10 Korean BBQ & Chinese BBQ Spots In Penang You Need To Know

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2019 is halfway through and we’re worried that you Foodies have no idea where to treat yourselves with good food. So today we’ll be tipping you off with 8 places to enjoy Korean BBQ in Penang and 2 for Chinese BBQ. Barbeque, where slices of meats are slow-cooked over indirect heat, over wood, charcoal or gas flame. The rich and smoky flavor of the fire will be infused with the meats. That’s why fam, we love BBQ so much!


1. Daorae Korean BBQ

Daorae has set its foot in Penang for a long time now but their tastiness has never seemed to fail at amazing us. It is considered as one of the higher-end Korean BBQ restaurants. The waiter will assist you in your grilling so you don’t have to worry if you’re an amateur in BBQ-ing! Side dishes are complimentary and will be served again once your plate is empty or upon request.

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Address:  104;104-A, Jln Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Tokong, Penang

Operating Hours: 11:30 AM – 3 PM, 5:30 PM – 11 PM

Contact Number04-891 3616

2. KO.B.Q

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KO.B.Q is located at Bayan Lepas and is a popular choice among locals. This is somewhere you can get pretty decent meats for BBQ and is not necessarily expensive. The meats have amazing textures after barbequing and do not taste dull, in fact, they’re pretty juicy!

They often have promotions where you don’t have to worry about spending too much money so be sure to keep an eye open!

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Address: 10-C-18.Precinct 10, Jalan, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang

Operating Hours: 12 PM – 3 PM, 5 PM – 10:30 PM

Contact Number04-890 2650


3. Mr.Dakgalbi

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Mr.Dakgalbi is a good choice when looking for a Halal Korean BBQ spot. Famous for their spicy stir-fried/pan grilled chickens, you can add on ramen, tteok-bokki for a fulfilling meal, sided with their all-time favorite Cheese Ring. The enjoyment of pulling the extensible melted cheese with hot and spicy grilled chicken is beyond explanations. You don’t have to worry when to stir because there’ll be waiters helping you to stir and time them. This place is definitely a must try!

Address: Gurney Plaza, 170, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 11:30 AM – 10 PM


Contact Number016-765 0514

4. Cho Dong Jib

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This is where you get to barbeque without having to suffer from the smoke. Cho Dong Jib has 2 branches, one in  Gurney Paragon and another in Queensbay Mall, so you never have to travel too far for a taste of their authentic recipe. They use premium charcoal to make sure the taste of barbequed meats and ingredients absorb all the fiery flavors and one plus point is the cleanliness of their stores. It is definitely the place for a family outing to enjoy authentic dishes from Korea.

Address: 163D-1-05, Gurney Paragon Mall, Gurney Dr, 10250 George Town, Penang


Operating Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM

Contact Number 04-371 3017

5. Seoul Garden

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Seoul Garden is a buffet-themed Korean BBQ restaurant. This is where you get to eat lots of meats bottomlessly at a tolerable fixed price. Stay as long as you want and eat as much as you want. Enjoy them with your friends or family because Seoul Garden is meant for people to hang out and have fun while enjoying lots of food. The Korean food here might not be entirely authentic but it’s definitely a place you’d enjoy refilling your plates with all kinds of different meats and ingredients!

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Address: 170-B1-46, Plaza Gurney, Gurney Dr, 10250, Penang

Operating Hours: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM

Contact Number04-217 0559

6. Sae Ma Eul

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Sae Ma Eul is a popular choice located at Karpal Singh. It’s an amazing spot for al fresco Korean BBQ spot in Penang where you can feel the sea breeze and smells of the barbequed meats. Despite being an outdoor restaurant, visitors seem to forget about the heat when they’re enjoying the juicy meats with free flow of lettuce to wrap up the well-barbequed meats. Go early to secure your seats because it’s always crowded!

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Address: Karpal Singh Dr, George Town, Penang

Operating Hours: 5:30 PM – 12 AM

Contact Number012-427 0097

7. Aza Aza

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Aza Aza might not as widely known but it might as well be one of the coziest. Run by a Korean, authentic Korean dishes and meats are served with big smiles from the waiters. The price is acceptable given that they serve with a fairly large portion. They might look ordinary from the outside but you’ll feel the aura once you stepped into it. The meats are thick and juicy, but let’s not forget to try their well-marinated chickens as well!

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Address: 47-G, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 12 PM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Close on Monday)

Contact Number012-403 8636

8. Miga

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Miga in Penang is a small joint but it will not disappoint you after your first bite. Despite being an affordable Korean BBQ restaurant that has been popular among locals, customers praise for their amazingly big portions and friendliness of the waiters. The side dishes are just fine but people don’t mind about it because they focus on the tenderness of soy sauce marinated meats.

Address: 8G, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 tBayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 10 AM – 3:30 PM, 5 PM – 10 PM

Contact Number04-611 8909

Bonus: Chinese BBQ

1. BBQ Bar

BBQ Bar is where you can find a bar and restaurant in the same place. BBQ restaurant on the 1st floor and bar on the 2nd have attracted mortals with awe and wonder.

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Despite being a bar on top, people never seemed to mind owing to the fact that the food talks! You get to witness your sticks of food being turned by the gears hidden in the machine to even the heat and fasten the process. There are lots of choices written on the menu, the hard part is to pick them because you’ll want to order all of ’em! There’ll be types of sauces and flakes on every table, don’t be afraid to try out every single one to find the one that suits you the most! The environment feels like another dimension due to its purple and blue lighting.

Address: 10, Jln Icon City, Bukit Tengah, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 5 PM – 2 AM

Contact Number012-551 8126

2. Long Time Ago

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Not long ago, Long Time Ago set foot on Gurney Paragon Mall. ( Heh, see what I did there? ) Anyways, they’re famous for extraordinarily delicious Mongolian Lamb Skewer and it’s the one you can’t afford to miss! Much like the one mentioned earlier, it has automatic features to turn the sticks. However, this is a much brighter place and is suitable for those who enjoy a quieter place for barbeque. Unlike other BBQ joints which offer various types of dipping sauces, here you use only powder spices. That’s how confident they are with their own marinated skewers!

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Address: 163D-1-01, Gurney Paragon Mall, Gurney Dr, 10250 George Town

Operating Hours: 11:45 AM – 11:30 PM

Contact Number04-295 0869

Top 10 Penang BBQ Restaurants You Have To Try

Let’s be frank, who wouldn’t want to stay in this food heaven state. There are tons of restaurants waiting for us to try out but make sure to keep these BBQ restaurants in your bucket list too. We would definitely empty our pockets to fill up our stomach with such amazing food. Leave a comment down below if you have more suggestions and give us your thoughts!

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