Students discover Malaysian gastronomic heritage at Wonder Food Museum Penang

As part of their Introduction to Tourism and Fundamentals of Food class, a group of hospitality and tourism students from the School of Hospitality and Tourism visited the Wonder Food Museum Penang on 14 March 2023. The purpose of the visit was to give students the opportunity to learn about Malaysia’s distinct food culture and its relationship to the tourism industry. 

The Penang Wonder Food Museum is housed in a 1940s colonial building in Georgetown and is divided into three galleries: the Info Zone, the Wow Zone, and the Educational Zone. All of the zones highlight Malaysia’s gastronomic heritage through hyper-realistic models of Malaysian dishes handcrafted by the museum’s owner, Sean Lao, using Japanese food replication techniques. 

Jia Yuan, the museum’s Assistant General Manager, gave the students valuable information about the museum’s historical significance, diverse cultures related to gastronomy, and Malaysian multiculturalism. The visit also allowed students to develop critical thinking skills and 21st-century lifelong learning skills. 


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