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5 Hidden Gems In Penang That Are Worth Checking Out

It’s a known fact that Penang is foodie heaven. It wouldn’t be too much to say that Penang is the food capital of South East Asia, as it houses delicious cuisines stemming from a melting pot of cultures, passionately nurtured over the years. Food in Penang is a heritage worth celebrating more so if they are hidden gems.

5 Lesser Known Eateries In Penang

In recent years, cafes and restaurants have been mushrooming all over, and though we try our best to keep everyone up-to-date with the latest eateries, there are bound to be a few that we might have missed. Today, it is all about the smaller, under-recognized “hidden gems” in Penang. Without further ado, let us get right into it! 

1. Harvest Wok  

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Tucked away on Moulmein Street, is a small restaurant with big flavours. Harvest Wok is known for its Chinese cuisine, and Ko Cha Bi (Traditional Flavors) food. Nothing brings more warmth to the heart than a meal that reminds you of home, and that is exactly what you get at Harvest Wok. The restaurant aims to preserve the taste and flavours of home-cooked meals through a variety of diligently prepared traditional Chinese soups and delicious stir fry or (chu char). Going along the theme of home and family, their dishes are best enjoyed in a group or shared among loved ones. The prices are reasonable and well worth the visit as their passion for food can be tasted from the very first bite. 

Address: 48, Jalan Moulmein, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 11 AM-3 PM | 6 PM-9 PM (Closed on Tuesday)

Status: Non-Halal

2. How’s Burger and Breakfast 

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New on the gourmet burger scene is How’s Burger and Breakfast. Located in Batu Lanchang market’s food court, this small burger stall offers a decent range of burgers specializing in chicken and pork burgers. They open at 8:30 am and serve iconic American-style breakfast, perfect for the early birds who want to get classic bacon and eggs as their first meal of the day. You can also order a salad if you want some leafy greens to go with your meaty buns.

Address: Lrg Batu Lanchang, Taman Sri Damai, 11600 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia (Batu Lanchang Market)

Operating Hours: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Status: Non-Halal

Link(s): Facebook

3.  Dulicious Durian Project

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What is the one thing you would like to eat when you don’t want to have a heavy meal yet your tummy throws craving tantrums? Pastries? EXACTLY! And providing such crave quenchers is The Delicious Durian Project. This place offers quality baked products and different flavoured puffs. If you are looking for something cold then we would recommend the all-time famous “Durian Ice Cream” or Snow Mochi. 

Address: 92, Lebuh Mcnair, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 10 AM-8 PM (Closed on Tuesday)

Status: Pork-free

Link(s): Facebook

4. Hamisu

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Seafood fans, fasten your seatbelts, because we are transporting you to the best seafood place here! Hamisu is all about seafood and is well known for its Sauna Prawn and other varieties varying from crabs to fish and other exotic fortunes from the sea. Even if you are not a fan of seafood, you can still explore other arrays of options on the menu.

Address: 401 Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang,

Operating Hours: 4 PM – 10 PM (Tuesday-Sunday) | 4 PM – 12 AM (Monday)

Status: Pork-free

Link(s): Facebook

5. The Sunset Beach Empire

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Feeling like a simple Sunday with family, a special someone, or even just yourself with a sea view? Sunset Beach Empire is the location you’ve been looking for. The owner has the place set up near the sea for the customers to get the best view of the straits while enjoying their meals. Sunset Beach Empire is actually categorized as a “Coffee Shop” but you could order other items, like fried seafood, soups, and rice. The food tastes good and the service and presentation are top-notch. So, head on over to Sunset Beach Empire to unwind with live soothing music and the sea.  

Address: 23, Tingkat Laksamana 8, Taman Robina, 13050 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hours: 5 PM -11 PM (Closed on Wednesday)

Link(s): Facebook

Uncover These Hidden Gems In Penang

There you have it, these are the 5 lesser-known gems in Penang that we think are worth checking out. If you would like to share your favourite eatery with us, just let us know in the comments below. Bye for now!

This article is written by Hu Kai Sern.

Also read: Penang Ranked 8th In List Of Top 10 Islands In Southeast Asia 2022 By Travel + Leisure

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