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Penang Food - places to eat

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Penang Food - places to eat


Where to Eat (updated and edited 6.10.08)

1. Food hawkers can be found at Guerney Drive (Mount Erskine - hawker centre Gurney Drive - night hawker centre.

2. New Lane (along the access road to Sunway Hotel).

3. Pulau Tikus & market area – 400 yards from Gurney Drive. Lots of food stalls day & night.

4. Many coffee shops along Penang Road & Campbell lane and surrounding area.

5. Air Hitam (at roundabout).

6. Hot Wok - Nyonya food - found in Jln Nagore and near Island Plaza. Very tasty dishes.

7. Kampong Malabar hawker stalls - walking distance from E & O; up along Penang Road, on the left just about 100 m after Odeon Cinema.

8. Lebuh Kimberley - further away from above, on the left after Chowrasta market; down that road maybe 200 m from Penang Rd junction (coffee shop called New Bee Hooi, or something like that on the right).

9. "Feng Wei" along Sri Bahari Road off Penang Road. 04-261 1918. Chinese – high quality.

10. "Goh Huat Seng" along Jalan Kimberley further down from the hawker centre (on the right). (MUST go here – old and highly recommended) Kimberly Street. From Carnavon St turn into Kimberly St. Find parking before or around "Bee Chin Heang" (selling chinese religious stuff). The place is busy for both lunch and dinner. For dinner, before 7pm is a good time. After, is it busy, busy.

1) Traditional Steamboat (using bronze ware and powered by charcoal). Depending on number of people, the price may range from RM30, RM50, RM60, RM70

2) Bean Curd and Leak stir fry (tau kua suan na)

3) Fried Teow Chew noodle (teow chew mi tiau)

11. High end restaurants are "Salsas" at Continental Hotel, "No. 32 the Mansion" next block to E & O car park

12. Eden at Hutton Lane. Seafood & western grilled food. All food is Halal. Opposite is Tandori Restorn with northern indian cuisine, Khasmiry and local rice and curries.

13. Kayu Nasi Kandar. Leith street where Cheong Fatt Tze mansion is located is also flanked by smallholder beer gardens.

14. local hawker food, Macalister Road would be a good choice. Right out of Traders – straight ahead to junction and straight ahead again (across Jln Penang)

15. Penang Famous Cendol - Opposite Police Head Quarters down a side street.

16. Next to Cathay Hotel. - Indian Restaurant

17. Red Garden (Hawker food) Located between Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and The Chocolate Boutique on Leith Street. A VERY good town center hawker center with lots of choice. Try to stop the staff pouring your beer for you – they will do it every few minutes and it becomes annoying.

18. Esplanade (Hawker Food)- located near The Padang and on the esplanade, this is a cool breezy place to eat. Good for Penang Rojak and Pasembur – but lots of other choice with a variety of great Malay and Chinese Food. Found at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah where the Road takes a 90 degree turn. Or walk from the Fort with the sea on your right side.

19. Red Rock Hotel on Macalister Road (think it is at the junction with Jln Rangdon). 10 minutes walk from Traders. GREAT Chinese food (the chef used to work at the CRC). Try the Braised Belly Pork – yummy. Enter hotel – turn left – go up stairs – restaurant is in front of you. MAKE SURE YOU VISIT.

20. Seafood : Teluk Kumbar, Bukit Tambun

21. Japanese : Tao Buffet (E-gate and Auto-City)

22. Malay : Sungai Ara (opposite Chinese School)

23. Golden BBQ in Jalan Nagor off Burma road. Great place to cook your own choice.

24 Jalan Nagor has been developed into a foodies heaven called Nagor Place.

25. Sea Pearl ("Hai Shen") Restaurant at Tanjung Tokong. Seafood

26. Kheng Pin Cafe along , junction Jalan Sri Bahari/Jalan Penang for Wonton Noodles, Lor Bak. Won Ton ( Dumpling ) Noodles. Heaps of plump dumplings, red-roasted meat, flakes of chicken flesh, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy and spring onions topped the dish.

27. Anson Road hawker stalls

28. Steamboat at Town Steamboat Restaurant at 63 Jln Macalister. only Rm 19.90. Booking advised. Tel: 04-2297273 (Near to Red Rock Hotel – only 10 minutes from Traders Hotel).

29. Teluk Bahang - Teluk Bahang Market and eating shops near the village round-a-bout

30. Tanjung Bunga - Hawker Centre opposite Mar Vista Resort (popular Malay food stalls here)

31. Hawker Stalls & Coffee Shops – NEW LANE off Macalister Road - near to Sunway Hotel. BIG, BIG selection and choice. Bust at night.

32. Junction of Burma Road and Macalister Lane (Larong)

33. Food Court at Komtar, Penang Road; CLOSED FOR RENOVATION 25.9.08

34. Kek Seng Coffee Shop at Penang Road (near Komtar)

35. Macalister Road coffee shop opposite the District Education Office

36. Lorong Selamat Low Eng Hoo Coffee shop and roadside stalls

37. Banana Leaf restaurant’s : Service Road, Burmah Square, Kaliamans at Little India, Jaya's at Gelugor or Passion of Kerala at Jalan Chow Thye. Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant located at Penang Street

38. Restoran Kapitan, 89G, Persiaran Bayan Bay

39. Thai - Bukit Genting for Thai delicacy on top of durian hill. Jalan Teluk Kumbar, Balik Pulau, Penang • Tel:604-827 9805 (usually you don't need to book)

I suggest you go around 5pm (reach there at 6pm) for the sunset view, after you finish your dinner (around 7.30++) you can enjoy the island night view.

40. HOCK LOK SIEW BISCUIT TRADING, 120, Lebuh Noordin, 10300 Penang, Malaysia.Contact: 604-2622162, 016-472 4565. Opening Hours: 9.00am – 7.00pm (Daily). From Trader’s Hotel along Jalan Magazine, keep to your left until you reach the traffic light. Turn into the first road on your left (Jalan Gurdwara) and then the first left turning into Lebuh Noordin. The shop is just somewhere in the middle on your right within a row of heritage houses. ALTERNATIVE: use short cut thru ally opp Traders.

41. Fun Tea Garden - opposite Pizza Hut, Prangin Mall. 150 & 152, Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong, 10100 Penang, Malaysia. Tel: 013-421 1274 (Danny Ooi)

Opening Hours: Effective 4 August 2008 - Dim Sum: 12.00am – 12.00noon

Economy Rice: 5.00pm – 1.00am Dim Sum served until 12 noon. Lots of food choice.

42. WONG CHAU JUN RESTAURANT, 73 Jalan Rangoon, 10400 Penang, Malaysia. Contact: 012-555 9046, 012-470 9549. Opening Hours: 8.00am – 2.30pm Closed Tuesday. From Traders go up to Jln Macalister – walk ahead to Jln Rangoon (before Red Rock Hotel) – turn left into Jln Rangoon and it is just ahead.

43. HAI NAN TOWN RESTAURANT - 8A Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay), 10300 Penang, Malaysia. Contact: 604-263 8633 Opening Hours: 6.00pm – 11.00pm)

located within the vicinity of Penang’s Inshore Marina, Church Street Pier and QEII along Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay).

44. MING XIANG TAI PASTRY HOUSE, 133 Jalan Burma, 10050 Penang, Malaysia. Contact: 604-227 9880 Opening Hours: 9.30am – 8.00pm (Closed Monday)

From Komtar go to Jalan Burmah – go past the traffic light in front of Telekom. The shop is just after Lorong Madras on your left. Chew Thean Yeang Aquarium is just diagonally opposite this shop.

45. SIN HONG KEE SEAFOOD, 8 Weld Quay, 10300 Penang, Malaysia.

Contact: 604-263 5231. Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Closed Tuesday)

Not far from the junction of Lebuh Chulia & Weld Quay the restaurant is just by the Shell petrol.

46. KIM MAOU CAFÉ, Lebuh Cintra, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 10.30pm the shop as it is at the junction of Lorong Kampung Malabar and Lebuh Cintra. In fact the stall is the row as the famous Rice Dumpling (Bak Chang) shop.

47. HOT WOK, 124-E&F, Jalan Burmah, 10050 Penang, Malaysia.

Tel: 604-227 3368 Opening Hours: 11.00am - 1.00am - the restaurant as it is situated within two shoplots just between Nagore Place and Giant Supermarket along Jalan Burmah.

48. GUANGZHOU CAKE HOUSE, 158, Lebuh Carnavon, 10100 Penang, Malaysia.

Tel: 016-470 3392. Opening Hours: 8.30am - 4.00pm. from Prangin Mall go along Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong, turn left into Lebuh Carnavon. Go along until you have passed the second road (Lebuh Kimberley) on your left and you will see the unnamed shoplot displaying those yummy delicacies right in front of the shop. Normally, it would be an elderly lady selling those yummies. Make sure you reach there early to get the best choices.

49. KRYSTAL SEAFOOD CAFÉ, 224-B Jalan Burmah, 10350 Penang, Malaysia.

Tel: 604-227 2218, 012-438 3962, 016-445 6882 (Mr. Y.K. Lim) Opening Hours: 6.00pm - 2.00am. located in Pulau Tikus.

50. Ribs BBQ on Burmah Road (just past Jln Nagore – next to Giant Supermarket). Pm – 11pm

51. Tree Shade Sea Food On Weld Quay opp Ferry Terminal. Order at the counter.

52. Eiu Char Koay – Lebuh Cintra …Cintra Street has many many food places Wen Chang Hainan Chicken Rice shop; located just right opposite, sells traditional Hainanese Chicken Rice. Ng Kee Cake Shop. This bakery shop sells a wide selection of freshly baked Cantonese biscuits and snacks. Dim Sum shop, De Tai Tong Cafe. Dim Sum is served during breakfast and dinner, while there is an ala-carte menu for lunch. Opposite the dim sum cafe is a small stall selling pancake and steam rice cake. It may look modest and simple, but I reckon this stall sells the best Ham Chim Pang & Pak Tong Goe in Penang. Across the junction of Cintra/Campbell, you will see the popular Dumpling shop - Cintra Food Corner on your left. This place is famous for its bak chang, tau chang, yam cakes and red bean tong sui boiled with dried orange peel. Two doors away from the 'chang' shop is the Curry Chee Cheong Fun stall. You get to savour this curry version with tender pieces of chicken (only drumstick) and soft potato for RM3.50

53. Toh Soon Café top of Cambell St near Penang Road (for Roti Bakar, eggs n bread)

54. Tuai Pui Curry Mee on Weld Quay with junction of Gat Lebuh Archeh.

55. One Corner Café - junction Burmah Road & Bawasha Road (nr Jln Nagore) try Lok Lok. Laksa here is sour/spicy.

56. Jemputree Restaurant. 64 Jln Chow Thye off Jln Burmah – 1 block past Jln Nagore. Open 5.30pm to 2am – Closed Mondays. Mixed food choice – open air, but undercover. Sort of ‘posh’.

57. Starview Restaurant in New World Park, Burmah Road. Chinese (on right before Jln Nagore)

58. Restaurant Kapitan at 93 Chulia Street - one of the best claypot Nasi Briyani in Penang. Open 24 hours a day. Upstairs area is Air Con.

59. Tang Dynasty Imperial Noodle Restaurant. 70-A, Jalan Zainal Abidin – between Jln Burmah & Jln Mcalister. Dumplings & noodle dishes – noodles are special type from China.

60. Ghee Seng Tomyam Seafood Restaurant. Thai restaurant located just off Weld Quay (side road down to sea just across and down from Gat Labuh Melayu – by Wisma KGN) good reputation for serving authentic Thai cuisine reasonable prices. Has air con.

61. Nan Yang Chinese Cuisine Restaurant is located right at the centre of Georgetown. It is just opposite Yap Temple; sitting at the junction of Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling/Armenien Street. Great food in old fashioned building – good prices.

62. Hoe Ping coffee shop located at Penang Road/Kampung Malabar (stall at Beach/Chulia intersection.) Hakka Beef noodles, spring roll etc. Beef noodle is hard to find.

63. Rojak KING stall in front of a coffee shop at Macallum Street.

64. Sin Kheng Aun Restaurant located in Lorong Chulia. This restaurant has been operating for decades, and serves excellent Hainanese food at very good prices.

65. Tasty Restaurant for fantastic roast meat - siu mei . On Anson Road opp Anson Road market - 1 block off Jln Macalister. And, beside the coffeeshop selling the famous duck meat - koay teow th'ng.

66. Colonial Restaurant 35 Armenian Street for traditional Hainanese food. Lovely building with a little fountain area open to the sky. Bird song was pleasant. Traditional decore – worth a visit. Open lunch & dinner.

67. Line Clear, junction of Jalan Penang/Lebuh Chulia - On Jalan Penang, walking toward KOMTAR. It is diagonally opposite Odean Cinema and Nasi Kandar Kayu. Next to Nasi Kandar Yasmeen.

68. Kafe Heng Huat good for Char Koay Teow Lorong Selamat, Off MACALISTER ROAD, I think it is open until about 12 and closes at 7pm (not sure, but I've been there at 11am & 8pm - closed!!).

69. HAWKER FOOD - Walk up Penang Road on the east side between Lebuh Kimberley and Lebuh Campbell. On one of the corners not sure where there is a coffee shop that does awesome Char Keow Tao and Asam Laksa at good local prices (3-4RM). You will know which shop it is as on the other

corner is a bag stall with loads of bags and purses.

70. New World Park on Jalan Burmah. Its like a big food court with both hawker food and restaurants.. Go before 8pm (after 9pm it gets quiet and starts close down)

71. Another good coffee shop that sells great local food is on the corner of (Jln) Cantonment Road and Burmah Road(Jln). You can go here for breakfast. Get things such as Char Keow Tao, Soup Noodles, and sweet thick fluffy pancakes with all types of fillings inside - you choose (corn, banana and peanuts are very good). Price is around RM3-4

72. Collection of stalls on corner of small street off Lebuh Chulia - almost across the road from Love Lane

73. The Samosa pushcart at the corner junction of Market (Pasar) Street and Queen Street, Little India - opens daily, rain or shine, starts at 12 noon until 7pm.

74. Lip Sin Garden, next to the Jubilee Wet Market is a very popular hawker center.

Has free and ample parking. Unlike most hawker centers, it opens for breakfast, lunch as well as dinner/supper. Offers the usual choices of popular hawker dishes. It is walking distance from the Sungei Nibong Bus Station. Local bus does pass by.

75. Sup Hameed - 48 Penang Road: This hawker food is easy to find. Start your walk up Penang Road from the Eastern and Oriental Hotel and three minutes walk up the road, opposite the Continental Hotel you will see the bright carts parked in front of Sup Hameed's. They serve Nasi Bryani, Nasi Kandor, Tandoori Chicken and vegetarian curry and dahl and lots of other dishes.

76. The Fat Diva Char Kway Teow - at Jalan Selamat (Kedai Kopi dan Ice Kachang) reputed to fry the best noodles in town.

77. Satay @ Food Court, Prangin Mall, look for the only stall selling satay, two types, honey and tom yam, with tom yam being the spiciest.

78. Nam Hong Coffee Shop - Penang Road: Near Penang Road bus stop, 2 shops after the chinese temple. Hainanese chicken rice.

79. New Lane is off Macalister road and is just a few minutes walk from Sunway Hotel. The recommended to try are: Char Koew Teow, satay, chicken wings, Curry Mee, Chee Cheong Fun.

80. Star Coffee Shop, Corner of Lebuh Carnavon and Jalan Cheong Fatt Tze (previously Lebuh Hong Kong) - was part the Star Hotel (now closed). The coffee shop has 2 stalls - Roast Duck Rice and Hokkien Mee. Roast Duck is one of the best on the island. While the skin is crispy, the meat is very tender and juicy with flavour. Roast Duck is only available from morning till lunchtime. VERY busy – get there early.

81. Seri Weld Food Court, Beach Street. Very good Nasi Lemak. Typical Penang Nasi Lemak consist of rice cooked in coconut milk, served with fried anchovies, peanuts, spicy gravy and sliced cucumber, wrapped in banana leaf. VERY BUSY AT LUNCH TIME.

82. Ah Leng Char Koay Teow in Kimberley Street ( at night only ). Tips:

1) make sure you ask them to cook the clams till its well done, otherwise, you might end up with a bad stomach. OR, just tell then NO CLAMS.

2) make sure you tell them how big you want your plate to be, else they will happily give you the biggest one

83. Larong Madras: off Macalister. Lots of food. opens about 4pm to 5pm and ends late. Try out char kuay teow from a stall which is near to the bank and Laksa across the road. Must try is roast duck (stall at the end of the other stalls). Also, Taiwan sausage with mango sauce or spicy sauce.

84. Leong Café (and/or place next door). 94C Lorong Maclister (Lane). Near Komtar. Open between 7am -11pm. Everything is good – try Fried Butter Bread with egg (available till 3pm). Also try the chee cheong fan with prawn paste and fried carrot cake.

85. Disneyland along Macalister Road for Dim Sum (tim sum)

86. Midland Court - Chinese-cantonese - One Stop Pulau Tikus - 04-226 7788

87 Jade Palace - Chinese-cantonese - Choo Plaza, Aboo Sitee Lane - 04-227 5758

88. May Garden – 70 Penang Road next to Cititel - 04-261 6435 - Chinese cuisine – specializes in Seafood. Try the roast suckling pig. Recommended

89. CRC Restaurant - CRC Club ,Burmah Road - 04-228 9787

90. YMCA 211 Jalan Macalister - Restaurant is lcoated on the ground floor of YMCA. Recommended for various dishes – very, very busy at weekends.

91. WONG KOK Kitchen in Prangin mall (Level 3). Pork dishes, Duck Noodle soup & BBQ pork noodle soup.

92. SWEE BEE 228Chulia street. Roast suculent chicken rice. Airconditioning. Very clean kitchen. Tucked away you have to look hard for it!

93. 29 & 30 – Level 3 Prangin Mall - underneath the escalator – very popular esp. the duck dishes. See below (no 99 for more info).

94. Love Lane no 53 - a restored shophouse with an interior that looks like an art gallery and antique shop combined with lots of pictures, wrought iron lamps and tables made out of sewing machine bases. Great menue with lots of great Teochew (Southern Chinese) food at reasonable prices.

95. Sun Fook Dim Sum House 105 Cintra Street 6am - 12pm

96. De Tai Tong Cafe 45 Cintra Street - 6am to 11am (dim sum)

97. Rong Ping, Jalan Sungai Ujong (or Hujong) - The street right opposite Komtar tunnel – back entrance leading towards Cintra Street. Opens at 5 am in the morning, handmade dim sum and self service tea refill found in traditional dim sum restaurant.

98. Tang Yen hawker Stall opposite Traders Hotel. Famous for its tang yen or tong yuen (glutinous rice ball). There are two types of syrup based or soup and also two sizes of the tang yuen. You can opt for either plain pandan white sugar syrup or the brown sugar ginger syrup. As for the sizes, there is either small like marbles or bigger one like squash ball which has peanuts filling inside.

99. PRANGIN MALL There are many food places in Prangin mall – I found the best ones to be the ‘coffee shop’ type operations with hawker stalls located on the 3rd and 4th floors near the area called The Atrium (don’t ask). Café 75 is one place but there are a number of others. Just grab a table, go order your food – pay when it arrives. Drinks can be ordered from your table. Recommended.

For info, I was not impressed with the formal restaurants located in the mall e.g. Wong Kok on the 2nd floor. Food was just Ok – nothing special. Also expensive compared to the ‘coffee shops’.

100. Edelweiss in Armenian Street (non-halal, Swiss restaurant) Went here with the Penang Food Bloggers – a great experience. Food is very good and, if you wish, makes a nice change from typical Penang fare. I loved the old heritage building with is big clocks, photos and furniture. The open area in the middle was very attractive. RECOMMENDED.

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Gee thanks, will keep us busy!! Thats if my printer is up to printing it all!!

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Fantastic information, thank you. We're off to Penang for the first time in December and this information will be invaluable.


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Just curious what has happenned to the Oriental? - I ate there quite a while ago (probably about 10 years ago actually!) and it was pretty good......it's obviously gone down hill!

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wow! Thanks for the excellent compilation.

My family and i are off to Penang end of Oct and your list sure comes in handy.


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Fantastic list - but there is a big problem. You've recommended 100 places to eat and we only have four nights! How will I decide! Would Hot Wok be your recommendation for the best nyonya food?



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Hot Wok is good - but if you go around the corner into Jln Nagore there is another nyonya restaurant next to the Golden BBQ.

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Hi esorlegin,

Please elaborate on your comment re Oriental Restaurant.


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hiya all i went to the oriental in the basement of the hotel, and man it was tragic, it was so dark and dingy then this guy came over and he pested myself and laura, trying to get us to order gear we didnt want and when i picked stuff it was sorry we havent got it !! and this was at around teatime, i orderd a seek starter and he said "you dont want that!!" he sounded like harry enfield!! and tried to palm me off with other stuff so in the end i just told him i did know what i was ordering as iv travelled round india, he got the hint and did one!!

then we had the waitress hovering around as well as soon as we finished she magicked(sp!) the plates away,

then the food came man that was dire it seemed rushed and the food wasnt cooked through properly and lauras chicken was pink and sent back and not reordered, the meal was a total disaster and we paid over the odds for it, it was very very expensive for what it was i cant remember the price, but i certainly wouldnt go back or recommend any one to go, maggieomx

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Hi esorlegin

You are better than the local.

So many places and hawker center.

Any favorite place ??


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@ Rosli - our experience was very similar to Maggies - plus they over charged.

Additionally, it you go down Leith Street, you are at the back of the restaurant - just have a look at the extractor system - it is DISGUSTING.

@ LeoP

Thanks for the compliment, but the real food buffs are very local - just good 'penang food bloggers' - great bunch of people who REALLY know Penang food.

Favourite place - more like prefered place:

Red Rock Hotel for the braised belly pork

Restoran Kapitan - great atmosphere and excellent food.

Fishermmans Wharf in Batu Maung

Red Garden - good selection of hawker food

Gurney Drive Hawker center - as above.

Nan Yang on Jln Masjid Kapitan Keling (not on my list - missed it out by mistake) - great setting and excellent chinese food.

The list goes on and on.