Penang, Malaysia is known for the preserved history and culture you can see and experience in every step in the city. But more than its Old-World glamour, the place is also known for its unique Penang accommodation, must-visit spots, and more importantly, popular food destinations.
Oh, Penang has some of the best food finds in Malaysia, and it’s all thanks to the hawker centres that you can find everywhere in the city. Here we list down some of the go-to hawker centres you can visit on your Penang holiday trip.
Lorong Baru (New Lane) Hawker Centre
Everyday, at 4:00 in the afternoon, the streets of Lorong Baru in George Town is closed off for pushcarts and stalls and becomes an outdoor hawker food centre. You will be sitting on colourful plastic chairs and tables by the road, and eat some of the best delicacies that can only be found here. A popular dish is the char kway teow which is a flat rice noodle with prawns and chili, and the chee cheong fun which are rice noodle rolls.
Long Beach Food Court
Long Beach Food Court is probably the most popular food place in Penang. It offers a variety of local and international dishes that will surely leave you wanting for more. You will find local delicacies such as satay, char kway teow, spicy curry chee cheong fun, and more. You can also find other favourite dishes like Japanese tepanyaki and pizza. There is always something for every taste bud here.
Gurney Drive Hawker Stalls
One of the most popular hawker sites in Penang, Gurney Drive hawker stalls offer the biggest variety of street food. It is the best place for food enthusiasts to get a taste of the local cuisine. If you are going to visit Gurney Drive, try out the char koay kak, a local dish made up of stir-fried bean sprouts and white radish, with chili, egg, and pork. But be ready to move through a cramped space since the Gurney Drive has more of a cafeteria style dining.
Lebuh Presgrave Hawker Stalls
Not a lot of people are familiar with the stretch of hawker stalls at Lebuh Presgrave, for the longest time, it has been a well-kept secret among locals. But slowly, it is gaining audience from foreign tourists. The tastiest dishes is found in Lebuh Presgrave, and if you’re fond of delicious late night meals, this is definitely the place for you. You must try the famous bowl of prawn noodles from 88 Hokkien Mee with an add-on of chili for that added kick. Other dishes you should check out are wantan mee, fried oysters, and lor bak.
After a full day’s worth of eating and drinking with friends, you will need a hotel in Penang that offers a comfortable place for you to relax and unwind. The Royale Bintang Penang has a unique blend of old-world glamour and contemporary amenities that provide guests with a charming holiday accommodation.
What are you waiting for? Get those eating pants out of the closet and head on over to Penang for a food trip of a lifetime.