8 Must Try Food in Penang

Hi there my dear readers,

I would like to share my personal experience and encounters in Penang. It is indeed a wonderful place and definitely a food paradise.

  1. Old Green House Hokkien Mee (Prawn Noodles) 

We arrived Penang pretty late, say around 12.30 am on Thursday night. By the time we arrived, we craved for Prawn Mee. This place opens till pretty late therefore it’s catered for the night owls. I gotta admit that it is rather expensive. The portion is rather small, but other than that, it taste pretty alright.

Besides that, what is different about this prawn mee is that it is served with Herbal eggs. It does slightly different from the KL style of cooking.

Address: 223, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Hours: 6 pm – 2.30 am

2. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol

I can safely say…. I LOVE CHENDOL! Situated in an alley, but customers are willing to stand under the hot sun to have this glorious bowl of Chendol. The stall has kept to its authentic experience by allowing customers to slurp Chendol on the roadside. It is truly refreshing on a hot day.

Address: Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang

3. Penang Road Famous Laksa

The famous laksa used to be in the same store as the Chendol store, but they have recently gotten their own place in the same lane. (You need to walk slightly from the main street)

Address: Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang

4. Teoh Soon Cafe

Next stop, Teoh Soon Cafe is famous for its Roti Bakar and Coffee. This place is super packed in the morning and the estimate wait time is 5 to 10 minutes to get a seat. Since this cafe is famous for its Roti Bakar, do expect a 20 minutes wait for your bread to be served. They would also recommend you to have the Roti Bakar with some soft boiled eggs.

The crowd is waiting patiently for their Roti Bakar to be served
Roti Bakar is served

5. Hong Kee Wan Thun Mee

Next stop, LUNCH time! We walked passed this restaurant on the way back to our hotel. We came across this restaurant which looked pretty interesting.

Their most popular choice is the Wan Thun Mee. The shredded char siew and wan thun underneath the noodles. We decided to order it in dry style.
I believe this is called the Hong Kong Shrimp Mee.
My absolute favourite! Fried Fish Skin.
Roasted Siew Yok
Steamed chicken served with ginger and their chilli sauce
Sambal Sotong

Address: 37, Campbell Street, 10100 Penang

6. Air Itam Laksa

Penang is definitely famous for their Assam Laksa. One thing about Penang food, the portion is small so do expect to order a bowl to yourself. You can also order yourself a refreshing cup of Sugar Cane to go along with the Laksa.

A close up of the Assam Laksa

Address: Air Item Market (Jalan Pasar), Air Itam, Penang, 11500.

7. New Lane Street Hawker Food

Here beholds the most popular tourist area at night. You can get literally anything you want here! We didn’t have enough time to have the famous 3 Sister’s Char Koay Teow, so we had to go for the one in New Lane Street.

You’ll have to wait approximately 15-30 minutes as the queue was quite long during peak hours. Each plate of Char Koay Teow is individually crafted for you based on your request.

This is the end product of our 20 minutes wait. It is served with Chinese Sausages as garnishing.

Next, we had to have the Eng Kee Friend Oysters. You’ll be required to place an order and return in 5-10 minutes.

I was shocked that one plate of Fried oysters will cost RM 18 for a medium size. Overall, the taste is not bad. I did expect it to be a little better, but this is a tourist area, so do expect overpriced food.

8. Restaurant Nasi Kandar Line Clear

I dont’t think the line is clear at all. The embiance of the restaurant does make you feel like you’re eating out in the olden days. It somehow makes you feel like you’re eating authentic nasi kandar.

Here’s everyone waiting patiently for their food to be served. It was so packed and it was so hot! I have a feeling majority of the customers (at that time) were from KL and decided to give it a try because of the long queue.

The signboard literally says “Line Clear” but as you can see, the line queue starts from outside the restaurant.

I ordered the curry fish head with rice and stir fried cabbage. Food is pretty tasty & I really like it! However, the restaurant is super packed and stuffy, with a ton of people…. but I guess thats the fun of it!

Well…. final verdict.

I had an enjoyable short getaway. It was a weekend filled with food. I can safely say, we live to eat!

Btw, we had all these food in 2 days.

Do leave a comment if you find this interesting!


Till Then,