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Penang Food Guide
Penang, is famously known as food paradise destination in Malaysia and Singapore. The city offers a wide variety of its own exquisite food including asam laksa, curry mee, penang fried keoy teow, hokkien mee, cendol, buns, lok bar, popiah, porridge, seafood, mamak mee&mee rebus, malay nasi campur& ulam, nasi lemak, nasi kandar, oyster omeltte, rojak, tau foo far, thai foods, ti bits, toast&eggs, western foods and so on. Moveover, other unique and authentic cooking style and flavours of the Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines are also available to tempt one's appetite. The numerous restaurants, coffee shops, food courts, hawkers centre, and fast food chain outlets, which cater to different budget and tastes, ensures that visitors have plenty of choices to choose from. Penang also offers various international cuisine including Japanese, Korean, Wastern, Middle East and Thai at specific restaurants. Penang surely has abundance of delicious foods available and waited to be explored.
Top 10 Must Try Food in Penang
Fried Koay Teow
Probably the most popular hawker food among the locals. This dish uses flat rice noodles of roughly one centimeter in width. The noodles are fried in an iron cast wok over very high heat. The wok is preheated for few seconds over strong fire. Oil is added into the wok followed by a small amount of minced garlic and fresh prawns. The prawns are fried until semi-cooked. Noodles are added, followed by a dash of seasoned soy sauce bean sprouts, eggs and chives. The last ingredient added is the cockles, as it is usually eaten medium cooked. The perfect fried koay teow should neither be too wet or too dry. The superb taste of this dish is a combination of strong fragrance of the sautéed ingredients and the sweetness of the prawns. It is best eaten immediately when served. A basic plate should cost between RM3.50 to Rm4.50 and the spiciness depends on the amount of chili paste. This may not be a halal dish as some vendor’s uses lard.
The Best Char Koay Teow in Penang
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow
If you would want to have good Char Koay Teow, I would suggest you to Famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow. Recently, Fly fm just awarded Ah Leng as the best Char Koay Teow in Malaysia.
Address: Khoon Hiang Cafe, Jalan Dato Keramat
Contact: Ah Leng
Opening Hours: 8.30am - 2.30pm (Closed on Thursday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.413037N, 100.319534E
Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow
The stall keeper is a lady (literally means Little Red Hat). This stall cooking using traditional method of charcoal, the food tends to be tastier as many believed.
Address: 82, Lorong Selamat, 10400 Pulau Pinang.
Contact: Mr. Dueh Leng Guan
Opening hours: 1:00pm - 6:00pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
GPS Coordinate: 5.416957N, 100.324848E
Siam Road Char Koay Teow
Here is another famous Char Koay Teow which located at Jalan Siam around George Town area, you will see the stall at the road side once turn into Siam road from Anson Road. The uncle used charcoal to fried which is the traditional way to fried koay teow.
Address: Siam Road, Off Jalan Anson George Town.
Opening hours: 3.00pm - 11.00 pm (Closed on Monday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.24.925N 100.19.219E
Note: Stall will shift to somewhere at Anson Road after 8pm
Kimberley Street Char Koay Teow (Hakwer Street Food @ Lebuh Kimberley)
This stall, its famous becuase additional item, such as Mantis Prawn, Chinese Sausage & Duck egg. It is best that they uses charcoal to fried, the taste would be different.
Address: 137 Lebuh Kimberley, George Town.
Contact: Lean Joo Sean
Opening hours: 5:30pm - 12midnight (Daily)
GPS Coordinate: 5.416334N, 100.332690E
Sister’s Char Koay Teow
The Legendary Sisters Char Koay Teow has been around Penang for about 50 years, around the same age as our country Malaysia. It got its name because it was operated by two sisters.
Address: 185 Lam Heng Cafe, Macalister Road, Georgetown Penang
Contact: Lam Geok Kee/Lam Mew Heng
Opening hours: 8.30am - 4.00pm (Close on Monday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.420031N, 100.316467E
Commonly known as prawn noodles, is a dish of either yellow noodles or rice noodles (or a mixture of both) served in a thick prawn and pork broth garnished with ital (water spinach) and bean sprouts. It has a strong spicy and flavorful prawn taste. A bowl of Hokkien Mee is usually served with slices of boiled eggs, fried shrimp, thin slices of lean pork and sprinkled with crispy fried shallots, as well as a spoon full of chilli paste. Some cooks add crunchy golden cubes of fried lard to jazz up their bowl of Hokkien Mee. Usually a basic bowl costs between Rm3.00 - Rm3.50. Some Hokkien Mee stalls offer extra toppings such as pork ribs, mantis prawn, fish balls and roast pork at additional charge. It is slightly spicy but chili paste can be added to make the dish spicier. It is one of the most popular hawker food locally and it is available throughout the day and at night. This is a non-halal dish
The Best Hokkien Mee in Penang
888 Hokkien Prawn Mee
One of the famous Hokkien prawn mee in town. It have several options of add-on such as fish balls, chitterlings, pork ribs, pork leg and pork belly. The soup has a strong aroma of shrimp essense. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Address: 67-A, Lebuh Presgrave, 10300 Penang.
Opening hours: 5.30pm - 12.00am (Close on Thursday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.24.665N, 100.19.835E
Fa Cai Hokkien Mee @ Air Hitam
This stall actually was motorbike. It is indeed an interesting experience, this stall has to make do with either standing or squatting, as there are no tables or chairs! The Hokkien Mee soup cook using charcoal flame.
Address: Junction of Jalan Air Hitam and Jalan Kampung Melayu.
Contact: Neoh Pin Hooi and Koay Kuah Lan
Opening hours: 3:00pm - 7:00pm (Close on Tuesday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.2415.8E, 100.1718N
Hokkien Mee @ Seng Lee Coffee Shop
One of the island’s most popular Hokkien mee. This Hokkienmix of yellow noodles, bean sprouts, a few blanched shrimps and 2-3 slices of hard-boiled egg drowned in piping hot lightly spicy prawn broth.
Address: 270, Lorong Bangkok, George Town, Penang.
Opening hours: 7.30pm - 6:30pm (Close on Monday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.2415.8E, 100.1718N
CY Choy Road Hokkien Mee
Hokkien Mee with not greasy and no fishy, soup base was slightly clear to me compared to the other Hokkien Mee. This Hokkien Mee is one of winner CNNGo Asia food award.
Address: 533, Lebuh Pantai, 10300 Penang.
Tel: 016-4574232 / 016-4574254
Opening hours: 7.00pm - 2:30pm (Close on Monday)
GPS Coordinate: 5. 244332E , 100.20274N
Hokkie Mee @ Old Green House Restaurant
This stall allows for customers to customise their bowl of Hokkien Mee, choose from a selection of roast pork, meat balls, braised egg, Chinese sausage, chicken feet, shrimps, pork intestines and pork skin to add to their noodles.
Address: 223 Burma Road, 10300 Penang.
Opening hours: 8pm - 4am (Closed on Sunday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.25421E, 100.19261N
This dish is Penang’s signature dish. It is noodles in fish broth garnished with a lot of different vegetables. It is a spicy hot and sour dish. The spicy and fishy soup is sour because of the large quantity of tamarind. The fish used to make the broth is mackerel, which is first poached, deboned and added to the soup together with lemongrass, chilies and tamarind to boil. The noodle used in Assam Laksa is fresh rice vermicelli, which is much thicker than the regular dry ones. The noodles is first placed at the base o the bowl after which Chinese lettuces, finally shredded cucumbers and onions, chopped pineapple and most importantly, mint leaves are added. Then the piping hot soup is poured over it, followed by finely chopped ginger buds Some stalls pour out the soup from the bowl back into the pot and then re-scoop te soup into the bowl again, repeating this action twice or thrice to make sure that the noodles are piping hot. Before serving a thick sweet and salty shrimp paste is swirled on top to the dish. Some may find the prawn paste (called ‘hae ko’) too strong but this paste further enhances the dish.
Kim Laksa @ Nan Guang Coffee Shop
They do 2 types famous laksa, Asam Laksa and Siam Laksa (Lemak). Siam laksa is has a light, sourish soup base while the former has a sweet and creamy but sourish base brought about by the addition of coconut cream.
Address: 67, Jalan Balik Pulau, 11000 Penang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 12:30pm - 3:30pm (Closed on Wednesday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.2110698E, 100.1414799N
Pasar Ayer Itam Laksa
The legendary Pasar Air Itam Asam Laksa, The Laksa soup is well boil with the strong tamarind taste, is thick as well due to the shredded mackerel in it. This stall is located at the busiest road on the way to Kek Lok Si temple.
Address: Pasar Air Itam, Jalan Pasar, 11500 Air Itam, Penang
Opening hours: 11:00am - 8:30pm (Open Daily)
GPS Coordinate: 5.401627E, 100.277367N
Famous Penang Road Laksa @ Joo Hooi Cafe
This laksa is unique in the mixture of both saltiness and sourness in the tastes which it differs itself from other famous laksa stalls. All claiming to serve up the original age old recipe. The noodles are very much smooth.
Address: 475 Jalan Penang, 10000 Georgetown, Penang
Opening hours: 10:30am - 5:30pm (Open Daily)
GPS Coordinate: 5.417069E, 100.330577N
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