Cecil Street Market is one of the popular markets within the center of George Town city, especially during the morning period. Apart from that, it also houses a large hawker center which has a variety of local food stalls.
Cecil Street on a busy day (the market faces this road).
Some scenes from the market:
Curry Mee is a popular local food here which can be found in most coffeeshops or hawker food courts in Penang. It is a type of yellow noodle dish served with cubes of pig’s blood, cockles, cuttlefish, shrimp, and fried tofu puffs, all of these in a coconut milk curry gravy.
This old heritage kopitiam (cafe) located along Carnarvon Street has quite a nice Char Koay Teow stall.
From farthest in the picture; Fried oyster, fried beancurd and hokkien mee.
Goh Chew Deep Fried Fish Beehoon at New Lane is a popular local fried beehoon (translated as rice vermicelli) spot in Penang. This fried beehoon is served with deep fried fresh fish meat and is only available in the morning. The main attraction here is the fried fish meat and prawn (sometimes served with extra curry paste), the taste of which sets this beehoon stall apart from the others.
Unlike the Chee Cheong Fun style in Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong, Penang’s Chee Cheong Fun is special in its won way where the steamed rice rolls are eaten with its secret recipe sauce. The sauce is what sets it different in Penang. Each hawker stall that sells Chee Cheong Fun will claim that their stall has the tastiest sauce. The above picture was from the stall located at the Genting Coffeeshop, in Greenlane, Penang. This particular stall’s sauce is made using peanut butter paste as one of its ingredients.
Although Chee Cheong Fun is usually available at any time, it is commonly taken during breakfast or brunch.
Char Koay Kak or Fried Radish/Carrot Cake is a common and popular hawker food in Penang. The ingredients of this dish usually consists of carrot cake cubes, bean sprouts, salted turnips which will be fried together with an egg or chilli.
Pasembur is a type of Malaysian Indian salad consisting of shredded cucumber, potatoes, beancurd, turnip, bean sprouts, prawn fritters, spicy fried crab, fried octopus or other seafoods and served with a sweet and spicy nut sauce. Pasembur can be found popularly in Penang, mostly along Gurney Drive.
Maggi Goreng (or translated as “fried Maggi noodles”) is a common style of cooking instant noodles of the Maggi product brand which is common in Malaysia. This dish can be generally found at Maalay or Indian Muslim (or Mamak) food stalls in Malaysia. Maggi Goreng is prepared by stir-frying the noodles with vegetables and eggs.
Nasi Kerabu (or Kerabu Rice) is a type of Malay rice dish originated from the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia such as Kelantan and Terengganu. The blue-coloured rice (the color being a result of petals of clitoria ternatea flowers used in cooking it) is often eaten with dried fish or fried chicken, crackers, pickles and other salads.