5 Penang restaurants I always go to

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Penang has some of the most amazing cuisines, and restaurants are not the only place you can eat there. From the famous Nyonya cuisine to Hainanese and Bak Kut Teh, Penang is arguably the food capital of Malaysia. There are Hawker centers as well where individual store vendors come together with shared seating for customers to pick and choose among them. Penang food, here are the top 5 Penang restaurants that I always go to when I visit.

Perut Rumah

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One of my top favourites on the list, Perut Rumah serves Nyonya cuisine – a blend of Malay and Chinese food. Nyonya is the female term in the Peranakan culture and refer to Malaysian born Chinese.

Perut Rumah is situated in George Town, close to some of the infamous street arts among the heritage buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its interior is beautifully decorated with a sense of nostalgic. And its cupboards and china collection are always a photo attraction. Although the service is a tad half-hearted, the food does make up for it.

Here are some of my favourite dishes:

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Otak Otak – a fish dish wrapped in banana leaves, it’s mixed with spice to create a paste-like dish.
Deep fried chicken marinated with shrimp paste: heavenly taste! | Laugh Travel Eat
Enche Kabin – deep fried chicken that’s been marinated in the Nyonya style, usually coconut milk and rempa.
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Pie Tee – like a spring roll cut in half, it’s a cup-like pastry tart fill with shredded vegetables and prawns that’s insanely delicious.

Address: No.17, Jalan Kelawei | 10500 Georgetown,Penang,Penang Island, Malaysia

Opening times: 11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00

Hainanese Delight

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Located in the infamous 1926 Heritage Hotel, Hainanese Delights Restaurant would not disappoint. As the name has suggested, the restaurant serves Hainanese cuisine and their chicken rice is a must.

Lor Bak is also one of my favourite dishes – it’s basically a version of sausages, but with beancurd skin and spiced chicken meat stuffing.
Lor Bak is also one of my favourite dishes – it’s basically a version of sausages, but with beancurd skin and spiced chicken meat stuffing.
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A whole table full of food

Address: 1926, Heritage Hotel, 227, Jalan Burma, Georgetown, 10050, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Pinang, 10050, Malaysia

Opening times: 7:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 21:30

Menu

New Cathay新國泰茶室

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A breakfast place that my family frequents, New Cathay has all the typical cuisine in Penang and is itself frequented by locals. A typical hawker setting (also known as outdoor food court and sometimes refer to as a coffee shop), you order what you want from individual stall owners. Drinks are tables are maintained by a separate stall, and they will come up to you and take your order. Otherwise – it’s self service.

Here’s what I recommend:

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Apom – a kind of pancake thing
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Char Kway Teow

Address: 425-E Jalan Burma (Lorong Kuching), 10350 Goerge Town, Pulau Pinang,Malaysia

Opening times: breakfast to lunch

Tek Sen Restaurant德盛飯店

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A very popular restaurant that serves Hokkien food, Tek Sen Restaurant opened in 1965 and is one of my grandfather’s favourite places to eat. A sign of its age is that the shop front logo is read from right to left, and the entire restaurant feels like it stepped right out of an early 20th century movie set. It’s quite famous on Tripadvisor, so their menu is in both English and Chinese. Here are some of the dishes I would recommend:

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  • 五香煎肉Stir-fried five-spice marinated sliced pork with garlic
  • 梅菜扣肉 Braised Pork Belly with preserved Mustard green
  • 巴拉煎雞 Deep-fried shrimp paste marinated chicken
  • 亞參蝦 Stir-Fried Prawns with Tamarind sauce
Here's their menu
Here’s their menu

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

Opening times: 12 – 14:30, 18:00 – 21:00

早市 食王肉骨茶 Bat Kut Teh King

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Bah kut teh from Penang – it is quite herby and perhaps not for everyone!

The place to eat Bat Kut Teh, this particular store is located in one of the many food courts along Gurney Drive and definitely one of the best. It’s a place that even fewer tourist ventures to but definitely worth going out of the way to.

Address: Aragosta food court, Gurney Drive

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