5 Must-Try Foods at New Cathay Kopitiam Penang

This guide is about 5 must try foods at New Cathay Kopitiam Penang. New Cathay Kopitiam nestled along Lorong Kuching right off the Burmah Road. It is one of the famous kopitiam among the locals, serving wide varieties of local delights such as Penang Hokkien Mee, Koay Chiap, Wan Tan Mee, Curry Mee & many more scrumptious foods! It begins to cater enthusiastic locals as early as 7.30 in the morning and get pretty busy during peak hour (lunch time) everyday.

Here are the 5 must try foods at New Cathay Coffee shop, featuring Curry Mee, Penang Hokkien Mee, Hokkien Char, Koay Chiap & Char Koay Kak.


New Cathay Kopitiam Penang

The curry mee won our heart undoubtedly. The broth was rich, fragrant and the lemak-ness was on point. I like the way the chef handles it as coconut milk has a particular weighty creaminess, it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was just right without it overly creamy or jilat. The noodles was well flavored thanks to the broth.

New Cathay Kopitiam Hokkien Mee

When it comes to Penang state dish, Hokkien Mee ranks up there with the likes of Char Koay Teow and Laksa. Well, New Cathay’s Hokkien Mee was a satisfying food to us this morning. The owner ‘Ah Mei’ gracefully flavors the prawn broth to arrive at a balanced state of savoury and sweetness. However, the number one Penang Hokkien Mee to me is still One Corner Food Court’s.

New Cathay Kopitiam

The Hokkien Char was superb, somehow above my expectation (trust me). “Wok Hei” is the most suitable word for this dish. It also came with generous portion and most importantly it was very tasty as the tantalizing aroma completes the succulent flesh of this perfect dish. Don’t forget to check out Hokkien Char if you happen to come to New Cathay Kopitiam.

One of the crowd’s favorites offering at New Cathay Koptiam – Char Koay Kak. Served on banana leaf, the Char Koay Kak tasted delicious and subtle hints of saltiness.

New Cathay Kopitiam

Koay Chiap/Chap is also one of the must-try dishes at this kopitiam. The herbal soup perfectly cooked without it overly powering. Another worth sharing points were its ingredients: thickly sliced meat, well-cooked springy intestines, and frisky egg definitely make this stall worthy visiting.

New Cathay Kopitiam

Lucky us, we met Ke Ai, home-grown entertainer and bak hu seller, also eating at New Cathay this morning.


Hope this guide gave you a good peek of what you should try at New Cathay Kopitiam. Do take note: the only unfortunate about New Cathay Kopitiam would be the parking. The polices are patrolling quite often in this area, so make sure you find a proper parking to enjoy your meal here.

New Cathay Kopitiam

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Mon-Sat: 07:00 – 14:00

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