10 Best Food Destination Penang

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10 Best Food Destination Penang






Penang is renowned for its best food and dining experience and was endorsed as the World’s Food Destination by world-renowned food writer, James Oseland. Its Chinese, Thai, Indian, local Malay cuisine has a unique flavor and pallatable blend considered as food paradise by Malaysians and world over. Penang is the heart of the popular street food culture, vendors cook up variety of dishes from noodles right up to seafood. Here are the 10 must try foodies destination when you visit Penang.

1. Penang Char Koay Teow

char koay teow

The famous dish prepared from rice noodles stir fried with prawns, eggs, bean sprouts chili, cockles, chives and commonly served on a piece of banana leaf on a plate. There are many restaurant and street hawkers prepare char koay teow, but here are the few best recommendations of best Penang char koay teow.

a. Sister’s Char Koay Teow, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

b. Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow, Lorong Selamat, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

c. Kafe Ping Hooi Lebuh Carnarvon, Georgetown. (speciality: stir-fried duck egg). Click here for Map Direction

2. Penang Asam Laksa

penang assam laksa

A signature dish and pride of Penang, the rich and spicy Assam laksa is a fish-based soup noodle broth of tamarind juice, lemongrass, chilli paste, topped with prawn paste and mackerel/sardine flakes. The rich spicy flavor and aroma with its tangy taste might find some people abit too overpowering. In 2011, Penang Assam laksa was awarded CNN ‘World’s Fifty Most Delicious Foodslist.

a. Famous Penang Road Assam Laksa @ Joo Hooi Cafe, Lebuh Penang, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

b. 73 Asam Laksa @ Gurney Drive Hawker Center, Stall 69, Gurney Drive, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

c. Ayer Itam Assam Laksa, Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

3. Curry Mee

curry mee

A hot bowl of curry mee is a popular dish among Malaysian hawker fare. The dish is soup of a combination of curry and coconut milk consists of yellow noodles and/or rice vermicelli with addition of fried bean curd, prawns and bean sprouts. Here are the 3 places in Penang for tasty bowls of curry mee.

a. Curry Mee @ Lorong Seratus Tahun, Lorong Seratus Tahun, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

b. Tuai Pui Curry Mee @ Lebuh Kimberley, Lebuh Kimberley, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction  https://goo.gl/maps/cTRzJjDoN4B2

c. Curry Mee @ Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Stall 94, Gurney Drive, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

4. Penang Rojak

Rojak fruit plate at Tropical Fruit Farm, Bandar Batu Feringgi

The Penang rojak (also known the Chinese rojak) is a famous delicacy among the locals is made of fruit salad served with thick paste of dark shrimp and topped with crushed peanuts. The ingredients usually consist of vegetable and fruits such as cucumber, pineapple, jicama, crunchy fried chinese cruller, buah umbra and mango.

a. Hock Seng Rojak, Gat Lebuh Cecil, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

b. G.P Soon Rojak @ Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Gurney Drive, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

c. 101 Rojak (Ho Wei Jeng), Kompleks Makanan Medan Renong Padang Kota Lama, (Penang Esplanade), Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

5. Pasembur Rojak

pasembur rojak gurney drive

The Pasembur rojak is a Malaysian Indian salad consisting of various ingredients such as prawn fritters, fried dough fritters or crackers, bean curd, potatoes, half boiled egg, topped with shreded cucumber and served with sweet and spicy nut souce. Pasembur rojak term is peculiar to the Northern Peninsular Malaysia, otherwise known as Rojak Mamak that commonly used the rest parts of Malaysia. Here the list of 3 place to discover Pasembur rojak.

a. Kareem Pasembur Rojak, Union St., Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

b. Hussain Pasembur @ Padang Kota Lama Food Court, Kompleks Makanan Medan Renong Padang Kota Lama, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction 

c. Pasembur @ Famous Stall 09 Anjung Gurney, Gurney Drive, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

6. Mee Goreng

penang mee goreng

Another popular dish among Malaysians, the Mee Goreng, a plate of fried noodles of Indian Muslim (also known mamak) dish. The mamak style mee goreng ingredients made of yellow noodles, bean sprouts, eggs, cabage, shredded tofu, tomatoes, onions and the chef’s self recipe sambal souce. Here are the 3 places you could savor a good mee goreng.

a. Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng, Jalan Burma, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

b. Penang Famous Edgecumbe Road Mee Goreng, Gurney Drive, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

c. Mee Sultan, George Town New World Park, Lorong Swatow, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

7. Seafood Popiah

seafood popiah gerai padang brown

With a history of over 60 years, the Seafood Popiah stall at Gerai Gerai Padang Brown is one of the oldest in Penang. It is currently operated by Uncle Ong serving the only popiah stall in town that includes real crab meat as one of the ingredients. The Seafood popiah ingredients filled with stewed tunips, carrots, bean sprouts, crab meat and blended with stew gravy on top.

Seafood Popiah @ Gerai Gerai Padang Brown, Jalan Perak, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

8. Nasi Kandar

nasi kandar line clear

Another Indian Muslim dish that originats from Penang, this rich flavour of spice, thick curry with fragrant steamed rice and sides of vegetable and meat based side dishes. The nasi kandar in the olden days used to be peddled on shoulders by balancing pots containing rice, curries and meat dishes using a long wooden rod.

a. Nasi Kandar Beratur Original, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction
b. Nasi Kandar Line Clear, Jalan Penang, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction
c. Nasi Kandar Pelita, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

9. Penang Hokkien Mee

penang hokkien mee

The land-mark hawker dish of Penang, the Hokkien Mee, is a spicy soup mee (egg noodles) and bihun (rice noodles) with wonderful stock made from prawn, chicken stock or pork ribs, dried shrimp and garnished with sliced boiled eggs, kangkung (water spinach), fried onion, with a dollop of chilli paste. It is ussually served during breakfast and lunch time but rarely found during dinner.

a. Famous Penang Hokkien Mee, Jalan Burma, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

b. Penang Famous Hokkien Mee (Prawn Noodle), Lebuh Carnarvon, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

c. Penang Seang Lim Hokkien Mee, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown. Click here for Map Direction

10. Penang Famous Teochew Chendul

Teochew chendul penang

The one and only famous chendul there is in Penang, the best and a must try refreshing desert drink after a spicy meal or under heat of the day. It is a 5 decade recipe of the Tan family preparing the chendul from their famous stall on Lebuh Keng Kwee, where people queue up to 10 minutes just to get their hands on the delicious desert drink. The ingredients includes coconut milk, green jelly strands and palm sugar served with red kidney beans.

Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol @ Lebuh Keng Kwee,  Lebuh Keng Kwee, Georgetown, Click here for Map Direction

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