10 Awesome Chinese Restaurants in Penang You Need to Try Out

Looking for some heartwarming, failproof Chinese fares? We’ve curated not one, but a list of Chinese restaurant in Penang which we think are worth trying out. These places are great for friends and family dining, some are even able to accommodate large crowds!


10 Really Good Chinese Restaurants in Penang to Savour:

#1 Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant

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Maple Palace is dubbed as one of the best Chinese restaurants in Penang due to its popularity. Offering an array of pristine Chinese dishes in a white mansion, they’re great for big groups of people. Not to mention there are private rooms available to accommodate special occasions and celebrations.

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Photo: @wombatbites (Instagram)

Address: 47, Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 12-2:30 p.m., 6-10 p.m. (Daily)

#2 Wu Jia Chinese Cuisine

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Grew from a small restaurant to its present size, Wu Jia Chinese Cuisine offers an array of Chinese dishes. Located on the upper floor of Maxim Dim Sum, they’re spacious enough to accomodate large crowds and families. Try out their Taro Fish Claypot and Curry Prawn, highly recommended!

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Photo: @yphingee (Instagram)

Address: 267, Lebuh Pekaka 1, Taman Pekaka, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Daily)

#3 Ocean Green Restaurant

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Better known as a seafood restaurant by locals, here, you’ll find a variety of lip-smacking seafood dishes. They might be the only restaurant to serve baked crab casserole, which is absolutely delicious. Besides that, find regular chu char dishes including snacks like satay and spring rolls. Plus, dine in a comfortable ambiance by the beach.

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Photo: @lineatstheworld (Instagram)

Address: Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-3 p.m., 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Daily)

#4 Village Food Recipe

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Village Food Recipe is not your regular Chinese restaurant in Penang. Serving home-style Chinese food in an unpretentious ambiance, their dishes carry robust flavours that go beyond ‘wok hei.’ We highly recommend you guys to try out their fried porridge, which is a rare find on the island. Not to mention it’s highly praised by many customers.

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Photo: James Quah (Facebook)

Address: 58, Jalan Moulmein, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (Closed on Thursday)

#5 Great Delight Kitchen

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A quaint Chinese restaurant known among the locals around the neighbourhood, Great Delight Kitchen whips up some of the most authentic Chinese dishes that pack a punch. They’re usually full house during the weekend, so better call in for reservation if you’re keen to try this place out. Note: Parking can be a tad hard to secure.


Address: 29, Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Saturday)

#6 Ong Lai Seafood


Not to be mistaken by the Ong Lai (pineapple) fruit, Ong Lai Seafood is one of the more popular Chinese restaurant in Penang, specifically Butterworth. Dubbed one of the best seafood chu char around the neighbourhood, dishes here are surprisingly affordable. Service is also swift, so definitely a great place for family dining.

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Photo: Engseng Teh (Google)

Address: 6786, Jalan Raja Uda, Taman Dahlia, 12300 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Daily)

#7 Tofu Village

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What are the odds of a Chinese restaurant in Penang serving Hakka cuisine? Tofu Village, specializing in tofu dishes, serves a variety of authentic Hakka fares. The restaurant has a casual ambiance with attentive service. If you’re overwhelmed by the menu, simply ask for recommendations, the lady will suggest some awesome dishes. Do try out their Wine Chicken and Mala Tofu.

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Address: 88, Church St, 10200 George Town, Penang.
Operating Hour: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Closed on Monday)

#8 Ong Cheng Huat

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If you don’t know Ong Cheng Huat, we’re pretty sure you might have heard of their famous Spring Chicken. A minimum of 30-minute drive from the island, this restaurant offers an unpretentious vibe, with simple yet delicious seafood and other stir-fried dishes. Their Spring Chicken, also the star dish, is so crispy and packed with flavours. Their coconut flower wine is also worth trying, though it’s an acquired taste.

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Address: 6093, Kampung Pokok Keras, 13400 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Closed on Monday)

#9 Sea Queen Restaurant

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When talking about fancy Chinese restaurant in Penang, Sea Queen Restaurant is no doubt on the list. Nestled in Straits Quay, this place is usually booked to celebrate special occasions and events. Based on customer reviews, food is above average and at an affordable price point. Not to mention the ambiance is spacious and sophisticated, which is great in accommodating large crowds.

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Photo: Serene Hsieh (Google)

Address: G3 & 3A, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tg Pinang, Seri Tanjung Pinang, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6-10:30 p.m. (Daily)

#10 Kim Hee Restaurant

Kim Hee is yet another popular Chinese restaurant in Butterworth. They have two outlets, one in Seberang Jaya and another in Alma. Serving a variety of Chinese cuisine, food in general are value for money. Do drop by during the weekend for some droolworthy dim sum. We heard their dim sum runs out pretty fast, so better be there early.

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Seberang Jaya
Address: 22-25, Jalan Todak 4, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Daily)

Address: Seri Alma, 22-30, Lorong Seri Alma, Pusat Perniagaan Alma, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Operating Hour: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6-10 p.m. (Daily)

Foodies, we don’t know about you, but we’re drooling! See any restaurants that you’d wish to try? Share this out and tag your buddies to check out these Chinese restaurants together. That’s all, happy feasting and buh bye!


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One Comment

  1. Hi,

    I always read your site for food recommendations however I wish you would mention if the food is halal or otherwise. It would certainly help a Muslim like me.

    BTW, I love Chinese food and thus me reading this article but I dare not visit these restaurants because I am not sure if they serve pork or include lard in the dishes.

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