Best tours of the is­land

With so many things to do, see and taste, Pe­nang is an easy place to ex­plore on your own. But if you have limited time or want a lo­cal’s per­spec­tive or de­tailed his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural in­for­ma­tion, take a guided tour. By Sammi Lim and Cara Scarpa

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FOR FOOD­IES: Food tours by Sim­ply Enak

While it’s no se­cret that Pe­nang is fa­mous for its food, how do the unini­ti­ated un­cover its food se­crets? Af­ter all, no two ko­pi­ti­ams are made equal, and tourist traps abound. Leave it to the pro­fes­sion­als at Sim­ply Enak to in­tro­duce you to the best of the is­land’s iconic eats. While the com­pany has been up and run­ning for five years, its founders have been food­ies all their lives.

‘I’ve liked food all my life but learned to ap­pre­ci­ate it more when I helped my grandma in the kitchen when I was six’, said Mark Ng, co-founder of Sim­ply Enak. ‘But you have to love more than food to do what we do; you have to love the place you grew up in, what our coun­try has to of­fer and most im­por­tantly, to share and to serve oth­ers.’

Mark and his fel­low tour guides are sanc­tioned by Tourism Malaysia, and are knowl­edge­able about cook­ing to boot. Sim­ply Enak at­tracts chefs and tourists alike, and the thing they all have in com­mon is their in­ter­est in a dish’s com­po­nents and the magic be­hind its mak­ing.

Sim­ply Enak con­ducts two tours in Pe­nang per day: ‘Pe­nang Har­mony Food Trail’ in the morn­ing and ‘Eat Drink Ge­orge­town’ in the evening. While both tours run for four hours and the price cov­ers three meals in­clud­ing snacks in be­tween, each takes you through a dif­fer­ent route, drop­ping by dif­fer­ent ven­dors.

Ad­di­tion­ally, each tour has its own unique sell­ing point. Mark might wrap up one of his morn­ing tours with a visit to a pri­vate Per­anakan an­tique col­lec­tion, but take you to a lo­cal bar for a night­cap on the evening tour.

(+6017 287 8929/www. sim­plye­nak.com). Book­ings re­quire min­i­mum two pax at RM250 per per­son. Itin­er­ar­ies may be cus­tomised to ac­com­mo­date halal, veg­e­tar­ian or spe­cial di­ets. Rates are scal­able for large groups.

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