Before heading out on a day exploring Penang National Park and its hidden beaches, trails, and wildlife, visitors must decide where to head for breakfast. There are many street stalls, cafes, and restaurants in this thriving Asian metropolis of 1.7 million. Visitors coming to Penang can enjoy many of these establishments before taking a visit to Kek Lok Si Temple with its colourful pagodas and beautiful grounds, spending a day sunbathing at pristine Batu Ferringhi Beach, wandering through the botanical gardens, or taking a tram ride up Penang Hill. Prior to starting the day’s activities, for a truly delicious and culturally diverse experience, make certain to check out the following list of the best spots for halal breakfast in Penang, Malaysia.
1. Bee Hwa Cafe
Sit among the many customers at this popular Malaysian casual eatery serving halal-friendly breakfasts of shrimp-fried rice with vegetables and a fried egg on top. Flavourful soups and curries all come pork-free and are prepared with seafood and vegetables at all times of the day including breakfast. Get your day off to a healthy start with a pork-free breakfast sandwich and a cold espresso drink before setting out to conquer the busy streets of Penang.
Bee Hwa Cafe
Address: 10 Lebuh Dickens, George Town, 19959 Georgetown
Website: Bee Hwa Cafe
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm; Sat: 7am - 3pm (closed on Sun)
2. Toh Soon Cafe
Get ready to brave the long lines both outside and then inside in order to try Toh Soon’s specialty dish. Halal-friendly kaya toast is bread which has been toasted over charcoal so it remains light and fluffy on the inside while creating a golden, toasted exterior. Then top it off with plenty of butter and fried egg for for creamy goodness. Finish your kaya toast off with hot coffee with milk to cut down the greasiness of the butter and egg. At the popular Toh Soon Cafe, seating can be hard to find and service can run slow due to the large crowds being served.
Toh Soon Cafe
Address: Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10450 George Town
Website: Toh Soon Cafe
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 3:30pm (closed on Sun)
For a great array of delicious breakfast ideas, stop by 55 Cafe. From fluffy kaya toast with fried egg to fruit salad with dragon fruit, mango, and bananas, the cooks specialize in delicious breakfasts created with fresh ingredients. For those desiring a more western halal breakfast, there is salmon and eggs with a side of toast instead of bacon, a salmon croissant, or various options of scrambled eggs in addition to the fruit dishes mentioned above. A lighter option is a fro-yo parfait with berries and tropical fruit which gives one plenty of room to enjoy one of their cute custom coffees finished with foamy characters of bunnies or teddy bears alongside macarons.
Address: 10300, 55, Lorong Stewart, George Town, 10200 George Town
Website: 55 Cafe
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 8am - 6pm
4. Sri Weld Food Court
Pick a table then place your order at one of the stalls located in Sri Weld Food Court and wait for breakfast to be served to your table. This hugely popular food court fills up with hundreds daily to enjoy an inexpensive breakfast. Those seeking halal diet options can feast on vegetarian curries of aubergine or potatoes served on a bed of rice or delicious fruit crepes.
Sri Weld Food Court
Address: 21, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town
Website: Sri Weld Food Court
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 3pm (closed on Sun)
5. The Hillside
Serving up breakfast just recently, there is quite a large selection of delicious items to try out. For those looking for halal diet options, they serve up a smoked salmon with cream cheese poppy seed bagel, smoked salmon scrambled eggs, and savoury mushroom on poppy seed bun. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy waffles with syrup and a berry yogurt parfait with granola. Don’t forget to order a coffee drink with artistically designed foam before leaving.
Address: 7, Jalan Sungai Kelian, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah
Website: The Hilside
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 9am - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm
6. Restoran Nasi Padang Minang
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
The menu isn’t large, but it packs enough of a punch with the locals that the dining room is filled consistently. Enjoy a dish of Mie Goreng consisting of spicy noodles with vegetables or Nasi Goreng, a fried rice dish with vegetables. Those looking for halal diet-friendly options can enjoy eclairs, bars, and a savoury scrambled egg and veggie option which are also served during breakfast.
Restoran Nasi Padang Minang
Address: 92, Jalan Transfer, George Town, 10050 George Town
Website: Restoran Nasi Padang Minang
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 11am - 3pm
7. Joo Hooi Cafe
Halal friendly breakfasts being served at Joo Hooi Cafe include scrambled eggs, flavourful beef soup with peppers and noodles, and fried rice and noodle dishes. For a unique take on sausage and eggs, there is a plate of sausage and eggs with thick focaccia bread, as well as baby squids accompanied by a spicy sauce which can be adjusted to be halal-friendly. For a sweet after breakfast treat, try out the snow dessert with red beans and corn.
Joo Hooi Cafe
Address: 475, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Website: Joo Hooi Cafe
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 11am - 5:30pm
8. Bean Sprout Café
Happy Chinese New Year and happy holidays to everybody. We will be open from 3/2/2019 to 10/2/2019. Do drop by for coffee and breakfast 😊 See you guys around .Posted by BEAN Sprout Cafe on Friday, 1 February 2019
This traditional Malaysian historical building with exposed brick walls is where visitors can dine on halal-friendly western and Asian breakfast options. There is a decent variety for diners to choose from who are seeking halal-friendly options from vegetarian noodle soups with egg to trendy avocado toast. Sweet favourites include a spin on French toast which is topped off with tropical fruits and banana pancakes which come with a strawberry sundae.
Bean Sprout Café
Address: 35, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town
Website: Bean Sprout Café
Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 9:30am - 7pm (closed on Tue)
9. My Own Cafe
This family-friendly cafe makes even the little ones feel special with bear-faced sesame seed buns, mini ice cream sundaes, and tiny cups of chocolate milk with bear faces swirled in the milk. Get your chop sticks ready for breakfasts consisting of spicy seafood and noodle soups and fried noodle and rice with seafood dishes. The current craze of avocado toast has crossed the ocean allowing trendsetters to try this dish with a unique twist of being topped off with poached eggs. For those interested in a halal western breakfast, there is an entree of pork-free sausage, pork-free bacon, baked beans, toast, scrambled eggs, and sides of slices cucumber and tomatoes.
My Own Cafe
Address: 2, Cannon Street,, George Town, 10200 George Town
Website: My Own Cafe
Opening hours: Sat & Sun: 9am - 5pm; Mon & Tues: 10am - 5:30pm;Thurs & Fri: 10am - 5:30pm (closed on Wed)
10. Urban Daybreak
Urban Day break is known for its delectable breakfast options including halal-friendly choices such as berry french toast with peaches or avocado toast topped with poached eggs. They put a creative spin on all their breakfast entrees making them look beautiful while tasting delicious at the same time. For those desiring something sweet for the first meal of the day, there are berry-and-cream-cheese-stuffed croissants, pancakes with fruit drizzled in a light sauce of melted lime, basil ice cream, waffles with peach slices and berries, and numerous fruity smoothies for those on the run.
Urban Day Break
Address: 338, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town
Website: Urban Daybreak
Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 7:30am - 5:30pm (closed on Tue)
Creative cultural dining in Penang
Those visiting Penang for its cultural experiences–including the immaculate Kek Lok Si, natural island beauty found at Batu Ferringhi to enjoy numerous water activities along with its Butterfly Farm, white sand beaches, many museums, and other sights–will not be disappointed. Before checking out all the exciting attractions of Penang, hop on a trishaw and head over to one of many cafes serving up a breakfast that will keep you full for your day of adventure. After a stay in Penang, hopefully visitors will leave refreshed and not too spent from all these exciting experiences and have had a chance to try out some of the best halal breakfasts served at the restaurants mentioned above during their journey to Malaysia.
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