Food and travel always go together and one of the highlights when I travel is being able to enjoy the local cuisine and eat like the locals. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in a fancy restaurant or by the roadside so long as it’s good food. During my Penang sojourn with my husband, co-travel/food bloggers and new found friends from the media, we were able to enjoy Penang’s gastronomical offerings. After all, Penang is known as the “Food Paradise” of Malaysia.
So, be prepared to savor forkfuls of the culture, tradition and recipe perfection that have earned Penang its culinary legacy.
Great places to eat in Penang, Malaysia
1. TAITONG SEAFOOD
Taitong Seafood is owned by Niam Shean Hee and his wife while his son mans the kitchen. It is a typical mom and pop operation where everyone in the family works.
If want to eat fresh seafood cooked on the spot, head on over to Taitong. Here are my favorites which I hope you’ll also be able to try when you check out the places to eat in Penang.
Scallops Cheese Thermidor
Soft and fresh scallops blanketed in a dreamy and creamy cheese sauce and topped with toasted cheese. I was in cloud nine!
Deep fried Fresh Mantis Prawns in Salted Egg
This is one egg-cellent dish! The salted egg coating made this prawn dish which was fried to perfection, crazy good.
Chug it down with a very delicious 3 Layer Tea. For RMY3.50, this sweet and thirst quenching tea was exactly what we needed to refresh us and energize us after a long day of touring Georgetown.
4, Jalan Hassan Abbas,
11050, Teluk Bahang,
(Near Penang National Park Entrance,
Muka Head Light House)
E: [email protected]
T: 604-885 1693
2. GEM RESTAURANT
Gem Restaurant has been in business for over 30 years already. Here, you get to eat classic Northern and Southern Indian cuisines alongside contemporary dishes. All dishes are prepared by Indian chefs so you get that authentic Indian taste.
Chicken Briyani (RMY13.90)
So, when thinking of places to eat in Penang, add Gem Restaurant to your list.
3. PERUT RUMAH (Nyonya Cuisine)
Nyonya cuisine or Peranakan food is a blend of Malay and Chinese food that’s rich in flavor. Don’t mind the plating, the taste more than makes up for it.
This fried spring roll is nothing new to us Filipinos. If you eat vegetable spring roll, you’ll notice that it is pretty much exactly that. The spring roll wrapper is deep fried to golden perfection with fresh vegetables.
Bee Koh Moy (Black Glutinous Rice Broth)
Jalan Bawasah (opposite Chime Heritage)
4. PENANG ROAD FAMOUS TEOCHEW CENDOL
For some roadside treats, try Penang Road Famous’ Teochew Chendul. For RMY2.70 (Php32.00), you get a bowl of green pea noodle-like strands, shaved ice, pandan flavored coconut milk, kidney beans, sweetened using coconut palm sugar. Think of it as their unique version of our very own local Halo-Halo. Perfect during hot weather. Every tourist looking for places to eat in Penang must stop by to order this.
I was happy when I learned that our hotel was just in New Lane — the very place that Anthony Bourdain visited and had his taste of Char Kway Teow.
At night, the streets of Penang come to life when the hawker food stalls start to open for business. Food here are sold at very affordable prices.
I had 10 sticks of chicken and pork satay for RMY10 (Php129.00). I was most definitely “satay-fied”! Roadside affordable food at its best!
For our “main entree” my husband ordered 2 legs of roasted duck with rice RMY7.50 (Php88.15) while I had assorted meats at RMY5.00 as well. That’s just Php146.92 for 2 meals!
6. McDonald’s (Birch House)
Don’t you find this McDonald’s picture worthy? It’s like a post office building.
You’re probably wondering why I am even suggesting that you visit McDonald’s here in Penang? Well, that’s because their branches of McDonald’s in Penang offer items that we don’t have in the Philippines — just like their Triple Cheeseburger.
Oh! You 80s kids are probably humming the nostalgic Mcdonald’s tune as I mentioned the ingredients. Sorry, millennials… try Googling this McDonald’s song so you’ll know what I’m talking about. 🙂
Penang is truly a food paradise serving up pocket friendly priced food that are cooked and served the old fashioned way.
So, there! Now you have a pretty good idea of where to go to find really good places to eat in Penang.
Keep in mind, when you are traveling whether local or international, there’s no better way to experience a place than to discover and immerse yourself in a particular culture’s food. I find it such a waste not to be able to enjoy a place’s local cuisine.
How To Reach Penang via Philippines AirAsia:
From Manila take Philippines AirAsia via Kuala Lumpur. From Kuala Lumpur use AirAsia’s Fly-Thru service to Penang. This service is giving the travelers the convenience of hassle-free transfers from KLIA2 and collecting of check-in baggage at Penang already. Such an easy and effortless way to travel.
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