Category: Hawker

Penang Street Food: Ayer Itam Sisters’ Curry Mee Stall

The most famous curry mee stall in Penang is arguably the Sisters’ Curry Mee Stall at Ayer Itam town. Located just across the road from the Ayer Itam market, the two elderly sisters who operate the stall have been in the business since 1940s (sometimes dubbed as Penang’s living heritage). Their curry mee’s chili paste is homemade using their own secret recipe and in this sense, is unique from the other usual curry mee. They operate the stall daily (except Tuesday), from 7:30am till 1:00pm.

Sisters’ Curry Mee

Penang Street Food: Ayer Itam Market Laksa Stall

This laksa stall at the Ayer Itam Market is popular with tourists and is usually crowded during weekends or holidays. The stall has been in operation for many years at Ayer Itam town.

Penang Street Food: Loh Bak


Loh Bak plate from Kheng Pin Cafe, George Town.

Loh Bak (or Lor Bak) is a popular Chinese dish served in most Chinese kopitiams and hawker center. Loh Bak refers to the fried and rolled marinated minced pork and is commonly ordered together with other type of items such as boiled octopus, prawn fritters and fried bean curd.

Penang Street Food: Tandoori Chicken and Naan Set

A typical set of Tandoori Chicken and Naan bread usually found in the many ‘mamak’ coffeeshops across Malaysia, including Penang too. The Naan bread can be eaten on its own but it is usually served together with the tender Tandoori Chicken, dhal, mint sauce and onions.

Penang Street Food: Kerabu Bee Hoon

A plate of Kerabu Bee Hoon which can be found at the popular Padang Brown food court at the Dato Kramat area.
Kerabu Beehoon is actually an unique but vibrant-flavored Nyonya style dish made up of rice vermicelli (bee hoon) tossed with sambal belacan, calamansi juice, and lots of spice/herbs.

Penang Street Food: Hainanese Chicken Chop

Usually a plate of chicken served in a brown gravy with some sides, Hainanese Chicken Chop is created by the Hainan people who migrated to Malaysia.

Penang Street Food: Asam Laksa


Pictured here is a bowl of Asam Laksa from the Balik Pulau Market Food Court.

Laksa is a must try street food in Penang, and is one of the most popular local food here. Also known as Asam Laksa, it is simply a Nyonya (Peranakan) style of hot and sour noodles cooked in fish broth and vegetables.

Penang Street Food: Ah Leng Char Koay Teow

Located at Zoo Road in Ayer Itam, this main branch of Ah Leng Char Koay Teow can be found at a residential housing area and off the main roads. Ah Leng, the man itself, can usually be seen frying his Char Koay Teow during the evenings (the stall opens in the evening). There is another branch located at Dato Kramat Road, George Town which is usually manned by his children.

Penang Street Food: Char Koay Teow

A plate of Char Koay Teow with an added egg on top.

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