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This Old-School Shop In Penang Has Been Selling Traditional Pastries & Fritters For Over 25 Years

What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word Penang? Is it Char Koay Teow? Assam Laksa? Or Cendul? Our island is no doubt a food paradise, but besides all these big names, there are a number of hidden gems that need extra attention and support. This old-school shop tucked in Georgetown, Guangzhou Cake House, has been serving an array of lip-smacking traditional Cantonese pastries and fritters for over 25 years!

Guangzhou Cake House: A Traditional Cantonese Pastries & Fritters Shop In Penang Of Over Two Decades

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For most locals who’s fond of Kochabi, or old-style flavours might not be a stranger to Guangzhou Cake House. It’s a nondescript, old shop nestled along Lebuh Carnarvon. In fact, you might have even walked past it without noticing (tucked between Seng Thor Coffee Shop and Fresh Tuinalogy Reflexology).

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Photo: Penang Local (Google)

Guangzhou Cake House offers a range of traditional Cantonese pastries, from their bestselling mini egg tarts (highly recommended) to Hap Tou Sou (walnut cookies), Ma Lai Gou (Hong Kong Sponge Cake) and more. There are also many option of fritters, including radish cake, deep fried taro ball, fried sesame balls, the choices are endless here.

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Run by a mother and son duo for over 25 years, the smell of aromatic pastries and frying oil lingers in the air each morning. You heard that right, their pastries are made fresh daily. The friendly old lady with a hunchback will pack your orders on the spot. They have seasonal offerings too, like lotus mooncakes during the mooncake festival.

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If you’re around the area, do stop by Guangzhou Cake House and show some love and support to the old lady. The shop opens daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., or until sold out. Remember to stay hydrated after feasting on those fried food to avoid the “yit hei.”

Guangzhou Cake House

Address: 158, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Daily)
Status: Non-Halal

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