Foodies, how can we not do a dinner version of hawker foods when we already did a lunch one? We want you guys to eat all day long because that’s what Penangites do. Indulging in local delicacies is a must when in Penang, and today we’re going to recommend you places that locals love. So scroll down to our best hawker dinner spots in Penang recommendations to find out more.
10 Best Hawker Dinner Spots in Penang:
What to eat in Penang at night? In today’s blog, we featured top 10 dinner spot in Penang – hawker edition. Without further ado, let’s see what we’ve got on the list.
#1 Kimberly Street
Here in Kimberly Street hides the legendary kway chap. The kway chap could be easily spotted in Restoran Kimberly as the queue is always long. Flat in-house rice noodle simmered in a bowl of hot dark meat broth, topped with generous amount of duck meat. The broth has a strong kick and depth of flavours, you’ll definitely love it. Have a bowl and you’ll figure out why it’s so famous. Besides kway chap, there are other local delicacies that could find along the streets like char koay teow, Chinese desserts and more. Kimberly Street is one of the best hawker dinner spots in Penang that has a range of street foods.
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Address: Lebuh Kimberley, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 5:30 p.m. till Midnight (Kway Chap Closes on Thursday)
#2 Chulia Street
One of editor’s favourite hawker dinner spot in Penang, we’ve mentioned Chulia Street in our articles a few times. Here you could find some of the best Curry Mee, Wanton Mee and Apom. Their curry mee, egg noodles soaked in rich coconut and curry broth. Topped with squid, dried tofu, and a fish ball, be sure to slurp down the soup, so good ! What makes their wanton mee so special is their springy noodle and soup stock. The stock has a rich sesame oil in it, and served with pork lard, that’s why the noodle is so smooth. Just across the street is apom, the stall is run by an old lady, so be patient. The apom is rather crispy and fragrant.
Address: Lebuh Chulia (Opposite Mugshot Cafe), 10450 Georgetown, Penang.
Operating Hour: 6 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)
#3 Village Fish Head Noodle
Another favourite of editor’s, patron’s flock this place daily especially during the weekend. Order at the counter, choose the soup base either fresh milky or tomyam. You’ll also get to pick ingredients that you’d like to add on, they’re all displayed at the counter. Expect at least half an hour waiting time or more during the weekend, but their noodles won’t disappoint. Their milky broth is thick and delicious with a hint of milk, while the tomyam is tangy, sour and spicy, gives you all the kick. (Ps: Add in the fried garlic available on the table for more flavors).
Address: 107A, Pangkalan Weld, 10300 Georgetown, Penang. (Alongside with Chew Jetty)
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (Closed on every 1st&15th day of Lunar Calendar)
#4 Kuta Bali Cafe
A famous food court in the neighborhood of Paya Terubong, Kuta Bali has an extensive choices of street foods. Having a great variety doesn’t mean everything is great. We recommend trying out their Bak Kut Teh which sells out pretty fast, their soup is packed with herbals, rich and dark. The nasi lemak isn’t bad either, you can pick the ingredients you want. The dessert stall sells very eye-catching fusion desserts, get a bowl after meal. Walk around the food court to find out more hidden gems.
Address: 19, Lintang Paya Terubong 1, Bandar Baru Air Itam, 11060 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 24/7
#5 Ayu Mee Udang
Located all the way at Teluk Kumbar, Ayu Mee Udang is a Malay seafood stall specializes in mee udang (prawn noodle). Here, you get their mee udang either in dry or wet (mee udang rebus). Besides noodles, you can also try out their nasi goreng udang. All their prawns are huge, juicy and fresh. If you’re around that area, don’t forget to drop by. For those who are craving for Malay version of prawn noodle,Ayu is one of the best hawker dinner spots in Penang for it.
Address: 936 B, Lengkok Kampung Masjid 1, 11920 Teluk Kumbar, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 1:30 p.m.-10 p.m.( Closed on Monday)
#6 Presgrave Street 888 Hokkien Mee
Famous among the locals and now the fame has spread towards tourists as well, you know their hokkien mee is the best. Their prawn broth is so thick and packed with flavors that you’ll crave for more. Their shiok bak (roast pork) is also their highlight of hokkien mee, we suggest to add on more. They used to serve it to your table, due to lack of hands they now introduced “Self-service.” Besides hokkien mee, you should try out the wanton mee and in-house ice kacang as well, you’ll thank us later.
Address: 67-A, Lebuh Presgrave, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 5 p.m.-11:45 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)
#7 Cintra Street Fish and Chicken Porridge
This is yet another editor’s favourite, they serve some of the best porridge in town. Unlike other porridges that are grainy, Cintra Street’s Cantonese-porridge is smooth in consistency. They have to flavors to choose from, fish or chicken. You could also mix the both together if indecisive, they’re as good as others. The porridge itself is no plain tasteless porridge, but cooked with thick chicken broth, that’s why the color appears more vibrant. Order an extra plate of chicken to pair with your porridge, they’re very tender and covered in sesame oil.
Address: Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 12:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
#8 Sany Char Koay Teow
A lot of you are skeptical when it comes to halal char koay teow because the lack of pork lard. Well Sany is here to prove you wrong. Sany breaks the common by serving ‘char koay teow basah’. Char koay teow drenched in Sany’s famous sauce, together with its rich prawn stock. They’re not stingy on their prawns too, big and juicy. Besides that, you can also find Western Food and other delicacies here at Sany.
Address: Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Baru, Penang, Malaysia
Operating Hour: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)
#9 Claypot Noodle 沙煲珍珠粉
Just a minute drive away from Kuta Bali is the famous roadside 珍珠粉 that operates in front of their house. They have been selling for years and the business just couldn’t stop due to overwhelming crowds. Keep in mind that the owner has a little temper and they do not have regular operating hour. Who knew simple ingredients can turn into a bowl of happiness? Besides their 珍珠粉, they’re also famous for their claypot noodles and rice. Don’t forget to order the 3 layers milk tea, we heard it’s really good. If you’re looking for new hawker dinner spots in Penang, check this place out.
Address: Lintang Paya Terubong 3, Bandar Baru Air Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 8:30 p.m.till Midnight (Closed on Sunday)
#10 Gurney Drive Food Court
Gurney Drive is no stranger to locals nor tourists, every tour guide would stop by here for you to enjoy all the local foods. They have tonnes of street foods with different varieties and cuisines for you to indulge. We recommend you to try out their Wanton Mee located at the center, near the Char Koay Teow. They have a few stalls selling Laksa, but go with the red bowl, it’s the best. Also, wait for GP Soon rojak as they open after 9 p.m., it’s known as the best rojak in Penang. If you’re looking for halal food, there’s a corner towards the end that sells halal food only. This hawker dinner spots in Penang has EVERYTHING.
Penang Dinner Guide
In sum, we hope today’s Penang dinner guide treats you well. If you have any other good recommendation about dinner spot in Penang, feel free to leave your suggestion in the comment section below.
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