Food Ideas

5 Penang Street Food That You Have To Eat When On The Island

Iva Kuck | April 2, 2017

With its traditional charm and heritage, Penang is one of the best cities to travel among Malaysia (in our books anyway!). What makes it worthy to be listed Lonely Planet’s top 10 best cities  to travel in 2016? One of it has to be the amazing food! So if you’re planning a trip up north soon, make sure you sample some of these much loved street food with your families and loved ones.


Penang Assam Laksa

Penang’s Assam Laksa is a bowl of thick rice vermicelli that is generously garnished with finely sliced onions, cucumber, red chillies, pineapple, mint, just to name a few. What makes the soup flavourful? A spoonful of prawn paste of course!

TRY IT AT: Joon Hooi Cafe, 475, Jalan Penang, George Town.


Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee is a noodle based dish steeped in an aromatic stock made from pork bones and prawn heads. This definitely appeals to seafood lovers as the broth is boiled for hours with prawn shells and heads.

TRY IT AT: One Corner Cafe, Jalan Bawasah, George Town.



Cendol is the must-try especially on a hot day in town. It consists of green jelly noodles made from rice flour and green food colouring along with kidney beans immersed in shaved ice and finished off with coconut milk and palm sugar.

TRY IT AT: Joo Hooi Cafe, 475, Jalan Penang, George Town.


Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun, also known as steamed noodle rolls is truly a Penang delicacy. Some even have shrimp rolled inside the noodle while some even come with char siu (roast pork) slices. The flavour comes from the sauce which is called hae ko.

TRY IT AT: Cheong Kok Choy’s Stall, New Lane, Jalan Macalister, George Town.


Char Koay Teow

A simple dish but oh-so-flavourful, the koay teow is stir-fried with shrimp, cockles, eggs, bean sprouts chives in a mix of soy sauce.

TRY IT AT: Tong Hooi Restaurant (Ah Leng Char Koay Teow), 358, Jalan Dato Keramat, George Town.

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