Penang Food is famous all over the world due to the rich and varied multi-ethnic history. With Malay, Chinese, and Indian settlers, the island offers the best of cuisines.
List of must eat food in Georgetown, Penang
Deen Maju Nasi Kandar
Nasi Kandar Deen Maju is located at Jalan Gurdwara, opposite the largest Sikh Temple in Penang. This nasi kandar spot is now the most popular with queues forming before it opens each day.
How to order your nasi kandar at Deen Maju:
- Choose your choice of rice. White rice is preferred to taste the curry flavors.
- Select your choice of dishes. Careful not to over order as everything looks good!
- Various type of curries will be added to your rice.
Must try are the fried chicken and ayam ros. The fried chicken is well marinated, and the skin is crispy while the meat remains juicy. Ayam ros is a thick and creamy curry with a unique flavor with a tinge of tomato. Opens daily from 12pm to 10.30pm.
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
The infamous chendul is delicious! This humble stall is located on Lebuh Keng Kwee. There are 2 stalls selling chendul, the one on the right is the authentic one. Expect to stand by the roadside to devour your dessert. Service is fast despite the crowd.
Each bowl comes with pandan flavored worm like jelly with kidney beans floating in coconut milk, shaved ice and gula melaka (palm sugar). The fragrance of coconut milk and gula melaka is well balanced, providing a refreshing delight. Opens daily from 10.30am to 7pm.
Padang Brown Seafood Popiah
The Padang Brown Popiah is might be one of the only places to offer crab meat as one of it’s ingredients. You need to order as soon as you arrive as there is usually a long waiting list especially on weekends or public holiday.
The popiah comes filled with lettuce, shredded omelet, stir fried turnip, crab meat and fried shallots. It is served with a gravy that makes the popiah sweeter and the crab meat adds to the seafood flavor and premium taste. Opens daily from 2pm to 7pm except Monday.
Alamak Mamak Stall
Alamak is a trendy mamak stall concept cafe. They put a twist on western dishes and their burgers have been known to be the cheesiest in Penang. Their signature Melt Cheese Burger is a chicken patty marinated with secret sauce and top off with melted mozzarella cheese.
The Chicken Chop comes drenched in thick Kuah Campur. Fish & Chips comes with the kuah campur similar like the chicken chop. Other unique dishes include nasi lemak lobster, crispy fried chicken skin and ice cream bun. Opens daily from 11.30am to 2pm and 5.30pm to 10pm.
Lebuh Chulia Apom
The Chulia Street Apom is a small stall run by an elderly lady who has been in business for over 30 years. Apom is a bite size pancake made from eggs, flour, coconut, milk and sugar. It’s simple yet you can’t get enough of it. The stall opens in the evenings and there is usually a queue. Opens daily from 6pm to midnight.
Kota Dine & Coffee
A hidden gem located within the historical site of Fort Cornwallis. Visitors need to pay an entrance fee of RM10 for locals and RM20 for foreigners to enter the fort. Guests can redeem the ticket fee at Kota Dine & Coffee (maximum RM10 per person).
Kota Dine & Coffee offers a variety of local cuisine as well as international that blends with the usage of local ingredients that tantalizes your tase buds with amazing flavors and taste. Must try includes the creme brulee and bubur cha cha cake. Opens daily from 10.30am to 10pm.
Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine
This restaurant is tucked away in a pre-war converted house located at Chow Thye Road, off Jalan Burma. Run by a husband-and-wife team, Ivy’s Nonya Cuisine serves pork-free home-cooked authentic Penang nyonya dishes. Must try includes jiu hoo char, marinated minced prawns, beef rendang, fish maw soup and Black Glutinous Rice Bee Koh Moi. Opens daily 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 9pm except Monday. Tuesday opens in evening only.
Kareem Pasembor Rojak
The famous Kareem Pasembur is located at Union Street, next to Standard Chartered Bank. Besides the standard Pasembur, there are an extensive list of add-ons to choose from – fish cake, fried egg, hot dog, popiah, potatoes, squid, prawns, crab and more. The orange sauce is an excellent gravy that goes well with everything! Opens daily from 11am to 6pm except Sunday.
Siam Road Char Koay Teow (Non-Halal)
The famous Siam Road Char Koay Teow was ranked 14th in the top 50 list of the World Street Food Congress in 2017. Uncle Tan, the man behind this refined smoky Char Koay Teow cooks using the charcoal technique for ultimate flavor. This man likes to keep it low profile and shine through his work of art. Opens daily from 12pm to 7pm except Sunday and Monday.
Kimberly Street Duck Kway Chap (Non-Halal)
The ever-popular duck kway chap consists stewed duck meat, hard-boiled egg and intestines. Guarantee to give you a new experience! This stall is often crowded, so arrive early to avoid the queue! Open daily from 6pm to 11pm except Thursday.
Hameed Pata Mee Sotong
The incredible Mee Sotong (squid noodles) from Hameed Pata is in Esplanade Park Food Court near Padang Kota Lama. Options here are either the wet mee rebus that comes with gravy or the dry mee goreng. Both dishes come with a generous helping of sambal sotong and you would need to mix it up before you eat. Open daily from 11.30am to 10pm.
Located between Beach Street and Victoria Street, China House is the longest café in Penang, measuring 400 feet from end to end which entrance from either street. China House is partitioned into sections, each has been meticulously designed to grace and elegance.
Kopi C serves Western breakfast until 6:00pm, salad and sandwiches for lunch, and simple fast entrées for dinner. The BTB Restaurant is a fine dining section in China House. “BTB” stands for “Bon Ton Bistro”. The menu consists of Western, Malay and Middle Eastern cuisines. BTB Restaurant opens in the evenings.
Meanwhile, located at Victoria Street entrance is The Canteen, a nighttime hangout spot. The menu consists of finger food and quick bites. Bento box is also available for easy take-away.
One of the most popular section of China House is Beach Street Bakery. Twelve pastry chefs constantly present more than thirty types of cakes, pies and cookies at any given time. New cakes are introduced from time to time, nothing stays constant here.
China House is open daily from 10am to midnight.
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