Famous Food in Penang, George Town
A guide to the best food in Penang, George Town
Coffee and Bread
If you are finding food in Penang for breakfast or afternoon tea, Eng Loh Kopi Tiam (translated as Eng Loh Coffee Shop) might be a good option. Along with traditional Chinese coffee and tea, the drink stall is famous for its variety of bread, including Garlic Toast, Chili Tuna Sandwich, Roti Taiwan, French Toast, and American Breakfast set. It’s roughly RM 5/pax for food and drink.
There are other food stalls in this coffee shop that you can try out too.
We tried their Kaya and butter toast, half boiled egg on toast and Roti Taiwan (Roti means bread). The half boiled egg on toast was an interesting combination worth a try. The Roti Taiwan is a toasted thick bread spread with peanut butter and crushed peanuts, as seen in the picture below. Worth a try if you like peanuts.
In our opinion, the drinks and bread were only average. But it’s a good place to rest if you are nearby; Pinang Peranakan Mansion is only diagonally across. We wanted this breakfast because we were craving for some traditional Chinese coffee and tea after a few days on-board Mariner of the Seas. Penang was one of the port of calls where we disembarked for a one-day tour.
At the Junction of Lebuh Gereja and Lebuh Penang (Penang Street)
48, Lebuh Gereja (Church Street), 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
8am – 3pm, Closed on Sunday
Braised Pork (Lor Bak 卤肉)
We came across this stall selling braised pork as we walked from Peranakan Museum to Penang State Museum, along Jalan Sehala. It turned out to be a good early lunch! Every dish was awesome, including the porridge. :) We ordered the pork intestines and belly.
You can find many famous eats at Lebuh Keng Kwee (Keng Kwee Street) of George Town. At the start of the street, you can find the famous Teochew Chendol “push cart” selling one bowl of chendol for RM2.10. Its competitor set up a shop opposite of them, but you will get to the right one by judging the queues. In any case, the famous one is nearer to Kafe Joo Hooi.
There are many people eating around the “push cart” under the hot sun. And it’s quite a mess to it eat too. So to avoid queuing and eating under the hot sun, head straight to the air-conditioned shopfront just a minute walk down the lane. Get a table and order your chendol from the waiter.
I think the Chendol is famous because it’s sweet and flavourful, but it’s a bit too sweet for me.
Penang Laksa and Rojak
Other than Chendol, you can order Penang Laksa and Rojak from the same Chendol store. The rojak was just average but the Penang Laksa was good!
The famous store for selling Penang Laksa was supposedly at Kafe Joo Hooi (10:30am – 5:30pm) down the road, near to the chendol “push cart”.
Char Kway Teow with Duck Egg
Instead of having Penang Laksa at Kafe Joo Hooi, we had Char Kway Teow here. The wait was super long. There are two options for the Char Kway Teow: Chicken egg or Duck egg. The one with chicken egg was normal, like those you find in Singapore, and the one with duck egg was more yummy.
But one of the best and most delicious Char Kway Teow mentioned online is at Kafe Heng Huat. 30 minutes wait during off peak, priced at RM8.50 / RM9 / RM11 for small/medium/large serving.
Kafe Heng Huat, 108 Lorong Selamat, Penang
11am – 6pm / Closed on Tuesdays
Mobile Food Truck
We spotted a few mobile food trucks around–selling drinks like bubble tea and coffee. They were around the streets popular with tourists who were there for the famous street art.
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