Penang Char Koay Teow
If you’re wondering what to eat in Penang, look no further than char koay teow, a dish of flat rice noodles stir-fried with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, bean sprouts, prawns and other ingredients. Sample this excellent national favourite and grab a seat at one of our favourite specialist restaurants:
Kafe Ping Hooi: 181 Lebuh Carnarvon, Georgetown
Yi Garden 怡园茶室: 150-152 Jalan Macalister, Georgetown
Restoran Tong Hooi: 341 Jalan Dato Keramat, Georgetown
Penang Assam Laksa
If you have a list of Penang foods to try, make sure Penang Assam laksa is at the top. It’s a delectable soup of spicy-sour fish-based broth and fresh rice noodles, and is a must-eat Penang dish. Enjoy a bowl of this simply irresistible soup at:
Laksalicious: 123 Jalan Hutton, Georgetown
Air Itam Laksa: Jalan Pasar, Georgetown (beside Air Itam Market, closed on Tuesdays)
Jelutong food truck: 93 Lorong Ipoh, Taman Jelutong, Georgetown (behind the Jelutong Post Office)
Penang Loh Bak
Loh bak is a famous hawker dish that can be found throughout Malaysia. A pork sausage is seasoned with five-spice powder, wrapped in a bean curd skin, and deep-fried. Taste a traditional loh bak at these notable restaurants:
Kheng Pin Cafe: 80 Jalan Penang, Georgetown (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Restoran Hai Onn: 53-55 Jalan Burma, Georgetown
Penang rojak is a local salad containing cucumber, pineapple, mango, jambu, cuttlefish, turnip, bean sprouts, fried dough fritters and more that bursts with flavour. The exact mix of ingredients varies from seller to seller, but the dish is almost always topped with crushed peanuts and crunchy crackers. This dish is considered one of the most popular dishes of Penang.
Try a bite at stall 52 or stall 39 at the Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, 172 Solok Gurney 1, Georgetown.
Mee Goreng Penang
This tasty noodle dish is a delicious local staple, comprising garlic, onion, shallots, chilli, Chinese cabbage, tomato, egg, prawns, chicken, pork, beef and sliced meatballs. Often spicy, mee goreng is a popular hawker food that can be found throughout Malaysia.
One of our favourite examples of mee goreng in Penang is at Bangkok Lane, 280 Jalan Burma, Georgetown.
Nasi Kandar Penang
A Penang original, nasi kandar is a dish consisting of steamed rice with side dishes that can include aubergine, okra, bitter gourd, fried chicken, curried beef spleen, cubed beef, lamb, fish roe, fried prawns and fried squid. The dish is topped with a mixture of curry sauces that give it a unique flavour. For some of the best nasi kandar in Penang, visit:
Hameediyah Restaurant: 164 Lebuh Campbell, Georgetown
Line Clear: 117 Jalan Penang, Georgetown
Penang Teochew Chendul/Chendol
Penang teochew chendul/chendol is a refreshing dessert made from shaved ice, coconut milk, coconut sugar, kidney beans and rice flour jelly. Other ingredients may be added, depending on the seller. This delicious dish is a must for those with a sweet tooth whilst in Penang. Famous sellers include:
Joo Hooi Cafe: 475 Jalan Penang, Georgetown
Pushcart Chendul Stall: 100 Lorong Macalister, Georgetown (junction of Lorong Macalister and Jalan Burma)
Penang Curry Mee
Curry mee usually starts with thin yellow noodles and/or shoestring vermicelli. A spicy curry broth is added along with chilli, coconut milk and often mint and egg. The dish is completed with your choice of prawns, tofu, chicken, cuttlefish or cockle. Sample this unique, delicious dish at one of these shops in Penang:
Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee 百年路加哩面: 50 Lorong Seratus Tahun, Georgetown
Kedai Kopi New Cathay: 425 Jalan Burma, Georgetown
A salad consisting of cucumber, potato, bean curd, turnip and bean sprouts, along with prawn fritters, spicy fried crab, fried octopus or other seafood. The pasembur is topped with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce that makes the dish unbelievably delicious. This some of the best food in Penang — not to be missed!
For some of the best pasembur in town, try the version at the food court at the Batu Lanchang Market, located at Lintang Batu Lanchang, Jelutong, Georgetown.
Hokkien Prawn Mee
Hokkien prawn mee has origins in the Fujian province of China. Typically, it is made with egg noodles, rice noodles, egg, pork, prawns and squid and served with a selection of vegetables, sambal sauce and lime. Find the best Hokkien prawn mee at the Air Itam Market.