Travel Tips: Where to eat in Penang, Malaysia

Here's the second part of the Travel Tips series for Penang. I will continuously update this list, so do come back often to check. Do start with What to do in Penang, Malaysia if you have not done so.

This is a list of recommended places to eat in Penang - most are my favourite places, while some are recommended by others. This is by no means the full list. Explore the city yourself, and start your own list! Do remember to eat without expectations, as some food may have the same name as those found in other parts of Malaysia and Singapore, but they will be different! 


Hawker Centres


{ Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Gurney Drive } Lots of choices, with some good food even though it may be packed with tourists. Prices may be a little steeper than other places. Lots of laksa stalls (walk around, and try to sniff for the best stall!), char koay teow (look for the one with long queue), ‘jiu hu eng chai’ (Cuttlefish Salad with Kangkung), rojak (Ah Chye’s Rojak). Only at night.

{ New World Park } Variety of hawkers food. Recommended ones are rojak, ais kacang, “bak chang” (dumpling) and cucur udang. All day long.

{ Hawker stalls in New Lane } Lots of food along the road, but price is generally higher.

{ Pulau Tikus Market } By the road side, next to the Pulau Tikus market. Recommended food are lok lok (similar to steamboat, in skewers), char koay teow, roti babi, “or-chean” (oyster omelette), koay teow th’ng (soup) and satay. Only at night.

{ Kopitiam in Kimberley Street } The coffee shop in Kimberley Street has lots of food choices.

Food stalls


{ Cendol }
Penang Road Teochew Cendol, Lebuh Keng Kwee, Off Penang Road (11am to 7pm). Lots of choices, with some good food even though it may be packed with tourists.

{ Asam Laksa }
Air Itam Asam Laksa, Air Itam Market Pasar Road (early morning till afternoon). Beside the Air Itam Market, with tables and chairs by the roadside.

{ Curry Mee }
+ Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee, off Macalister Road (lunch time)
+ ‘Squatting’ Curry Mee, pathway to Ayer Itam Chinese Methodist Church, Off Jalan Air Itam (after the bridge) (early morning to early afternoon). Two old sisters crouched on a tiny wooden stool, surrounded by pots of noodles, curry and condiments. Curry mee comes with cuttlefish, tofu puffs, beansprouts and blood cubes. The chilli is very spicy - so eat with care!

{ Hokkien Mee }
Green House, 223, Jalan Burma (Mon-Sat 8pm-4am, closed Sun). Also sells Lor Mee. You can try asking for a mix of Hokkien Mee soup with ‘Lor’ – that’s how some Penangites like it.

{ Lor Mee }
Next to Kuan Yim Temple, Masjid Kapitan Keling Rd

{ Ah Thooi Mee Suah } Duck drumstick wheat flour noodle soup
Roadside Stall at Jalan Sungei Pinang in front of Boon Siew Honda workshop

{ Rojak } Penang's style is mainly cut fruits with prawn paste
+ Ah Chye Rojak at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre
+ Rojak stall at New World Park Hawker Centre

{ Char Koay Teow }
+ Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow, off Macalister Road (afternoon). Quite expensive by Penang’s standard. With big prawns. Can find good char koay teow in most places! A few coffee stalls along the road with many hawker food.
+ Sisters Char Koay Teow, Macalister Rd (lunch time). Quite expensive by Penang’s standard. With crab meat.
+ Siam Road (Jalan Siam) Char Koay Teow, located at the end of Siam Road (3pm to 11pm, closed on Mondays). Stall will shift to along Anson Road after 8pm. Need to wait an hour. Eat at coffee shop opposite the pushcart (by the road side).

{ Zhu Cheong Chok } 猪肠粥 Pig Intestine Porridge
+ Lebuh Cintra (Cintra Street). Nice yam cake and "bak chang" (glutinous rice) in the shop opposite the porridge coffee shop. Will serve over.

{ Char Koay Kak }
+ Pushcart stall outside Seow Fong Lye Cafe at 94C, Macalister Lane (7:30am to 12:30pm). Also try the Chee Cheong Fun.
+ Pushcart stall outside Suiwah Supermarket on Jalan Air Itam (morning).


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