For the Chinese and the Indians gold acquires the top position. Among the Indians, 24 or 22 carat gold made into coins and jewelry is gifted by the guests in wedding and other ceremonies. There are also expensive silk sarees woven in real gold thread. Among the Chinese, gold necklaces and rings are gifted to the newly wed couples in the tea ceremony. Many of the goldsmiths create traditional Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western designs. There are a lot of jewelry shops along the Pitt Street, Campbell Street and Little India.
Malaysia occupies the first position in the pewter production industry. Fashionable mugs, plates, pewter dessert forks, statuettes, pen holders, candle holders, key chains and other gift items are a popular buy among the tourists. Pewter ware is comparatively easy to handle and to take care of. The items can be washed off easily with warm soapy water. A few shops along the night market in Batu Ferringhi, the little stalls along the Kek Lok Si Temple and a few shops in the shopping complexes in Georgetown sell Pewter ware items.
Penangite’s have got a great affection for sweets, cookies and pastries. There are a lot of shops selling a variety of traditional Penang sweets, cookies, candies and pastries. Tau Sar Peah is a button-shaped cookie truly loved by all the local Penangite’s and foreigners. Beh teh saw (a pastry cookie mixed with sesame and molasses), soh peah (pink or yellow crumbly pastry stuffed with red bean paste and decorated with red Chinese characters), phong peah (crumbly biscuits richly stuffed with sweet filling) coconut cookies and candies, sugared tamarinds and crispy banana fritters are some of the popular goodies adored by most of the local residents. In addition to this preserved persimmons, sour plum syrup, sugared cuttlefish, crispy satay fish, rojak sauce and durian dodol are also purchased by most of the people.