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Foodie Picks August 2020: 12 Honest Favourites You Should Be Trying This Month

Hello foodies! If you’re constantly scrolling through your Facebook and come across posts from us, it’s most likely about food. But this post will be slightly different and new to some because we’ve compiled a list of favourites from our team as well as the Penang Foodie Group community. So, this is a list of honest, favourite Foodie Picks that have been tried, tested and approved. Ready? Let’s go!

Foodie Picks: 12 Tried And Tested Spots In Penang To Try Out This Month

1. CP Museum Dim Sum Restaurant

CP Museum Dim Sum Penang

  • 7, Jalan D.S Ramanathan, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
  • 8AM-5PM (Opens Daily)
  • Non-Halal

CP Museum Dim Sum Restaurant is a new dim sum spot in town that’s buzzing with early risers. What’s unique here is definitely the interior as it consists of 88 pieces of century-old treasure logs. However, the price of the Dim Sum here is slightly steep, considering its portion. There are definitely better dim sum spots in Penang but CP Museum Dim Sum Restaurant is the kind that you must visit at least once, to bask in the unique environment.

-Mei, Video Editor

2. Island Problems

Foodie Picks July 2020

  • 161, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
  • 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Closed On Wednesdays)
  • Muslim-friendly

Situated in a heritage building, the two-storey don and sando bar is pretty narrow, but aesthetically pleasing with hints of minimalism. Strategically located at Campbell Street, Island Problems serves a small menu comprising of modern Japanese cuisine. Highly recommended by many, pasta and seafood lovers can’t go wrong with Trio Roe Pasta. The bursting flavour of every bite definitely matches the price. To share, Tomyum Goong Sweet Potato Fries is a must-order. Fine cut potato fries drenched with homemade sauce is pretty lit! To wash it all down, Watermelon Lychee Cooler is the best bet. Reservations are necessary due to the capacity. 

-Rei, Editor

Foodie Picks July 2020

3. Braised Pork Rice @ Thunderbird

Foodie Picks August 2020

  • 388 Wayton Court, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
  • 11 AM – 11 PM (Opens Daily)
  • Non-Halal

Occasionally, we will crave for something simple. And although a bowl of braised pork rice is the easiest go-to option, it’s undeniable that perfecting a simple dish as this comes as no easy feat. The Braised Pork Rice over at Thunderbird is the kind of comfort food that you won’t get enough of because of melt-in-your-mouth braised pork. Couple that with some crispy pork lard and plain rice, every bite will leave you wanting more.

-JY, Video Editor

4. Kedai Kopi Pak Yeh

  • Jalan Tanah Liat, Kampung Kubang Semang, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
  • 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Closed On Friday and Sunday)
  • Halal

Kedai Kopi Pak Yeh has begun operating since the 1970s. Right until now, it remains a traditional coffee shop that locals have come to love. What’s unique here is that Kopi Kampung is used to brew the coffee beverages. While you’re here, don’t forget to order the Kopi O’, Kopi Ais, and Kopi Panas. Additionally, what complements coffee better than toasts? Roti Bengali here is toasted on a charcoal fire to get a slight, crispy char. Doused on top of this crispy charred toast is the homemade ‘kaya’ spread made from duck eggs. You can also find other delicious fares here such as Laksa Claypot, Bihun Sup Tulang, and Mee Kuah. 

-Jun, Video Editor

Foodie Picks July 2020

5. Mak’s Curry Fish Head

Foodie Picks August 2020

  • 29D (SM) Lebuh Lembah Permai 1, Gerai Penjaja MPPP, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
  • 6 PM – 9 PM (Closed on Tuesday & Wednesdays)
  • Non-Halal

If you happen to be around Tanjung Bungah, then you guys most definitely need to try out Mak’s Curry Fish Head. Situated smack in the middle of what seems like a residential food court, there’s always a crowd of residents savouring a simple dish; Curry Fish Head. Served in a clay pot with a side of Set Rice, it’s a meal that’s reasonable yet satisfying. Oh, there are different curries served each day, so there’s a variety that you can look out for.

-Thex, Editor

Foodie Picks August 2020

6. Nam Seng Wan Tan Mee

  • No. 124, Jalan Hutton, Georgetown, 10050 George Town, Penang.
  • 7 AM – 2 PM (Closed On Friday)
  • Non-Halal

One of Penangites’ favourite street food is most definitely Wan Tan Mee. While we can find plenty of stalls selling Wan Tan Mee at almost every corner, we personally recommend Nam Seng Wan Tan Mee that has been around for 50 years. So, each plate of noodles is drizzled with a very authentic sauce and is packed with a generous amount of vegetables and char siew. Additionally, there’s also a bowl of Wan Tan Soup that features pork and prawns fillings. If you love dumplings, the dumplings here are packed to the edge with prawn, pork as well as crabmeat!

-Joe, Editor

7. Samosa Centre Sejahtera Muhibbah

Samosa Centre Sejahtera Muhibbah

  • 16-2, Lebuh Dickens, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
  • 11 AM- 7 PM (Daily)
  • Halal

A humble stall located along Lebuh Dickens, one might easily miss out on Samosa Centre Sejahtera Muhibbah. But if you’re a true foodie at heart, you’ll know that this stall sells one of the best Samosa with a variety of fillings. Pick from sardine, beef, chicken, egg or the classic potato fillings. In addition to that, the fillings have strong aromatic flavours from the curry and spices used. For days when you feel like eating something crunchy, the satisfying crisp from the Samosa will leave you ordering more than one.

-Una, Editor

8. Kimberley Street Duck Kway Chap

  • 97-143, Lebuh Kimberley, Georgetown, 10100 George Town, Penang
  • 6 PM – 11 PM (Closed On Thursday)
  • Non-Halal

Next up on our list of Foodie Picks is one that’s located along Penang’s vibrant, Kimberley Street. It’s a street that comes to life, especially at night with hungry foodies on the hunt to satiate their tummies. Tucked along this busy street, is the infamous Kwap Chap stall that’s named after the street. Kimberley Street Kway Chap comes with a generous portion of duck meat that goes well with the chewy noodles. Also, it’s so good that one bowl isn’t enough to make the cut.

Kessyl, Video Producer

9. Al Madinah Special Fried Chicken

Al Madinah Fried Chicken

  • Lebuhraya Batu Lanchang (Location varies daily)
  • 4 PM – 7.30 PM (Sold out by 6 PM)
  • Halal

Occasionally, we’ll crave for something crunchy. Not just ordinarily crunchy though, the kind that crackles when you bite into the breaded batter. And Al-Madinah Special Fried Chicken is a truck that specialises in serving fried chicken that’s crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside. Operating in different locations, this humble stall is constantly crowded and is sold out 2 hours after they begin selling. This is a huge testament to how good their fried chicken is.

Boon, Video Editor

Al Madinah Fried Chicken

10. Char Koay Teow @ BP Views Kopitiam

Foodie Picks July 2020
Photo: @JamesQuah (PenangFoodieGroup)
  • BP Views Kopitiam, Balik Pulau, 11000, Penang
  • 6 PM – 11 PM (Closed On Thursday)
  • Non-Halal

The Char Kuey Teow had a very nice colour tone from the chillies and sauce mixtures. Also, each plate comes with 2 deshelled prawns with the tail still intact and further garnished with several slices of Chinese sausages. You can visibly tell that extra care was taken to place a piece of cut banana leaf on the plate. The multitude of colours from the matching green chives, red ‘lap cheong’, chillies and beigy Kuey Teow gives out a plate of artful flavours.

-James Quah, Penang Foodie Group Member

11. Hainanese Chicken Chop @ Esplanade’s Western Food

Photo: @Casey Neo (PenangFoodieGroup)
  • Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
  • 11.30 AM – 5 PM (Closed On Sunday)
  • Halal

A typical Hainanese Chicken Chop with custom ingredients and smothered with sweet-sour tomato-based gravy. The chicken thigh was perfectly fried to golden brown and is crispy outside while preserving its juicy and tender taste inside. The food was piping hot with visible smoke when served. It’s worth mentioning that every single piece of fries maintains it’s crisp and dipping it with mayonnaise makes it truly satisfying. Clearly, the food preparation was very well taken care of by the stall owners. For the price of RM10 per serving, you could hardly find such delicious Chicken Chop with this decent price.

-Casey Neo, Penang Foodie Group Member

12. Thai Crab Porridge

Thai Crab Porridge Penang
Photo: @WilliamTan (PenangFoodieGroup)
  • No 9, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
  • 12 PM – 10 PM (Opens Daily)
  • Non-Halal

Everyone is a seafood lover at heart. For some of us, when we think of a feast, we would normally include seafood in it. Thai Crab Porridge located at Lebuh Keng Kwee serves seafood porridge using only the freshest catch. Priced at merely RM18 for a bowl of Crab Porridge, it’s a reasonable price for those who love indulging in a seafood feast. Also, there are other seafood side dishes here such as Thai Sauce Squid, Deep Fried Fish and more.

-William Tan, Penang Foodie Group Member

And there you have it, these are the 12 spots in Penang that have been tried and tested. So, if you’re looking for what’s good to eat in Penang, just pick any from this list. Let us know if this list is a great addition to your food adventure. Stay tuned to our next Foodie Picks coming in September. Bye!

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