I’ve been to Penang a number of times over the last couple of years but on this particular trip I had the rare opportunity to check out the island’s famous hawker fare with not only a Penang native but food writer and radio host Fay Khoo herself.
We wanted to do side-by-side comparisons of some of Penang’s famous dishes – Kway Teow Th’ng (fish ball noodle soup), CKT, wantan noodles etc. but it didn’t really pan out.
It was hard with our limited schedule to try and visit 3-4 stalls selling the same food in the one morning when they’re spread out across the island and are only open for fairly short trading hours. It was also hard to figure out (you’ll come across this problem with most hawker food hunts) until you show up, whether the particular stall would be closed that day.
I have to admit I was a little hamstrung by the fact that I don’t eat (because I don’t like) pork, so I had to navigate a bit cautiously with some of the food; I also missed out on tasting some of the dishes in their entirety (eg. the wantan noodles).
Here’s the highlight video of our little Penang food adventure –
Some of the places featured in this video –
Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng
183, Lebuh Carnarvon,
10100 George Town,
Phone:+60 17-479 3208
Business Hours: Tues – Thur 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
(Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Kedai Kopi Soon Yuen
No 25 & 27, Jalan Kuala Kangsar
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Business Hours : 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Days off not fixed)
11, Hutton Lane,
Business Hours: Thur-Tues 7:00 am to 1:30 pm
(Closed on Wednesdays)
Excellent Cafe, Ayer Itam
39-B Jalan Air Itam (at Jln Empat),
11500 Penang, Malaysia
Open daily 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
Wantan Mee House Pulau Tikus
Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus,
Business Hours: 7.30am till 3pm
Phone: +60 017-479 8075
(Closed on Thursdays)
Lorong Macalister’s Cendol
Junction between Lorong Macalister and Jalan Burmah
Business Hours: 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
(Closed on Sundays)