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Food Penang

Singapore, Singapore
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Food Penang

Hi There

Penang is famous for its food. Its been nearly 20 years since i was there. And the last post on the What to eat top questions is like 5 years old. Could the experts recommend some of the Must eat places/food?

We like South Indian, halal, malay, dim sum, seafood. Hawker style. Local style. Kueh Kueh, Lontong, Mee Siam, Laksa, Kueh Teow, briyani, satay etc. Mouth watering already.

Pls do drop yr personal recommendations on here. I have 4 days. Hope to make the most of it by being a glutton : )

Thanks all!

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Penang Island...
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for Penang, Penang Island, George Town, Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi
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1. Re: Food Penang

Food is a very subjective topic here, with daily discussions on some of the food forums about the quality at any one place on any given day. I'd suggest you have a look at some of these. I could post dozens more but these should keep you going for a day or two.

https://www.foodadvisor.my/best-fine-dining-…

https:/…best-high-tea-in-penang

https:/…best-nasi-kandar-penang

penangfoodie.com/best-food-in-penang-guide/

penangfoodie.com/best-cafe-in-penang-guide/

penangfoodie.com/top-10-roti-bakar-in-penang/

penangfoodie.com/best-breakfast-spots-in-pen…

https:/…best-hokkien-prawn-mee-penang

https:/…best-grilled-fish-penang

https:/…best-duck-noodles-in-penang

https:/…best-roti-jala-in-penang

https:/…best-crab-in-penang

https://www.foodadvisor.my/best-char-hor-fun…

https:/…best-ice-kacang-in-penang

Singapore, Singapore
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135 reviews
2. Re: Food Penang

Hi Paperstonescissors,

Thanks for the links.

What are your favorites? Where do you go for your local fixes. Would value that!

Food links are everywhere. But whats valuable are real recommendations from forum goers.

Thanks

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3. Re: Food Penang

This are two of the restaurants i went to recently for dinner :

-Perut Rumah Nyonya: Very nicely decorated Nyonya restoran with good service and ambiance. Higher than average pricing. You will see a lot of foreigners and tourist here due to the pricing and ambiance.

-Ang Hoay Lor: Average pricing very traditional chinese restaurant. Frequented by local and this is not a location which a tourist will stumble upon.

Both venue have their + and - but food was great for both.

Penang Island...
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4. Re: Food Penang

Many of us who live here have taken the lead of Timothy Tye, a prolific food poster on Facebook, and stopped recommending our favourite places, because before you know it the place has filled up with tourists who really don't know what they're eating or what it's supposed to taste like. They also wander round saying "isn't it cheap" etc. So before you know it the stall holders discover they're not cooking for discerning locals any more and the food quality goes down, the prices go up and the regular customers leave. Go to any of the "popular" place now such as the Red Garden, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre and New Lane and you'll find much of the food has suffered that fate. It's also been watered down for foreign palates.

Food here is endlessly debated over and take good old Char Koay Teow as an example. Do you know the difference between having it fried with pork fat or oil, with duck egg or hens egg, with or without cockles or chinese sausage, cooked over charcoal or just over a gas burner? That's the problem we face trying to tell people where to eat. I might prefer one version but Ive no idea if you know which you prefer. You need to go and discover for yourself.

If you really want to eat like a local just wander into any wet market and eat there. It won't necessarily be recommended by anyone, but you'll see lots of people eating and that's a testament to the fact that the food can't be too bad. Especially if they go there every day to shop and then eat.

There are still a few good places on Penang Road and there are new places springing up all the time, such as Karpal Singh Drive with lots of eateries.

There is another side of Penang food that you may not be aware of - the very small exclusive restaurants serving modern fusion food. Look at https://genpenang.business.site or https:/…7730 which only seats 8 and is booked up weeks in advance. to get an idea. Actually the last one has just moved but probably not of interest to you. But these may not be your idea of Penang food.

I do go to Hawker Centres, sometimes but not in George Town as that really is a mega tourist destination now.

As a last resort, ask your hotel staff where they eat. You cant get more of a local recommendation than that!

Conwy, United...
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5. Re: Food Penang

I have to agree with PSS - I have stopped answering food questions in detail - for the same reasons: A small place can be swamped by visitors who may find the food not to their taste - thus, the vendor adjusts the food and it is no longer genuine as it is aimed at the visitor market.

Singapore, Singapore
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6. Re: Food Penang

Yes. Agree that specific food recommendations have its impact on locals and their fav restos.

Then this forum ceases to serve its purpose too.

Sad situation!

But maybe i will PM you. Less issues.

I am Singaporean, so not really a tourist. Our palates are similar or the same!

But any suggestions here are always welcome. And kind souls can drop me a PM on their secret hangouts!

Thanks

Penang Island...
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7. Re: Food Penang

I suggest you have a look at all the links I spent a good 10 minutes compiling in my first response. Those articles have all been written by well respected local people and you’ll find some great recommendations from them. Sometimes you just have to do a bit of spadework yourself and if you do that you will see that this forum does have a purpose.

The other thing you may not realise is that visitors from Singapore form the biggest group of tourists here. Singapore may have been part of Malaysia once, but you’re now viewed as a separate country.

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8. Re: Food Penang

We enjoyed this restaurant:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

Nice menu and makes a change from the Hawker Centres.

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9. Re: Food Penang

Thanks PSS for the links, excellent. I live in a tourist area also and we tend to protect our favourite restaurants, beaches and pubs too. Look at what happened to Cinque Terre after Rick Steves.

Penang Island...
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10. Re: Food Penang

Thanks for understanding Smileypokey! I remember reading about the problems Cornwall in the UK was having this summer as everyone on holiday rushed to the "recommended" beaches, causing extremely long tail backs everywhere, nowhere to park and immense frustration for both locals and emergency services. .

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