Penang Food: Hainanese Chicken Rice

As a ‘food paradise’, Penang is also particularly famous for its Hainanese Chicken Rice. Most kopitiams (coffeeshops) in Penang will have one stall selling Hainanese Chicken Rice.

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Penang Food: Mee Goreng & Mee Rebus

The Mee Goreng or fried noodles dish is a common dish in Penang and usually fried with eggs, vegetables and cuttlefish.

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.

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Penang Food: Cucur Udang


This tasty Malay style ‘snack’ is usually comprised of deep fried shrimp and fried tofu which can be found in a number of places in Penang, most notably Gurney Drive food court and Padang Brown food stalls.


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Penang Food: Asam Laksa


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.


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China House

China House, a popular dining and lifestyle place located right at the heart of George Town, is a convergence of a fantastic restaurant/cafe, an art house and a lively night bar. The place is actually made up of 3 colonial era buildings linked via an open courtyard in the middle. The restaurant entrance of China House faces the Beach Street while the entrance to the bar (called the Canteen) is located at the other end, Victoria Street.

For more information, please take a web stroll at its official website;

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Penang Food: The Mamak Breakfast

A very common breakfast meal ordered by the locals here at Mamak stalls is the ‘Roti Canai’. Roti Canai is a type of Indian-influenced flatbread found and is said to be originated in Malaysia. The word Roti means bread and Roti Canai is usually prepared by twirling the dough to be a very thin sheet and then folding it into a circular shape which is then grilled with oil. Often accompanied with curry gravy, this is still a cheaper and yet satisfying breakfast option for most people here.

A Roti Canai grilled with an egg.

The Roti Canai is also often ordered together with a glass of ‘teh tarik’ or literally “pulled tea”, a hot Indian milk tea beverage as shown above.

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Penang Food: Beef Soup Rice

This beef soup rice (or usually accompanied with noodles) is a popular and delicious meal at the Sri Weld Food Court at Beach Street. This Chinese meal is believed to be originated from the Chinese Cantonese.

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Penang Food: Mutton Briyani Rice

A popular local rice dish, Briyani rice can be found in most local ‘Mamak’ (Tamil Muslim people) stalls or restaurants in Penang. It is often prepared with various spices, rice (usually basmati) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs or vegetables.

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