flavours and gastronomic delights. Spicy chili, fragrant lemongrass, sumptuous coconut and tangy sauces combine to create the perfect balance of tastes and textures. Journey to the food stalls of bustling Kuala Lumpur, where chili crab and fish-head curry might be on the menu, then venture to the rural kitchens of the Baba Nyonya people to discover traditional recipes bursting with flavour. Spend time in the tranquil Cameron Highlands, experience traditional life on an island homestay and eat your way through the bustling port of Melaka. Take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure through Malaysia and enjoy the sights, colours and cuisine of this unforgettable region.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Pulau Penang, Malaysia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
222kg pp per trip


  • Taste test hawker-style food in Kuala Lumpur
  • Join a Baba Nyonya cooking class in Melaka
  • Tour the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands
  • Feast on a communal Cameron Highland steamboat
  • Unwind on an isolated island
  • Bargain for fresh ingredients then cook with locals


Blaze a culinary trail from Chinatown to Little India to discover the secrets of hawker-style food. Multifaceted canals of culture run through Kuala Lumpur’s eclectic food scene, with influences from ethnic Malay, Chinese, Indian and British cuisines. Sample addictively spicy nasi lemak, succulent satay and hokkien mee noodles fresh from the wok. Along the way, visit Masjid Jamek, KL City Gallery and walk to Bukit Nenas before finishing at the impressive KL Tower for a great city view.
Take a trishaw tour and discover the history of this ancient city. An international trading hub, Melaka was used by China, India and Europe to trade silk, exotic spices and gold. Along the way, drop past the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, which was originally built for the local Hoklo (Hokkien) community. Visit a popular local restaurant for a Nyonya cooking class and discover the delectable fusion of Chinese and Malay flavours. Then consider dropping past a kopitiam (coffee house) for a refreshing teh tarek or simply enjoy a stroll down charismatic Jonker Street.
Head into Malaysia’s hill stations, where the country’s best tea is produced, and visit a tea plantation. Later that day, indulge in an iconic Cameron Highlands steamboat dinner. Simply choose meats, seafood and fresh vegetables, then plonk them in the spicy soup simmering in the middle of the table and watch dinner cook before your eyes.
Located on a picturesque lake just outside of Kuala Kangsar, a stay in the traditional home of some long-time Intrepid friends offers a truly memorable cultural experience. Join your homestay hosts in the kitchen, learn about Malay dining culture and dine on a banquet of mouth-watering regional delicacies.
Embark on a tasting excursion through Georgetown, one of the world's most dynamic street food cities. Munch on nasi kandar at a mamak, taste Malay-style toast at a kopitiam and slurp on a bowl of the perfect hokkien mee by the roadside. The next morning get interactive with locals (and your food) at a yum cha breakfast, then consider a trip to an organic farm that grows nutmeg and other delectable tropical fruits. farewell this real food adventure with a final steaming bowl of char kway teow.
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7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Bus, Trishaw, Van
Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Cameron Highlands - Tea Plantation Tour
  • Kuala Kangsar - Royal Town Tour
  • Kuala Lumpur - City Food Tour
  • Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower
  • Melaka - Guided Orientation Walk
  • Melaka - Nyonya Cooking Class
  • Melaka - Trishaw Tour
  • Penang - Street Food Walk and City Tour
  • Suka Suka - Cooking Demonstration and Traditional Banquet
  • Suka Suka - Village Walk


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Real Food Adventure - Malaysia , April 2014

Real Food Adventure - Malaysia , April 2014