10 Best Nasi Kandar Spots In Penang (2024 Guide)

Hailing from the heart of Penang, it’s time to spice up your life with YES, you’ve guessed it Nasi Kandar! With an exciting combination of steamed rice, spicy meat, veggies and piping hot banjir curries, we’re unfolding 10 of the best Nasi Kandar spots in Penang together – where flavourful spices and a celebration of unforgettable dishes collide. Confirm surr!


10 Best Nasi Kandar In Penang

1. Nasi Kandar Sulaiman 

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One is definitely no stranger to Nasi Kandar Sulaiman! As a viral hit among Penangites of all ages, this mamak serves up some delightfully surr nasi kandar. Packed to the brim with authentic lauk pauk such as squid, ayam bawang, okra, prawns, fish and flooded with your choice of curry gravy, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve won the lottery here. Memang sedap!   

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Nasi Kandar Sulaiman 

Address: 739, Jalan Air Itam, George Town, 10460 George Town, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (6.30 am – 2.30 pm)

Status: Muslim-owned 


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2. Nasi Kandar Nathrah

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From piping hot fish curries, to aromatic sambal udang petai and their popular spicy stingray, Nasi Kandar Nathrah will be spicing up your nasi kandar experience to the next level. Be prepared to wait for a bit in the long queue though as it’s really famous even among locals. It’s well worth the hype!       

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Nasi Kandar Nathrah

Address: 23, Jalan Teluk Kumbar, Kampung Teluk Kumbar, 11920 Teluk Kumbar, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Sunday to Friday (6 – 10 pm), Closed on Saturdays 

Status: Muslim-owned 

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3. Restoran Mohamed Raffee Nasi Kandar

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Nestled in the lively street of Jalan Burma, Restoran Mohamed Raffee Nasi Kandar attracts many hungry daredevils that crave for a hit of spice with a blazing hot intensity. Famed for their crispy fried chicken, sotong goreng, tender lamb and banjir style curries, we dare you to give it a taste. The opening hours from 7.30 am to 12 am are perfect for both early birds and night owls too. 

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Restoran Mohamed Raffee Nasi Kandar

Address: 295-A, Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang 

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (7.30 am – 12 am)

Status: Muslim-owned 

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4. Nasi Kandar Shah Maju

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Staying true to their roots, Nasi Kandar Shah Maju makes it a point to serve traditional old school nasi kandar that is best enjoyed in the company of your loved ones. Soul-satisfying dishes like the Kambing Kurma, Telur Sotong, Daging Ikan, Ayam Kicap and Bendi will have you craving for more. Are you game? 

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Nasi Kandar Shah Maju

Address: 637, Jalan Jelutong, Taman Jelutong, 11600 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (10 am – 12 am), Closed on Mondays 

Status: Muslim-owned 

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5. Yusuf Restaurant 

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With many Malaysians raving about their highly flavourful banjir kuah, Yusuf Restaurant is next on our list. From crunchy ayam goreng, mixed veggies to curry mutton, every dish is so on point! Don’t miss out on their aromatic murtabak that’s also a crowd favourite too.   

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Yusuf Restaurant 

Address: 823-G-4, Persiaran Paya Terubong 5, Relau, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Saturday to Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (10 am – 11 pm), Friday (10 am – 1 pm, 2.30 – 11 pm), Closed on Tuesdays 

Status: Muslim-owned 

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6. Hameediyah Restaurant

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Raise your plates up high! We’ve got a legendary one and it’s none other than the iconic Hameediyah Restaurant at Lebuh Campbell. Brought to life all the way back in 1907 under an Angsana tree, Hameediyah Restaurant has evolved into a must-visit landmark nasi kandar spot. Make sure to give their famous Kari Kepala Ikan, Chicken Tandoori, Fried Sotong and Rendang that feels just like a warm hug a try.     

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Hameediyah Restaurant

Address: 164 A, Lebuh Campbell, street, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (10 am – 10 pm)

Status: Halal-certified 

Link (s): FacebookInstagram

7. Deens Maju Nasi Kandar

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Rain or shine, Deens Maju Nasi Kandar always promises to cook up a storm! Bursting with authentic flavours, your taste buds will definitely come alive here as you live it up with their traditional nasi kandar with curry fish head and fried chicken. It’s perfect for lunch and dinner outings!     

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Deens Maju Nasi Kandar

Address: 170, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Saturday to Thursday (12 – 9.30 pm), Closed on Fridays 

Status: Muslim-owned 

Link (s): FacebookInstagram

8. Nasi Kandar Maima Maju 

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Craving for nasi kandar all the time? Nasi Kandar Maima Maju is here to satisfy you as it’s open ‘round the clock everyday for 24 hours! Whether it be at sunrise or midnight, keep the spice party going with their irresistible array of Nasi Kandar Daging Kicap, Ayam Goreng, Telur Ayam and banjir curries.    

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Nasi Kandar Maima Maju 

Address: 2405, Jalan Kampung Baru, Taman Tampoi, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Open 24 hours

Status: Muslim-owned 

Link (s): Facebook

9. Nasi Kandar Imigresen

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Starting with its humble beginnings in 1930 during the Japanese Occupation period, Nasi Kandar Imigresen is still standing strong with loyal patrons that always keep coming back for more of their top notch nasi kandar! The unforgettable side dishes like tender lamb rendang, fried chicken, salted egg, curry fish and stir-fried veggies will have an incredible long-lasting impression on you. It’s a real Legend in the scene.       

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Nasi Kandar Imigresen

Address: 8, Lorong Pasar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Saturday to Thursday (9 am – 7 pm), Closed on Fridays 

Status: Muslim-owned 

Link (s): Facebook

10. Nasi Kandar Ali IPD Corner

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We’re ending our tour in the aromatic embrace of Nasi Kandar Ali IPD Corner, where fragrant flavours of Nasi Kandar Ayam Madu, Curry Prawns, Ikan Sambal and juicy Nasi Tomato Ayam Goreng await to transport your senses on a heavenly adventure. With everything tasting so delicious, don’t mind if we get second or even third helpings!     

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Nasi Kandar Ali IPD Corner

Address: 247, Jalan Dato Keramat, Kampung Makam, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang 

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (11 am – 1 pm, 2.30 – 5.30 pm, 6 pm – 4 am)

Status: Muslim-owned 

Link (s): FacebookInstagram

Selamat Makan! Where Will You Be Spicing It Up First?

With a harmonious blend of bold flavours, Nasi Kandar has always been a cornerstone to Penang’s vibrant history and diverse culture. So, as you wipe off that last smudge of curry from your plate, remember that with each spoonful you’re experiencing a taste of Penang’s pride, heartfelt stories and soul.

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