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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
Nasi Kandar
This is an original Penang dish sold by the Indian Muslim community. In this dish, one can taste the full richness of spices used to cook the different curries. The spice and herbs are mixed together in a perfect combination that brings out the aroma of each dish. Ordering this dish is simple. Just choose the curry dish that you prefer and the vendor will lay them on top of your serving of plain rice. Then a mixture of small scoops of various gravies is added into the rice, giving the dish a tantalizing burst of flavors. The curries served at these Nasi Kandar restaurants, most often are chicken, fish, prawn, squid and beeg with the occasional crab and fish roe, as well as the popular non-spicy lamb kurma. There are also deep fried chicken and fish all of which are marinated with spices. The vegetable dishes served are usually long beans or cabbages fried in turmeric. Prices vary depending on the choice of curry dish ordered. The average price of nasi kandar dish with a chick drumstick, curry and plain rice is around RM5.00 This is a halal dish.
The Best Nasi Kandar in Penang
Liyaqat Ali Nasi Kandar Beratur
In business since 1943, the famous Nasi Kandar Beratur got its name from the long queue of people outside the shop. A mixture of Indian spices seasons the curries - think thick, creamy & flavourful, with just a hint of piquancy .

Address: 98 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang
Contact: -
Tel: +604-2613-984
Opening Hours: 10.00pm Onwards (Daily)
GPS Coordinate: 5.417589N,100.338274E
Line Clear Nasi Kandar
One of Penang's most famous Indian Muslim restaurants (1947), open 24 hours a day. The restaurant is famous for its aromatic curries and gravies served with a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables.

Address: 177 Penang Road, Penang
Contact: -
Tel: +604-2614440
Opening hours: 24 Hours
GPS Coordinate: 5.419760N, 100.332464E
Kassim Mustafa Nasi Kandar
Strolled into this popular 24hrs nasi kandar restaurant during a walk around 'Little India'. Appeared quite popular with the locals. Had the curry squid, curry prawns, cabbage and tandoori chicken on briyani rice.

Address: 12, Lebuh Chulia, Penang.
Contact: -
Tel: +604 2618007
Opening hours: 24 Hours
GPS Coordinate: 5.413148N, 100.328419E
Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar
Kayu Nasi Kandar is a restaurant that is selling a wide variety of Malay Indian cuisines. Their signature dish of course is Nasi Kandar, Roti Tissue, Lassi drink and Cheese Naan.

Address: 15, Lebuh Nipah, Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Contact: -
Tel: +604-6464767
Opening hours: 24 Hours
GPS Coordinate: 5.338051N , 100.294046E
Kampung Melayu Nasi Kandar
Nasi Kandar Kampung Melayu has operated since 1970. The restaurant serves 15 dishes, include fried chicken, rose chicken, curry chicken, squid, fish head curry, fish and squid roe, beef rendang, mutton, boiled eggs and roti canai.

Address: A-29  Rumah Pangsa, Jalan Kampung Melayu, Kampung Melayu, 11500, Ayer Itam, 11500 Penang.
Contact: -
Tel: +6019-5755877
Opening hours: 8.30am - 4.00pm (Close on Monday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.401893N, 100.287312E

Roti Canai
Roti Canai is pastry-like flat bread. Wheat flour is kneaded and the large dough is then separated into small lumps, about the size of ping pong balls. It is then flattened and then taken through a process of twirling and flinging motion in the air to think it out. Ghee is constantly added in the process to prevent the dough from breaking as it gets thinner. When the dough is stretched paper thin, it is then folded into a circular shape. It is fried to a crisp and slightly charred on a flatbed circular iron pan. Roti Canai is served with dhall or lentil curry, onion pickled or with sugar. The dhall may not necessarily be spicy hot but the herbs and spices used are rich and pungent. A plain roti canai with the lent Curry costs around Rm1.00. You can opt to and on some chicken or beef curry. It is an halal dish.
The Best Roti Canai in Penang
Roti Canai at Jalan Transfer
Special famous Roti Canai stall has become a landmark along Transfer Road. There are several types of roti canai and they can be eaten together with choice of curry including mutton, chicken, beef or dhall.

Address: 56, Jalan Transfer, George Town, Penang.
Contact: -
Tel: -
Opening hours: 6.30am-1.00pm, 3.30pm-7.00pm (Daily)
GPS Coordinate: 5.421573E, 100.330939N
Famous Teochew Cendol @ Penang Road
Began selling Chendul at Penang Road back in 1936. It consist strips of smooth, firm green pandan noddles made from rice flour together with red beans, cocunut milk & shaved ice, all topped with gula melaka (black sugar syrup).

Address: 27 & 29, Keng Kwee Street (Off Penang Road), 10000 Penang.
Contact: -
Tel: +604-2618002
Opening hours: 10.00am - 7:30pm (Daily)
GPS Coordinate: 5.417148E, 100.330531N
Penang Road Famous Chendol
This stall more than 40 years selling cendol, there is aromatic gula Melaka and fragrant coconut milk, certainly a perfect remedy for the blistering heat of Penang.

Address: 21 Keng Kwee Street (Off Penang Road), 10000 Penang.
Contact: -
Tel: -
Opening hours: 10.00am - 6.30pm (Daily)
GPS Coordinate: 5.416641E,100.330463N
This is another popular dessert among the locals as well as tourist. Besides the thick and sweetened red bean, the other important ingredient is the soft, green, starchy noodle (called the ‘cendol’) which is about two centimeters in length. It is made from starch and the green coloring comes from the juice of pandan leaves. The syrup is made from coconut milk and is sweetened with palm sugar (called gula Melaka). A bowl is first filled with finely shaved ice, red beans and the syrup. Finally the cendol is scooped into it, this dessert with the rich coconut milk and strong aromatic palm sugar  is truly refreshing and leaves the mouth a flavorful aroma.
Cendol @ Lorong Macalister
This stall has a good control sweeter and thicker coconut and gula Melaka soup. This typical bowl of Penang Cendol consists generous filling of the Jelly as compared other stall.

Address: 67, Jalan Balik Pulau, 11000 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +6012-4286235
Tel: John
Opening hours: 11.00am - 4.00pm (Closed on Sunday)
GPS Coordinate: 5.417418E,100.329079N
Kek Seng Cafe
The best place for ice kacang with its signature homemade colorful agar-agar jelly and durian ice cream besides other toppings of red bean and jagung (creamy corn).

Address: 382-384 Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang.
Contact: -
Tel: +6016-412 1300
Opening hours: 11.00am - 4.30pm
GPS Coordinate: 5.24.974E, 100.19.759N
Kafe Sin Se Kai @ Swatow Lane
ABC (Air Batu Campur), Malay nick name of Ice Kacang. Their Ice Kacang is flavourful and aromatic. A mixture of the sarsi, rose and creamy dairy and small parcels of the sweet corns and red beans taste was amazing.

Address: Kafe Sin Se Kai (opposite New World Park) Swatow Lane, Penang
Contact: -
Tel: -
Opening hours: 10.00am - 7.00pm (Open Daily)
GPS Coordinate: 5.25.268E, 100.19.59E
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The Best Cendol in Penang

Ice Kacang
This is a popular dessert among the locals as it is very taste and refreshing, especially on a hot day. The ingredients used usually consists of thick sweetened red bean, canned sweet corn, grass jelly and palm fruit - locally known as attap chee).

The red bean is cooked in sugar syrup. These ingredients are scooped into a bowl and topped with finely shaved ice. Different colored sugar syrup, palm sugar syrup (called gula Melaka) and evaporate milk are liberally poured over the ice. Some stalls have the option of topping the ice kacang with colorful jellies, ice cream, fruit cocktails and even fresh fruits. A basic bowl usually cost Rm2.00 but costs more for additional toppings.
The Best Ice Kacang in Penang
Jalil Special Ice Kacang
The shaved ice was surprisingly melt in your mouth smooth and soft, given that a traditional ice shaver was used.   Besides the ABC, the coconut vanilla shake here is equally popular for its refreshing taste.

Address: Kafe Sin Se Kai (opposite New World Park) Swatow Lane, Penang
Contact: -
Tel: -
Opening hours: Open for lunch only. Closed on Sunday
GPS Coordinate: 5.25.268E, 100.19.59E
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