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MALAYSIA | The Nice Penang Meals Journey ~ The place To Eat In Penang, Hawkers Version


Penang Food Trip

The second we landed at Penang’s Worldwide Airport, we knew immediately that we’d be in for a culinary deal with. In addition to the quite a few TV exhibits and write-ups concerning the metropolis’s meals, a brochure alongside the airport’s hall confirmed everything–it listed every dish we would have liked to pattern in Penang and the place to get it too! Nifty, eh?!

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JOOI HOOI CAFÉ

ADDRESS: 475 JALAN PENANG, GEORGETOWN | OPEN HOURS: 11AM TO 5:30PM | GPS COORDINATES MAP: 5.417129, 100.330583


Jooi Hooi Cafe Georgetown Penang
THE CRAMPED DINING HALL OF JOOI HOOI CAFE IN PENANG

Jooi Hooi Café was one of many first meals locations we tried in Georgetown. On the time, we weren’t actually conscious that that is the place to get your asam laksa and char kway teow repair within the metropolis. It was pure probability that we handed by this hole-in-the-wall on the nook of Jalan Penang and Lebuh Keng Kwee and noticed multitudes of individuals trooping inside. A throng of individuals lining up, each locals and vacationers, on an eatery is a wonderful measure on how good a spot is.

Jooi Hooi Cafe Georgetown Penang
KUEH PIE TEE

The place is packed, the tables and chairs have been tightly spaced, and it was fairly scorching inside. We sat ourselves on one finish of the café and ordered a bowl of asam laksa, kueh pie tee and kopi ais. We heard a lot about Penang’s model of laksa that we have been actually salivating as we requested it, we love laksa!

Jooi Hooi Cafe Georgetown Penang Laksa
ASAM LAKSA

We nibbled on our kueh pie tee, a mixture of shredded bamboo shoots and turnips on edible pie tee cups, whereas ready for the laksa to be lastly laid on our desk. We have been fairly stunned that it isn’t milky in any respect, like how we appreciated our laksa in Singapore, however relatively it has a clearer broth with a reddish tinge. It seems that Penang does their laksa in a different way, as a substitute of utilizing coconut milk, the soup is flavored with mackerel fish flakes, tamarind (asam), lemongrass, mint, and chili–which outcomes to a bitter than common broth.

Jooi Hooi Cafe Georgetown Penang
KOPI AIS

Sadly, we discovered it to be unsuitable for our style; it was manner too fishy for us. We shortly washed it off with kopi ais (iced espresso), which was smashingly good. I requested a neighborhood acquaintance about this, since I used to be fairly disturbed that I didn’t like asam laksa, Penang’s most well-known dish. He advised me to not fear, as it’s certainly, an acquired style.

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MEE GORENG MAMAK LEBUH ARMENIAN

ADDRESS: JALAN MASJID KAPITAN KELING COR. LEBUH ARMENIAN, GEORGETOWN | GPS COORDINATES MAP: 5.415467, 100.337116


Mee Goreng Georgetown Penang
THE MEE GORENG STALL AT GEORGETOWN’S LEBUH ARMENIAN

We first came across this noodle vendor on the nook of Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and Lebuh Armenian after visiting the Kapitan Keling Mosque on our first journey to Penang a number of years in the past. All the time loopy for mee goreng (Malaysian fried noodles), we ordered a plateful from him. Barely capable of converse any English, we used signal language to point the spiciness degree of our dish.

Mee Goreng Georgetown Penang
COOKING MEE GORENG LITERALLY ON THE STREETS OF PENANG
Mee Goreng Georgetown Penang
MEE GORENG MAMAK-STYLE

After cooking our lunch, mamak-style, he personally introduced our nonetheless scorching noodles to the close by benches throughout the road to the place we have been sitting. Mamak, by the way in which, is a time period used for Malaysians with Indian descent. It was one of the vital outstanding mee goreng I’ve ever tried, and it even received higher when a passing vendor offered us a chilly bottle of beer.

Mee Goreng Georgetown Penang
THIS GUY HAS BEEN ON THIS SAME SPOT FOR YEARS

Years later, we got here again to this exact same spot, hoping in opposition to hope that this mamak hawker was nonetheless in his place. Lo and behold, he’s nonetheless there, cooking the exact same mee goreng! This outdated man, apparently, has been promoting his noodles at this nook for a number of years already, rain or shine. Curious, I checked out Google Maps’ streetview of the place, and sure, he’s proper there too! We’re undoubtedly holding our hopes up that we’d see him once more on our subsequent go to to Penang.

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ULTIMAXX CAFÉ

ADDRESS: PERSIARAN BAYAN INDAH, BAYAN LEPAS | OPENING HOURS: 7AM TO 4PM | GPS COORDINATES MAP: 5.335568, 100.306280


Ultimaxx Cafe Georgetown Penang
ULTIMAXX CAFE NEAR QUEENSBAY MALL PENANG

Lunch got here calling throughout one among our outings to see the Penang Bridge close to Queensbay Mall alongside the Selatan Strait. It was noontime once we completed our fast jaunt on the mall and our even faster view of the bridge. Not desirous to eat contained in the mall, we looked for an excellent hawker place and located the Ultimaxx Café excellent beside it.

Ultimaxx Cafe Georgetown Penang
NASI GORENG

The place, as most hawker facilities are, isn’t air-conditioned. They’ve the same old plastic chairs and tables surrounded by completely different hawker stalls promoting the whole lot from asam laksa to char kway teow. However after our expertise with Jooi Hooi Café, we needed to strive one thing else apart from laksa, like err, fried rice?

Ultimaxx Cafe Georgetown Penang
ERR, A NOODLE DISH
Ultimaxx Cafe Georgetown Penang
FRIED BEAN CURD AND TOFU
Ultimaxx Cafe Georgetown Penang
MORE NOODLES, CAN’T REMEMBER THE NAME THOUGH

We went loopy this time, shopping for the whole lot that seemed good in footage. I like how the hawkers in Malaysia have images of the dishes they’re selling–it’s a lot simpler that manner for us persiarans, lol. After a couple of minutes of meals spree, we had a complete of three full dishes—nasi goreng, two noodle dishes, a bowl of fried bean curd, and two glasses of kopi ais.

Ultimaxx Café is likely to be a bit off radar for meals aficionados in Penang, however we had one among our most satisfying meals within the metropolis proper right here.


2016 UPDATE


We went again to Penang for our Seaside Hop Asia summer time journey, and naturally, we ate, and ate, and ate! We received to strive outdated favorites and new ones, and listed here are a few of them.

LEBUH KIMBERLY NIGHT MARKET

ADDRESS: LEBUH KIMBERLY, GEORGETOWN | OPENING HOURS: 6PM ONWARDS | GPS MAP: 5.416222, 100.332952


Lebuh Kimberly Georgetown Penang
TYPICAL HAWKER STALL AT LEBUH KIMBERLY IN PENANG

N, a buddy from the Philippines working within the metropolis, toured us across the second time we visited Penang. From E&O Lodge the place we have been cooped up, we took a fast stroll to the close by Lebuh Kimberly the place she stated we might have dinner. Once more, with zero data about Georgetown, we have been fairly stunned to see a number of stalls hawking Malaysian-Chinese language dishes alongside the size of the road sidewalks.

Lebuh Kimberly Georgetown Penang
LEBUH KIMBERLY FOOD MARKET AT NIGHT
Lebuh Kimberly Georgetown Penang
OUR CHOSEN SPOT

Shortly securing a uncommon vacant desk proper on the road aspect, she proceeded on ordering our dinner for us alongside her favourite stalls—looks like she frequent this place very often as I noticed her being chummy with a lot of the distributors she spoke with (thanks N!).

Lebuh Kimberly Georgetown Penang
KWAY CHAP
Lebuh Kimberly Georgetown Penang
FRIED TOFU, BEANCURD AND LOBAK

After a lot terimakasih-ing, she plunked a bowl of kway chap—braised flat noodles throughout braised pork innards—and a plate of fried tofu, lobak, and bean curds on our desk. The previous seemed fairly intimidating, with its darkish broth and unknown pork components swimming alongside the darkish steaming soup, its thick flat noodles didn’t assist both. The fried the whole lot was excellent although!

Lebuh Kimberly Georgetown Penang
MEE GORENG STALL

We additionally noticed hawkers promoting mee goreng, however we have been, surprisingly, too full from what we ate that we handed off on ordering a plate. Think about that, eh? Greater than the meals, I assume the attraction of Lebuh Kimberly comes from having your fill proper alongside one of many historic streets of Georgetown.

GURNEY DRIVE HAWKER CENTER

ADDRESS: SOLOK GURNEY, GEORGETOWN | OPENING HOURS: 6:30PM ONWARDS | GPS MAP: 5.440006, 100.308950


Gurney Drive Hawker Center Georgetown Penang
GURNEY DRIVE HAWKER CENTER

One of the well-known hawker facilities in Penang is situated on the upscale Gurney Drive space. I do know, a hawker middle on a complicated space? Most Penangites actually don’t care a lot for this place, claiming the meals right here is overrated and fairly overpriced. However being the vacationers that we’re, we merely need to strive it out and choose for ourselves (not that we’re good meals judges, lol).

Gurney Drive Hawker Center Georgetown Penang
INDIAN ROJAK, WE WOULD’VE ORDERED BUT THE PRICING WAS TOO CONFUSING

The Gurney Drive Hawker Heart is situated on a middle island in between Persiaran Gurney and a smaller street, Solok Gurney 1. The place is crammed by native stalls divided into three sections; Chinese language, Malay, and Mamak delicacies. It appears to be like comparatively cleaner than most hawker stalls in Penang and there are, surprisingly, a whole lot of locals consuming on the tables. Properly, a lot for what the Web says.

Gurney Drive Hawker Center Georgetown Penang
FRIED CRISPY CHICKEN SKIN

For starters, we purchased a plate of crisply fried rooster pores and skin, which was fairly odd, to say the least, whereas ready for our bowl of asam laksa and char kway teow. Asam laksa?! Sure, we’re giving this well-known Penang noodle soup one other strive simply to make certain we weren’t actually lacking something.

Gurney Drive Hawker Center Georgetown Penang
ASAM LAKSA

The well-known Penang noodle soup arrived on our desk fast sufficient, and it seemed nearly precisely the identical as the primary bowl we ordered years again; reddish soup, fish flakes floating on the floor. With trepidation, we spooned a mouthful and determined that Penang laksa isn’t actually for us.

Gurney Drive Hawker Center Georgetown Penang
CHAR KOAY TEOW

What’s for us although is Penang’s different well-known avenue meals, the tongue twisting char kway teow. I normally don’t dig thick noodles, however I like this dish, although I can not for the lifetime of me pronounce it. It’s mainly fried thick noodles set with eggs, bean sprouts, and prawns. The flavour is twice milder than my favourite mee goreng, however I like it all the identical.

Certainly, the choices at Gurney Drive could also be fairly common, however by way of choice, you’ll be able to’t hardly go unsuitable right here. I like to recommend it for first time Penang guests who desire a good cross-section of what town has to supply in relation to meals.

TOH SOON CAFÉ

ADDRESS: LEBUH CAMPBELL, GEORGETOWN | OPENING HOURS: 8AM TO 6PM | GPS MAP: 5.418923, 100.332025


Toh Soon Cafe Georgetown Penang
TOH SOON CAFE, SET ON AN ALLEY BETWEEN TWO BUILDINGS

Throughout a kind of uncommon hours once we truly went out of our resort in Georgetown (too scorching!), we discovered this curious hawker place tucked in one of many slim alleys of Lebuh Campbell. Toh Quickly Café, an indication says. We excused our manner in by means of the tight tables and located us a seat after ready for a couple of minutes, this place appears to be like fairly standard with the locals, an excellent indication.

Toh Soon Cafe Georgetown Penang
HOW THEY TOAST IT HERE

We have now completely no thought then what we might eat right here, it’s simply that the gang attracted us and so did the legitness of its location. Whereas ready, we have been fairly shocked once we noticed one of many workers toast loaves of white bread on the stomach of a rusted drum stuffed with smoldering coals. What the heck did we get into!?

Toh Soon Cafe Georgetown Penang
PREPARING OUR KOPI AIS AT TOH SOON CAFE

Espresso and toasts, that’s the one factor Toh Quickly Café provides, and simply have a look at how they do their toasts! We have been flabbergasted! Nonetheless, we ordered a batch of these metallic drum-toasted bread, an egg, and a few kopi ais. It was excellent since we actually weren’t too eager on something heavy to eat.

Toh Soon Cafe Georgetown Penang
TOAST AND EGG

The toast was splendidly crisp and was lathered with what appeared like peanut butter. It went completely nicely with our chilly espresso. The egg, however, was an entire thriller. Plunked on a cup, it was very, very comfortable and seemed barely cooked; we completely do not know what to do with it.

Toh Soon Cafe Georgetown Penang
KOPI AIS FOR TAKE-AWAY

Trying round and taking cue from different prospects, we noticed them gulping the egg straight down. We’re no Rocky Balboa and we ain’t undoubtedly doing that. What we did as a substitute was add a pinch of salt and pepper to the gooey mess and dipped our crispy toasts on it. It will not be the right approach to eat it but it surely labored fairly nicely for us!

 


2023 UPDATE


On our first post-pandemic journey, Penang was the primary metropolis outdoors the Philippines we visited. We now have a toddler with us, and he’s gonna be tagging alongside for the continuation of our Penang meals journey.

NEW LANE HAWKER CENTRE

ADDRESS: LORONG BARU, GEORGETOWN | OPENING HOURS: 4PM TO 11PM, CLOSED WED | GPS MAP: 5.414807, 100.326520


New Lane Hawker Centre Georgetown Penang Malaysia
THE SCENE AT NEW LANE HAWKER CENTRE PENANG

Our first style of post-pandemic Penang was on the New Lane Hawker Centre. The heavy crowd was a little bit of a shock for us—we’re nonetheless making an attempt to get used to mingling with individuals. The world may be very a lot alive with locals and vacationers on the hunt for the perfect Penang meals.

New Lane Hawker Centre Georgetown Penang Malaysia
THE ROAD AS THE HAWKER CENTRE

New Lane Hawker Centre isn’t actually a hawker middle per se, it’s truly a avenue with stalls lining either side of the street—tables and chairs are situated on the parallel sidewalks and open areas. An area meals vlogger, Steven Goh of 48 Holiao, herded us to the perfect stalls this aspect of Penang. It’s good that we even have a meals information with us as we have been fairly overwhelmed with what to eat.

New Lane Hawker Centre Georgetown Penang Malaysia
OUR ORDERS

Quickly, our desk was stuffed with plates of char kway teow, hokkien mee combined with lor mee, and cuttlefish kang kung.

Honey Glazed Roast Chicken New Lane Hawker Centre Georgetown Penang Malaysia
HONEY ROAST CHICKEN ~

Since most of what we ordered have been on the spicy aspect, we individually ordered honey-glazed roast rooster and apom manis for Akira. The honey rooster was truly excellent, that we ended up taking not a number of bits from his plate. The apom manis, which is conventional Malaysian pancakes stuffed with both banana, candy corn, or coconut. The child selected banana and it was excellent for his, and our, dessert.

Char Kway Teow New Lane Hawker Centre Georgetown Penang Malaysia
CHAR KWAY TEOW ~ MYR 14.00

I completely love the char kway teow, which was served with crab meat, enormous prawns, and has that signature charred style achieved with cooking with a highly regarded wok. I heartily declared it as among the finest I’ve tried in Penang.

Char Kway Teow New Lane Hawker Centre Georgetown Penang Malaysia
OUR VERY FLAMBOYANT CHAR KWAY TEOW VENDOR

There’s truly a well-known char kway teow stall on the New Lane Hawker Centre, the Charcoal Seafood Char Koay Teow which has been serving the dish for forty years, however we selected a distinct one because the line was simply too lengthy and the uncle manning the stall we purchased our noodle from was very flamboyant. In accordance with him, he’s additionally about forty years within the enterprise, and if his noodle isn’t nearly as good as that from the opposite stall, we want not pay, lol.

Hokkien Mee With Lor Mee New Lane Hawker Centre Georgetown Penang Malaysia
HOKKIEN MEE WITH LOR MEE ~ MYR 6.50

The hokkien mee, which is a dry egg noodle dish, was additionally savory good. However the one we tried was fairly distinctive because it was was combined with lor mee, which is a soup-based starch noodle dish. That’s two excellent dishes, in a single go. And once more, it’s served by a stall who’s been within the enterprise for 50 two years.

Cuttlefish Kang Kung New Lane Hawker Centre Georgetown Penang Malaysia
CUTTLEFISH KANG KUNG ~ MYR 20.00

The cuttlefish kang kung was a shock for me, as I initially thought it gained’t be any good. The cuttlefish truly tasted like tender squid and it went nicely with the blanched water spinach. The 2 are lathered with a candy salty gravy, prawn paste, and sprinkled with crushed peanuts.

TANJUNG BUNGAH MPPP FOOD COURT & MARKET

ADDRESS: JALAN SUNGAI KELIAN, TANJUNG BUNGAH | OPENING HOURS: 7AM TO 12NN, DAILY | GPS MAP: 5.464207, 100.284935


Tanjung Bungah MPPP Food Court & Market Penang Malaysia
TANJUNG BUNGAH MARKET’S HAWKER CENTRE

One other place I frequented throughout our latest go to was the hawker middle on the Tanjung Bungah Market. I normally drop by the realm early within the morning for my each day stroll. The market itself is sort of fascinating, a lot kinds of noodles and dimsums. I might’ve purchased heaps, however it will’ve been arduous to deliver it with us again house, us being on simply the primary leg of our journey.

Roti Canai Tanjung Bungah MPPP Food Court & Market Penang Malaysia Roti Canai Tanjung Bungah MPPP Food Court & Market Penang Malaysia
MY DAILY FIX OF ROTI CANAI ~ MYR 1.50

Since I’m alleged to be exercising to drop some pounds, therefore my morning stroll, I normally simply restrict my meal on the Tanjung Bungah MPPP Meals Court docket to a few roti canai—which is sort of good particularly with a glass of kopi ais.

Noodles Tanjung Bungah Market Penang Malaysia Dimsums Tanjung Bungah Market Penang Malaysia
FOOD BEING SOLD AT THE WET MARKET PROPER

I do longingly have a look at people forking their mee goreng and char kway teow whereas I dunk my crispy-soft roti on curry and chick pea gravies. Additionally, I heard that there’s a stall hawking a extremely good hokkien prawn mee right here. Pfttt, subsequent time.

KANNAAS BAMBOO MASALLA BRIYANI RESTAURANT

ADDRESS: LEBUH CHINA, GEORGETOWN | OPENING HOURS: 9AM TO 10:30PM, DAILY | GPS MAP: 5.418218, 100.339367


Kannaas Bamboo Masalla Briyani Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia Kannaas Bamboo Masalla Briyani Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia
AT THE KANNAAS BAMBOO MASALLA BRIYANI RESTAURANT

On the lookout for a spot to sit down whereas our son naps the afternoon away as we discover Georgetown, we chanced upon Kannaas Bamboo Masalla Briyani Restaurant at Penang’s Little India space. In fact, we’re not losing the chance to eat whereas the child sleeps.

Mee Goreng Chapatti Kannaas Bamboo Masalla Briyani Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia
MEE GORENG AYAM MYR 8.50, CHAPATTI SET MYR 3.00, KOPI AIS MYR 2.30, TEH TARIK MYR 2.30

Whereas their specialty is bamboo masala biryani, we ignored it and ordered our favourite plate of mee goreng ayam. We mistakenly thought it will include a fried rooster on the aspect. As a substitute, the ayam was chopped and was combined with the noodles, bones and all—making for a really arduous to eat noodle dish as we saved on getting bits of bone with each forkful. Nonetheless, it was nonetheless very excellent and really very spicy.

Two orders of their chapatti set and a beautiful chilly pair of kopi ais and teh tarik accomplished our meal.

DUCK BLOOD CURRY MEE RESTAURANT

ADDRESS: 223B JALAN BURMA, GEORGETOWN | OPENING HOURS: 12NN TO 10PM, CLOSED THU | GPS MAP: 5.423771, 100.321023


Duck Blood Curry Mee Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia
OUR SPREAD

We talked about to Steve that we like curry mee, and he instantly scheduled an eat-a-thon at among the finest curry mee eating places in Penang, the Duck Blood Curry Mee Restaurant. It was strolling distance from The George the place we have been staying, so to burn a number of energy in reserve for what’s forward, we walked.

Duck Blood Curry Mee Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia
DUCK BLOOD CURRY MEE RESTAURANT IN GEORGETOWN PENANG

The restaurant is straightforward and unassuming however their dishes are a few of the greatest I’ve had in Penang. Properly, they do have a Michelin Bib Gourmand plaque on their wall that are awarded to excellent eating places with reasonably priced worth tags.

Pork Intestine Congee Duck Blood Curry Mee Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia Roasted Pork Duck Blood Curry Mee Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia
PORK INTESTINE CONGEE ~ MYR 11.00 | ROASTED PORK ~ MYR 12.50

The primary on our desk was the pork gut congee. The porridge was high quality and creamy with the chopped inexperienced onions including a little bit of zest to the dish, however the star of the present, actually, was the actually crispy and savory pork gut. It additionally went rather well with the roasted pork—the crispy pores and skin on that one was simply wow.

Curry Mee Duck Blood Curry Mee Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia Century Egg Duck Blood Curry Mee Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia
CURRY MEE ~ MYR 9.00 (BIG) | PRESERVED EGG ~ MYR 3.00

A plate of Hainanese rooster, bean sprouts, and bowls of curry mee quickly adopted.

Certainly, the curry mee was actually scrumptious. Together with what looks like flat rice noodles, it has shrimps, tofu, gizzards, and, in fact, duck blood—that is the place the restaurant received its identify. The bean sprouts have been an excellent palate cleanser—the curry mee was very spicy. As for the Hainanese rooster, nicely, I’m actually not a fan of this dish, however my companions fairly appreciated it.

Special Dry Curry Mee Duck Blood Curry Mee Restaurant Georgetown Penang Malaysia
SPECIAL DRY CURRY MEE ~ NOT ON THE MENU

Subsequent on the desk was a plate of preserved egg and a particular dry curry mee—this final one was not on the menu and was given to us on the home for us to strive. The preserved egg or century egg, was actually tasty, actually, it was too scrumptious which you could solely devour a slice at a time. The particular dry curry mee was nearly as good as its soupy counterpart, but it surely was extraordinarily spicy. I imply, I like spicy, however that is in all probability the spiciest noodle dish I’ve ever tried.

 

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