Penang is world famous for its abundance of hawker food. But sometimes having too many choices might not be a good thing because you will have a hard time to decide which to savour, especially if you are not a local. Here’s a Penang food guide for 48 hours from breakfast to dinner, carefully handpicked by vkeong only to feature the best of Penang has to offer!
Day 1, Breakfast (Seow Fong Lye Chee Cheong Fun):
Begin your day with Chee Cheong Fun at one of the oldest food stall in Penang with over half a century of experience at preparing these steamed flat rice noodles. The special prawn paste has a unique flavor second to none and is made by adding their own secret ingredients and then recooking it.
Seow Fong Lye Cafe
94C, Macalister Lane, 10400 Penang
7:30am to 12:30pm.
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.022 E100 19.741
Day 1, Lunch (Kheng Pin Cafe Lor Bak):
The best Penang Lor Bak (five spice rolls and other fried goodies) is at Kheng Pin Cafe, where freshness along with the use of authentic ingredients without preservatives are the key to its deliciousness. Prawn Fritters and Fried Squids are also highly recommended.
80, Penang Road,
GPS Co-ordinates: N05 25.019 E100 19.486
Opens from 6.30am till finish
Day 1, Lunch alternative: Lam Ah Cafe Fried Oyster
A very good fried oyster can be found at Lam Ah Cafe at Lebuh Chulia. Two versions are available here according to your liking: dry and crispy or moist and starchy. The crispy version is is the one to try, tastes amazingly crunchy that gives the crisp crackling sound with each bite.
Lam Ah Coffee Shop (opposite Beach Road fire station)
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.925 E100 20.365
Business hours: 10:30am to 4:30pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Day 1, Tea Break (Toh Soon Cafe):
Toh Soon Cafe is a small coffee shop situated at a back lane along Campbell Street that serves a variety of bread and toasts, homemade Hainan coffee and nasi lemak. The uniqueness of Toh Soon’s toasts is the preparation method by using a super old charcoal stove. And the homemade Hainan coffee is thick, aromatic and satisfying. Order it iced for a pure cuppa enjoyment.
Campbell Street, Off Penang Road,
George Town, 10100 Penang
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.118 E100 19.916
Business hour: 8am to 6pm (Closed on Sundays)
Day 1, Dinner (Sin Guat Keong Mantis Shrimp Char Koay Teow):
The Char Koay Teow stall outside Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong is one of the oldest in Penang that has been around for more than half a century. The same oil used to deep fry the mantis prawns are also used to fry the noodles, which explains the rich seafood flavor. Because of that, they are one of the four street food ‘Kings’ at Kimberley Street.
Stall outside Sin Guat Keong Coffee Shop
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.990 E100 19.969
Open 6pm onwards, days off not fixed
Day 1, Dinner alternative: Sky Emperor Chicken Feet Koay Teow Soup
If you do not fancy something oily then you can give Sky Emperor Koay Teow Soup a try instead. And you can’t go wrong with their signature braised chicken feet too. The chicken feet’s soft, juicy and succulent texture are able to soak more flavor while being braised compared to any other meat hence the unforgettable taste. You simply won’t find this kind of flavor outside Penang!
Lebuh Kimberley, Penang
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.983 E100 19.973
Business hours: 7pm onwards
Day 2, Breakfast (Nasi Kandar Kampung Melayu):
Kampung Melayu Nasi Kandar might not be as famous as the rest but their curry dishes are excellently cooked with generous but balanced amount of spices, making them pleasantly rich in taste. They serve about 10 to 15 different curry dishes daily and the variety changes every day. The roti canai here is equally good and has its own following as well.
A-29, Ground Floor, Rumah Pangsa,
Jln Kampung Melayu,
Kampung Melayu, Air Hitam
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.007 E100 17.067
Open 6:30am to 12:30pm (days off not fixed)
Day 2, Breakfast alternative: Swee Kong Cafe Apom Manis
For the past 80 years, this stall at Swee Kong Coffee Shop in Pulau Tikus has been using clay pots and charcoal stoves to bake the Apom Manis. The traditional recipe for apom does not contain egg but the owner decided to modify the batter to include eggs for the extra fragrance. Not only they are cheap and delicious, you will also find the apom here extra aromatic due to the use of clay pot and charcoal.
Apom Manis Stall
Kedai Kopi Swee Kong,
Solok Moulmein, Pulau Tikus
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.828 E100 18.757
Business hours: 6am till finish (around 9-10am)
Closed on Thursday and occasionally on Monday
Day 2, Lunch (Ayu Mee Udang Teluk Kumbar):
Ayu Mee Udang is the most popular Mee Udang restaurant in Teluk Kumbar dishing up noodles with seriously huge sea-fresh prawns. Although slightly expensive and priced according to market price, the Mee Udang Special here is highly recommended. It comes with a thick tomato-based broth which is cooked with the prawns briefly to allow flavors from both worlds to infuse. And the resulting dish is simply sublime.
936B, Lengkok Kg. Masjid Satu,
Teluk Kumbar, Pulau Pinang.
GPS Coordinates: N5 17.316 E100 13.699
Business Hours: 1pm to 11pm daily
Day 2, Lunch alternative: Pitt Street Eel Fish Ball Koay Teow Soup
Have you ever tried Koay Teow Soup paired with eel fish balls? At Carnavon Street there is a a restaurant that has been hand-making delicious fish balls using local eels for decades. Besides the fish balls another thing to appreciate here is the handmade pork fillets that are specially prepared by the lady boss, it surely tastes better than the normal ones served with minced meat!
183, Carnarvon Street,
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.863 E100 20.034
Business hour: 9am – 4.30pm. Closed on Sun & Mon
Day 2, Tea Break (Penang Road Famous Cendol & Asam Laksa):
Penang Road is one of the streets in Penang where food stalls and coffee shops are concentrated at. Among them, the Penang Road Assam Laksa and Cendol are not to be missed. Try the laksa first for some hot and sour sensation, then indulge in some sweet, cool and refreshing ais kacang or cendol. One bowl is never enough.
Joo Hooi Cafe (愉园餐室)
475, Jalan Penang
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.027 E100 19.839
Business hours: 11.30am to 5pm (Off days not fixed)
Day 2, Tea Break alternative: Tamil Street Ais Tingkap
A rare and one of its kind drink called ‘Ais Tingkap’ can be found at Tamil Street. The catchy name is translated from the the given name of Window Sherbet by the Englishmen back in the 1930s. This bright red concoction is mildly sweet and very cooling on a hot afternoon. Besides drinking only, you will also enjoy chewing the basil seeds and slurping the jelly-like bits of getah anggur (gum resin).
Lebuh Tamil/Tamil Street, Penang.
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.068 E100 19.878
Open daily 12pm to 8pm (Closed on Sundays)
Day 2, Dinner (Siam Road Char Koay Teow):
If there is one and only one Char Koay Teow to eat in Penang, them Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow would be my choice. Here, my requirements for a delicious plate of Char Koay Teow are fulfilled with flying colors – ingredients are pleasantly fresh, a lot of lard is used, cooked on strong charcoal flame hence brimming with ‘wok hei’. And the best thing is its reasonable price compared to the other more popular ones around.
Located at the end of Siam Road
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.925 E100 19.219
Business hours: 3pm to 11pm (Closed on Mondays)
Note: Stall will shift to along Anson Road after 8pm
Day 2, Dinner alternative: Old Green House Prawn Noodle
‘Keh Liao’ (add extra toppings) Prawn Noodles at Old Green House restaurant. Here you can add up to 10 different toppings ranging like roast pork, meat balls, braised egg, Chinese sausage, chicken feet, shrimps and etc. For those who are game enough to try, even pork intestines and pork skin are available too. Toppings aside, fresh and prawny but not stinky soup is the key factor to a good bowl of Prawn Noodle, and you will be glad to find that these two requirements are nicely met here.
223 Burma Road
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.421 E100 19.261
Business hours: 8pm to 4am (Closed on Sundays)
* All information are accurate as per each recommendation’s posting date.
** Meant to be used for reference only. I am sure you could come up with a better guide if you have done enough research.
*** Lastly, enjoy Penang food!
I love the Ais Tingtap place! Was one of my best experiences in Malaysia; very friendly and tasty! I wish you would have posted this last year at this time because I missed out on so many good eats! Maybe next visit.
OMG…saliva all over my table….*Oppsss….
Feel gosh!! Truly a Penang food guide… Bravo!!
hi i am iyappan , i like your blog, this foot items very nice and impress to eat this items of food, thanks for sharing this post
Super. Thanks a thousand. But I think the coordinate for Kheng Pin Cafe is off.
Ah, could be because my mapsource co-ordinates is off. Would you be kind enough to provide an accurate one for my reference
Most certainly I will because I really like your blog and those GPS are so useful for me to find the place. My Nokia photo reads 5.420571, 100.332823
We miss the Penang Road Famous Cendol & Asam Laksa! tried once, can never forget!
Hi! This is my first comment and it was provoked by how amazing your pictures are :) It was a pleasure to scroll down. Especially the first picture of the chee cheong fun picture – that really is a great shot!
Thanks Elle :)
i like this blog, all the foods are very nice and impress to eat this items of food, thanks for sharing this post..Thanks for sharing..
Vkeong Bro. Within 48 hours of Penang Food Guide is a tough list to make.Its quite accurate but I’m of a constructive opinion that Curry Mee should be on the list and one recommendation of char koay teow shall suffice.I live at Dato Keramat and I find the Siam Road Char Koay Teow hard to get, his business hours isnt really 3pm to 11pm. Great List though Bro!
I missed this one during the last trip. So what’s the time then?
great guide! and i just come back from penang, if only i check your blog earlier… manage to try the koay tiow thng and cendol though…
Excellent guide! Very useful to me :D
OMG, I am dying here looking at all those favorite hawker food in Penang. Counting down to my return…
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So glad I found your blog…I was wondering how I am going to plan my makan/ Hard Rock trip when I found this post….HUGs to you and your fantastic blog!!
I love Penang food especially Penang Chee Cheong Fun, i also love the Kampung Melayu Nasi Kandar. I think this is the best food guide for us during our trip to Penang, thanks for sharing ^^
We were hunting for the good ole’ Ais Kacang the last time we went there in July but none of the one we tasted was any good. We frequented one stall in Pulau Tikus, it was run by an old man. I remembered that day, we ordered a bowl and then it rained lol
Famous teow chew porridge in Penang-DeHappy Restaurant Macalister Road Penang . More than 40 varieties of food + Claypot Dishes to choose. Free flow on porridge and price reasonable. Business hours from 8.30pm-4.30am
Great sharing. Truly authentic Penang foods.
It has been more than a decade since I last visited Penang, and I plan to go there with the family sometime soon. This is a fantastic food guide, would definitely be a tremendous help – most appreciated!
This was awesome. My friends and I went up to Penang over the weekend and this served as our Bible to dining in Penang! :)
No matter how tasty is the foods,if the hawker is careless about public health and hygiene,I.e using plastic plates or bowls instead of ceramic,especially using plastic ware to contain boiling soup or water,using laundry soap powder which contain silicon instead of detergent to wash their bowls and plates,provide chemical dyed chilling sauce instead of ground fresh chill .Cancer is getting popular in Penang,hawker foods is one of the reason
I love your work. Could not have agreed more with most of your recommendations. I hope to see more addition to your Penang’s food guide in the near future.
Great list! You made me drool. Feel like going to Penang for another round of makan trip. I’m from KL. Went to Penang for food marathon 2 times already this year…
i have never encountered her being rude so I guess I’m lucky. but i noalrlmy take the CKT at P.Tikus market in the evenings. the sound of ah leng’s is good too should try it when i’m next in town.vk: Yeah Ah Leng has big prawns and not that expensive and arrogant. But, I feel the koay teow’s taste is not as good as sisters/lorong selamat one though. Just my 2 cents
Love your work very much. The only set back is it is making me hungry just looking at all the Penang fantastic hawker food. And the worse thing is I am now a Swedish citizen, missing all the good stuffs in my hometown Penang. At present I can only enjoy having ‘SEE food* from a distant. So until my next trip to Penang.
Sorry to say but the recommended food doesn’t meet the standard .. Very disappointed!!!
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