Ghee Hiang Building, Beach Street, George Town, Penang

Ghee Hiang Headquarters at Beach Street houses the oldest tau sar pneah maker on Penang Island.

Ghee Hiang Headquarters at Beach Street, within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been home to the oldest tau sar pneah maker on Penang Island since its foundation in 1856. Other than its tau sar pneah, which has become a must-buy delicacy for tourists visiting Penang Island, Ghee Hiang is also well-known for its signature sesame seed oil, which is claimed to contain several medicinal properties.

Today, the company has branches at Burmah Road, Macalister Road and the suburb of Farlim, as well as a sesame seed oil factory within the southern suburb of Jelutong.


Ghee Hiang tau sar pneah

Ghee Hiang's tau sar pneah biscuits have become a must-buy souvenir for tourists visiting Penang Island.

In 1856, a pastry chef was invited from Fujian Province in Qing China. With the recipes brought along from Fujian, which are classified to this day, Ghee Hiang was established to produce tau sar pneah biscuits.

The company set up its headquarters within the-then Chinese commercial centre at the southern stretch of Beach Street. Ghee Hiang's headquarters is also the oldest of its branches on Penang Island.

Ghee Hiang sesame oil

A bottle of Ghee Hiang's trademark sesame seed oil.

In the 1930s, Ghee Hiang began producing its trademark sesame seed oil. It has been claimed that Ghee Hiang's sesame seed oil has several medicinal properties. For instance, it is said to generate chi, or warmth, that helps expectant mothers to recover their energy quickly.

Ghee Hiang Building, Beach Street, George Town, Penang (2)

Ghee Hiang Headquarters is one of the four branches owned by the company on Penang Island.

Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday : 0900 hours - 1800 hours

Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.27 Pengkalan Kota State Assemblyman : Lau Keng Ee (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

P.049 Tanjong Member of Parliament : Ng Wei Aik (Democratic Action Party)


  1. Hockton, K., Howard Tan, 2012. Penang : An Inside Guide to Its Historic Homes, Buildings, Monuments and Parks. MPH Group, Kuala Lumpur.

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