Penang Street Food

28 Penang Street Food That Will Rock Your Taste Buds!

Looking for all the best Penang Street food?

Some may wonder why every holiday season, Penang’s streets are jam-packed with a truckload of vehicles. 

The answer is: Penang’s glorious street food!

CNN Travel ranked Penang as one of the top ten street food cities in Asia and Lonely Planet picked Penang as a top spot for foodies. 

The streets of Penang have become a hunting ground for the food obsessed because of Penang’s rich history and mix of cultures.

As a true Penangite, I have been many times let down by tips given to try street food, hence I set out on a journey to hunt down the most authentic versions of Penang food you could ever find on the island. 

WWB Writer and Penang island gal Kavita guides us through all the best street food spots in Penang. 

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Related Posts on Travel in Malaysia:

  1. Koay Teow Th’ng 
  2. Luo Han Guo
  3. Penang Asam Laksa
  4. Nasi Campur Melayu
  5. Mee Goreng Mamak 
  6. Popiah
  7. Rojak Pasembur
  8. Sum Kambing
  9. Char Koay Kak 
  10. Char Koay Teow 
  11. Chee Cheong Fun 
  12. Wan Tan Mee 
  13. Penang Fruit Rojak
  14. Penang Chendol 
  15. Oh Kio (Ai Yu Bing) Dessert 
  16. Apam / Appam / Apom Manis
  17. Penang Curry Mee 
  18. Hokkien Mee / Penang Prawn Mee
  19. Duck Mee Suah 
  20. Lor Bak 
  21. Roti canai
  22. Penang Jawa Mee 
  23. Muar Chee 
  24. Nasi Kandar 
  25. Nasi Ayam / Nasi Dalca 
  26. Nasi Tomato 
  27. Oh Chien / Oyster Omelette 
  28. Seafood 

1. Koay Teow Th’ng 

Penang Street Food
Credit: @joshzytan

This is comfort food for a lot of Penangites, Koay Teow Th’ng is made of flat rice noodles in a clear light broth topped with fish balls, fish cake slices, shredded chicken breast, Chinese chives and fried chopped garlic. 

This bowl of comfort is served with a side of chopped bird’s eye chilli in soy sauce. 

You can find the best Koay Teow Th’ng in Penang at the following locations: 

  • Pulau Tikus Hawker Center

Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 

10350 George Town, 

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm (daily)

  • Ah Boy Koay Teow Th’ng

Lebuh Clarke,

10050 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 7.00 am to 2.00 pm

Closed on: Tuesdays

FB: @巷子Ah Boy 果条汤

  • Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng

Lebuh Carnarvon,

10450 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 1.30 pm

Closed on: Mondays

2. Luo Han Guo

Penang Street Food
Credit: @low_helen

A thirst-quenching sweet food drink boiled with a blend of honey dates, apricot kernels and sweet dried figs, famously used to calm irritated throats and expel body heat.

  • Luo Han Guo (in front of 7-Eleven)

221 Jalan Burma,

10050 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 1.30 pm

Closed on: Mondays

  • Cecil Street Market

40-48, Lebuh Cecil,

10300 George Town,

Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: 7.30 am – 7.00 pm (daily)

3. Penang Asam Laksa

The main ingredients of a classic bowl of asam laksa are ikan kembung (type of mackerel) and tamarind, cucumbers, shallots, chillies, shreds of pineapple, daun kesum (laksa leaves), bunga kantan (ginger torch flower), and a fermented shrimp paste called hae ko

Achieving global fame for being listed number 7 of the world’s most delicious food by CNN Travel, a bowl of Penang Asam Laksa would consist of a thick spicy-sour fish based soup and spoonfuls of white rice noodles called laksa noodles coated in shredded mackerel and prawn paste.

  • Penang Road Famous Laksa

5, Lebuh Keng Kwee,

10100 George Town,

Penang Island.

Opening hours: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm (daily)

Website:https://penang-road-famous-laksa.business.site/

  • Sin Hwa Coffee Shop Asam Laksa

329, Jalan Burma,

10350 George Town,

Penang Island.

(serves two versions of Asam laksa using tamarind or coconut milk)

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm  (daily)

FB: @sinhwa329

4. Nasi Campur Melayu 

Penang Street Food

Nasi Campur Melayu translates to various Malay style dishes served with rice and is a common staple enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. In Northern states such as Penang, dishes tend to be spicier prepared using fresh and dried spices to create a special ‘rempah’.

  • Nasi Melayu Lidiana

Opposite Masjid Terapung

11200 Tanjung Bungah,

Penang Island.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

Closed on: Sundays

F: @Kedaimakanlidiana  

5. Mee Goreng Mamak 

Penang Street Food
Credit: @foo.ga

The key to this stir fried dish of Indian Muslim flavours is a result of a fusion with Chinese yellow noodles lies cooked in a special concoction of sauces, mixed with peanuts, garlic, onions and topped off with additions such as tofu, potato cubes, eggs and cucur (prawn fritters).

You could also order a variation called Mee Goreng Sotong (which as its name suggests), which adds in sambal sotong (sambal being spicy sauce), which gives the fried noodles a spicy kick.

  • Hameed Pata Mee Sotong           

Kompleks Kota Selera (Fort Cornwallis)

5, Esplanade Park,

Lebuh Light,

10300 George Town.

Opening hours: 11.30 am – 8.00 pm (daily)

  • Mee Goreng @ Barakath Restaurant

576-s, Jalan Chan Siew Teong,

11200 Tanjung Bungah,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 8.00 pm

Closed on: Wednesdays

6. Popiah

Penang Street Food

Popiah as it translates from the Hokkien dialect means “thin pancake”.

A layer of flour called the popiah skin is used to wrap the cooked filling which consists of jicama (sengkuang), grated carrot, fried tofu, fried shallots, peanuts, and some shredded omelette. Before the filling is included, a layer of chilli paste is added to the skin to give the popiah a spicy kick. 

  • Pulau Tikus Night Market 

Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 

10350 George Town, 

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm (daily)

7. Rojak Pasembur

Penang Street Food
Credit: @farid_ghani

This modest street food is a Malaysian – Indian salad that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. 

It consists of ingredients such as cucur (prawn and plain dough fritters), hard-boiled egg, fried beancurd, boiled potatoes, shredded cucumber and jicama (sengkuang) and more.

  • Pasembur @ Famous Stall 09 Anjung Gurney

5, Gurney Dr,

10250 Georgetown,

Penang, Malaysia.

Opening hours: 4.00 pm – 11.30 pm (daily)

  • Kareem Pasembur Rojak

Union Street,

10200 Georgetown,

Penang, Malaysia.

Opening hours: 11.00 am – 6.00 pm (daily)

8.  Sup Kambing 

Penang Street Food
Credit: @lineatstheworld

Kambing which is Malay for ‘goat’ is the star of this comforting soupy bowl of goodness. 

Sup kambing is a spicy broth of mutton, traditionally stewed in a culmination of spices like coriander, fennel, cumin, star anise and cinnamon, topped with deep fried shallots, fresh coriander leaves and served with a side of traditional fluffy white bread known as Roti Benggali. 

Don’t leave the island without trying one of the best street food in Penang.

  • Restoran Sup Hameed

48, Jalan Penang,

10000 Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 7.00 am – 10.00 pm (daily)

 

9.  Char Koay Kak

Penang Street Food
Credit: @penang.streetfoodelicious

If you are familiar with carrot cake which is the pan-fried version of this dish, in Penang Char Koay Kak is prepared using a frying process with the main ingredient being fried rice cubes or preserved radish rice cubes combined with preserved radish, garlic, chicken or duck eggs, topped with beansprouts and kuchai (garlic chives). 

The main flavours come from the use of dark soya sauce and light soya sauce.

  • Reservoir Garden Hawker Arcade

Taman Ria,

11500 Air Itam,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: Daily, 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm (MCO until 8.00 pm)

F: Reservoir Garden Hawker Arcade

  • Union Primary School Char Kway Kak

Burmah Road,

10050 Georgetown,

Penang.

Opening hours: 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Closed on: Weekends

10.  Char Koay Teow 

 

Penang Street Food

One of the best hawker foods in Penang, a good plate of Char Koay Teow would have the right amount of wok hei (the right kind of char from the heat) and would cause a massive drool. 

Cooked on charcoal using a flat rice noodle (which the hawkers meticulously tear apart to make it thinner and tastier), light and dark soya sauce, chilli paste, kerang (cockles), eggs, pork lard, prawns, Chinese chives and bean sprout, with the right amount of garlic, lard and oil which adds to the overall fragrance of the dish.

Definitely should be on the top of your list of things to eat in Penang. 

  • Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow

Kafe Heng Huat

108, Lorong Selamat,

10400 Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 11.30 am – 6.00 pm

Closed on: Tuesdays

  • Hillside Ah Soon Café

26, Jalan Sungai Kelian,

11200 Tanjung Bungah,

Penang.

Opening hours: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Closed on: Tuesdays

  • Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow

82, Jalan Siam,

10400 Georgetown,

Penang.

Opening hours: 12.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Closed on: Sundays and Mondays

11.  Chee Cheong Fun

Penang Street Food

Fancy a light breakfast? Chee cheong fun, a dish of Cantonese origin would be perfect. Due to the large Cantonese dispersion in Malaysia, Chee Cheong Fun has its own versions depending on location. 

In Penang, it is served with sesame seeds, chili sauce and a peanut infused hae ko (a prawn paste). This gives it a thick and sweet consistency while subtly giving a seafood flavour to the dish.

  • Genting Cafe

Lorong Delima 3,

Taman Island Glades,

11700 Jelutong,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 7.00 am – 4.00 pm

Closed on: Wednesdays

12.  Wan Tan Mee 

Another one of those things to eat in Penang is also one of the best street food in Penang, Wan Tan Mee. You will find this noodle dish from roadside hawker stalls or kopitiams (coffee shops) in Penang.

Served either dry (kicap) or in a soup and in some places even a spicy version, the dry style wan tan mee noodles (wheat) are crinkly, soft and easy to chew.

The noodles are tossed in a combination of dark sauces topped with deep-fried wantons, slices of lean char siew (barbequed pork), a side of choi sam (Chinese cabbage) served with green pickled chillies and a bowl of soup with siu kow (pork or shrimp dumplings). 

In Penang, you will find a unique hawker stall that specializes in all three flavours of wan tan mee, Chew Jetty Cafe.

  • Jelutong Market

Jalan Van Praagh,

Taman Continental,

11600 Jelutong,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: Daily, 7.00 am – 2.00 pm

  • Chew Jetty Cafe

47 Pengkalan Weld,

10300 Georgetown,

Penang.

Opening hours: 7.30 am – 5.00 pm

Closed on: Tuesdays

13.  Penang Fruit Rojak 

Penang Street Food
Credit: @hcyeong

More commonly called Rojak Buah in Penang, is a mixture of fruits such as cucumber pineapple, sengkuang (jicama), raw mangoes and papayas, topped with a thick dark hae ko (shrimp paste) sauce and crushed peanuts. 

The added special ingredients used to thicken the shrimp paste are sugar, chilli and lime juice, giving it a sweet, savoury and tangy flavour.

  • Kafe Heng Huat (Rojak Buah Stall)

108, Lorong Selamat,

10400 Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 11.30 am – 6.00 pm

Closed on: Tuesdays

  • G.P. Soon Rojak

Stall 39, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre,

172, Persiaran Gurney,

10250 Georgetown,

Penang.

Opening hours: 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm

Closed on: Mondays and Tuesdays

14.  Penang Chendol 

Penang Street Food
Credit: @scissorsfs

Home to the best-prepared bowl of Cendol/Chendol or Chedul is the infamous stall in Penang Road. This icy dessert made from pandan flavoured rice flour green jelly noodles, sweet corn, red beans, grass jelly and coconut milk, is topped with a large shaving of ice and a large dollop of gula Melaka (palm sugar) to hit the sweet spot. 

Another variation of Cendol is where pulut (glutinous rice) is added to this icy bowl of goodness.

  • Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

27, Lebuh Keng Kwee,

10100 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 12.00 pm – 7.00 pm (daily)  

F: @penangchendul

  • Penang Road Famous Chendol

27, Lebuh Keng Kwee,

10100 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 12.00 pm – 7.00 pm (daily) 

 F: @penangchendul

  • Cendol Pulut Stall

1, Jalan Chowrasta,

10450 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm (daily) 

15.  Oh Kio Dessert (Ai Yu Bing)

Credit: Jee Kian Koh

While walking down Penang’s streets in the sweltering heat, a perfect dessert located along Weld Quay street is the absolute thirst quencher. 

Ai Yu jelly is Taiwan’s traditional summer dessert made of fig seeds, the Oh Kio dessert in Penang is prepared using Ai Yu jelly, lychees, syrup, fresh lemon juice and you can opt to have it on a bed of shaved ice or without.

  • Oh Kio Dessert Stall

56A, Pengkalan Weld,

10300 Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 12.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Closed on: Mondays

16.  Apam /Appam /Apom Manis

Credit: 3nj3n

Another popular Penang street food perfect as a light snack is the Apam, also spelled, Apom or Appam, the base ingredients for a pancake is rice flour, eggs, sugar, coconut milk and salt. There are several variations to this pancake which you can find in Penang.

Apom Manis

This is the thinnest, lightest and crispy on the sides, an Indian hawker would sell it topped with sweet coconut milk and at a Chinese hawker, you would find bananas sandwiched between the apom.

  • Apom Manis (Indian)

232, Jalan Burma,

10350 Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 5.30 am – 5 pm

Closed on: Thursdays

  • Apom Guan @ Lebuh Burma

144-E, Jalan Burma,

10400 Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 9.30 am – 8.30 pm

Closed on: Sundays

  • Penang’s Famous Apom @ Kedai New Cathay

425, Jalan Burma,

10350 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 2.30 pm

Closed on: Sundays

Apom Balik

Has the crispiest texture of all pancakes where the thin layers hold the generous filling of crushed peanuts and corn.

  • Crispy Apom Balik @ Swee Kong Cafe  

232, Jalan Burma,

10350 Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 5.30 am – 5 pm

Closed on: Thursdays

Chinese Ban Chien Koay

A generous heap of ingredients lathered between the hot chew dough, this pancake is the

thickest of the lot. Some hawkers even have a variety of toppings for people to choose base on their preferences.

  • Ban Chang Kuih stall @ Pulau Tikus Market

Off Jalan Pasar,

Near Pulau Tikus Market,

10250 Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 7.30 am – 10.30 am

  • Apom Balik Station @ Batu Ferringhi

101A, Jalan Batu Ferringhi,

11100 Batu Ferringhi,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 3.00 pm – 10.45 pm

Closed on: Wednesdays

17.  Penang Curry Mee

There’s just something about flavours in Penang curry mee which can’t be found in any other variation of curry mee in Malaysia, where when you add the sambal in at the end, it changes the white coconut milk broth into the orange red-hued goodness which our eyes are accustomed to feasting. 

A bowl of Penang curry mee makes an ideal breakfast, with an option of noodles (yellow egg noodles or vermicelli) which are bathed in a thick coconut milk curry broth, topped with prawns, squid, tau fu pok (deep fried tofu puffs), cockles and the most crucial element, some mint leaves and chilli paste. 

If you are feeling adventurous, opt for the additional ingredient, diced blood pudding which is smooth in texture.

  • Curry Mee @ Genting Cafe

Lorong Delima 3,

Taman Island Glades,

11700 Jelutong,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 8.300 am – 4.00 pm

Closed on: Wednesdays

  • Curry Mee @ Mandarin Cafe

1 N, Lorong Delima 3,

Taman Island Glades,

11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: 6.30 am – 10.00 pm (daily)

  • Chulia Street Curry Mee

Lebuh Chulia,

10200 Georgetown,

Penang.

Opening hours: 6.00 pm – 12.00 am

Closed on: Mondays

F: Chulia Street Curry Mee 

18.  Hokkien Mee / Penang Prawn Mee 

If spicy food is a preference for you, do not leave Penang without trying a personal favourite, the Penang Prawn Mee. Known by people from Penang as Hokkien mee and more commonly known as Har Mee by people outside of Penang, this spicy prawn based broth is served with either yellow egg noodles or bi hun (rice vermicelli). 

You may be wondering, what makes a good bowl of Hokkien mee, for me, it’s the sight of the well-balanced bowl with red hues or prawn oil, topped with blanched kang kung (morning glory), boiled egg, fish cake, bean sprouts and in some places they even offer additional toppings such as roast pork, spare ribs and large prawns, which intensifies the flavours of the broth further. 

Most Penangites would recommend Old Green House on Burma Road, but these are my top picks:

  • Tasty 88 Corner Batu Ferringhi

Kawasan Perumahan Sungai Emas,

Jalan Sungai Emas,

11050 Batu Ferringhi,

Penang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 8.00 pm

Closed on: Wednesdays  

  • Sungai Ara Hokkien Mee

16, Jalan Sungai Ara 1,

11900 Bayan Lepas,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Closed on: Mondays

19.  Duck Mee Suah

Credit: @penang2u

Another Penang favourite comfort food, this dish is made using mee suah noodles, which complements the herbal base soup – made of wolfberries and Angelica Sinensis (female ginseng) — perfectly. Topped with a slab of duck drumstick, it can be opted to be eaten with chicken or pork.

  • Duck Noodles Sungai Pinang

Food Stall Outside Honda Showroom

Jalan Sungai Pinang,

10150, Georgetown,

Penang

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 1.00 pm

Closed on: Sundays

F: @penangducknoodles

  • Good All Cafe

Jalan Gottlieb,

10350, Georgetown,

Penang.

Opening hours: 6.30 pm – 12.00 am (daily)

20.  Lor Bak 

Also known as Ngo Hiang, from the Hokkien word for five spices, Lor Bak as it is known in Malaysia is a Fujian dish that has become a popular street food in Penang hawkers centres. 

Lor Bak literally means five spice (star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds) meat rolls although it usually includes the other golden brown deep-fried snacks; fried tofu puffs, yam slices, lap cheong (Chinese sausage), xiang chiang (Taiwanese sausage), prawn fritters, and century egg. 

The most crucial element of this food lies in the sauces called lor, a thick starchy consistency made of dark soya sauce, five spice and sugar and a chilli paste dip.

  • Lor Bak @ Genting Café

Lorong Delima 3,

Taman Island Glades,

11700 Jelutong,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 7.00 am – 4.00 pm

Closed on: Wednesdays

  • Kheng Pin Cafe

80, Jalan Penang,

10000 Georgetown,

Penang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 2.00 pm

Closed on: Mondays

21.  Roti Canai 

Credit: @must_follow_a

Pronounced “cha-nigh”, this flattened disc-like shape moreish flatbread is made of maida flour and a touch of ghee. A staple, roti canai is famous in Penang and if you walk into any mamak diner, roti canai is served with a side of curry and dhall (lentil gravy) with a dollop of sambal (spicy chilli paste).

  • Transfer Road Roti Canai

110-114, Jalan Transfer,

10050 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm (daily)

 F: Heritage Transfer Road Roti Canai 

22.  Penang Jawa Mee 

This dish is prepared using a thick tomato and potato-based gravy topped with yellow egg noodles, beancurd, potatoes, beansprout, prawn fritters, a boiled egg, and a splash of chilli paste and a side of Calamansi lime. You would think that with a name like Mee Jawa, this dish originates from Indonesia but it is one of those truly Malaysian dishes.

  • Hing Long Cafe

3, Lorong Delima 1,

Taman Island Glades,

11600 George Town,

Pulau Pinang

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 10.00 pm

Closed on: Mondays

F: Hing Long Cafe

  • Northam Beach Cafe

Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,

10050 Georgetown,

Penang.

Opening hours: 5.30 pm – 12.30 am

F: Northam Beach Cafe 

23.  Muar Chee 

Credit: @thefatfam

A snack made of glutinous rice balls which are minced to smaller pieces then coated with a combination of grounded toasted peanuts and sugar and finished with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds and yew chang (fried shallots), muar chee is a must try as it is one of the best famous street food to eat in Penang which is usually sold by roadside stalls or mobile hawkers.

  • Uncle Chee Muah Chee

2, Lebuh Cannon,

10200 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Closed on: alternate Wednesdays  

24.  Nasi Kandar 

Nasi kandar originated back in the 18th century when Indian Muslims from Southern India migrated to Penang. 

It got its name as boiled white rice is placed in a wooden basket (which gives the rice a distinct aroma) which is carried on the shoulders using a pole. This tradition of carrying rice and pairing dishes on the shoulder has evolved from being sold as a street food into many nationwide nasi kandar franchises all with their own unique varieties and flavours. 

You could just look up the mainstream nasi kandar’s in Penang, although I’m sharing some of my personal recommendations which are hidden gems simply because of their unique, traditional and most importantly authentic flavours.

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Shariff Nasi Kandar Gelugor

Different from other nasi kandar in Penang, highly recommended to try the ayam ros (rose style chicken), telur bawang (onion fried omelette) and banjir (flood) of curries.

  • Pasar dan Kompleks Makanan,

Jalan Permai,

Taman Brown,

11700 Gelugor,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 5.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Closed on: Sundays

  • Sulaiman Nasi Kandar

60, Jalan Air Itam,

10460 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 2.30 pm (daily)

F: Nasi Kandar Sulaiman 

  • NS Nasi Kandar

142, Jalan Burma,

10400 George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 8.00 am – 8.00 pm (daily)

Website: https://ns-nasi-kandar.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

25.  Nasi Ayam / Nasi Dalca

Penang Street Food

Another popular dish in Penang is the Malay style Nasi Ayam and Nasi Dalca. The Nasi Ayam is served with yellow rice and crispy aromatic fried chicken drizzled with soya sauce, served with a bowl of soup and chilli paste.

The Nasi Dalca on the other hand is a mildly flavoured rice with spices eaten with dalca (dhal cooked with lamb and vegetables) and a variety of curried dishes. Served similar to Nasi Melayu, the dishes are laid out in trays for customers to choose from.

  • Zul Nasi Ayam / Nasi Dalca

Seri Tanjung Pinang,

11200 Tanjung Tokong,

Penang.

Opening hours: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

Closed on: Weekends

F: Zul Nasi Ayam/Nasi Dalca/Catering

26.  Nasi Tomato 

Credit: @naimipok

Nasi Tomato or Tomato Rice is a tomato infused side dish, which can be eaten on its own or paired with dishes like ayam masak merah (chicken in spicy tomato sauce), daging masak hitam (beef in dark soya sauce) or ayam bawang (deep fried chicken with onions).

  • Nasi Tomato Batu Lanchang

25, Lintang Batu Lanchang,

Jelutong,

11600, George Town,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Closed on: Sundays

F: Nasi Tomato Batu Lanchang 

27.  Oh Chien / Oyster Omelette 

A must-have street food in Penang is the Oyster Omelette or colloquially known as Oh Chien in the Hokkien dialect. There are two varieties of oyster omelette, one with more egg and the other with more starch. The main element of an oyster omelette is the accompanying chilli sauce, which completes the dish.

  • Kafe Heng Huat

108, Lorong Selamat,

10400 Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 11.30 am – 6.00 pm

Closed on: Tuesdays

  • Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe

338, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong,

Tanjung Tokong,

11200 Tanjung Bungah,

Penang.

Opening hours: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm

28.  Seafood 

While Asia is known for its various delicacies, Penang thrives on providing the freshest seafood there is. Many of these seafood restaurants are family businesses and have been around for generations. 

Rest assured, the flavours you will experience will be in a league of its own, leaving you already planning out your next trip to Penang. Beach Corner Restaurant is well known for its signature dish – garlic prawns!

  • Beach Corner Seafood

72D, Jalan Batu Ferringhi,

11100 Batu Ferringhi,

Pulau Pinang.

Opening hours: 12.00 pm – 2.30 pm , 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Closed on: Wednesdays

F: @beachcornerseafood

  • Fishing Village

765, Jalan Teluk Awak,

Teluk Bahang, 11050

Penang.

Opening hours: 12.00 pm – 8.00 pm (MCO timings)

Closed on: Mondays

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Why Is Penang Famous For Its Food?

The mix of cultures such as Malay, Chinese, Indian Muslim, Hindu, Hainanese, Chinese Hokkien, Teochew, Hakka, British colonialist influence, Baba Nyonya, or Peranakan, which is a culmination of Chinese and Malay cooking methods, is what makes Penang food simply hit the spot. 

Which Streets In Penang Are Famous For Food And Shopping?

Also a must-see for anyone visiting the island are the many speciality streets (tourist strips) with wide sidewalks and nooks and crannies filled with a plenitude of items or trades and simply a different kind of shopping experience among tasting some of the best food finds. 

Among some of these are:

  • Lorong Kulit,
  • Batu Ferringhi,
  • Gurney Drive Penang Street Food,
  • Kimberley Street Penang,
  • Penang Road,
  • Cecil Market Street,
  • Market Street and
  • Beach Street.

Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang is located on Beach Street and is known to be the best Nasi Lemak in Penang if you are a spicy lover. 

Two other top recommendations of food to try (which I personally have not tried) in Penang is Big Crab Street Food which is a food court that has over 70 varieties of food (prices may be higher than the average Penang rate) located next to the Jelutong Expressway and the Street Grill Burger Bakar Penang who make their specially marinated homemade patties served with cheeses and sauces of your choice. 

If you are a foodie on the hunt for your next feast, look no further than this guide to the Best Penang Street Food you will find. Here’s a personally curated list of the best Penang street food of all time. 

Conclusion  

That sums up a list of the best street food in Penang so you can start planning out your next vacation!

This is not the most comprehensive list of places to eat but my humble recommendations that are based on my taste. 

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