Top 6 budget eats in Penang, Malaysia

PENANG a heavenly place for food. Here’s where to go for your local cuisines and the yummy hawker delights.

Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow. Pic: Malaysian Foodie.

Char Koay Teow ( ) – here the koay teow is stir fried with dark soy sauce, chilli, belachan, prawns, cockles, beansprout and chopped Chinese chives. The best one in Penang which I tried is Sin Hwa Coffeeshop located in Pulau Tikus just opposite the police station.
Address: Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa, Jalan Burma (Opposite Pulau Tikus Police Station)

Asam Laksa ( – white noodles served with mackerel in a sour soup. Served with pineapple, thin sliced onions, and thick prawn paste. They also served Thai Style Laksa as well.
Address: Balik Pulau Home Cooked Asam Laksa, along Jalan Teluk Bahang. 

Penang Chendol ( – a dessert made from coconut milk and jelly with green coloring. It is added with shaved ice as well as brown sugar with it.
Penang Teochew Cendul, Lebuh Keng Kwee, Off Penang Road, Penang. Open daily from: 11am – 7pm. 

Penang Chendol

Penang Chendol. Pic: Malaysian Foodie.

Penang Rojak (  – a mix of local fruits with prawn paste and peanuts on top.
Location: Gurney Drive Food Court, Persiaran Gurney, Penang. Available : 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Indian Fried Noodles ( ) – not to be missed. Fried served with tau kua, and squid.
Address: Seng Lee Café, 270 Jalan Burma, 10350 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Opening: 8am – 6.30pm. Tel: 016-4857859.

Koay Teow Th’ng ( – for people who love plain soup, comes with koay teow cooked with clear soup and served with slices of chicken meat, duck meat or fish balls.
Location: Soon Yuen Coffeeshop, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Penang.

Article by Pamela Yeoh,