Penang Food Guide: The 15 Best Street Food Stalls and Restaurants

Penang Food Guide: The 15 Best Street Food Stalls and Restaurants

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If you were to gauge how good a place is based on longevity alone, then over half the restaurants on this Penang food guide would be considered among the best places to eat in Malaysia.

The majority of these Penang street food stalls have been serving the same iconic dish for over thirty years, some for much longer than that.

When doing food research, I’m drawn to restaurants and street food stalls that have withstood the test of time because to me, that usually means four things.

One, they’ve mastered that dish. Two, it must be good. Three, they’ve local and have an interesting story to tell. And four, they aren’t going away anytime soon, making them safe to recommend unlike trendier restaurants that are all the rage one year then gone the next.

If I were to gauge the quality of our food guides based on how many of these legendary restaurants are on them, then this Penang food guide is definitely one of our best.

Focusing mainly on George Town, it includes some of the most enduring eateries on the island, serving some of the best food in Penang like the best asam laksa, the most delicious char koay teow, the tastiest curry mee and many more.

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Char Koay Teow in Penang, Malaysia

THE BEST FOOD IN PENANG

1. Kheng Pin Cafe

If deep-fried Malaysian food 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 deep-fried and served with chili sauce and loh, which is a sweet sauce thickened with corn starch and beaten eggs.

Khen Pin Cafe has been cited by leading Singapore and Penang food blogs as having some of the best lor bak in Penang. So shiok ah!
Lor bak at Kheng Pin Cafe

If you’re familiar with Filipio street food, then you may recognize this as kikiam. They’re similar but the coating on lor bak is drier, thicker, and crunchier.
Lor bak at Kheng Pin Cafe

Here’s a shot of Uncle Lau frying up the morning’g batch of lor bak at Kheng Pin Cafe. I’ve read that Uncle Lau has been cooking up his signature lor bak for over forty years.
Uncle Lau frying lor bak at Kheng Pin Cafe

Kheng Pin Cafe

Address: 80, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 7AM-3PM, Tue-Sun (closed Mon)
Expect to Pay: About RM 10 (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. Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak at Macalister Lane

Char koay kak is a type of 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.

In Penang, this humble stall along Macalister Lane has been serving some of the city’s best char koay kak for over forty years.
Char koay kak at Sister Yao's stall

Char koay kak is super tasty. It’s savory and a little sweet with a nice gummy texture.

At first, we weren’t too crazy about this dish but it quickly grew on us. This seemed to be the case with many of the Malaysian dishes we tried in Penang.

It doesn’t knock your socks off right away but you develop a taste for it at the end. I loved the contrasting crunchiness of the bean sprouts with the gumminess of the radish cake.
Char koay kak at Sister Yao's stall

Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak stall is located outside Seow Fong Lye Cafe along Macalister Lane. The Eoh sisters took over from their father over thirty 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.
Sister Yao cooking char koay kak

Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak @ Macalister Lane

Address: 94, Lorong Macalister, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 7AM–1PM, daily
Expect to Pay: About RM 5
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 at Medan Selera Padang Brown

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 mix of other ingredients like bean sprouts, grated carrots, pork, seafood, fried tofu, chopped peanuts, fried shallots, and shredded omelette.

You can find popiah at many Penang street food stalls and restaurants but what drew us to this place at the Padang Brown Food Court was their popiah made with crab meat.
Popiah at a stall in Medan Selera Padang Brown

As described, what makes the popiah at this hawker stall so special is that it’s made with luscious crab meat. Based on what I’ve read, that’s a rarity in Penang.

Aside from the crab, they fill the crepe with other ingredients like stir-fried turnips and shredded omelette before drowning it in a sweet turnip gravy. It’s sweet and soft and really good.
Popiah at a stall in Medan Selera Padang Brown

This Penang street food stall at Medan Selera Padang Brown has been serving seafood popiah for over sixty years. Here’s a shot of the popiah master spreading some type of sweet sauce over our crepes before filling it with his signature blend of ingredients.
Uncle preparing popiah

Medan Selera Padang Brown

Address: Jalan Perak, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 5:30–11:30PM, daily
Expect to Pay: About RM 8 for two
How to Get There: The Padang Brown Food Court is too far to walk from the center of George Town so it’s best to take a taxi or use Grab.

4. Lok Lok at Medan Selera Padang Brown

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

Lok Lok is a type of communal hot pot dish 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 of your meal.

There are many lok lok restaurants in Penang but we read about this place at Medan Selera Padang Brown, the same food court as the seafood popiah stall, so we visited both on the same day.
Lok lok in Penang, Malaysia

Lok lok is a communal steamboat meal so other diners may share your table. Luckily for us, we arrived at Medan Selera Padang Brown at an off time 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 to make your own blend. Check out our article on lok lok at Medan Selera Padang Brown for more pictures.
Lok lok in Penang, Malaysia

Medan Selera Padang Brown is a Penang hawker center a few kilometers from the heart of George Town, so it’s best to go there via taxi or Grab.
Medan Selera Padang Brown in Penang, Malaysia

Medan Selera Padang Brown

Address: Jalan Perak, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 5:30–11:30PM, daily
Expect to Pay: About RM 10 per person
How to Get There: The Padang Brown Food Court is too far to walk from the center of George Town so it’s best to take a taxi or use Grab.

5. Oh Chien at New Lane Hawker Centre

If you’ve traveled throughout Asia and tried many dishes from different countries, then you’ve probably seen this oyster dish at some point. Popular in many Asian 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, crispier texture.

We read many good things about the oh chien from this stall at New Lane Hawker Centre so we decided to try it there.
Oyster omelette in Penang, Malaysia

How good does that look? The oysters were so plump and juicy! One notable difference with Penang’s version is that it isn’t as gooey or gummy as other versions we’ve tried, like Taiwan’s oyster omelette for example. I may have preferred this one.

The only thing I didn’t like was the side of chili sauce they served with it. I thought it was a little too sweet and overpowering so if you like the natural brininess of oysters, then it’s best to eat the omelette as is.
Oyster omelette in Penang, Malaysia

Here’s the Penang street food vendor frying up our oyster omelette. Oh chien is available at many street food stalls and restaurants in Penang but we had ours at New Lane Hawker Centre thanks to a recommendation from popular Singapore food blog sethlui.com.
Fying oh chien in Penang, Malaysia

New Lane Hawker Centre

Address: Lorong Baru, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 4-11PM, Thurs-Tue (closed on Wednesdays)
Expect to Pay: Around RM 15-20
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. 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.

6. Kafe Ping Hooi

Char koay teow is considered by many to be the most iconic street food in Penang. It’s considered must-eat food in Penang and is perhaps one of a handful dishes on this list that you shouldn’t miss.

Char koay teow literally means “stir-fried rice cake strips” and 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 plated piece of banana leaf.

Like laksa in Singapore or nasi lemak in Kuala Lumpur, Char koay teow is one of those highly divisive dishes. Everyone seems to have their opinion on who serves the best and Kafe Ping Hooi is almost always in that discussion.
Char koay teow in Penang, Malaysia

We tried the famous Penang version of char koay teow made with duck eggs. It was to die for. It was rich and creamy with that incomparable wok hei flavor.

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 as fantastic as the noodles were, the real star for me 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 three pieces but you can pay a little more to get six. Trust me, it’s worth it. It’s so damn good.
Char koay teow in Penang, Malaysia

As described, Penang food lovers are fiercely possessive of this popular Malaysian dish so everyone has their opinion on which place serves the best. According to many Singapore and Penang food bloggers, Kafe Ping Hooi on Carnarvon Street is one of Penang’s best.

Calling their version “tiger char koay teow”, the Yeow family has been running this shop and serving this beloved Penang dish for three generations now.
Cooking char koay teow in Penang, Malaysia

Kafe Ping Hooi

Address: 179, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 6:30AM–2PM, daily
Expect to Pay: Around RM 12
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 Kafe Ping Hooi on the corner of Carnarvon Lane on the left side of Carnarvon street.

7. Air Itam Asam Laksa

Like char koay teow, asam laksa is considered one of the best dishes to eat in Penang. It’s a tamarind-based laksa so it’s more sour compared to the coconut-based curry laksas that are popular in Singapore.

Interestingly, curry laksa is a common food in Penang as well, but it’s referred to as curry mee to distinguish it from asam laksa. When someone in Penang says “laksa”, they’re typically referring to asam laksa.

We tried asam laksa at a Penang street food stall in Air Itam Market near Kek Lok Si Temple. It’s a famous stall that has a reputation for serving some of the best asam laksa in Penang.
Asam laksa in Penang, Malaysia

This was one of our favorite dishes in Penang. We enjoy curry laksa but we instantly fell in love with the depth of flavor in asam laksa.

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 garnished with mint, pineapple, onion, a sweet prawn paste, and torched ginger flower.

The use of 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.
Asam laksa in Penang, Malaysia

This famous hawker stall at Air Itam market has been serving their signature asam laksa at this very spot for over thirty years.

I had a great time filming and taking pictures of the Penang street food vendors who run these stalls. They clearly love what they do and take pride in producing these delicious dishes day after day.

Here’s a shot of the laksa man stirring the pot. He may look serious in this picture but he was all smiles and hamming it up for the camera just moments before.
Air Itam Asam Laksa in Penang, Malaysia

Air Itam Asam Laksa

Address: Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong, 11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 10:30AM-7PM, Thurs-Tue (closed Wednesdays)
Expect to Pay: Around RM 6 per person
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.

8. Sister Curry Mee

In other countries like Singapore, 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.

We had these beautiful overflowing bowls at Sister Curry Mee, one of the most legendary Penang street food stalls on this list. Together with the fish ball soup at Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng, this was one of my two favorite dishes in Penang.
Curry mee in Penang, Malaysia

This curry mee was explosive with flavor. It was rich, creamy, savory, a little sweet, and devilishly spicy with lots of different textures doing the macarena in your mouth.

The sambal wasn’t just hot, it was redolent with flavor. I especially loved the cuttlefish and the pig’s blood curd. You can see a hefty chunk of it between my chopsticks below.
Curry mee in Penang, Malaysia

As suggested at the top of this article, if a Penang street food stall’s legendary status were to be measured solely by its longevity, then the Sister Curry Mee stall located at the foothills of Kek Lok Si Temple deserves to be in the hall of fame.

The two sisters hawking these tasty bowls of curry mee have been doing so at this very spot since 1946. Wow!
Sister Curry Mee in Penang, Malaysia

Over seventy years and still going strong. Everyone who ate here snapped a picture of these legendary sisters.

They were so cute. They were smiling and laughing through it all and were clearly loving the adulation. And as well they should! They’ve earned it.

Sister Curry Mee is located near Air Itam Asam Laksa so I suggest eating at both street food stalls before or after visiting Kek Lok Si Temple.
Sister Curry Mee in Penang, Malaysia

Sister Curry Mee

Address: 612 T, Jalan Air Itam, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 7:30AM-1PM, Wed-Mon (closed Tue)
Expect to Pay: Around RM 7 per person
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. Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng at Carnarvon Street

As described, this bowl of fish ball noodle soup from Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng was one of our favorite dishes in Penang. It was also the most 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. It’s 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.
Koay teow th'ng in Penang, Malaysia

I like a lot of color in my food because I take that as a sign of flavor. Like the deceptively delicious Hainanese chicken rice, this dish is an exception. It may be colorless and bland-looking, but it’s incredibly tasty.

I know nothing about koay teow th’ng, but something about this bowl at Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng 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 bowl and the bowl from the other hawker stall was like night and day.

The pork slices were fantastic too. They practically melted in your mouth.
Koay teow th'ng in Penang, Malaysia

Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng at Carnarvon Street is mentioned in virtually every article listing the best food in Penang. We got there at around 10-11AM and the place was already overflowing with locals.

I suggest going early because they’ve been known to sell out of koay teow th’ng well before closing.
Pitt Street Koay Teow Th'ng at Carnarvon Street

Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng at Carnarvon Street

Address: Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 8AM–1:30PM, Tue-Sat / 8AM-12NN, Sun (closed Mondays)
Expect to Pay: Around RM 10 per person
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 Kafe Ping Hooi.

10. Mr. Por’s Duck Koay Chap at Restoran Kimberly

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.
Duck Koay Chap at Restoran Kimberly in Penang, Malaysia

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 over thirty 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.
Duck Koay Chap at Restoran Kimberly in Penang, Malaysia

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.
Mr. Por's Duck Koay Chap at Restoran Kimberly

Mr. Por’s Duck Koay Chap at Restoran Kimberly

Address: 10100, 97-143, Lebuh Kimberley, Georgetown, 10100 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 6–11PM, Fri-Wed (closed on Thursdays)
Expect to Pay: Around RM 10 per person
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.

11. First Famous Federal Restaurant

Chicken and duck rice is always appealing no matter where you are, so when I saw a popular Penang food blog recommend this place, it didn’t take me long 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.
Steamed and roast chicken at First Famous Federal Restaurant in Penang, Malaysia

Unfortunately for us however, they were all out of duck so we had to take a platter full 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.
Steamed and roast chicken at First Famous Federal Restaurant in Penang, Malaysia

Here’s a picture of uncle 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!
Chopping chicken at First Famous Federal Restaurant in Penang, Malaysia

First Famous Federal Restaurant

Address: 3, Lorong Susu, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 11:30AM–4PM, Tue-Sun (closed on Mondays)
Expect to Pay: Around RM 15 per person
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.

12. Lebuh Chulia Apom

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 in one sitting.
Apom manis in Penang, Malaysia

Check out this apom-manis-making auntie churning out 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 Penang street food stall I read about on Kuching Road was too far to walk so we tried it at this night hawker stand 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.
Lebuh Chulia Apom in Penang, Malaysia

Lebuh Chulia Apom

Address: 294 A, Chulia St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 6PM-12MN daily
Expect to Pay: Around RM 1 per piece
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. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul & Penang Road Famous Chendol at Lebuh Keng Kwee

“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 Malaysian dessert made with shaved ice, coconut milk, jelly noodles, and palm sugar. Other ingredients like red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly, and creamed corn can 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.
Chendol in Penang, Malaysia

Pictured below is 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.
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul in Penang, Malaysia

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.
Chendol in Penang, Malaysia

This is 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 preference.
Penang Road Famous Chendol in Penang, Malaysia

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul & Penang Road Famous Chendol at Lebuh Keng Kwee

Address: Jalan Penang, 27 & 29, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 10:30AM–7PM, Mon-Fri / 10AM–7:30PM, Sat-Sun
Expect to Pay: Around RM 3 per bowl
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. Ah Teik Durian Stall Lorong Susu

We weren’t planning on trying durian until a friend of ours (who loves food) told us that Singaporean clients of his frequently rave about the durian in Penang.

They say it’s the best so I hopped on the web and found many Penang food 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. We thought it was too expensive, especially 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.
Durian in Penang, Malaysia

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.
Ah Teik Durian Stall Lorong Susu in Penang, Malaysia

Ah Teik Durian Stall Lorong Susu

Address: Lorong Susu, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 10AM-10:30PM, daily
Expect to Pay: Depends on the brand and weight
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. ChinaHouse

ChinaHouse isn’t a street food stall but a hip restaurant / event space that serves 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 at ChinaHouse like tiramisu cakes, walnut cakes, and raspberry cakes.
Cakes at ChinaHouse in Penang, Malaysia

ChinaHouse is a long and narrow space occupying three Penang heritage houses. Inside are cafes, restaurants, shops, an art gallery, a music venue, and an outdoor courtyard. Trendy and fun, it’s the hippest space we visited in Penang and well worth a stop. Check out our article on ChinaHouse for more pictures.
ChinaHouse in Penang, Malaysia

ChinaHouse

Address: 153, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 9AM-1AM, daily
Expect to Pay: Around RM 20 per person
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.


IN SUMMARY

Writing this Penang food guide wasn’t hard. What was difficult was putting all these street food stalls together in a cohesive itinerary.

If you look at each stall’s operating hours, you’ll notice that they’re all over the place. Some stalls are open only in the morning while some operate only 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.

On top of that, many of these stalls are popular so it isn’t uncommon for them to run out of food before closing!

After much frustration, I did manage to organize them all in a neat 3-day Penang itinerary. Check out our Penang travel guide for more information.

To give you a better sense of where these Penang restaurants are, I’ve pinned them all on the map below.

With so much good food in Penang, this list is by no means a finished product but I do hope it helps you plan your food trip. We’ll be refining and building upon it after every return trip to Penang.

Thanks for reading and have an amazing time eating all the delicious (and cheap) street food in Penang!

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There are 6 comments for this article
  1. Vina Webner at 5:25 pm

    First off, This is really awesome and useful blog , as always. The information of street food stalls in penang is really very helpful for those who are going to plan for penang vacations as they can fing their taste in listed must eatrestaurants. I found it is quite absolutely interesting.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. senzo at 5:10 pm

    the real street food that local people will go there eat

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