If you’ve ever been to Penang, you’ll know that it is, without a doubt, one of the top food paradise in Asia.
There’s just so many things to eat, especially the ones from the street vendors.
They may not be your usual fancy hipster cafe, but trust us, these quaint little stalls serve top-notch quality food that you won’t be able to find anywhere else!
1. Air Itam Sister Curry Mee
Sister Curry Mee has been operating for 70 YEARS!! Yeap, you read that right.
They’ve received so much love from the Penangites, especially those who live in Air Itam area. So, if you are looking for true Penang street food, Sister Curry Mee is definitely for you.
Operating hour: 7:30AM-1PM | Closed on Tuesday
Address: 612 T, Jalan Air Itam, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
2. Transfer Road Roti Canai
Why are you even in Penang if you’re not gonna try the Roti Canai, right? Grab a chair at this stall and taste the best roti canai in town with the locals. Try the beef gravy and chicken curry. You won’t regret it!
Operating hour: 8AM-11AM
Address: 114, 110, Jalan Transfer, Georgetown, 10050 George Town, Malaysia
3. Kheng Pin Kopitiam
Kheng Pin Kopitiam is located in Penang city center, situated at the junction of Penang Road and Sri Bahari Road. The lobak and Hainan Chicken Rice are to die for!
Operating hour: 7AM-2PM | Closed on Monday
Address: 20, 16, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
4. Nor Poh Piah Medan Selera Padang Brown
Popiah is a spring roll of sorts that is either made crispy or soft, comprising of eggs, fried shallots, shredded turnips and carrots.
The special thing about Nur Poh Piah’s family recipe is that the popiah is drenched in gravy with homemade chili paste and crab met.
Opening Hours: 2PM – 7PM
Address: Stall 17, Gerai Gerai Padang Brown
5. Greenlane Genting Food Court
Penang has a lot of food courts, so you might get confused on choosing the best one. Our suggestion is the Greenlane Genting Food Court, which It serves a wide variety of local delights.
Therefore, you can try all the local favourite here such as Chee Cheong Fun, Hainan Chicken Rice and Penang Laksa.
Operating hour: 7AM-5PM | Closed on Wednesday
Address: Lorong Delima 3, Taman Island Glades, 11700 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang
6. Hong Kee Wan Thun Mee
If you love noodles, make your way to Hong Kee for lunch so you can see how wan thun mee are made traditionally using large bamboo poles!
They also have other dishes and pastries worth trying include Vinegar pig trotters, Buttered polo bun, Egg tart, Stir-fried hor fun with egg, and Ginger duck.
Opening Hours: 8AM – 10PM
Location: 37, Campbell Street, 10100 George Town, Penang Island
7. Siam Road Char Koay Teow
Be prepared for longest Char Koay Teow queue in town. Trust me, you should never miss it though the queue could be up to one hour. There’s a saying, good thing is worth the wait, I think it is the best description for this Siam Road Char Koay Teow.
Try it yourself and you’ll know why is the rating so high!
Operating hour: 3PM+
Address: Jalan Siam, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
8. 888 Hokkien Mee
In Penang we call this Hokkien Mee or KL folks known this as Har Mee.
Another must try street food hokkien mee is finally on the list!
Operating hour: 5PM-11:45PM | Closed on Thursday
Address: 67-A, Lebuh Presgrave, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
9. Hock Seng Rojak
If you love rojak, don’t forget to make your way to Hock Seng Rojak.
Address: Gat Lebuh Cecil, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
10. Air Itam Laksa
How can you miss Penang’s state dish laksa right? If you’re visiting Kek Lok Si or Penang Hill, do remember to visit this stalls.
The super famous Air Itam Laksa is always crowded as it’s loved by the local and tourists. We personally like it too as the broth is rich and the fish is fresh.
Operating hour: 10:30AM – 7PM
Address: Jalan Pasar, Ayer Itam
11. BM Yam Rice
Yam Rice is Bukit Mertajam people’s pride. If you ask any locals, they will surely recommend to you their BM Yam Rice.
To eat this awesome food, you have to take 30 mins drive from island. The rice is tossed together with powdery yam, and the broth is superb!
Operating hour: 9:30AM – 3PM (closed on Wednesday)
Address: No7, Jalan Murthy 10400 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
12. Sri Weld Nasi Lemak
Sri Weld is located at beach street, so if you happen to go there, give the nasi lemak a shot.
The fragrance of the coconut rice served with curry (sambal) and garnished with crispy ikan bilis or fish make it the best choice for breakfast. Trust us, you’ll love it!
Operating hour: 9AM-5PM (closed on Sunday)
Address: Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
13. Raja Uda Tom Yum
If you prefer your tom yum is in sweet and sour taste rather than spicy, give Raja Uda Tom Yum a go.
Operating hour: 6:30PM-2AM
Address: Jalan Raja Uda, Taman Mas, 12300 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
14. BM Duck Egg Char Koay Teow
A delicious mess that comes laden with wok-hei and flavoured with soy sauce and pork lard.
Operating hour: 8PM – 2:30AM
Address: Jalan Pasar (Next to Taxi Station) 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
15. Hot Bowl White Curry Mee
Somewhere along Rangoon Road is a reputable curry mee shop. Penang curry mee is different from most other curry mee in Malaysia.
The star ingredient is coagulated pigs blood! Along with some seafood and beancurd. If it’s not spicy enough, you can top up the chili paste!
Address: 58, Jalan Rangoon, 10400 George Town, Penang Island
Opening Hours: 8am to 3pm
16. Hameed Pata Mee Sotong
Out of all the other stalls at the open-air Esplanade Park, Hameed Pata Mee Sotong is the most popular!
Customers come to try this version of mee goreng that incorporates squid strips into the sambal.
What’s more, the beverage stall just beside happens to serve amazing cendol, coconut shake or ais kacang too!
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 8pm | Fridays at 12:15pm
Address: 5, Esplanade Park, Lebuh Light, 10300 George Town, Penang Island
17. Loh Kei Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng
You have to wake up early for this one! Their MSG-free duck, pork and anchovy broth with rice noodles has many fans among the locals!
Sliced duck meat pairs well together with the noodles and soup so be sure to order that too!
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 11am
Location: 13, Jalan Perak, George Town, 10400 George Town, Penang Island
18. Tan Jetty
Don’t miss out on the chance to try fresh loh bak at this stall in Tan Jetty! They have been operating their stall for 20 years!
Loh bak is a deep-fried snack of Teochew origin. Inside the bean curd roll is minced pork that has been marinated with 5-spice powder.
Opening Hours: 8AM – 6PM
Address: 90-A, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island
19. CY Choy Road Hokkien Mee
Bridge Street Prawn Noodles (known to Penangites as “Keo Thau Hokkien Mee”) has been operating for more than half a century.
It’s presently run by the 3rd-generation of the Lau family who started it. Thus, it’s definitely worth a visit in you are looking for scrumptious hokkien mee in Penang.
Operating hour: 7AM – 2:30PM | Closed on Monday
Address: 533, Jalan C.Y. Choy, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysi
20. Paya Terubong Nasi Lemak
This is one of the legendary Nasi Lemak stalls located at Paya Terubong, which has been operating for more than 30 years.
In fact, it is loved by people of all ages so much, that school kids who often flock this venue will continue to do so until they grow up to be adults.
Operating hour: 4AM – 10AM | Closed on Sunday
Address: 200, Jalan Paya Terubong, Pya Terubong, 11060 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
21. Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng
Penang style mee goreng is definitely a must eat in the Pearl of the Orient. The uncle is local Indian but speaks fluent hokkien, when he’s in good mood you can spot him showing off his hokkien while cooking. Well, I guess this is the beauty of mixture culture in Penang.
Operating hour: 8AM – 6:30PM
Address: 280, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
22. Penang Road Chendol
This is the street food you can’t afford to miss in Penang. They have opened several outlets in Penang, but we still think that roadside one tastes the best.
One is never enough.
Operating hour: 10AM – 7:30PM
Address: Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
23. Laksa Bisu
Another local favourite located in Penang Hill is Laksa Bisu (哑巴加沙). As the name suggests, the owner is muted. Although Air Itam Laksa is more famous, Laksa Bisu is said to have the best laksa in town!
Operating hour: 10:00AM – 5:30PM | Closed on Tuesday
Address: Annex Pasar Air Itam
24. Cecil Street Market
Cecil Street Market is another food court in Penang that locals love to go for a delightful meal. The food list recommends pasembur and roasted pork for a pleasurable food experience.
Operating hour: 7:30 – 7PM
Address: 40-48, Lebuh Cecil, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
25. Ai Yu Bing Dessert
It’s located opposite Tan Jetty. If Chew Jetty or other Jetty is one your to go list when you visiting Penang, this dessert stall is something you can’t miss! It’s the best remedy to combat the weather in Penang.
Operating hour: 12PM-7PM (closed on Sunday)
Address: Gat Lebuh Acheh, 10300 George Town, Penang
26. Village Fish Head Bee Hoon
Fan of tom yam? Then you will want to have a bowl of fish head noodles at this location! There are many tables but the average wait time is still 30-60 minutes!
There is a whole selection of add-ons besides fish slices to choose from. Including noodles and two types of soup base – tom yam or clear soup!
Operating hour: 12PM – 1130PM
Address: Pengkalan Weld 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
27. Chulia Street Hawker Penang
Chulia Street hawker stall is also one of the popular food hunting places in George Town, Penang. At here, you can find great fares such as wantan mee, curry mee, char hor fun, satay and fresh fruit juice. Pro tip: be there early to avoid disappointment.
Operating hour: 6PM – 11PM
Address: Lebuh Chulia, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
28. Permata 珍珠粉
This stall serves truly mouthwatering clay pot noodle! The only downside is that they don’t have a proper opening day, which means you’d only get a chance to eat here based on your luck.
Operating hour: 8:30PM – 12AM
Address: 1 Lintang Paya Terubong 5 11060 Paya Terubong, Pulau Pinang
29. Ali Nasi Lemak
Don’t know what to eat in Penang for dinner? Consider Ali’s Nasi Lemak. The speciality of this nasi lemak is Ali brings his nasi lemak into next level by having them stir fried. It’s something different as compared to traditional nasi lemak.
Operating hour: 24 hour
Address: Jalan Lunas (Opposite PTPL College), off Burma Road, 10350 George Town, Penang.
30. Air Itam Pasar Duck Rice
The duck rice stall only opens at night aims to serve night owls only. The duck rice is definitely worth the trek if you ask me.
Operating hour: 8:30 – 1AM
Address: Air Itam Wet Market, Jalan Pasar, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Air Itam, Penang
31. Green House Hokkien Mee
They offer one of the best Hokkien Mee in Penang. You can add extra toppings to the noodle. I like to have extra Roasted Pork and Egg to be added into the noodle.
Operating hour: 8PM – 4AM
Address: Jalan Burma 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
32. Kareem Pasembur Rojak
Kareem Pasembur Rojak is a little pasembur stall located on the side of Union Street in Penang.
You can choose from a menu with everything from fishball, crabstick, crab, fish, sotong, hardboiled egg, fish cake, potatoes, beancurd, and many types of deep-fried fritters – cucur udang, cucur kacang, cucur Kupaai and cucur udang garing.
Address: Union Street (behind Standard Chartered Bank), 10200 Penang
33. Ping Hwa Lok Lok (槟华乐乐) At Pulau Tikus
Lok lok can come in all shapes and sizes. Fish balls, jellyfish, vegetables, pork belly slices, cockles, sausages and more! After being boiled on the spot, dip your lok lok into some sauce and have a taste!
There’re over 30 types to try at Ping Hwa Lok Lok! And 5 types of home-made sauces like satay peanut sauce to go with them!
Opening Hours: 6pm to 11:30pm | Closed on Wednesday
Address: Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang