We all know Penang is known for its food, and you can’t be there without over-indulging. If you asked Yibo, he’d say that we didn’t eat much in Penang at all. To be fair, I agree with him completely. We didn’t look up the famous food around the area, nor did we try all the must-tries while we were in Penang. But while we’re at it, I might as well show you what we did eat. (Click on the photos/names to find their location!)
The weather was well, pretty much the same as Singapore. We were blessed with bright sunny weather every day, and as much as that was a good thing, I think we almost melted under the sun. For that, we mostly chose to eat indoors instead of out in the open.
It was a good choice.
The place looked real fancy inside and out, with its interior inspired by Scandinavian design. They had a glass display case just for bread and pastries, while drinks and cakes are ordered at the counter. You can expect a huge array of choices at Black Kettle, for takeaway or a sit-down meal!
We only went there for their baked goods, so I can’t speak about their own menu items. But it’s definitely a place with great atmosphere for a weekend brunch though!
105, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 1000 – 2330 (until 0030 on Fri/Sat & PH)
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It was located right opposite our hotel (Container Hotel Penang), so there really wasn’t a reason not to walk in. The design isn’t fancy or anything, looks like a really simple small set-up of a cafe. (Though they have definitely redecorated/repainted since then!)
Like its name suggests, this is a really simple breakfast cafe serving all the basic menu items, like kaya butter toast and half-boiled eggs! If you enjoy a good comforting traditional breakfast with local kopi or teh, have a go at Kopi & Toast!
Kopi & Toast
63, Gat Lebuh Chulia, GeorgeTown, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Weekdays 0800 – 1500; Weekends 0800 – 1600
It’s a restaurant at the front, but an art gallery hides in the back. The Jawi House Cafe Gallery were one of the eating places that popped up when I was searching for food recommendations or reviews in Penang. It certainly didn’t disappoint. They serve quite a unique range of dishes on their menu.
The cafe is known for the Herbal Lemuni Rice – rice that is prepared with medicinal Lemuni leaves and other herbs. It’s blue and grey in colour, but it tasted just like normal steamed rice. The dish came along with beef rendang, a hard-boiled egg, and chilli, ikan bilis, etc – things that come with a Nasi Lemak. It was yummy Malaysian food! Wasn’t expensive either, the rice dish cost RM15?
Jawi House Cafe
85, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 Penang Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 1100 – 2200 (Closed on Tue)
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We had a late breakfast and waited till we were hungry again before looking for our next food stop. Urban Spice Cafe seemed like the best choice in the area, so we headed right in! The food was pretty pricey, but at least it was good? It was quiet cafe with pretty cosy atmosphere – brightly lit and the staff were pretty friendly, plus free wifi for customers!
We ordered the Ayam Percik (because it looked amazing on the menu), and the Char Kway Teow. Ayam Percik is a Malay dish that consists of chicken marinated in spices with “blue pea” flavoured rice. It tasted really fragrant and the chicken was tender and juicy! Pretty yums hehe. Also, can you believe it was Yibo’s char kway teow?! Personally not a fan of the dish, but he thoroughly enjoyed his first experience hahaha.
Urban Spice Café
89, Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 0730 – 1900 (Until 2230 on Mon)
We stayed at Chulia Court, which is a hotel with a bar and restaurant attached. I was drawn to the pictures of the place, the Peranakan-inspired interior. The place is located along the most happening areas of Lebuh Chulia, which is a popular street in Penang, where a lot of bars and restaurants can be found.
The area is also bustling with nightlife, so head on to Lebuh Chulia if you’re looking for somewhere to hang out after hours! They also have live performances on some nights (which was really noisy at night while we were trying to sleep, I really regretted booking there).
355, 357 & 359, Lebuh Chulia, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 1200 – 0200 (until 0300 for Fri & Sat)
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There isn’t much to say about Maxim’s Gelato, except that it was a really hot and humid day in Penang, and I really craved ice-cream. The weather in Penang is pretty much as scorching hot as Singapore, so ice-cream really is a life-saver at times. Plus the bright decor and gelato display really attracted me into the store hahaha.
Oriental Hotel, 105B, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
This is supposedly a food paradise where you can get all the iconic hawker fare in Penang, but Yibo and I didn’t eat much there unfortunately. The little food we had was amazing though! I was initially in a long queue for a famous char kway teow there, but they sold out before I could get to the front 🙁
We did get really nice soupy noodles, ngoh hiang, and traditional soya beancurd! If there were more of us we could’ve ordered way more food and sampled a lot more, but maybe that’s for the next time.
Gurney Drive Hawker Centre
172, Solok Gurney 1, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 1630 – 2300 (Closed on Fri)
I found out that Chulia Street boasted a quite well-known night market, so it was our first stop upon arriving in Penang. We checked in our hotel pretty late in the night, so the night market was the first choice to fill our tummies! Wanton mee was such a basic thing to have, but any wanton mee is better than the ones in Singapore. They have the really thin noodles that I really like, like the ones from Hong Kong. Hehe it was a wonderful first food stop in Penang!
Well there was rojak, freshly squeezed fruit juice, ice kachang, lor mee and other common hawker food in Malaysia. Make sure you visit the market, and it’s probably the best supper option since they close only at midnight!
Chulia Street Night Hawkers
Chulia St, Georgetown, 10450 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 1800 – 0000
I’m sure Penang has way more food to offer, but food trips are always better when you have a huge group of people! Maybe next time I should go with more people so we can order more food hahaha.
What did you enjoy eating the most in Penang?