Char Hor Fun, also known as Wat Tan Hor is another staple street food which makes Penang what it is today. It comes in a number of variants but you would agree that the Penang version definitely stands out the most. Known for its slithery noodles, slices of pork, prawns, and a simmering broth. Many have travelled over just to get a taste of the dish, which is not a surprise seeing the things Malaysians do for great food.
10 Best Char Hor Fun In Penang You Need to Try
In today’s article, our editor has curated Top 10 Char Hor Fun You Need To Try in Penang. Without further ado, let’s check out what we have on the list.
1. 翰记炒河粉 @ Kimberly Street
Located in the heart of Kimberly Street, this hawker stall is the hottest ticket in town for an impeccably good Char Hor Fun. The ingredients used in preparing the dish are rather simple, comprising charred hor fun, slices of pork, prawns, fish and green leafy chai sim (Chinese mustard). An egg is added on to the thickened gravy for a smooth finish. Everything is cooked to perfection, their Hainan Char is worth a try too!
📍 161, Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
⏰ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
2. Chew Kee 剑记
Chew Kee was a makeshift stall, manned by an elderly couple that opens during the night. After 35 years selling by the roadside, they’ve moved to their own shop at Lorong Seck Chuan. Having said that, all aspects are well-taken care of – served piping hot, never skimp on the meats and seafood, and flavours that perk up your belly till the last mouthful. Anyway, call before you come to avoid disappointment.
📍 51, Lorong Seck Chuan, Georgetown, 10200 Penang
⏰ 6:00 pm to 11:15 pm. (Mon, Tue, Fri and Sat)
3. 古伯 Kooper
If you’re looking for a good plate of char hor fun that serves authentic Kochabi flavours, Kooper serves it the best. The Char Hor Fun here is drenched in thick, fragrant gravy that’s enhanced with the generous amount of eggs used to stir-fry the noodles. The egg yolks are still visible atop the noodles and the texture of the Hor Fun is impeccable. The stand out point of this plate of Hor Fun is definitely its fragrant and noodle texture. Here at Kooper, you’ll get a stir-fried dish filled with Wok Hei that will definitely leave you wanting more.
📍 64, MK13, Jalan Air Itam, Kampung Pisang, 11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang (Opposite of Air Itam Post Office)
⏰ 6 PM – 2 AM (Opens Daily)
4. Chulia Street Night Hawker
Foodies who visit Penang should not miss out on the hawker stalls located along Chulia Street. It isn’t just the tourists jostling each other for streetside chow on the sidewalk. The locals go there for dinner and supper too. Among the favourite of the locals and tourists alike is the Char Hor Fun stall. Ogling at the wok master twisting and turning hor fun noodles beneath scorching flame is just amazing. The key here is the gravy which is infused with eggs, forming a gooey concoction to complement the abundance of meat morsels and noodles.
📍 Lebuh Chulia, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
⏰ 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
5. Char Hor Fun @ Beach Street, Penang
📍361, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
⏰6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
6. The Light House Cafe
A hidden gem in the heart of Georgetown for a quick meal or a jovial gathering. They serve an array of local and western selection but their Char Hor Fun definitely stands out the most. The Hor Fun coated with smooth runny egg gravy has a smoky aroma. Before serving, have yourself a handful of pickled green chilies to make the dish even better. Don’t forget to leave some tummy space to dig into some free-flow ice cream and salad after your meal.
📍 52A, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
⏰ 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Closed on Tuesday)
7. Padang Brown Char Hor Fun
The Padang Brown Johore Road Hawker Centre is widely known for the variety of local delights they have to offer. Not to be mistaken with the one closer to Dato Kramat Road opens in the afternoon, while this one is closer to Anson Road operates in the evening. Their Char Hor Fun is well complemented by a starchy gravy and with streaks of eggs if you want. The combination of wok flavors with lean pork meat and prawns is guaranteed to please your taste buds, especially with pickled green chillies in every bite. To anyone who prefers a strong kick when it comes to Char Hor Fun, try them out today!
📍 Jalan Johor, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
8. Bee Hooi Restaurant
The secret to a good plate of char hor fun in Penang not only lies within the sauces, but also the wok hei. Located in the heart of Burmah Road, Bee Hooi Restaurant is a popular spot flocked with locals every day. Among the stalls that commonly attract a huge following is the Char Hor Fun, and you might have to wait a little longer during peak hours. Hard work all pays off when you taste the smoky goodness coated with thick and lip-smacking gravy. It has all the flavors and ingredients of what a good char hor fun in Penang.
📍 415, Jalan Burma, 10350, George Town, Penang
⏰ 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
9. New Cathay Coffee Shop
New Cathay Coffee Shop is a popular breakfast spot flocked with locals every day. The Char Hor Fun was superb, somehow above my expectation (trust me). Wok Hei is the most suitable word for this dish. It also came with a generous portion and most importantly it was very tasty as the tantalizing aroma completes the succulent flesh of this perfect dish. Don’t forget to check out char hor fun if you happen to come to New Cathay Kopitiam.
📍 18, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
⏰ 07:00 AM – 02:00 PM (Monday – Friday), 07:00 AM – 01:00 PM (Saturday)
10. Medan Selera Taman Free School
Another famous Char Hor Fun in Penang nestled in Taman Free School. Despite the wide variety selection of food, there is always a sheer amount of crowd coming over to the Char Hor Fun stall. Dubbed as one of the best, vermicelli and hor fun are stir-fried and filled to brim with thick sauce and handful of prawns, pork, eggs, fish and greens. Come and try it for yourselves!
📍 Jalan Terengganu (Jalan Free School), 10460 George Town, Penang
⏰ 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (closed on Wednesday)
10 Best Char Hor Fun In Penang You Need to Try
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