Bayan Baru: St. Presso Coffee

St. Presso cafe is located at the recently completed Elit Avenue in Bayan Baru, far away from the heritage zone of George Town where most such cafes are located. Despite the location, the cafe has been gaining popularity among the locals and people from around the area.

The cafe’s official website is http://www.stpresso.com.

Penang Food: Chee Cheong Fun

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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.

Green Hall Street: Kaffa Espresso Bar


A newly established cafe at Green Hall Street, Kaffa Espresso Bar joins a myriad of such similar cafes which are opening all over George Town in recent years. Kaffa Espresso Bar provides a retro-like and cozy ambiance while serving nice food (such as Big Bites All-Day Long Breakfast Platter) and coffee. The cafe’s official website is http://www.mykaffa.com/ and the cafe opens 8am – 10pm from Monday to Sunday.

Note: Kaffa Espresso Bar is not to be confused with the Kaffa Kafe at Straits Quay or China Street.

Komtar Walk: Coob Coffee Club

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Tucked away in the Komtar Walk area, Coob Coffee Club is a small cozy cafe serving Japanese style food, coffee, tea, and a small selection of cakes. Its signature drink is the Sumiyaki syphon coffee. For more info, do visit its website here; www.coobcoffee.com.

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Penang Food: Duck Meat Koay Teow Soup

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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.

Penang Food: Hainanese Chicken Rice

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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.

Penang Food: Mee Goreng & Mee Rebus

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

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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.