In the midst of my internship, I’ve planned a trip with my beloved JC girlfriends to Penang! It was pretty crazy actually, I requested for time off on a Friday afternoon and rushed to the airport, and only returning to Singapore on Sunday midnight- with work the very next monday morning. Pretty hectic, but really darn well worth it! Loved the food, sightseeing and most importantly, loved the time spent with these 2 babes ❤ So as usual, before I get on to my Top 5 eats in Penang, here’s some non-food related sights in Penang..
Alright, so now on to the real deal here! The food in Penang is really awesome! Pretty much like Singapore where the food in every stall is good. But of course, our aim is to find the best of the best! I think I gained 2kg on this 3-days trip, no joke. We ate like a pig, I swear. Anyways, here’s a little introduction to this post, and a little disclaimer along with it: Generally Penang is famous for many dishes, but these are the few I’ve tried: Penang Fried Kuey Teow, Hokkien Mee (Prawn Noodle), Lor Mee, Chee Cheong Fun, Nasi Kandar, Chai Tow Kuey, Fried oysters with egg, Seafood (Zi char style)..
I have to say, I tried their Lor Mee and didn’t like the cooking style much. It’s similar to Singapore’s lor mee, just that they put way less egg and it’s more watery. I like my lor mee thick, gooey and filled with the texture of egg in every mouth. So to me Singapore’s one is way better! Hence, this isn’t on the list of Top 5 eats!
I also tried their Chai Tow Kuey, and I didn’t like it as well. The difference from Singapore’s is that they use less sauces and less oil, so I guess it’s healthier? But the kuey was sliced up in huge chunks. I prefer my chai tow kuey in Singapore anytime!
I also tried their Nasi Kandar (Malay/Indian Mixed Rice), which was good! Loved the mutton curry. But then, it really wasn’t good enough to make it to Top 5. The standard is really comparable to Singapore’s, so nothing much to shout out for. Kedai Kopi Seow Fong Lye @ Lorong Macalister This would probably be my Top 6, the chee cheong fun here is really different from the KL’s/ HK’s/ SG’s one. If you read my post on the Top 5 eats in KL (REVISED!!), you would know that I love chee cheong fun! Be it the HK soy sauce type or the traditional sweet sauce type! But Penang’s chee cheong fun is different! It has an extra savory taste to it, pretty much a hybrid between all the chee cheong fun. You have sweet with salty, which gives a really unique flavor! I liked their kuey teow as well, chewy and light! But overall, I felt that it was a tad too salty. Nevertheless, a really worthy try!!
Okay, now on to our main agenda.. Top 5 eats in Penang
#5 Mugshot cafe
With all the hipster art scenes and indie cafes (can see a glimpse of it from the pictures above), cafehopping @ georgetown in a must in Penang! The cafes in Penang are really spacious, and super super good ambience. Loved all the cafes we’ve visited, the food for all the cafes were good!
The yogurt was really refreshing and tasty! It’s different from the store bought ones, it feels less chemically processed and more authentic goodness. The yogurt is thick and paste-like, so to some it might be a downside on the texture. But you can order the kiwi & honey one, the honey makes the yogurt smooth! The bagel was also good: firm, crispy thin crust on the outside, with soft fluffy bread on the inside! I’m no bread expert, but xinying said that this is the best bagel she’s tasted!
+6012 405 6276
#4 Weld Quay Seafood Restaurant ( 大树脚 Tree Shade)
We asked our homestay owner where to find good and cheap seafood and he recommended us this place! It’s located opposite the jetty and under a big tree, hence the chinese name. Basically you pick whatever seafood you want in the kitchen, then tell them how you want it cooked, and proceed to the restaurant. Anyways, the seafood here is super cheap! O-M-G could be used appropriately now. We paid only SGD30 in total, which means it’s SGD10 per pax! And here’s what we ordered:
Oyster Omellete: They gave so many oysters! Not really evident from the photo though. Anyways, the oysters were good- plump and juicy, but we should have chosen another cooking method (stir fry with spring onions) instead, the egg didn’t do justice to those oysters!
Black Pepper Soft Shell Crab: Loved the crabs, once again, super fresh! The black pepper is pretty good as well, slightly different from those normally cooked in Singapore. Their’s is sweeter and less spicy!
21, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, Penang.
+6012 474 5566
Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, closed on Wed
#3 T & T Prawn Mee Shop
So this stall is actually opened by the same owners of Cheong Fatt Tze Prawn Mee, located at the corner of Jalan Cheong Fatt Tze and Lebuh Carnavon junction. Some of you might recognize if y’all have done your research, as it’s really popular. Anyways, so this stall offers more variation of the prawn mee (hokkien mee in Penang)!
So here’s the traditional bowl of prawn noodles, or bee hoon in this case. I always order bee hoon so that it soaks up the broth better! Anyways, I love the soup base for their prawn noodles in Penang. You can think of it as a bowl of prawn noodles in Singapore, with about 4 times more flavor, plus a tinge of spice! It’s that flavorful and that authentic! This is definately what I’m going to miss dearly, that bowl of hearty soup!
Here’s a variation that they offer: Claypot Ee Mian It’s really yummy as well, and the egg + Ee mian added into the soup offers a sightly different flavour. A good variation to order I would say! You can add big headed prawns if you like as well!
127 Lorong Selamat, Penang
Tel: 010 – 384 1190/ 604 – 226 3407
8.30 am – 5.00 pm (Mon – Sat) 7.45 am – 3.00 pm (Sun) Closed on every Wednesday
# 2 Two Sisters Penang Fried Kuey Teow @ Lorong Selamat
Probably the most famous amongst the list, here’s the dish everyone comes penang for! Abeit its fame, the “queue” wasn’t bad at all. The best thing about Penang is that each food place has loads of seats, so even if it’s popular, you would get a seat almost instantly. And they serve the food to your table, no such thing as self-service in Penang. So you could order a drink and chill while waiting for your food to come!
Seeing this photo makes me tempted to fly over to Penang again. I have always been a fan of Penang fried kuey teow, and I’ve always kept a lookout for good penang fried kuey teow in Singapore (perhaps a blog post about it soon hehe) but nothing is quite lie perfection until I’ve tasted this plate from Penang! The kuey teow is soft and chewy, the wok hei smell is evident, the prawns were big and crunchy, the cockles were fresh.. And overall, best penang char kuey teow ever!!!
Heng Huat Cafe
108 Lorong Selamat (off MacAlister Road) 10400, Penang
Opening hours: 11am to 5.30pm Closed Tuesday
|| Okay before we head over to the last item on this list, I would also like to have a shoutout to the another penang fried kuey teow stall that we visited:
Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) @ Carnavon Street