What food to eat in Penang

The food in Penang is as unique as its heritage. Penang food can please the most fussy eater and challenge the most adventurous. Let us whet your appetite with some of the local dishes that Penang has to offer.

Char Koay Teow

Penangites cannot agree on which stall makes the best Char Koay Teow. However, they all agree that Penang makes the best Char Koay Teow in the world!

Assam Laksa

The ingredients in the Assam Laksa includes lemongrass, chilies, tamarind, prawn paste, mackerel or sardine and a fish-based soup. It is as rich and complex as Penang's culture.

Chendol

Craving for something cold and creamy to satisfy your thirst while going around enjoying what Penang has to offer? Crave no more because chendol would satisfy you crave and make your thirst disappear.

Nasi Kandar

Nasi kandar is a dish of plain white rice meal accompanied with mouthwatering side dishes that will make even a full person hungry again. It is often served with mixture of curry from fish head curry, squid curry, mutton curry, chicken curry and many more.

Koay Teow Th'ng

Koay teow th’ng or in other word koay teow soup is also listed in the list the best penang food. It is a simple dish, yet its deliciousness is just purely awesome.

 

Lor Bak

Lor Bak is a tasty finger food that is famous in Penang. It is basically a pork roll (meat filling rolled inside the bean curd skin) with the mixture of spices used for the filling.

Rojak

In other parts of Malaysia, Rojak is referred as a mixed of everything dish served with peanut sauce (Pasembor). However, in Penang, rojak is referred to the mixed fruit salad dish and the taste is amazing.

Mee Goreng

There are many types of mee goreng in Penang but the famous one is mee goreng mamak. It is basically a stir-fried yellow noodle dish with the combination of delicious ingredients that is suitable to be eaten at any time of the day.

Apom Manis

Apom manis is a light food that is equivalent to pancake but tastier due to the addition of coconut milk in the ingredient. Its texture is soft and fluffy and often eaten as a snack.

Oyster Omelette

There are many types of mee goreng in Penang but the famous one is mee goreng mamak. It is basically a stir-fried yellow noodle dish with the combination of delicious ingredients that is suitable to be eaten at any time of the day.

Pasembur

Pasembur is also known as rojak mamak. Unlike its other counterpart rojak buah, Pasembor is served with the mixture of fried fritters ladled with the mouthwatering of the sweet potatoes gravy mixed with the crushed peanuts.

 

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is a rice dish cooked with coconut milk and screw pine leaves accompanied by anchovies sambal, fried anchovies, fried peanuts, a boiled egg and slices of cucumber wrapped in a banana leaf.

Roti Canai

The relationship between Penangites and roti canai is like the relationship between the left hand and the right hand. Penang hands down has the best and the most variety when it comes to the roti canai dipping.

 

Lok Lok

Lok lok (dip dip) is a Penang version of steam boat dish that is prepared on skewers. It gets its name from the action of dipping the skewers inside the boiling water to cook it before it is eaten with the dipping sauce.

Ais Kacang

Ais kacang is a very iconic dessert not only in Penang but all over Malaysia. It is so famous that the song about ais kacang is included by the ministry of education for the music subject syllabus back in the 90’s.

Curry Mee

Eating Penang curry mee is must thing to be put in the itinerary. Penang curry mee is a noodle dish with the coconut milk based broth.