Who’s up for another food hunt? When talked about Burma Road, locals would definitely thought of a few famous eateries located along the streets (we’ll tell you what later). Did you now that Burma Road Penang is veli long? No joke, especially if you’re going to walk. BUT it’s definitely worth it in the name of food. Today, we’re sharing with you 10 best things to eat in Burma Road Penang, and some are quite a gem. So get ready to build up your foodie list.
10 Best Things to Eat in Burma Road Penang:
#1 Apong Guan
Having a history of more than 50 years in selling apom (Chinese pancake), Uncle Guan is serious when it comes to his apom. You’ll see queue starts to form as soon as he opens up for business. Regardless of the crowd, Uncle Guan takes his time in making the perfect, fluffy apom. There’s only one type of apom here, which is corn and banana fillings. You can try making a few requests, but he won’t be bothered to answer you because he only sells apom. Be patient to get your hands on the eggy, fluffy and fragrant apom, and uncle remembers your order. Though waiting time could be a pain, it’s definitely one of the worth trying things to eat in Burma Road Penang.
Address: 144-E, Jalan Burma, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11 p.m.-8 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
#2 Mohamed Raffee Nasi Kandar
When it comes to nasi kandar, we Penangites are proud to say we have some really good nasi kandar places. Mohamed Raffee is one of them. How can you judge? The queue of course. Come in the evening and you’ll be surprised by the number of people. Though most nasi kandar operates 24/7, it’s no secret that we treat nasi kandar as supper thing. Late night is where the crazy queue forms, all for their wide array of lip-smacking dishes. Get your plate of sinful nasi kandar from Mohammed Raffee, and don’t forget to ask for kuah banjir. If you didn’t know, Mohamed Raffee is located in Burma Road, told you Burma Road is long.
Address: No. 295, Burma Road, Pulau Tikus, Georgetown, Penang.
Operating Hour: 24/7
#3 Union Primary School Char Koay Kak
Crowned one of the best Char Koay Kak in Penang by locals, we thought it really lived up to its fame. Set right in front of Union Primary School, the Char Koay Kak starts selling in the evening. Uncle would throw in cubes of rice cakes into the pan, add oil in and other condiments and fry them all. Every cube of koay kak is evenly coated with sauce, fat and wok hei. You can definitely smell it from far. A plate of dark, golden brown koay kak is served hot for a mere RM4.50. It’s a local street food that the locals love. This Char Koay Kak is definitely one of the best things to eat in Burma Road Penang especially for supper.
Address: Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Weekends)
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#4 Swatow Lane Ice Kacang
Once the master tenant of the New World Park food court, the century-old Swatow Lane ice kacang has now moved out. To where? Still in New World Park, but now has its own stall. Besides their famous ice kacang, they have now added a few more items into their menu. This includes the new durian ice kacang and durian cendul, where real durian pupls are added straight into the local desserts. If you’re not into ice cold desserts, sit down to enjoy a platter of fresh fruits to beat the heat.
Address: 102-E, 1, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Daily)
#5 Old Green House Hokkien Mee
This is what we mentioned in the beginning, the spotlight of Burma Road. Housed in Green House, their Hokkien Mee is so popular in Penang especially among the millennials. It’s yet another supper spot because crowd forms during late night and that’s when the broth gets extra thick. Hot boiling prawn-infused broth slow-cooked for hours before serving. Paired with thin slices of char siew, so satisfying it would make you drool. It’s one of the best things to eat in Burma Road Penang when it comes to supper. Though we thought the soup is sometimes a hit or miss. Still, it pretty much sums up what a great bowl of hokkien mee should be.
Address: 223, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Closed on Sundays)
#6 Ming Xiang Tai
Ming Xiang Tai has a history traced back to late 1900s where they first started selling traditional handmade pastries on a trishaw cart. It was not until 2008, the third generation heirs Au Meng Kit founded Ming Xiang Tai pastry shop in Penang. This explains their signature “trishaw egg tart” which still remains as one of the bestselling pastry. Until today, every single Ming Xiang Tai’s pastries are handmade, using the recipes passed down for generations.Though Ming Xiang Tai has a few locations, their first shop is in Burma Road Penang.
Address:133, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: (Mon-Thurs) 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri-Sun) 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
#7 Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng
Ask your parents about this mee goreng and they will tell you how good it is for sure. Having a history of over 80 years, which local food seems to have rich culture and history. The open kitchen is under the stewardship of father and son. Patrons keep their eyes peeled looking at the sea of noodles prepared in a mammoth wok. Watch how your plate of mee goreng is made while waiting. With scoops of homemade sauces, yellow noodles, eggs, deep-fried cubes of potatoes, and dough fritters. The aroma is simply irresistible. Now you might be thinking isn’t the mee goreng located at Bangkok Lane? Truth is, it also intersects with Burma Road. We put this in our “things to eat in Burma Road Penang” list because it’s a MUST.
Address: 280, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
#8 Old Green House Bak Kut Teh
Apart from the ever-so-popular Hokkien Mee, Green House houses another star, and that is their Bak Kut Teh. Majority would either come for the Hokkien Mee or Bak Kut Teh or both. Did we even mention how thick the soup is just by looking at the dark color and rich aroma? Go to the stall and get your order made. Choose what to throw in from their various ingredients, they’ll cook it up in a claypot together with the soup. The ingredients would then soak up all the flavors. You could eat on its own or pair with rice. Simple, warm meal served in no time. No doubt Green House Bak Kut Teh wins as one of the best things to eat in Burma Road Penang.
Address: 221, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Penang.
Operating Hour: 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Closed on Sunday)
#9 Curry Mee @ New Cathay Kopitiam
“What there’s curry mee in Burma Road?” You might have drove past Burma Road countless times yet still couldn’t find any trace of curry mee. It’s one of the hidden things to eat in Burma Road Penang set in a kopitiam right next to NS nasi kandar. This unknown, rundown coffee shop caters a spot for people to dine in for the curry mee stall set outside. The aunty serves decent, and warm bowl of curry mee with pig’s blood and generous amount of cuttlefish. Ask for extra chili paste to add more flavors and kick to the noodle. Ps: The drinks served in Cathay Kopitiam is super kao (thick).
Address: 425, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 6:30 p.m. till sold out.
#10 Hai Onn Hainanese Chicken Chop
Known to be one of the very few authentic Hanainese Restaurant in the island, Hai Onn is again one of the few hidden things to eat in Burma Road Penang. Well, not exactly hidden, but long forgotten. Operating for 70 years, Hai Onn still serve probably the cheapest Hainanese Chicken Chop. At RM5.50, you get a decent slice of meat topped with generous amount of gravy and a fried egg. Guess what? It’s accompanied by toasted bread on the side, that’s a steal. Their chicken chop reminds you of the older days of Penang, truly a comfort food. Owh, don’t forget to get their roti babi as well, simply lip-smacking.
Address: 53-55, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 1:45 pm-8 pm (Closed on Mondays)
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