Despite Penang had been transformed into an urban modernized city, its essence still lies within the ubiquitous street hawker food, often sold from a mobile or portable stall. While there has been ongoing debates on which is the best hawker food by categories, we firmly believe every individual has different taste portfolio preferences. In this edition, we will guide you to stroll through Georgetown, the UNESCO heritage area in searching for 5 awesome hawker frequented by the locals.
The narrow intersection of Lebuh Melayu and Lorong Tok Aka often swarmed with an exodus of crowd during lunch hour in weekdays, simply for a plate of sumptuous Wantan Mee from the pushcart stall. Their forte would be their specially mixed aromatic sauce, which sit in between a balance of watery and starchy texture. To further relish the noodles, mix their own formulated sambal (chili paste) to the noodles for a smacking of hot burning taste.
If you choose to dine here, be prepared to wait for a table and got your shirt totally drenched in sweat due to limited air circulation inside the makeshift tents.
Lebuh Melayu Wan Tan Mee
Cross Junction at Lebuh Melayu, Lorong Toh Aka and Lorong Ikan, Georgetown, Penang,
Operation Hour: 12:30pm - 5pm (Closed on Weekends)
(60 4)261 0972
Hokkien Prawn Noodles always remained the pride of Penangites. Of thousands of Hokkien Prawn Noodles stalls in Penang, there are some peculiar ones worth trying. For instance, T&T Prawn Mee Shop nearby to the entrance of Lorong Selamat serves the noodles in claypot, though non-claypot version is offered as well.
The noodles are topped with a few pieces of chicken slices, a smatter of little prawns and some vegetables. Prawns, pork ribs and eggs are offered as top-up and will incur additional cost. Its soup is more of a light type with brewing prawn essence could be scented lightly.
T&T Prawn Mee Shop
117-127, Lorong Selamat, Georgetown, 10400, Pulau Pinang
Operation Hour : 7:30am - 4:00pm (Closed every alternate Wednesday)
Thus far, Nasi Kandar Deen Maju is one of the most wallet-friendly Nasi Kandar stall in Penang, yet providing mouth-watering dishes and curries to its patrons. The queue can stretch for meters long as soon as the stall opens.
An array of dishes such as fried chicken, beef rendang, lamb with dates, okra and etc are offered for selection. Always ask for "kuah campur" (mix condiments) and the skillful server will pleasantly mix a portion of all curries to yield an elusive enjoyable taste.
Nasi Kandar Deen Maju
70, Jalan Gurdwara (Brick Kilin Road), 10300, Georgetown, Penang
Operation hours: 4pm- 11pm Daily
Fried oyster is one of the favorite snack among Penangites. There are 2 popular style of preparing the fried oyster omelette, namely the gooey or crispy style. Each has it own diehard fans and the chef here is a master of preparing the crispy style fried oyster omelette.
The egg is fried with the starch batter with presence of more oil, resulting a crisp layer which is transferred to the plate. After that, the succulent and fresh oysters are quickly stir fried and then topping the omelette, garnished with chopped spring onions. Relish the snack while hearing the crackling sound upon biting into the crispy omelette.
O O Cow White Coffee Shop 噢噢牛咖啡屋
262 & 264, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang.
Operation hour: 11am - 6pm (Closed on Wednesday)
It is hearsay that the shop has been selling roti canai, or known as fried pancakes since Malaysian Independence Day in 1957. Unlike other mamak restaurant that sell a variety of food and dishes, this restaurant only sell roti canai with variety of curries.
Enjoy a piece of crisp and fluffy roti canai or roti bawang here, accompanied with the well spiced curries of your selection. A big chunk of meat also served alongside the curry to ensure leave the restaurant with a full stomach.
Roti Canai Jalan Argyll
Jalan Argyll, 10050, Georgetown, PenangOperation hours: 5:30am - 12:15pm