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Where to Eat in Penang

Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its local delicacies and expansive places to eat. Here are some of our 'must-try' and top favourites!

Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow is known as one of Penangites' favourite hawker dish. 

The flat rice noodles are stir-fried over high heat with seasoned light  and dark soya sauce, chilli, some belachan, prawns, deshelled cockles, chopped Chinese chives and bean sprouts. Certain stalls in Penang stir-fry this dish with pork fat served on banana leaf. The key to this dish is to fry over very high heat to achieve its aroma. 

You will be able to find extra ingredients like mantis prawns and tiger prawns in certain stalls in Penang. With a premium price of course!

Where to go for Char Koay Teow:

Lebuh China: Hock Leong Yen Cafe

Jalan Macalister: Kafe Heng Huat 

Jalan Penang: Ho Ping Cafe & Kedai Koi Sin Guat Keong

Pulau Tikus: Pulau Tikus Night Market

Dato Keramat: Kafe Khoon Hiang

Batu Feringghi: Long Beach Cafe

Char Koay Teow (resized)

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Penang Laksa

Assam Laksa is the only sour, fish-based broth noodle in Penang. The speciality of Penang Laksa is its distinctive thick and sour minced fish-brewed soup made from poached then flaked mackerels stewed together with lemongrass, chilies and assam (tamarind).

They are garnished with thinly sliced shallots, cucumber, pineapple, mint leaves, chilies, torch ginger flower and thick sweet shrimp paste. 

Where to go for Penang Laksa:

Jalan Penang: Joo Hooi Cafe

Jalan Burmah: Indian Laksa

Jalan Gotlieb: Taman Emas Coffee Shop

Persiaran Gurney: Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Jalan Anson: Kafe Lok Pin

Assam Laksa (resized)

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Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee is one common cuisine in Malaysia and Singapore. Also known as Hokkien Hae Mee (Hokkien Prawn Noodles is a soup base noodle served with egg and rice noodle, bean sprouts, hard boiled eggs, prawns, kangkung and meat laid on top. 

The aromatic stock is made from a perfect blend of chilli paste, onions, prawns and shallot fritters. Prawn Noodles has been Penang's all time favourite dish as well as among the locals.

There are two kinds of Prawn Noodles you can find in Penang - the soup base and dry version. "Hokkien Char" is known as the dry version consist of fat noodles with dark soya sauce and sambal belacan

Where to go for Hokkien Mee

Jalan Burmah: One Corner Cafe, Cathay Coffee Shop, Kwai Lock Cafe & Green House

Jalan Perak: Classic Coffee Shop

Jalan Presgrave: Heng Kee Cafe

Hokkien Mee (resized)

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Ice Kacang & Chendol

Ice Kacang and Chendol are two 'must-have' desserts in Penang. Mostly known as 'ABC', Ice Kacang is Penangites' all time favourite. Shaved ice is used in this dessert served with different toppings like red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, attap chee (palm seed), and agar agar. Some stalls in Penang used other common ingredients like raisins, bananas, aloe vera, chendol, nata de coco and ice cream. Shaved ice and toppings are usually drizzled with evaporated milk, black and red syrup and sometimes gula melaka. 

Teochew Chendol in Penang is definitely one irresistible dessert that any Penangite or tourist will not forget. 

The chewy green pandan Chendol made from rice flour together with red beans, coconut milk and shaved ice topped with gula Malacca (brown sugar syrup) is the perfect thirst quencher during a sunny day

Where to go for Ice Kacang:

Jalan Anson: Padang Brown Hawker's Centre

Jalan Macalister: Low Eng Hor & Chuan Kee Cafe

Persiaran Gurney: Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Jalan Burmah: New World Park

Jalan Dato Keramat: Astaka Stadium

Solok Moulmein: Sin Hup Aun Cafe

Batu Feringghi: Long Beach Cafe

Jalan Penang: Kek Seng Cafe

Where to go for Chendol:

Jalan Penang: Joo Hooi Cafe

Jalan Burmah: New World Park

Jalan Padang Kota Lama: Padang Kota Lama Food Court

Lebuh Cecil: Cecil Market Food Court

Tanjung Tokong: Mount Erskine Roadside Hawker Centre

Cendol (resized)

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Curry Mee

Curry Mee is a specal dish in Malaysia that has garnered an increasing number of loyal regulars over the years.

The Curry Mee in Penang is known as white Curry Mee for its coconut-milk-based soup. Penang Curry Mee is made of yellow egg noodles and rice vermicelli with coconut-milk-based soup with a choice of tauhu pok (dried beancurd), prawns, cuttlefish, egg topped with mint leaves.

Coagulated pig's blood and cockles are optional. A layer of orange-red oil gives it an appetizing look. Chili paste and santan is the important ingredient to this dish. 

Where to go for Curry Mee:

Weld Quay: Tua Pui Curry Mee Stall

Lorong Abu Siti: Hot Bowl Nyonya Delights

Jalan Burmah: New Cathay Coffee Shop

Tanjung Bungah: Tanjung Bungah Cafe

Jalan Macaliser: Restaurant Lorong Seratus Tahun

Curry Mee (resized)

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Seafood

Penang, being an island surrounded by seawater, is famous for its fresh-from-the-sea seafood. The numerous coral reef and stones became an ideal habitat for sea creatures.

Most of Penang's best seafood restaurants are located along the beach around the island as well as on the mainland. Among the popular dishes available are stir-fried clams with fermented soya beans, sweet and sour steam fish, lobster with cheese, fried soft shell crab with black pepper and many more!

Where to go for Seafood:

Persiaran Gurney: Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant & Oriental Seafood Restaurant

Weld Quay: Weld Quay (Tree Shade) Seafood

Jalan Bagan Jermal: East Hokkaido

Batu Ferringhi: Fishing Village

Tanjung Bungah: Tsunami Village & Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant

Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah: Ocean Green Restaurant & Seafood

Seafood (resized)

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Source: www.visitpenang.gov.my & Penang Street Food

Photographer: Tho Nai Ken @ www.kenhuntfood.com