Let’s get real here. There’s only one Hokkien Mee that reigns supreme here (KL people, please don’t come after me ─.─||). While there are many things to eat in Penang, the popular dish of Hokkien Mee never falters in maintaining its status as one of the state’s most delicious foods to try. You may be able to find this almost anywhere in the state, but only the locals can tell which one is worth the trip (and the queue!). Here are 15 Best Hokkien Mee in Penang that you need to try out!
15 Hokkien Mee Spots You Gotta Try In Penang
1. One Corner Cafe
One of the most popular Hokkien Mee spots in Penang, where you have to wait around 30-45 minutes for it. And trust me, it’s worth it! This stall has a long-standing experience in cooking the famous spicy prawn noodles, so the word ‘super good’ is kind of guaranteed here. Their broth leans toward the sweeter side and is packed with prawn flavours. Be ready to get up early if you wish to venture into this stall as they usually sell out by 11 am.
Address: 12, Jalan Bawasah, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 8am-10am (Closed on Saturdays)
This is an old-school classic spot best known to all locals and tourists alike! This place serves some seriously good prawn noodles with its signature ‘kochabi’ flavour. You can taste a small hint of ‘wok hey’ (burnt wok) in each sip, which adds to the layer of the soup. Then, don’t say I didn’t tell you, you have to add some roasted pork on top because the crispiness of the roasted pork skin along with a spoonful of Hokkien Mee tastes like heaven. Do note that they have implemented self-service system, where you’ll have to pick up your own bowl of noodle to your table.
Address: 67-A, Lebuh Presgrave, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 3pm – 9:30pm (Closed on Thursdays)
This local Hokkien Mee spot was established by a Chinese Muslim who accepted Islam back in 2000, so any Muslim are welcome at his stall. He and his wife serve delicious Hokkien Mee cooked fresh with eggs, prawns and shredded chicken. The broth is also filled with prawn flavours and a slightly spicy taste that’ll leave you wanting more.
Address: 84, Jalan Transfer, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7.00am – 1.30pm (Closed on Sundays)
4. Bee Hwa Cafe
You may find this near the popular breakfast spot Toh Soon Coffee. This 20-year-old shop is where you can enjoy pork-free and Halal-sourced Chinese food! Head on over to Bee Hwa Cafe to savour Penang’s famous dishes including Char Koay Teow, Curry Mee, Hokkien Mee, Hailam Mee & more. Their prawn noodles consist of more ingredients compared to the others, as they cook prawns, fish balls, crab sticks, and fishcakes into the soup as well.
Address: 10, Lebuh Dickens, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7am – 3pm (Closed on Sundays)
Previously located at Sin Hwa Coffee Shop before settling down at The Shark Food Court, they’re best known by old-timers as Mu Tong Hokkien Mee. Having over 60 years of culinary history, their broth is dubbed by many as “liquid gold.” A thick, aromatic concoction that leaves a spicy-savoury satisfaction, and will have you coming back for more.
Address: 192, Jalan Burma, Kampung Syed, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7am – 1pm (Closed on Mondays)
This Michelin-rated stall is a good spot for a satisfying bowl of Hokkien Mee. Broth may be on the thinner side and less spicy as compared to other places, but still packs a punch. There are also a few add-on choices including pork ribs, pork meatballs, pig’s intestines, and fishcakes. Moreover, this small shop provides a comfortable ambience with indoor and outdoor seating.
Address: 533, Lebuh Pantai, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7am – 2pm (Closed on Mondays)
Ah Koo’s is very well-known among the locals for serving some of the best Hokkien Mee in Penang. It is one of the few shops that operate only during the morning, where its waiting time is at least 30 minutes during peak hours. Tucked in Classic Cafe, their hokkien mee broth is one of the thickest, with full-bodied shrimp flavours. They’re always sold out by 11 a.m. so be sure to visit them early. You’ll be also surprised to know that the owners of Ah Koo and Super Hokkien Mee are actually siblings! That explains why these two stalls are so popular among the locals.
Address: Jalan Perak, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7.30am – 11.30am (Closed on Tuesdays)
8. Green House
A crowd-favourite supper spot for both locals and tourists, Green House Prawn Mee & Loh Mee has been operating inside Old Green House for close to 30 years. It is also listed in the MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View! Offering its lip-smacking and distinctive prawn-based broth, patrons can also pick their ingredients to customize their warm bowl of Hokkien Mee. There may be a lot of people at times, but they provide more seating in the unit which is a few doors away. Moreover, the place opens until 1.30 am so it can be your supper spot too!
Address: 133A, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 9am – 1.30am (Daily)
9. Pohon 901
Don’t underestimate this small shack by its appearance! Pohon 901 is a hidden breakfast haven located in Bayan Lepas. Known for its Muslim-friendly fares, it serves some of the best Char Koay Teow, Hokkien Mee, Roti Canai and more! Not to mention its affordable prices are a welcome sight for anyone who seeks a hearty breakfast.
Address: 12, Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Sungai Tiram, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 5am – 11am (Daily)
10. Aunty Choon
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An air-conditioned Hokkien Mee restaurant? Now this is a rare one. Aunty Choon is located in Nagore Square, where it also houses famous eateries like New World Park and the OG cafe, Piknik. Their Hokkien Mee is slightly different as the owner hailed from Butterworth. Her authentic northern Hokkien prawn noodles along with the crackling roast pork are fulfilling. Moreover, they offer a set menu which features drinks as well.
Address: 6, Jalan Nagor, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 8am – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm (Daily)
This Halal Chinese food stall has been operating since 2001 and they’re very famous among locals! Known for their Char Hor Fun and Hokkien Mee. As you get near the stall, you will smell the simmering Hokkien Mee broth that is cooked inside the giant pot. Try to visit here during the weekdays as this stall is always packed especially during the weekends.
Address: Bukit Jambul, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Operating hours: 4pm-12am (Tuesday-Sunday); 6pm-12am (Monday) (Closed on Wednesdays)
12. Granny’s Hokkien Mee
Just like its name suggested, this restaurant specializes in cooking old-style Hokkien Mee just like the one Granny would make. The restaurant has been in operation since 2014 and is known for its flavorful and authentic prawn noodles. Just like the rest of the restaurants, their soup is thick and concentrated with prawn flavours. Also, order their Lor Bak (marinated meat rolls) for the ideal pair to your spicy bowl of Hokkien Mee.
Address: Lengkok Nipah, Taman Lip Sin, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7:15 am–2:15 pm (Closed on Mondays)
13. Kedai Kopi Bobo
Situated in the neighbourhood of Lip Sin, this Hokkien Mee is a must-try! Other than their famous prawn noodles, Bobo is also very well known for their signature drink Hor Ka Sai which is served in stainless steel cups. The Hokkien Mee comes with aromatic prawn broth bathed in springy noodles. But be ready to line up as this spot is incredibly popular among locals and tourists.
Address: G-23, Lengkok Nipah 2, Taman Lip Sin, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7am-12pm (Closed on Fridays)
14. Spare Ribs Hokkien Mee @ Cecil Street Market
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Sip onto piping hot Hokkien Mee broth encompassing a sweet flavour at this huge food centre at Cecil Street. Using spare pork ribs to enhance the taste, you can bet that their soup is simply bursting with all layers of flavours. Many commented that their soup is not too oily, so it’d be much more suitable for elders. Those wanting more can also choose to top up with various add-ons including egg, mee/bee hoon, pig’s intestines, pork ribs and prawns.
Address: Lebuh Cecil, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 8am – 5pm (Daily)
You may heard of Penang’s famous dish, Hokkien Mee, but have you tried the dry version of it? Ah Kok Hokkien Mee offers this special rendition of the beloved noodle dish as well as the original itself along with delectable meaty ingredients of your choice. Their broth may be much more transparent in comparison with the other Hokkien Mee spots.
Address: 7111, Jalan Raja Uda, Taman Aman Jaya, 12300 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang
Operating hours: 7.30am – 4pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Don’t Miss Out On These 15 Places That Serves Hokkien Mee
Whether you’re an adventurous tourist or a familiar local, indulging in the savoury perfection of Penang’s Hokkien Mee is not just a meal, but also a blessing to our taste buds. Call it prawn noodles or Hokkien Mee, this dish deserves its spot as one of Penang’s most delicious foods to try. So start trying out all these 15 spots when you’re in Penang!