10 Street Food You Must Try in Penang

When we talk about Penang, well, it is a wonderful place where you could do lots of things, to see and experience. And one of the best things you should know about Penang Island which is known as a food paradise. You can find a variety of food; the must-try street food, and various yummy food that are served in restaurants and hotels.

For non-locals who asked what street food is best to try, the following is a list of 10 street foods you must savour during your visit to Penang. Since street foods are widespread, their locations are identified, so that you know which is the right stall to patronise.

#1. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul & Penang Road Famous Chendol at Lebuh Keng Kwee

Cendol, if you have no idea, is a popular dessert served with shaved ice, palm sugar, coconut milk, and jelly noodles. Usually it comes with other ingredients such as red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly and creamed corn.

Penang Cendol
Penang Cendol

This is just perfect to have on a hot day in Penang. Yeah, I am not going to tell you which one is better. Why not try both cendol and tell me later?

Address: Jalan Penang, 27 & 29, Lebuh Keng Kwee, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 10.30am – 7pm, Mon-Fri / 10AM–7:30PM, Sat-Sun
Expect to pay: Around RM3 per bowl.

How to get there: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road. Walk straight and you’ll see Keng Kwee Street on your left. Both stalls are located near the corner.

#2. Mr. Por’s Duck Koay Chap at Restoran Kimberly

Do you want to eat duck koay chap? Head over to Restoran Kimberly. All the ingredients including the noodles are homemade, prepared by them for almost 30 years. Woha!

Penang Duck Koay Chap
Penang Duck Koay Chap

Koay chap is a Teochew noodle soup made with flat wide rice noodle rolls served in dark soy sauce broth. It’s filled with a variety of ingredients like pork, duck, offal, fishcake, vegetables, and hard boiled eggs which are braised with spices like star anise, cloves, cinnamon and five-spice powder. You can choose your duck koay chap served with either noodles or rice.

Restoran Kimberly opens at night, and there’s always a queue. So, you need to be patient to get your serving.

Address: 97-143, Lebuh Kimberley, 10100 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 6pm – 11pm, Fri-Wed (closed on Thursdays)
Expect to pay: Around RM10 per bowl.

How to get there: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road. Make a left turn on Kimberly Street. Walk straight and you’ll see Restoran Kimberly on your left near the corner of Cintra Street.

#3. Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng at Carnarvon Street

Street food koay teow is a bowl of fish ball noodle soup sold at Pitt Street, and it is not surprising if you enjoy eating it.

Koay teow th’ng is a dish made with flat rice noodles served in a clear soup broth and topped with fish balls, pork slices, chicken, brown garlic bits and chopped scallions. It’s usually served with a side of soy vinegar with chopped red chilies.

Penang Koay Teow Th'ng
Penang Koay Teow Th’ng

Forget about how colourless and bland koay teow th’ng looks, but it is incredibly tasty, probably because instead of using mackerel to make the fish balls, they use eel. Wow, how special is that?

Address: Lebuh Carnarvon, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 8am – 1.30pm, Tue-Sat / 8AM-12NN, Sun (closed Mondays)
Expect to pay: Around RM10 per bowl.

How to get there: This restaurant was located on Pitt Street before moving to Carnarvon, hence its name. From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, start walking southeast on Chulia Street. Make a right turn on Carnarvon Street. Walk straight and you’ll see the restaurant on the left side of that street. It’s just a few doors down from Kafe Ping Hooi.

#4. Sister Curry Mee

I like to eat curry mee. This is one of my favourite dishes, and I even learned how to make it homemade the halal version using chicken.

Curry mee is a dish made with egg noodles in a coconut-based curry soup and filled with bean curd puffs, bean sprouts, pig’s blood curd, cuttlefish, shrimps and cockles.

Penang Sister Curry Mee
Penang Sister Curry Mee

Sister Curry Mee is fragrant, creamy, savoury, sweet and spicy with lots of different textures tantalising your taste buds. You can also eat it with sambal. Oh, please don’t drool.

Just like its name ‘Sister Curry Mee’, the two sisters have been selling mee of this authentic recipe since 1946 and the stall remains at the same spot all these years.

Need a bowl? Go to the address stated below:

Address: 612T, Jalan Air Itam, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 7.30am – 1pm, Wed-Mon (closed Tue)
Expect to pay: Around RM7 per bowl.

How to get there: From Komtar Bus Terminal, take bus 203 or 204 to Air Itam (RM 2 each way). It’s the last stop, so you can’t miss it. Sister Curry Mee is located on a side street just off the main road of Jalan Paya Terubong. If you can’t find it, then just ask around, and it will soon be pointed out to you.

#5. Air Itam Asam Laksa

Dear readers, another street food you must try if you are in Penang is the Air Itam Asam Laksa. Asam Laksa is one of Penang’s signature dishes, and of course you mustn’t dismiss it.

Penang Asam Laksa
Penang Asam Laksa

The main ingredients in asam laksa are lemongrass, galangal, chili and mackerel, besides the noodles and tamarind used as a souring agent. Then garnished with mint, pineapple, onion, a sweet prawn paste and torched ginger flower.

I like torched ginger flower for its fragrance and taste. So next time, if you serve me asam laksa, ensure to add lots of it into my bowl. Haha.

Need this Air Itam Asam Laksa? Here is the location.

Address: Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong, 11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 10.30am – 7pm, Thurs-Tue (closed Wednesdays)
Expect to pay: Around RM6 per bowl.

How to get there: From Komtar Bus Terminal, take bus 203 or 204 to Air Itam (RM2 each way). It’s the last stop so you can’t miss it. Air Itam Asam Laksa is located on the corner of Jalan Pasar and the main road of Jalan Paya Terubong.

#6. Char koay teow Kafe Ping Hooi

Char koay teow is an iconic street food in Penang. You can easily get this everywhere. Char koay teow literally means stir-fried rice cake strips.

The dish is always served with flat rice noodles stir-fried with light and dark soy sauce, and other ingredients such as chili, belacan, prawns, bean sprouts and chopped chives.

Penang Char Koay Teow
Penang Char Koay Teow

If you are clueless where to get the best char koay teow, just think of Kafe Ping Hooi. The big and juicy prawns served in that char koay teow are perfectly cooked.

Get yours to try.

Address: 179, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 6.30am – 2pm daily
Expect to pay: Around RM12 per plate.

How to get there: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, start walking southeast on Chulia Street. Make a right turn on Carnarvon Street. Walk straight and you’ll see Kafe Ping Hooi on the corner of Carnarvon Lane, situated on the left of Carnarvon Street.

#7. Lok Lok at Medan Selera Padang Brown (Padang Brown Food Court)

Lok Lok is a type of communal hot pot wherein every ingredient is skewered on sticks so you can easily dunk and retrieve your food from a central pot of boiling water.

You can grab any food that is displayed and dip it in the hot pot. Among the ingredients are fresh seafood, meatballs, fish cakes, mushrooms, dumplings, eggs and offal, plus many more.

Penang Lok Lok
Penang Lok Lok

Please be alert, lok lok is a communal steamboat, so other diners will be sharing your table. Thus, you are lucky if no other diners are around, you can occupy the table all by yourself.

Address: Jalan Perak, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 5.30pm – 11.30pm daily
Expect to pay: About RM10 per diner

How to get there: The Padang Brown Food Court is too far to walk from the centre of George Town. Therefore, it’s best to take a taxi or travel by Grab.

#8 – Seafood Popiah at Medan Selera Padang Brown (Padang Brown Food Court)
Seafood popiah? This is the first time I heard about it. Never knew there is seafood popiah, which is filled with crab meat. It’s rare.

Penang Seafood Popiah
Penang Seafood Popiah

This stall which sells seafood popiah at Medan Selera Padang Brown has been serving seafood popiah for over sixty years. This is another street food you must try if you are in Penang.

Address: Jalan Perak, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 5.30pm – 11.30pm daily
Expect to pay: About RM8 for two pieces.

How to get there: The Padang Brown Food Court is too far to walk from the centre of George Town, so it’s best to take a taxi or use Grab.

#9 – Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak at Macalister Lane

Char koay kak is radish cake stir-fried in thick black soy sauce with preserved radish, bean sprouts and eggs. It is also known as ‘chai tow kueh’. The char koay kak sold at Macalister Lane is super tasty. It’s savoury and slightly sweet with nice gummy texture.

Penang Char Koay Kak
Penang Char Koay Kak

Want to try some? Address provided below:

Address: 94, Lorong Macalister, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 7am – 1pm daily
Expect to pay: About RM5 per plate.

How to get there: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road until you reach Burmah Road. Turn right onto Burma Road then turn left onto Macalister Lane. Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak stall is on your left around the entrance to Seow Fong Lye Cafe.

#10. Lor Bak Kheng Pin Cafe

This is the no. 10 street food you must try if you are in Penang, which is called Lor Bak.

Lor Bak is a Teochew dish with various meats, seafood, tofu and vegetables seasoned with five-spice powder and rolled in a thin beancurd skin before deep-frying. It is served with chili sauce and loh (sweet sauce thickened with cornstarch and beaten eggs).

Penang Lor Bak
Penang Lor Bak

Credible Malaysian and Singaporean food bloggers said this Khen Pin Cafe has the best lor bak in Penang.

True or false? You need to try it out yourself.

Address: 80, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operating hours: 7am -3pm, Tues-Sun (closed Mon)
Expect to pay: About RM10 for two pieces.

How to Get There: Kheng Pin Cafe is a short walk from the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street. Walk northeast on Penang Road and you’ll see it on your left at the corner of Sri Bahari Road.

So tell me, which street food do you like best? Mine is the curry mee. And if you are in Penang but have no time to explore all the food, don’t worry. FoodPanda delivery service is available.

FoodPanda
FoodPanda

You can always opt for the food delivery Penang to deliver your favourite food to you. How easy is that, right?

With love

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