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Top 10 Best Places To Eat In Penang, Malaysia

Diana
Updated Aug 08, 2018

Penang is one of the most visited states in Malaysia, and we can definitely see why! It’s considered one of the most diverse cities in Malaysia, with people of different races, living in harmony. However, one of the main draws to the state is its variety of food. Gastronomes love to patronise this island for its wide repertoire of foods, ranging from the local satay, char koay teow to Western dishes and more! It’s a city that has easily merged the old and the new, the east and the west in its cuisine and street foods. So check out just a small fraction of the best restaurants and cafes in Penang!

Read on to find out about the top 10 places to eat in Penang, Malaysia:

1. Try the Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery


The Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery serves Asian fusion food, such as barbequed pork ribs, red, sizzling prawns, Thai style chicken, local nasi goreng, or fried rice, satay, salt ‘n’ pepper squid and their nonya kapitan curry. Other dishes include their house beef burger, Penang fried 'koay teow’ and don’t forget the fish 'n’ chips.

You can dine here for breakfast, dinner, lunch or after-hours and there is free WiFi, too. Facilities include a full bar, highchairs and outdoor seating. It serves alcohol and is wheelchair-friendly.

Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery

Address: 43-C Batu Ferringhi 11100 Penang

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2. Savour affordable food at Foong Wei Chinese Restaurant at Sri Bahari

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Foong Wei Chinese Restaurant is famous for its affordability, without compromising quality. It is especially well known for its seafood soup, rich in crab meat, fish maw and julienned shiitake mushrooms. The delectable cod in a scallion sauce is another favourite as is the Pomfret, cooked in two styles: fried and battered with bones in and sauteed and sliced, with vegetables.

Foong Wei Chinese Restaurant

Address: 25, Jalan Sri Bahari, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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3. Tek Sen Restaurant


Tek Sen Restaurant serves authentic Chinese food, like braised bean curd with prawns and garnished with spring onions, fried fish in tomato sauce, vinegar and pineapple cubes and curry Assam fish with ladies’ fingers. Check it out and savour it, yourself.

Tek Sen Restaurant

Address: 18, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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4. Taste delectable seafood at Zheng Xian Ge Restaurant

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Zheng Xian Ge Restaurant is well known for its authentic scallops, cooked in a stainless steel steamer. Furthermore, there is also other seafood dishes, like baby lobster, crayfish, crabs and prawns, cooked in a clay pot. The seafood is sumptuous here and there is a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

Zheng Xian Ge Restaurant

Address: A-3-1 Vantage Jalan Desiran Tanjung, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang

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5. Tai Tong Restaurant


Tai Tong Restaurant serves scrumptious dim sum, in a plethora of mini dishes. There are ‘har kau’ or prawn dumplings, fish balls, 'siew mai’ or pork dumplings, fried carrot cake, steamed prawns wrapped in hor fun skin with scallion sauce, char siew covered in yam paste and deep fried, and Chinese tea, like teh Kuan Yin, puh-er, jasmine, oolong tea and more.

Tai Tong Restaurant

Address: 45, Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Facebook: Tai Tong Restaurant

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6. Andrew's Kampung Restaurant

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Located in Ayer Itam, Andrew’s Kampung Restaurant serves delicious Kapitan chicken curry in a glass bowl, steamed grouper in a savoury Siam style sauce, fried belacan chicken and the ubiquitous ‘char koay teow’, amongst a list of other delightful dishes.

Andrew's Kampung Restaurant

Address: 2nd Floor, Eden Parade, Jalan Sungai Emas, Kawasan Perumahan Sungai Emas, 11100 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang

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7. Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow

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Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow sells pulut inti, wrapped in banana leaves, kuih lapis, kuih bengka, kuih talam, kuih kosui, pie tee, curry puffs, spring rolls, served with tea or coffee and finally laksa and the local favourite nasi lemak.

Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow

Address: Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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8. Ivy's Nyonya Cuisine


Located in the heart of Georgetown, Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine offers a succulent burst of flavours, with their Assam prawns, Jiu Hu Char, Assam fish curry with lady’s fingers, acar ikan masin, sambal petai, besides other authentic Nonya Peranakan foods. The owner is friendly, too, and by word of mouth, this restaurant is highly recommended by diners.

Ivy's Nyonya Cuisine

Address: 58, Jalan Chow Thye, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

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9. Kebaya Restaurant


Kebaya Restaurant has a lovely, renovated ambience that is a marriage of old colonial style, with a modern twist. The food is just as good as the surroundings. It is an upmarket restaurant, catered to fine dining in Penang.

Kebaya Restaurant

Address: 2-16, Stewart Lane, 10200 George Town, Penang

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10. Jawi House Cafe & Gallery

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Jawi House Cafe & Gallery serves awesome cucur udang, or prawns fried in batter, onions with beancurd, with slices of cucumber and peanut sauce on the side. It is a wholesome meal by itself. Other dishes include pizza and blue rice, naturally coloured by morning glory flowers.

Jawi House Cafe & Gallery

Address: 85 Lebuh Armenian, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.

Website: Jawi House Cafe & Gallery

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Glorious food in Penang!

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This list of top ten places to eat In Penang is not exhaustive. There are many more hidden gems, in obscure places - you just need to hunt around for the next best cafe, should you visit Penang to feast on its local flavours. Penang is famous for its food, not only throughout Asia but around the world. Its restaurants and street food have made the list in Lonely Planet, as one of the top food destinations. Ranging from local Nonya Peranakan food to fusion and continental dishes, Penang has it all as a foodie paradise.

This article was originally published on Jun 22, 2017

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Diana works as a secretary in a small local company for a friend in Penang, Malaysia for the past 13 years and moonlights as a part-time virtual assistant and article writer when free. She also...Read more

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