Foodies, remember we did a “Top 10 Lunch Spots in Penang” previously? We thought hey why not do it again, this time around focusing on hawker foods. Words couldn’t describe how much we love our local delicacies, and we bet you do too. What’s Penang without hawker foods? So today, we’ll recommend you some of the best hawker lunch spots in Penang that has been the editor’s favourite.
10 Best Hawker Lunch Spots in Penang:
#1 Granny’s Hokkien Mee
Nestled under one of the flats at Taman Lip Sin, Granny’s fame has been spreading around Penang since their opening. Step into the shop and straight away you can smell the hearty prawn broth. Unlike other hawker stalls where instructions are unclear and you have no idea what to order. Granny’s has a menu and would approach you when you’re ready to order. That vibrant, thick broth topped with generous amount of ingredients, be sure to ask for extra pork lards if you’re a fan of it. Keep in mind the portion is a bit small so if you’re a big eater, get a bigger bowl.
Address: Lengkok Nipah, Taman Lip Sin, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
#2 Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng @ Jalan Bukit Bendera
This is one of editor’s all-time favourite hawker lunch spots in Penang, Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng. Located just beside Klinik Pergigian Air Itam, this roadside stall has been operating for more than 30 years. The recipe to their aromatic, flavourful broth has been passed from their first generation, using mainly duck meat and pork ribs to cook. The bowl of koay teow is typically served with duck meat, chicken meat, fish balls and pork intestine. If you’re not a fan of intestine, order solely with meat and balls.
Address: 500, Jalan Bukit Bendera, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Closed on Monday&Tuesday)
#3 OO White Coffee
We just have to rave about OO White Coffee. Opened its door in 2017, this coffee shop has already been the local’s favourite in less than a year. Can we talk about how good their beef noodle is? Thick, strong beef broth that smells so good you’ll drool even before trying. The beef is tender and the koay teow is so smooth. Don’t forget about their toast and coffee, you’ll never get bored of it. Try out their fried oyster omelette as well, crispy and fluffy. This hawker lunch spots in Penang never fail to fuel our day.
Address: 262 & 264 Lebuh Carnarvon Street, George Town, Penang.
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)
#4 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, 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 with scoops of homemade sauces, yellow noodles, eggs, deep-fried cubes of potatoes, and dough fritters. This stall is certified halal, so everyone can enjoy the plate of goodness. Expect at least half an hour of waiting time during peak hours, but you’ll not be disappointed for sure.
Address: 280, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Daily)
#5 Nasi Melayu Lidiana (Masjid Terapung Tanjung Bungah)
Lunch is all about the calories to fuel your day. Located directly opposite the Floating Mosque in Tanjung Bungah, Lidiana is usually packed during lunch hour. That is because Lidiana has extensive of dishes offered. For instance, they offer a selection for fish, chicken and even vegetables. You know how nasi kandar has limited greens right? Well Lidiana offers more than a typical economy rice stall. It’s not easy to get good food with great prices in Tanjung Bungah, but there’s Lidiana now.
Address: Medan Selera Tanjung Bunga,11200 Tanjong Bungah, Penang.
Operating Hour: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
#6 Genting Cafe
Genting Cafe is no stranger to the locals especially in the neighborhood, they come here almost every day to get their meal fixed. We’re proud to say 90% of their food isn’t bad, no wonder the crowd. Try their Curry Mee, Chicken Rice and the ever famous Chee Cheong Fun. You can spot an aunty selling local kuihs at the entrance or even corn in a cup and Muah Chee. There’s also a soya bean shop next to the food court, their beancurd is a thumbs up. Genting Cafe has EVERYTHING and is definitely one of the best hawker lunch spots in Penang.
Address: Lorong Delima 3, Taman Island Glades, 11700 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)
#7 Chok Kee Porridge
A family-run business for over 30 years, Chok Kee Porridge was once a small roadside stall. You’ll get a big bowl of fragrant porridge at a very wallet-friendly price. Pork intestine porridge is getting really rare in Penang due to its process of cleaning and roasting intestines. Choose either roasted or plain intestines for your porridge, but we recommend you to get the roasted one. They also have mixed pork, peanuts and century egg porridge, all are equally great.
Address: 188, Lebuh Kimberley, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: (Mon-Fri) 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Sat&Sun) 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
#8 Sin Bee Chew Chicken Chop
Sin Bee Chew is a must if you’re on a road trip to Butterworth. Ask any of the locals in Butterworth, they’ll definitely know what and where is Sin Bee Chew. Their Oriental Chicken Chop is their signature dish, chicken fried to perfection, juicy and tender. The sauce is not too thick and overpowering, but pairs so well with the chicken. Other than chicken chop, they also serve dishes and rice and also ala carte dishes such as fried rice and tomyam. Sin Bee Chew is halal and their waitress are really friendly. No doubt this is the perfect hawker lunch spots in Penang.
Address: 11, Lorong Bagan Luar 3, Bagan Luar, 12000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-2:45 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (Closed on Saturday&Sunday)
#9 Nasi 7 Benua
Ever seen photos of different colored rice in a plate topped with savory curry chicken? That’s Nasi 7 Benua. Using different rice such as nasi lamuni, tomato rice, nasi hujan panas, nasi kacang, nasi minyak, nasi lemak and white rice. Every rice uses natural dye from different ingredients. The name and presentation is just so interesting. Their curry is the highlight of the dish, choose either curry chicken or beef rendang. They’re robust with flavours and are thick and creamy. This is a must hawker lunch spots in Penang if you want to try out something new.
Address: Inside Koo Boo Cafe, Taman Tunas Muda, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
#10 Sunshine Market/Bayan Baru Food Court
Office workers are no stranger to this place, it’s the best place to get their lunch fixed during lunch hour. Sunshine Food Court offers a variety of local delicacies, ranging from different cuisine. So don’t worry about not getting choices, you’ll get what you want here. Their chicken rice and tomyam are some of the famous food here, the tomyam is definitely good. Although there’s ample parking space, but it’ll still be a problem during lunch hour.
Address: Lintang Mayang Pasir 4, Bandar Bayan Baru, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 6 a.m.-11 p.m. (Daily)
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