7 Best Street Foods to Eat in Penang

Penang is well-known as the Food Heaven of Malaysia for many good reasons.

7 Best Street Foods to Eat in Penang

If you mention the word "Penang" to anyone, most people will immediately talk to you about the foods. But you probably won't know where to start, because there are so many great food places even Penangites get lost sometimes.

We have compiled a list for some of the best Penang foods you must check out when you’re in Penang.

And like we said, you’ll be so spoilt with choices.

So this list gets updated from time to time as we find more of the interesting places to share.

If you’re visiting Penang, we are sure that this food guide will get you started on the right path.

Check out each link in our list below for the best places to eat.

Let’s dig in!

What to Eat in Penang


1. Top 5 Assam Laksa in Penang

Top 5 Assam Laksa in Penang
5 Best Assam Laksa in Penang - credit: @awt_0101

Assam Laksa is not only an iconic dish in Penang. This is also a dish named as the World's Best Food by CNN Travel. It shows how remarkably special Penang Assam Laksa is internationally. So, obviously this is a MUST EAT if you're visiting Penang.

These places are usually quite crowded, so plan your time ahead!


2. Top 5 Curry Mee in Penang

Top 5 Curry Mee in Penang
5 Best Curry Mee in Penang - credit: @shiweii

Thanks to the multicultural of Malaysia, the delicious Penang Curry Mee is the end result combined from multiple influences. Spicy, Sweet, and Creamy; This is a dish that manage to capture the hearts of many locals and tourists from nearby countries.

Coconut milk, chili paste, and the sweetness from the broth truly represents its name.


3. Top 5 Wantan Mee in Penang

Top 5 Wantan Mee in Penang
5 Best Wantan Mee in Penang - credit: @stellancer

Wantan Mee is a very popular choice in Penang, be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. So it's not hard for you to come across a hawker stall serving wantan mee no matter which hour of the day, or night. Apart from that, every stall also serves a different variations of this noodle dish.

These quick and satisfying meal may look simple on the outside, until you have tasted a really good one.


4. Top 5 Char Koay Teow in Penang

Top 5 Char Koay Teow in Penang
5 Best Char Koay Teow in Penang - credit: @jeremeleung

You can't be in Penang and not eating the iconic Char Koay Teow so well known by the world. This dish is the reason many people travel from miles away; to indulge themselves in a plate of sinful and oily meal that make tummies scream happiness.

Oily, sinful, yet ultra satisfying! 😍 It is just so hard to say no to a good plate of CKT!


5. Top 6 Hokkien Mee You Must Eat in Penang

Top 6 Hokkien Mee You Must Eat in Penang
6 Best Hokkien Mee in Penang - credit: @2xmunchkins

Hot, spicy, and savoury sweet bowl of prawn broth poured onto a bowl of noodles topped with generous amount of garnishes. What better words to instantly remind you Penang's iconic Prawn Noodle (aka Hokkien Mee).

Soup is the most vital element when it comes to a good bowl of Hokkien mee.


6. Top 5 Koay Teow Thng Not to Miss in Penang

Top 5 Koay Teow Thng Not to Miss in Penang
5 Best Koay Teow Thng You Must Eat in Penang - credit: @WJS86

From the many variations of Koay Teow Thng in Penang, we all know how much Penangites love this simple dish, whether it is for our breakfast, lunch or dinner. In this post, we have gathered five of the best koay teow soup you must eat in Penang.

A lot of efforts are required behind the soul of this dish — the broth.


7. Top 5 Bak Kut Teh Places in Penang

Top 5 Bak Kut Teh Places in Penang
5 Best Bak Kut Teh Places in Penang that keeps your tummy warm and satisfied! - credit: @k_10kai

Although Penang is not as well-known as Klang when it comes to Bak Kut Teh, our little food heaven here do have many to offer when it comes to a good warm bowl of meaty herbal soup. We have checked out well over 15 stalls in Penang and here's a list of the best in our opinion.

That soupy tummy warming feeling just won't stop tempting us to go back!

Heads up! When it comes to food and experience, opinions varies from person to person. So please take ours with a pinch of salt.

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