Penang Food Trip: 15 Delicious Things to Eat in Penang, Malaysia and Where to Try Them

Penang Food Trip: 15 Delicious Things to Eat in Penang, Malaysia and Where to Try Them

I’ve heard people describe Penang as the street food capital of Asia. I’m not sure how widely accepted that is, since there are many worthy contenders like Bangkok or Osaka, but after spending a few days there, I can understand why. At the very least, it’s in the conversation.

When you go to a city with that kind of reputation, it isn’t enough to just randomly walk up to the first hawker stall you see. In a city like Penang that’s known to be one of the best, you need to find the best, and that’s exactly what I tried to do when doing research for this post. I consulted trusted Malaysian and Singaporean food blogs to find out exactly which dishes we needed to try, and more importantly, where to try them.

Here are 15 reasons why Penang merits serious consideration as the “Street Food Capital of Asia”.

NOTE: Under each listing is the address of every restaurant or hawker stall mentioned in this guide. If you scroll down to the end of the list, you’ll find a link that will take you to our Penang itinerary on Sygic Travel. It’ll pinpoint exactly where each eatery is on a map. You can also download our Penang itinerary in editable Word format by subscribing to our newsletter via the signup form at the bottom of this post.

1. Lor Bak

If deep-fried is your thing, then you’ll enjoy Lor Bak. It’s a Hokkien/Teochew dish consisting of various meats, seafood, tofu, and vegetables. They’re seasoned with five-spice powder and rolled in a thin beancurd skin before being dunked in oil and deep-fried. Lor bak is usually served with chili sauce and loh, a sweet sauce thickened with corn starch and beaten eggs.
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Filipinos may recognize this as kikiam. They’re similar but the coating on lor bak is drier and crunchier.
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Uncle Lau and his banquet of lor bak at Kheng Pin Cafe. I’ve read that Uncle Lau has been frying up his signature lor bak for almost 40 years. Khen Pin Cafe has been cited by Malaysian and Singaporean food blogs like misstamchiak.com and sethlui.com as having some of the best lor bak in Penang.
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Kheng Pin Cafe

Address: 80, Jalan Penang, George Town
Operating Hours: 7AM-3PM, closed on Mondays
What We Paid: RM 7 (for two)
How to Get There: Kheng Pin Cafe is a short walk from the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street. Walk northeast on Penang Road and you’ll see it on your left at the corner of Sri Bahari Road.

2. Char Koay Kak

Char koay kak is radish cake stir-fried in a thick black soy sauce with preserved radish, bean sprouts, and eggs. It’s known as chai tow kueh or “carrot cake” in Singapore.
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This dish is really tasty. It’s savory and a little sweet with a nice gummy texture. Initially, Ren wasn’t too crazy about it but then she couldn’t stop picking on it until it was gone! 😆 As we found with many of the dishes in Penang, it doesn’t blow you away at first but it really grows on you after a few bites. I loved the crunchiness of the bean sprouts with the gumminess of the radish cake. Yum!
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Located outside Seow Fong Lye Cafe along Macalister Lane, this humble stall has been serving char koay kak for more than 40 years. The Eoh sisters took over from their father about 30 years ago and have kept the recipe intact. We made a quick stop here en route to the Komtar Bus Terminal. If you’re taking the bus to Kek Lok Si Temple, then this is a great place to have breakfast or a light snack. We learned about this stall thanks to Singaporean food blogger missuschewy.com.
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Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak @ Macalister Lane

Address: 94C, Macalister Lane, George Town
Operating Hours: 7AM–1PM daily
What We Paid: RM 3.20
How to Get There: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road until you reach Burmah Road. Turn right onto Burma Road then turn left onto Macalister Lane. Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak stall will be on your left around the entrance to Seow Fong Lye Cafe.

3. Seafood Popiah

Popiah is a Hokkien/Teochew-type of fresh spring roll. It’s made by filling a thin, paper-like crepe or pancake with finely grated turnips and a combination of other ingredients like bean sprouts, grated carrots, pork, seafood, fried tofu, chopped peanuts, fried shallots, and shredded omelette.
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What makes the popiah at this hawker stall so special is that it’s made with luscious crab meat! According to Miss Tam Chiak, it’s probably one of the few stalls in Penang that does this. Together with the crab, they fill it with other ingredients like stir-fried turnips and shredded omelette before drowning it in a sweet turnip gravy. Filipinos who like lumpiang sariwa (fresh lumpia) will surely enjoy this. It’s sweet and soft and really good.
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This stall at Gerai Gerai Padang Brown has been serving seafood popiah for over 60 years. There’s the popiah master spreading some type of sweet sauce over our crepes before filling it with his signature blend of ingredients.
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Gerai Gerai Padang Brown

Address: Medan Selera Padang Brown food court (Dato Keramat Stalls)
Operating Hours: 12:30–6:30PM, closed Mondays & Thursdays
What We Paid: RM 6.60 (for two)
How to Get There: Gerai Gerai Padang Brown is too far to walk from the center of George Town so it’s best to take a taxi or use Grab or Uber. We used Grab and it cost just RM 5 each way.

4. Oyster Omelette / Oh Chien

If you’ve traveled around Asia and enjoy its food, then you’ve probably seen this dish at some point. Popular in many countries, it’s basically a fried oyster-filled omelette. Other variations usually contain potato starch to thicken the omelette but the Penang version is made with rice flour batter to give it a lighter, crisper texture.
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How good does that look?! The oysters were so plump and juicy! Penang’s omelette isn’t as gooey or gummy as other versions we’ve tried, which was a nice change. If you enjoy the natural brininess of oysters, then I suggest going easy on the side of chili sauce which was a little too sweet I thought. Oysters and egg are some of my favorite foods so this is a dish I’ll always look for when traveling in Asia.
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Frying up our oyster omelette. Oh chien is available pretty much anywhere in Penang but we had ours at New Lane Hawker Centre thanks to a recommendation from popular Singapore food blog sethlui.com.
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New Lane Hawker Centre

Address: Lorong Baru, George Town
Operating Hours: 4-10PM, closed on Wednesdays
What We Paid: RM 15 (medium)
How to Get There: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road until you reach Burmah Road. Turn right onto Burma Road then turn left onto Macalister Lane. Walk all the way down and make a right on Macalister Road. New Lane Hawker Center will be on your left at the corner of New Lane and Macalister Road.

5. Char Koay Teow

Char koay teow is considered by many to be the most iconic street food in Penang. It’s name literally means “stir-fried rice cake strips”, and it consists of flat rice noodles stir-fried in pork fat with light and dark soy sauce, chili, belachan (fermented shrimp paste), prawns, blood cockles, bean sprouts, chopped Chinese chives, and egg. In Penang, it’s typically served on a piece of banana leaf on a plate like below.
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Yes, this dish is every bit as good as it looks. We tried the famous Penang version that’s made with duck eggs and it was to die for. It was rich and creamy with that incomparable taste of wok breath. I really enjoyed the springiness of the noodles with the crunch of the bean sprouts and the fluffiness of the egg. It was wonderful.

But wait! It doesn’t end there. As good as everything was, the real star of the dish was the prawn. They were so perfectly cooked and succulent. Honestly, it was some of the best prawn I’ve ever had. We got the standard order which comes with just 3 pieces but you can pay a little more to get 6. Trust me, it’s worth it. Writing this post now, the sensation of biting into those big juicy prawns is all coming back to me. So damn good!
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Penangites are fiercely possessive of this dish so everyone has their opinion on which place serves the best. According to many Malaysian and Singaporean food bloggers, the Ping Hooi Coffee Shop on Carnarvon Street is one of those places. Calling their version “tiger char koay teow”, the Yeow family has been running this shop and serving this iconic dish for 3 generations now.
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Ping Hooi Coffee Shop

Address: 179, Carnarvon Street, George Town (corner of Lebuh Carnarvon and Lorong Carnarvon)
Operating Hours: 8AM–2:30PM daily
What We Paid: RM 9.80 (with drinks)
How to Get There: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, start walking southeast on Chulia Street. Make a right on Carnarvon Street. Walk straight and you’ll see Ping Hooi Coffee Shop on the corner of Carnarvon Lane on the left side of Carnarvon street.

6. Asam Laksa

Like char koay teow, asam laksa is one of Penang’s signature dishes. It’s tamarind-based so it’s more sour compared to the coconut-based curry laksas that are popular in Singapore. Interestingly, curry laksas are common in Penang as well, but they’re referred to as curry mee. When someone in Penang says “laksa”, they’re typically referring to asam laksa.
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This was one of Ren’s favorite dishes in Penang. She loves curry laksa but this was her first time trying asam laksa. She was excited by its novelty and depth of flavor. Apart from the noodles and tamarind used as a souring agent, the main ingredients in an asam laksa are mackerel, lemongrass, galangal, and chili. It’s then garnished with mint, pineapple, onion, a sweet prawn paste, and torched ginger flower. The pineapple was interesting. I don’t recall seeing it but the laksa did have a distinctly chewy and stringy texture that’s consistent with pineapple.
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This hawker stall by Air Itam market at the foothills of Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the most famous places to try asam laksa in Penang. They’ve been serving it at this very spot for over 30 years. I had a great time filming and taking pictures of the families who run these hawker stalls. They clearly love what they do and take pride in producing these iconic dishes day after day. Here’s the laksa man stirring the pot. He may look serious in this shot but he was all smiles and hamming it up for the camera just moments before. 😆
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Air Itam Asam Laksa

Address: Ayer Itam, Jalan Pasar (corner of Jalan Pasar and Jalan Paya Terubong, beside Air Itam Market)
Operating Hours: 10:30AM-7PM daily
What We Paid: RM 9 (for two)
How to Get There: From Komtar Bus Terminal, take bus 203 or 204 to Air Itam (RM 2 each way). It’s the last stop so you can’t miss it. Air Itam Asam Laksa is located on the corner of Jalan Pasar and the main road of Jalan Paya Terubong.

7. Koay Teow Th’ng

This bowl of fish ball noodle soup wasn’t just one of our favorite dishes in Penang, it was also the most surprising. It was surprising because I didn’t expect it to be this good! Koay teow th’ng is a dish made with flat rice noodles served in a clear soup broth and topped with fish balls, pork slices, chicken, browned garlic bits, and chopped scallions. It’s usually served with a side of soy-vinegar with chopped red chilies.
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I like a lot of color in my food because I take that as a sign of flavor. But this dish is clearly an exception. It may be colorless and look bland, but it’s very tasty. In fact, it was one of my two favorite things to eat in Penang.

I know nothing about koay teow th’ng, but something about this bowl told me it’s probably as close to perfect as this dish can get. I don’t know what it is. It just tasted so refined. We had koay teow th’ng from a hawker stall on Chulia Street the night before and it was nowhere near this good. One of the things that makes the koay teow th’ng here so special is that they use eel instead of the usual mackerel to make the fish balls. The difference between this and the bowl from that hawker stall was like night and day! The pork slices were fantastic too, so melt-in-your mouth tender.
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Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng @ Carnarvon Street is practically on every blog post about must eat places in Penang. We got there at around 10-11AM and the place was already packed with locals. I suggest going early because they’ve been known to sell out of koay teow th’ng well before closing!
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Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng @ Carnarvon Street

Address: 183, Carnarvon Street, George Town
Operating Hours: 9AM–4PM, closed on Mondays
What We Paid: RM 15 (for two with drinks)
How to Get There: This restaurant used to be on Pitt Street before moving to Carnarvon hence the name. From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, start walking southeast on Chulia Street. Make a right on Carnarvon Street. Walk straight and you’ll see the restaurant on the left side of Carnarvon street. It’s just a few doors down from Ping Hooi Coffee Shop.

8. Curry Mee

In most other places, this would be known as curry laksa. Curry mee is a dish made with egg noodles in a coconut-based curry soup. It’s typically filled with bean curd puffs, bean sprouts, pig’s blood curd, cuttlefish, shrimp, and cockles. Together with the koay teow th’ng above, this was one of my two favorite dishes in Penang.
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If the koay teow th’ng was subtly delicious, then this curry mee was explosive with flavor. It was rich, creamy, savory, a little sweet, and devilishly spicy with lots of different textures going on. The sambal wasn’t just hot either, it was redolent with flavor too. I especially loved the cuttlefish and the pig’s blood curd. You can see a hefty chunk of it in mid-transport below. 😈
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If a hawker’s legendary status were to be measured solely by its longevity, then this humble roadside stall at the foothills of Kek Lok Si Temple deserves to be in the hall of fame. Two sisters have been selling the tastiest bowls of curry mee at this very spot since 1946. 😯
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70 years and still going strong. Everyone who ate here snapped a picture of these legendary sisters. They were so cute too. They were smiling and laughing through it all and were clearly loving the attention. And as well they should! They deserve it. *does a we’re not worthy bow* 🙂
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Sister Curry Mee

Address: Jalan Air Hitam, Pekan Ayer Itam
Operating Hours: 7:30AM-1PM daily
What We Paid: RM 10 (for two)
How to Get There: From Komtar Bus Terminal, take bus 203 or 204 to Air Itam (RM 2 each way). It’s the last stop so you can’t miss it. Sister Curry Mee is located on a side street just off the main road of Jalan Paya Terubong. If you can’t find it, then just ask anyone and they’ll point you to it.

9. Duck Koay Chap

Koay chap is a Teochew noodle soup made with flat wide rice noodle rolls served in a dark soy sauce broth. It’s filled with a variety of ingredients like pork, duck, offal, fishcakes, vegetables, and hard-boiled egg which are braised with spices like star anise, cloves, cinnamon, and five-spice powder. Here at Restoran Kimberly, they make their koay chap with duck and give you the option of having it with either noodles or porridge.
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It’s amazing to see how much effort goes into a bowl of duck koay chap. This little cart was filled with all types of duck parts and other ingredients to fill your bowl! Restoran Kimberly has been making everything in-house for the past 30 years, from the noodle rolls to the stewed duck to the chili sauce. They stew duck meat with pig innards and other duck parts like wings, necks, and gizzards for hours to ensure that the stew penetrates the meat for maximum flavor.
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Restoran Kimberly only opens at night and from what I’ve read, there’s always a queue. It was one of the longer lines we had to wait in but it was worth every second. For more pictures, check out our post on Restoran Kimberly’s duck koay chap.
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Mr. Por’s Duck Koay Chap @ Restoran Kimberly

Address: 137, Lebuh Kimberley, George Town
Operating Hours: 6:30–11:30PM, closed on Thursdays
What We Paid: RM 16 (for two)
How to Get There: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road. Make a left on Kimberly Street. Walk straight and you’ll see Restoran Kimberly on your left close to the corner of Cintra Street.

10. Chicken & Duck Rice

Chicken and duck rice is always appealing no matter where you are. So when I saw popular Penang food blog kenhuntfood.com recommend this place, it didn’t take long for me to add it to our itinerary. First Famous Federal Restaurant serves pi pa duck — an air-dried, deep-fried duck shaped like a Chinese musical instrument known as the pipa.
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Unfortunately for us however, they were all out of duck so we had to take a platterful of steamed and roast chicken. It was pretty good though we would have loved to try the duck since that’s what we came for. The roast meats are served with two sauces (sweet and spicy), white rice, and soup. They can also give you braised eggs upon request.
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There’s the man himself chopping up our steamed chicken. Aside from the roast chicken and duck, First Famous Federal is also known for their char siew (bbq pork belly), siew bak (roast pork belly), and Taiwanese sausage. Just be sure to come earlier than we did so you don’t run out of the duck! 🙁
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First Famous Federal Restaurant

Address: 3, Lorong Susu, George Town
Operating Hours: 11:30AM–4PM, closed on Mondays
What We Paid: RM 24 (with drinks)
How to Get There: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road. Make a right on Burmah Road then make a left on Kinta Lane. Walk all the way down then make a right on Macalister Road. Make a left on Lorong Susu and the restaurant will be on your left.

11. Lok Lok

This was fun. In fact, it was probably our most enjoyable meal in Penang. Like kaiten-zushi restaurants, there’s just something really fun about grabbing whatever you want whenever you want without having to order from a waiter.

Lok Lok is a type of communal hot pot wherein every ingredient is skewered on sticks so you can easily dunk and retrieve your food from a central pot of boiling water. A variety of ingredients are typically offered like fresh seafood, meatballs, fish cakes, mushrooms, dumplings, eggs, and offal. Sticks are labeled with different colors to indicate price, all of which are added up at the end to come up with your bill.
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Lok lok is a communal steamboat so other diners will be sharing your table. Luckily for us, we arrived at Gerai Gerai Padang Brown just before closing so we were the only ones there. Having the entire spread all to ourselves made it even more fun! I didn’t have to elbow anyone for that last stick of cuttlefish. 😆 On the table are different sauces like satay and sambal which you can mix up to make your own blend. Check out our post on lok lok at Gerai Gerai Padang Brown for more pictures.
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Gerai Gerai Padang Brown is a hawker center a few kilometers from the heart of George Town. We learned about this place from Singapore food blog sethlui.com.
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Gerai Gerai Padang Brown

Address: Medan Selera Padang Brown food court (Dato Keramat Stalls)
Operating Hours: 12:30–6:30PM, closed Mondays & Thursdays
What We Paid: RM 17.70
How to Get There: Gerai Gerai Padang Brown is too far to walk from the center of George Town so it’s best to take a taxi or use Grab or Uber. We used Grab and it cost just RM 5 each way.

12. Apom Manis

Apom Manis is an Indian crepe-like snack made with sugar, eggs, coconut milk, and flour. The batter is poured into small clay pots or mini-woks to form thin crisp edges around a fluffy, eggy center. It’s a light inexpensive snack that isn’t too sweet so you can easily put away a few of these things in one sitting.
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The apom manis lady making crepe after crepe after crepe. Watching her lift the lids off the woks to check on the apom manis was like watching a street hustler play the shell game, except under every cup was a winner! The famous stall I read about on Kuching Road was too far to walk so we tried it at this night hawker stall on Chulia Street instead. It was pretty good, though I’m sure the more celebrated stalls are better. You can check this post by Malaysian blogger rebeccasaw.com for a list of the best apom manis stalls in Penang.
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Lebuh Chulia Apom

Address: Lebuh Chulia Night Hawker Stalls, George Town (corner Love Lane)
Operating Hours: 6PM-12MN daily
What We Paid: RM 0.50
How to Get There: The Chulia night hawker market is near the corner of Chulia Street and Love Lane. From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest and you’ll see this apom manis stall on your left shortly after passing Love Lane.

13. Teochew Chendol

“Will you take the blue or the orange bowl?” We enjoy watching Food Wars on the Travel Channel and these two chendol stalls would make for a great episode (if they haven’t already!). Located directly opposite each other on tiny Keng Kwee Street, these stalls are operated by two families who’ve been battling it out in the chendol business for decades. Chendol is a popular dessert made with shaved ice, coconut milk, jelly noodles, and palm sugar. Other ingredients like red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly, and creamed corn may also be added.

This blue bowl was from Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul. It had the longer line between the two so we tried it first thinking it’d be better. It was awesome. It was cold and milky with a wonderful burst of caramel flavor! For some reason, it reminded me a little of eating Frosted Flakes with cold milk as a child. I enjoyed this so much I wound up slurping down the entire bowl. 😆
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Here’s the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul stall. You can’t really see it but the line extends almost to the end of the street. It moves fast though so you don’t have to wait too long.
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This orange bowl came from Penang Road Famous Chendol and to me, it was just as awesome. Maybe the caramel flavor wasn’t as pronounced in this one but the difference wasn’t significant. It was equally delicious and refreshing, just perfect on a scorching hot Penang day. The texture of the red beans was great too.
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Here’s the Penang Road Famous Chendol stall which is directly opposite the other one. I don’t eat enough chendol to really know which one is better, but it doesn’t really matter. The line for the blue bowl may have been longer but Ren preferred the orange one, as did the Grab driver who drove us to the airport the following day (Yes, we talked about it. 😆 ). Both stalls are mentioned in virtually every article about must eat dishes in Penang so it all boils down to personal taste.
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Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul & Penang Road Famous Chendol @ Lebuh Keng Kwee

Address: 27–29, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town (off Penang Road)
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:30AM–7PM / Sat-Sun, 10AM–7:30PM
What We Paid: RM 2.70 (Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul) / RM 2.50 (Penang Road Famous Chendol)
How to Get There: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road. Walk straight and you’ll see Keng Kwee Street on your left. Both stalls are located near the corner.

14. Durian

We weren’t planning on trying durian until a friend of ours (who loves food of course) told us that Singaporean clients of his frequently rave about the durian in Penang. They say its the best so I hopped on the web and found many local bloggers recommending the Ah Teik durian stall on Macalister Road. Luckily for us, it was on the same block as Famous First Federal Restaurant. It was meant to be!

Most of the durians cost RM 30-40 which was too expensive we thought since we were already full from lunch and Ren wasn’t going to eat much. We just wanted a taste so we got the smallest durian they had for RM 10. I’ve only had fresh durian once before in Davao so I’m no expert, but this one was fantastic. It was creamy and nutty with that indescribably pungent but pleasant durian aroma. If you’ve never had durian before, then this is a great place to try it.
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There are a few covered tables here so you can eat your durian comfortably. We had the Musan King which is said to be one of the most sought-after varieties. It sells for more than twice the price of an average durian and is known to be sweeter and fleshier than most. Depending on the season, Ah Teik sells other premium varieties as well like Milk and Red Prawn durians.
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Ah Teik Durian Stall Lorong Susu

Address: Lorong Susu corner Jalan Macalister, George Town (right beside Sun Yat Sen Bldng)
Operating Hours: 11AM-10AM daily
What We Paid: RM 10 (for the smallest durian)
How to Get There: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southwest on Penang Road. Make a right on Burmah Road then make a left on Kinta Lane. Walk all the way down then make a right on Macalister Road. The Ah Teik durian stall will be on your left on the corner of Macalister Road and Lorong Susu. It’s right next to the Sun Yat Sen building.

15. Cakes

Cakes may not be the most obvious choice for a Penang food guide but ChinaHouse is so dang cool it deserves an exception. You can get all kinds of delicious homemade cakes here from tiramisu cakes to walnut cakes to raspberry cakes to you-name-it-and-they-got-it kind of cakes. They have an entire banquet table plus a vitrine to choose from!
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ChinaHouse is a long and narrow space occupying three heritage buildings. Inside are cafes, restaurants, shops, an art gallery, a music venue, even an outdoor courtyard! Trendy and fun, it’s the hippest space we visited in Penang and well worth a stop. Check out our full post on ChinaHouse for more pictures.
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ChinaHouse

Address: 153, Lebuh Pantai, George Town
Operating Hours: Sun-Thurs, 9AM-12MN / Fri-Sat, 9AM-1AM
What We Paid: RM 38 for 2 slices of cake, 2 coffees
How to Get There: From the corner of Penang Road and Chulia Street, walk southeast on Chulia Street. Make a right on Beach Street and the entrance to ChinaHouse will be on your left.

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If still photos aren’t enough to whet your appetite, you can also watch a video version of this guide.

It’s funny, coming up with this list wasn’t hard. What was difficult was putting them all together in an itinerary. If you look at each stall’s operating hours, you’ll notice they’re all over the place. Some stalls are open only in the morning, some just at night. Some stalls are closed on Tuesdays, others on Wednesdays. A few are clumped together within a small radius while others are isolated and far away. And not to mention many of these stalls are popular so it isn’t uncommon for them to run out of food before closing! Aaaargh! 😆

After much frustration, I did manage to organize them all in a neat 3-day itinerary. To help you understand where they are in relation to one another, you can check out our Penang itinerary on Sygic Travel. It’ll show you exactly where each stall/restaurant is on a map, as well as every attraction we visited in Penang. Sygic Travel is a free travel planning app that I use to plan all our trips. You can read more about it by going to my Sygic Travel post.

With so many delicious things to eat in Penang, this list is by no means comprehensive but I do hope it helps you plan your trip. You can also download a copy of our Penang eat-inerary in editable Word format by subscribing to our newsletter below. You’ll receive the download link via email shortly after as you click “subscribe”.

Thanks for reading and have an awesome time eating your way through Penang! 😀

For more Penang travel tips, check out our Food Lover’s Travel Guide to Penang, Malaysia

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JB Macatulad

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JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
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There are 6 comments for this article
  1. Vic Pekson at 12:32 am

    Wow Ren, you guys did a great job putting these together! I am guide impressed. Can’t wait for more!

  2. Renee at 9:16 am

    Awww thanks much Vic! That means a lot coming from you. Thanks as well for liking our page! 😊

  3. EAT'S a Small World at 5:24 pm

    I never thought that curry based Laksa is not the one that they will understand whenever talking about “Laksa” in Malaysia. Thanks for information! I am so in love with this dish and my favourites are the ones with curry, beef and eggs.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. kiasupromos.com at 5:47 pm

    woah the Lor Bak looks super shiock! Will bring my friends to try during our company retreat next month!

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