Satay is the famous meat-on-a-stick and is a traditional Malay food also commonly found in Penang. It is typically made from marinated meat such as chicken, mutton or beef, which is then skewered onto bamboo sticks and grilled over fires of charcoals. A fresh salad of cucumbers and onions are often served together with a spicy-sweet peanut dipping sauce for the satay. Ketupat, a Malay rice cake usually in the shape of a white rice cube, is also sometimes served together with satay.
Loh Bak (or Lor Bak) is a popular Chinese dish served in most Chinese kopitiams and hawker center. Loh Bak is actually referring to marinated minced pork, which is rolled in thin soybean sheets and then deep fried. It is usually served with small bowl of Loh (a thick broth thickened with corn starch and beaten eggs) and chili sauce. It is also commonly ordered together with other type of items such as boiled octopus, prawn fritters and fried bean curd.
This duck meat Koay Teow soup can be found at the hawker food court of Cecil Street Market (locally known as 7th Road Market). Koay Teow soup (or locally called Koay Teow Th’ng) is a type of dish made up of flat rice noodles which are usually served in a clear soup broth, with fish balls and in this case, slices of duck meat.
The Mee Rebus (literally “boiled noodles” in English) is a popular noodle dish popular in Malaysia, especially Penang. It is typically made of yellow egg noodles, wwith a spicy slightly sweet curry-like gravy. The gravy is made from potatoes, curry powder, water, salted soybeans, dried shrimps, and peanuts.
Penang laksa or commonly known as asam laksa here is a sour, fish-based soup with noodle usually made with mackerel soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Besides the fish, asam laksa typically include lemongrass, galangal (lengkuas) and chilli too. A popular delicacy for both locals and foreigners, it is one of the must-try hawker food in Penang.
Char Koay Teow is the top and most popular food which one must try when visiting Penang. There are also quite a number of Char Koay Teow stalls in Penang with each stall having their specialty sauce and ingredients. Liked by both locals and foreigners, Char Koay Teow is made from flat rice noodles, which are stir-fried over very high heat with soy sauce, chilli, and most often, with eggs and prawns too.