George Town is the capital and one of the most famous tourist attractions in Penang. Not only owning the attractive destinations, George Town also attracts visitors by its rich cuisine, especially the street food.
Traveling to George Town, Penang, visitors will have the opportunities to try many delicious, nutritious and cheap dishes. Let’s discover some must-try dishes in here.
Assam Laksa (3.5RM – 0.8$)
Assam Laksa is a very famous dish in Penang, with the harmonious combination of the essence of taste and the interesting spices that create an unmistakable dish. Assam Laksa is made from fresh and crunchy noodles then mixed with the broth that is cooked from sour soup (the sour taste is made from Assam – Tamarind). You can try this at all pavement stalls in Penang.
Assam Laska has a unique taste with the sweetness of fish, the spiciness of chili, the sourness of tamarind and the unique aroma of lemon grass. All of the ingredients create a bowl of hot noodles with hot spicy flavor which is hard to resist. Tourists traveling Malaysia cannot ignore the chance to enjoy this famous noodle soup bringing the national spirit.
Recommended address: Laksalicious – 123 Hutton Lane, 10050 Penang George Town, Malaysia
Cendol (1.5RM – 0.4$)
Cendol is a popular snack in many places of Malaysia, but many people who love sweet foods still insist that Cendol is the best in Penang. This sweet soup is made from a variety of ingredients, including ice, pandan leaves, jaggery, red beans, peanuts, and durians…
Recommended address: Pushcart Chendul Stall – 100 Lorong Macalister, George Town, 1140 Pulau Pinang (Junction of Jalan Macalister & Jalan Burma)
Dim Sum (20RM/meal – 4.7$/meal)
Dim Sum is a good and cheap street food in Penang. Aik Hoe Restaurant, with a history of over 100 years, serves traditional Dim Sum dishes and other creative dishes such as tofu soup. In addition, the restaurant also has a famous Liu Sha Bao (Chinese Molten Salted Egg Custard Steamed Buns) that visitors cannot miss.
– Aik Hoe Restaurant: No. 6 & 8, Lebuh Carnavon, 10100, George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
– Leong Kee Tim Sum Restaurant: 61, Jalan Kimberly, Pulau Pinang, 10100 Georgetown, Malaysia
Char Kway Teow (5RM – 1.2$)
Char Kway Teow is the fried rice noodle with black soy sauce, shrimps, scallops, fried eggs, bean sprouts, green onions and a bit spicy hot peppers making the featured flavor.
The characteristic of this street food is its great taste from the freshness of the raw ingredients which are stir-fried in a large iron pan. In addition, in some regions, you can add salted duck eggs to make the taste of the dish become richer.
– Tiger Char Koay Teow at Kafe Ping Hooi: 181 Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
– Char Koay Teow – Yi Garden: 150-152, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 10300 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Curry Mee (5-7RM – 1.2-1.6$)
Also known as Laksa Curry, Curry Mee is a spicy coconut soup served with egg noodles and rice vermicelli. In addition to the above two ingredients, a bowl of Curry Mee contains chicken, tofu, shrimp, pork and of course an indispensable ingredient – chili. All of these raw materials are cooked in the spicy seafood broth.
In addition, there is another Curry Mee version with the addition of coconut milk to make the taste of the dish richer and more attractive.
– Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee: Lorong Tahun Seratus, Georgetown, 10400 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
– Curry Mee – Kedai Kopi New Cathay: 425, Jalan Burma, Georgetown, 10350 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Mee Goreng (7RM – 1.6$)
Mee Goreng is the dish originated from the Muslims in India. Coming to Penang, visitors cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy this famous street food with extremely rich and diverse ingredients including squid, ketchup, and bean sprouts. The noodles are stir-fried with tomatoes, peppers and soy sauce to create a special taste for Mee Goreng. This is a great street food to enjoy after a long day of sightseeing. It is a bit simple but unforgettable experience.
Recommended address: Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng – 280, Jalan Burma, Georgetown, 10350 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Lor bak (7.5RM – 1.8$)
If you are a fried dish lover, you cannot ignore Lor Bak. The main ingredient of Lor Bak is minced pork marinated with spices, then wrapped with an outer shell of tofu and fried crispy. Penang’s Lor Bak also includes other ingredients including fish cake, eggs, sausages, and tofu.
– Kheng Pin Café at Jalan Penang, Georgetown, 10050 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia (Except Mondays and Tuesdays)
– 20, 16, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10050 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Nasi Kandar (16RM – 3.7$)
Nasi Kandar is a famous curry rice dish originating from the Indian community in Malaysia. The main ingredients of this dish are hot rice combined with a variety of different foods such as beef, chicken, shrimp, and omelet… It is served with spicy curry sauce. Guests can enjoy this dish in all over the pavement stalls in Penang, the Little India area of Penang, Lebuh Queen and Lebuh Chulia or the Hameediyah Restaurant, the oldest one selling Nasi Kandar in Malaysia.
In addition, guests can order more meat or a plate of vegetables to eat with this dish.
Recommended address for good Nasi Kandar in Penang: Hameediyah Restaurant – 164, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Oyster Omelette (Oh Chien) (10RM – 2.3$)
Oyster Omelette is the famous street food in Penang that you should try at least once. In fact, the taste is quite strange and interesting by soft oysters and fatty eggs combined sweet and sour chili sauce. This dish is popular throughout Penang restaurants.
Recommended addresses for Penang Oyster Omelette
– New Lane Hawker Center at Lorong Baru, George Town, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
– Yi Garden: 150-152, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 10300 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Lok Lok (1RM/skewer – 0.3$/skewer)
Lok Lok is a famous hot pot dish of Penang. All kinds of ingredients are put into the skewers so as not to sink or float when they are put into the hot pot. When the ingredients are well-done, you just hold the skewers and lift them out of the pot. Another special thing about this dish is that you will get strangers randomly to eat together.
The rich ingredients such as fresh oysters, shrimps, crabs, fish balls, mushrooms and even pig ears are available for this dish.
Recommended address: Padang Brown Food Complex – Jalan Johor, Tapak No. 9, 10400, Georgetown, Penang
Rojak (7RM- 1.6$)
Rojak is a traditional vegetable salad made from pineapples, guavas, cucumbers, and mangoes … This dish also includes seafood such as squid, shrimps… and is often eaten with bean sauce. The combination of vegetables and seafood has created a distinctive flavor, which will be remembered forever when you just enjoy it once. Besides, this dish is also served with peanuts and shrimp sauce.
Recommended address: Tan Swee Hoe Rojak (Stall # 52) & G.P. Soon (Stall # 39) – Gurney Drive Hawker Center: 172, Solok Gurney 1, Georgetown, 10250 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
The 11 dishes above are our suggestion for your culinary discovery in Penang. We hope that this information will be useful for you.