Penang Eating Guide

Influenced by the multi-culture in Malaysia, Penang has many kinds of foods. And the foods in Penang are famous for delicious. Penang is a must-visit stop when you travel to Malaysia. It is called a paradise of tasty foods with Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and European styles. No matter what dishes you want to try, Penang can always give you surprise. Everyone can find a kind of food you like in Penang because you can taste many tasty foods recommended by the Bib Gourmand including Nyonya cuisine, Malay cuisine, Chinese noodles, Chinese pastry, Indian cuisine and Cantonese cuisine.



1. White Coffee

White coffee is a characteristic drink in Malaysia, which has a history of more than 100 years. White doesn’t mean the color of the coffee. The materials of white coffee are coffee beans of Liberia, Arabica and Robusta and the skimmed cream. Using special techniques, white coffee decrease the caffeine content, sour and bitter, giving the best taste and flavour of coffee. Its color is lighter than common milk coffee, hence the name. If you like coffee and drink it daily, you can have a try of the white coffee in Penang. It is recommended that you can taste the OO White Coffee, which is very famous in Penang. And there are several kinds of bread in the store to match the white coffee.


Recommended Store: OO White Coffee Waterfall

Location: 29 & 31, Jalan Gottlieb, 10350 George Town, Penang, Malaysia


white coffee



2. White Curry Mee

White curry mee refers to the noodles cooked with white curry. White curry got its name because of its color. And the main color of its materials are white including coconut milk, milk, butter, cassia, salt, white ground pepper and other white spices. White curry mee is unique and characteristic in Penang, which is very popular in Penang. If you like curry, you can taste the white curry in Penang. The Hot Bowl White Curry Mee is recommended when you are traveling in Penang. The Hot Bowl White Curry Mee is listed into the Michelin starred restaurants in Penang, which is worth tasting.


White Curry Mee



3. Penang Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee is a kind of delicious food in Penang, and it is called Har Mee in other places. It is created by Chinese immigrants in Penang. However, there is no Hokkien Mee in Fujian, China. The main materials of Hokkien Mee are noodles, meat, shrimp shell and chilli sauce. During the time of occupied by Japanese, the aquatic products could only be sold to Japanese military. And the Hokkiens living in Clan Jetties use shrimp shell and shrimp head to make the Hokkien Mee. It is a local meal in Penang, which is worth trying. If you have been to Fujian, China and travel in Penang, it is recommended to taste the Hokkien Mee.


Hokkien Mee



4. Asam Laksa

The Asam Laksa is very famous in Penang Road, which is listed on the Michelin Guide Penang. If you happen to be walking on the Jalan Penang, you should not miss the Penang Road Famous Laksa, a popular coffeeshop in Penang. The Asam Laksa is very famous at this shop, it is recommended to try the Asam Laksa at the Penang Road Famous Laksa. And there will be many customers on the weekends or the public holidays. You should be prepared for waiting in line to wait for your foods and drinks.


Asam Laksa



5. Durian

Durian in Penang is one of the most delicious food in the world. In Penang, you can taste various fresh and delicious durian because the durian mature naturally in Penang. Durian in Penang is mainly produced in Bulik Pulau, which is one of the most famous durian producing areas. When it comes to the season of durian, durian lovers will come to Penang to taste various kinds of durian. To choose durian, it depends on species, season, freshness and personal taste. When choosing durian, you should consider diverse aspects. And there are many places to taste the freshest durian in Penang. And there is durian festival in Penang each year in June or July, where you can taste the various durian.





6. Char Koay Teow

Koay Teow is a kind of rice noodle, which is similar with the Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Beef in Guangdong. Char Koay Teow refers to stir-fried rice noddles in Penang. The fried kway teow, which originated in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, is a China-style dish. Vendors often stir-fry noodles with strong fire, which makes it different from other fried noodles. The Char Koay Teow is usually fried with lard, but there are Char Kway Teow without lard in some restaurants for Muslims. And crab sticks, shrimp, fish balls, bean sprouts and fried eggs will be added in the Char Koay Teow.


Char Koay Teow



7. Cendol

Cendol is a kind of iced dessert, which is popular in Southeast Asia. It usually consists of green jelly, coconut milk, ice, red bean and some fruits like durian. The iced cendol is very suitable for summer in Penang, which make you cool in the hot day. Also, the durian cendol is also very famous in Penang. You can eat delicious durian as well as taste the cendol.





8. Nyonya Dishes

Nyonya Dishes refer to the dishes creating by the Chinese immigrants, which combine the Chinese cuisine and the perfumes of Malaysia and India. The Nyonya dishes are sweat, sour and spicy, which are complex and tasty. The Nyonya dishes are exquisite and beautiful. And the environment of Nyonya restaurants is really nice - attractive, clean and comfortable. At the Nyonya restaurants, you can know about the history of Nyonya and the multi-culture of Penang, Malaysia. If you want to taste the Chinese food in Penang, it is recommended to taste the Nyonya dishes.


Nyonya Dishes

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