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Previously, we did a list of best places for you to eat in Ipoh, Perak, and today, we’ve decided to focus on our next destination – Penang!

Penang, known as The Pearl of the Orient is one of the most developed and economically important states in the country, as well as a thriving tourist destination.

Especially famous for its local delicacies, Penang is a food haven that is frequently visited by the Malaysian locals as well as foreign tourists.

Some of the famous food in Penang includes Penang Assam Laksa, Char Koay Teow, Bak Kut Teh, Nasi Kandar, Penang Rojak and more.

Check out these 6 best places to eat in Penang!

1. Restoran Kassim Mustafa


Kassim Mustafa surely is one of the most delicious Nasi Kandar eateries in Penang. With only its freshly steamed rice served with its famous chicken curry, it’s enough to satiate your appetite. Of course, you can also try some of its side dishes like tandoori chicken, rose chicken, garlic butter naan and more, but the it is highly recommended that you try the spicy fried tofu – or as Penangites call it, tau kwa which goes really well with its flavored rice! There are a few other branches of Kassim Mustafa around Penang and the restaurant is open 24/7.

Address: 26, Jalan Todak 2, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

2. Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

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One of the most famous and biggest hawker centres in Penang, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, also known as Anjung Gurney is located right next to Gurney Plaza. The hawker centre has been around in Penang since 1970s and is one of the most famous tourist spots in Penang. The place has all of the famous food that you can find in Penang such as Assam Laksa, cendol, rojak, ais kacang and more. It is always almost impossible to find a seat there, as it is packed every evening. The hawker centre serves both halal and non-halal food. The fried cockles, grilled fish and hokkien mee are definitely recommended.

Address: 172, Solok Gurney 1, George Town, Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

3. Ayer Itam Assam Laksa

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This is the place where the legendary renowned Penang assam laksa comes from. Located at Air Itam market at the foot of Kek Lok Si temple, Penang assam laksa is one of the must-try cuisines in Penang. Although you can find all sorts of stalls and restaurants selling this particular laksa, nothing beats the original one at Air Itam. The sourish sweet laksa has a deliciously strong aroma of herbs and is great when eaten with its sticky sweet prawn paste!

Address: Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong, 11500 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

4. Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng

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Penang’s famous mee goreng (fried noodle) is known as mee goreng mamak in other parts of Malaysia, as it is made popular here by the Indian-Muslim ethnic in Penang, commonly known as mamak. You can find mee goreng mamak at almost every mamak stall in Malaysia, but Bangkok Lane serves the best authentic Indian style fried noodles. The stall is located inside Seng Lee coffee shop and it has been there for more than 80 years. There is always a long queue during weekends and public holidays, and sometimes even on weekdays. But the wait is worth it!

Address: 280, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

5. Ah Leng Char Koay Teow (Non-halal)

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Char Koay Teow is another food that is made famous in Penang. However, many have mistaken the Penang version Char Koay Teow to be koay teow basah, when it is actually just regular fried koay teow. The koay teow is usually served with prawns, eggs, bean sprouts, chives and cockles, but if you order the special plate you will get some extra prawns. The koay teow can also be served with mantis shrimp and duck eggs, which is quite rare and unique in Malaysia. A plate of Ah Leng Char Koay Teow can be quite pricey, but it is worthwhile.

Address: Jalan Dato Keramat, Kampung Makam, 10150 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

6. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

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Founded in the 1930s, Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul is located at Lebuh Keng Kwee, Georgetown and is managed by two brothers who inherited the business from their late father, Tan Teik Fuang. Even though the cendol stall has been there for more than five decades, the recipe remains the same until today. The shaved ice dessert is served with soft fresh pandan-flavored palm flour noodles immersed in light coconut milk and sweetened by gula melaka and kidney beans, and you would literally ask for more after finishing each serving.

Address: Jalan Penang, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia