Penang is an island filled with an abundance of culture, history and most importantly, good food. Penang is well known among tourists and locals alike for being the mecca of darn good street food. Now let us share with you some of the best street food and where you can get them.
1. Char Kway Teow ; Ah Leng Char Kway Teow
A dish that so close to our hearts and is loved by people of all races in Malaysia is the Char Kway Teow. Ah Leng Char Kway Teow stall serves char kway teow which is more light and is a marriage of savoury, sweet and spicy flavors. Ah Leng Char Kway Teow is a stall well known and favoured by local. What makes their Char Kway Teow special? They use duck egg in their dish which adds more creaminess to the dish. The dish also has added gravy as compared to usual Char Kway Teow that more dry.
Opening Hours: 9am to 3pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Address: Tong Hooi Cafe, 358 Jalan Dato Keramat Road, 10150 Georgetown
2. Duck Meat Koay Tiow Theng ; Jalan Bukit Bendera
Another local favourite dish would be the Koay Teow Theng. Koay Teow Theng is a soup dish that contains flat rice noodles, fish ball , shredded meat and delicious savoury broth. What better place to get it than at a stall that has been satisfying customer for more than 30 year. This stall is located at Jalan Bukit Bendera and what makes their dish different is the usage of duck meat. The broth is lightly season to add freshness to the dish and a generous helping of cooked duck meat is added.
Operating hours: 12:30pm – 5:30pm (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Jalan Bukit Bendera, 11500, Air Itam, Penang
3. Asam Laksa ; Pasar Air Itam Laksa
Another name synonym to Penang would be the Asam Laksa. Asam Laksa is made of thick rice noodles swimming is a sour and spicy broth, added with key ingredients such as cucumber, onions, red chillies, lettuce, mint, ginger and piece of shredded mackerel fish. The stall at Jalan Pasar serves some of the best Asam Laksa and is a favourite among locals. The piping hot bowl of Asam Laksa comes with thick sweet prawn paste which takes it to another level.
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8pm Daily
Address: Jalan Pasar Road, 11500 Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia
4. Rojak Pasembur; Hussain Pasembur
Pasembur is another local favourite in Penang. Pasembur is an Indian Muslim version of rojak which is made up of cucumber strips, radish, bean sprouts, crispy crackers, prawn fritters, bean curd and a hard boiled egg. A generous helping of warm sweet and spicy peanut sauce is poured over the dish to complete it. A great place for you to taste one of this dish would be at Hussain Pasembur at Kompleks Makanan Padang Kota Lama. They also have a lot of other fried fritters and ingredients that you can add to your pasembur.
Opening Hours: 11:45 – 12:15
Address: Hussain Pasembur, Padang Kota Lama, Penang
5. Nasi Kandar ; Nasi Kandar Deen Maju
Nasi Kandar Deen Maju is probably one of the most famous Nasi Kandar spots in Penang. Daily Penangites queue up under scorching sun to get the food. Nasi Kandar is basically a mixed rice dish which has rice, a flood of curry, veggies and meat. At Deen Maju you can choose between white rice or tomato rice. They also have an impressive list of gravies and side dishes to choose from – beef, chicken, prawn, fish and many more. It will take some time to get your order but it is worth the wait when you get the messy plate of goodness.
Operating hours: Open everyday 14:30 – 23:00
Address:Jalan Gurdwara (between MacCallum St and Katz St), 10300 George Town, Penang
6. Hokkien Mee ; CY Choy Road Hokkien Mee
Hokkien mee or prawn noodles is another well known dish in Penang. Apparently you can get the authentic version of this dish at a stall along the Jalan C.Y Choy. The version sold is much more light with a clear red soup and added with fried shallots for enhanced flavor. The stall also has other additional toppings for you to choose from as well.
Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday 6:30 – 14:30 (Closed on Monday)
Address: Jalan C.Y.Choy, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
7. Curry Mee; Chulia Street
Are a fan of curry me? Then this small stall along Chulia Street is the place you should go to. The shop is very hard to miss as it is always surrounded by people waiting to get their hands on a bowl of hot and delicious curry mee. The curry mee sold here comprises of yellow noodles and vermicelli, a generous ladle of savoury soup and topped of with squids, fish ball, tofu and some chilli sambal.
Operating Hours: Every day 06:00PM—12:00AM
Address: Lebuh Chulia, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
8. Ban Chang Kuih – Burma Road
Wondering what is Ban Chang Kuih is? Ban Chang Kuih is similar to Apam Balik. It is made up of pancake like batter and topped of sugar and ground peanut. The extravagant version of this much loved dish will be topped of with chocolate rice or cheese or other fresh fruits. One of famous stall that sells this sweet treat is at Burma Road which is said to be a local favourite. You can try the normal one or opt for the variety of toppings given there.
Address: Burma Road, Pulau Tikus, Penang
9. Cendol – Penang Road Famous Cendol
Who doesn’t love these bowls of cooling desserts? Cendol is definitely a staple desert among Malaysians and cendol shops are available in almost all states of the country. The cendol sold here is very true to traditional recipe where it comprises of shaved ice swimming in fresh coconut milk, green worm-like jelly, red kidney beans and most importantly, gula melaka. It is truly delicious and refreshing remedy for hot sunny weather. They also have a variety of toppings that you can add to your cendol.
Operating Hours: Every day 10:00 – 19:30
Address: No. 27 & 29, Lebuh Keng Kwee, 10100 Penang, Malaysia, 10100, George Town, Penang
10. Penang Rojak – Hock Seng Rojak
Hock Seng Rojak has been delighting customers with their unique version of Rojak for over 40 years now. Locate along Mccallum Street, the stall is always busy with customers placing orders and getting their bowl of this decadent dish. The rojak sold here has chopped up fruits, cucumbers and sprinkled with peanuts, dried shrimp and completed with a large dollop of their home made thick sauce that is the star of the dish. If you love rojak than this stall should be in your bucket list to try out.
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 14:30 – 19:00 (closed on Monday)
Address: Gat Lebuh Cecil, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
11. Prawn Malai Curry – Karaikudi Restaurant
Nothing beats the taste of good curry cooked in Southern Indian style. Prawn Malai curry is something you should never miss in Penang. This dish is made up of hot and spicy broth, creamy coconut milk, cashew nuts and of course, Prawn. Karaikudi Restaurant has by far the best Prawn Malai Curry. The restaurant keeps to their traditional recipe to bring the best and rich Prawn Malai Curry to you.
Operating Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Address: No. 20, Lebuh Pasar, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang
12. Oyster Omelette Kedai Kopi Seng Thor
Oyster omelette is another favourite dish of the locals and Penangites swear by that this stall at Kedai Kopi Seng Thor sells oyster omelette that you should never miss. Compared to other regular oyster omelette, the ones sold here is very rich and crispy . The oyster is soft, fragrant and not overcooked. One word: delicious! Dip into some of their specially made chilli sauce for extra kick.
Operating Hours: Open everyday 13:00 – 17:00
Address: 160, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100, George Town, Penang
13. Nasi Lemak – Nasi Lemak Liverpool
You could have figured out by now why this place named as such. This place is a favourite among the football fanatics. Listed among the must try nasi lemak stalls, Nasi Lemak Liverpool is a place where you can enjoy delicious Nasi Lemak while watching live screening of footballs games. Their sambal and their crispy chicken is raved by many.
Operating Hour: 19:00 – 02:00, (Sunday) 17:30 – 02:30. (Closed on Tuesday)
Address: 92, Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
14. Ais Kacang – Jalil Special Ais Kacang
Located near Fort Cornwallis is Jalil Special Ais Kacang which is a always flooding with customers. Ice kacang is a favourite Malaysian desert and the ones sold in Jalil Special Ice Kacang is as magnificent on its own. Consisting of towering ice shavings, loaded with syrups, red beans, corn and topped of with vanilla ice cream, it is undeniably a delicious dessert.
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 – 23:00
Address: Kota Selera Food Court (beside Fort Cornwallis), Padang Kota Lama , 10200, George Town, Penang.
15. Tandoori and Naan – Restaurant Kapitan
One of Penang’s most legendary restaurants is Restaurant Kapitan. They have a huge menu with various types of dishes mostly being renditions of Indian Muslim dishes. Their highlight would the Tandoori chicken and Naan. You will be never disappointed with warm Naans and juicy Tandoori chicken served there. The Naan is usually served with a side of dhall and mint chutney while the tandoori is served with slices of red onions and a wedge of lime to give it an extra kick. Their tandoori chicken is delectable due to the perfect balance of spices and yogurt marinade. A total must-try.
Operating hours: Open everyday 24 hours
Address: 93 Lebuh Chulia, George Town, Penang Island 10200 , Malaysia