With the rainy season these days, we bet a lot of you are craving for comfort food. Porridge, though not a regular food that you’ll consume daily, some like to say it’s the “sick food.” We don’t know you, but what’s better than a bowl of hot, thick but smooth fragrant porridge that instantly warms you up? There’s a lot of good porridge in Penang, some with different style and background. So here’s our 10 Best Porridge in Penang recommendation.
10 Best Porridge in Penang Perfect for Rainy Season:
#1 Chok Kee Porridge
A humble setup tucked in Kimberley Street, Chok Kee has quite a bit of history, hence explain the simple, rundown shophouse. They have quite a bit of offering for porridge. Bestsellers are the roasted pork intestine porridge and century egg porridge. While the roasted pork intestine porridge has a sweet finish, their intestine is crispy and fragrant. Century egg is thick and creamy, both are perfect. Do expect a little waiting during popular hours due to limited seats and Chok Kee is quite a popular porridge in Penang.
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.
#2 Cintra Street Chicken and Fish Porridge
One of editors favourite porridge in Penang, Cintra Street Chicken and Fish Porridge is now run by the second generation. Unlike other porridge that needs other condiments for flavors, this porridge is cooked with chicken broth for hours. It has a sweet, fragrant note. There are only three types of porridge, chicken, fish or mix. We suggest to order a side of chicken because their chicken is super tender and smooth. The shop is also quite comfortable and clean, so eat with ease.
Address: Lebuh Cintra, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 12:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
#3 Tai Buan Porridge
One of the best Teochew porridge in Penang, if you want a deeper look into the Teochew culture, visit Tai Buan. An unpretentious porridge place patronised by the locals and loved by tourists, Tai Buan porridge is run by the older generation. It’s best to come in two or more so that one could get a seat and others could take orders. Simple, order everything at the stall. You’ll be served with plain porridge paired with delicious dishes, mostly braised. So order your preferred dishes and enjoy. We did a full verdict on Tai Buan porridge if you’re curious to find out more.
Address: 173, Jalan Muntri, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11:45 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Weekends)
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#4 Oyster Porridge @ Super Tanker Food Court
Now this might sound random but those who’re a regular might know how good their oyster porridge is. Dark, golden brown broth filled with generous amount of oyster, not those teeny tiny bits that other stalls offer. Seasoned with pepper, fried garlic and spring onion. Dip the cakoi into the porridge for extra kick and flavors, so good. Start your day right with a bowl of good oyster porridge.
Address: 25, Lengkok Nipah 2, Taman Lip Sin, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.
Operating: 7 a.m. till sold out (Usually afternoon)
#5 Hon Kei Food Corner
When talked about comfort food, locals would be reminded of the so called ultimate “comfort food” place, Hon Kei. Offering pork noodles with a variety of ingredients, one can choose to be adventurous and opt for intestines. Did you know Hon Kei is famous for their porridge in Penang as well? Same soup base, same ingredients, just swap noodles with porridge. They’re rice-texture like but perfect to slurp in. You’ll find yourself digging the last spoon without knowing, it’s that good.
Address: 45, Lorong Kampung Malabar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-12 a.m. (Closed on Thursdays)
#6 New Day Porridge
Another Teochew porridge in Penang, probably a little fancier, they are air-conditioned. Same rules applies to New Day, you get either porridge or rice and order side dishes to pair and complete your meal. New Day is more of an economic rice style, offering wide array of dishes. Many recommend their deep fried fish and black sauce pork. Save this up, you’re gonna need it on your next visit.
Address: 119, Lorong Selamat, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. (Closed on Thursday)
#7 Ah Nam Claypot Frog Porridge
Here comes another editor’s favourite place for porridge in Penang, and many are unaware of this spot. From afar, Ah Nam looks a bit gloomy, but don’t let it set you back because their claypot frog is bomb! Again, you can either go with porridge or rice but we recommend opting porridge. Their dark, soy-glazed frog cooked with chili and other ingredients are so tantalizing it will intrigue your appetite. Another gem, which is the claypot eel, is as good, if not, better.
Address: 529 jalan dato keramat, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
#8 Chowrasta Market Chee Cheong Porridge
Chee Cheong, also known as pork innards, is a local delicacy often roasted to pair with porridge. Now there might be a few chee cheong porridge in Penang, but finding a good one isn’t that easy. Chowrasta Market chee cheong porridge on the other hand, is popular among the locals. Sweet and savory, you can choose between porridge with or without pig’s blood cubes incorporated. Expect a long queue during peak hours, come before 10 a.m. to avoid disappointment.
Address: 1-33, Jalan Chowrasta, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 7 a.m.till sold out (Closed on Mondays)
#9 Ten Feng Tambun Claypot Porridge
The idea of seafood-broth porridge makes us drool. Imagine fresh crabs based broth cooked for hours and made into porridge, serving you with the crab as well. Ten Feng is a hidden gem in Georgetown, and we want you to try it. Served with fried garlic, celery and thin slices of ginger for added flavors, so good. Other dishes such as braised pork are worth trying out as well.
Address: B, 260, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100 George Town, Penang.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Sun) 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
#10 Kheng Pin Cafe
Kheng Pin nestles the ever famous lobak that has been selling for half a century. Well of course you can’t just have lobak as main course, Kheng Pin offers other delicacies as well. Their porridge is one of the comfort food that editor favors. Thick, flavorful fish and chicken porridge topped with generous amount of cakoi, fried garlic, and spring onions. You’ll drool just by looking at this porridge.
Address: 20, 16, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
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