Top 10 Chinese Restaurants In Penang Perfect For Family Gathering

When it comes to food, there’s no place like home, Penang! Long known as the food paradise, Penang is renowned for its fabulous and exotic mix of delicious cuisine to choose from. Apart from the famous street food, no doubt Chinese food always have a special place in our heart.

The one we always find ourselves returning to and the very same one that delivers comfort like no other is Chinese food. Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew or even the tastes of Sze Chuan, it doesn’t matter—they’re all delicious to us!

Top 10 Chinese Restaurants In Penang Island

Here are 10 Chinese restaurants in Penang Island we can vouch for that we know both you and your family will love. Without further ado, scroll down to find out what’s in the list.

1. Tek Sen Restaurant

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Starting off our list is the famed Chinese restaurant along Lebuh Carnarvon, Tek Sen Restaurant. Established since 1965, they’ve been faithfully serving top-notch Chinese dishes till these days. They offer delicious Chinese cuisine, featuring a mix wide range of authentic Cantonese, Teochew, Hakka and Peranakan delights with many years of experience by recipe passing down and improve.

Without a doubt, everyone that dines at the place will order their signature double roasted pork with chili padi! Glistening like a honey glaze, when you take a bite, you can feel the stickiness! And, what comes next is an explosion of flavours – sweet and salty!

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📍 18, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

⏰ 12 PM – 2.30 PM, 6 PM – 8.30 PM (Closed on Tuesday)

📞 012-981 5117

2. L Kitchen

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Tucked in Campbell street, many would pass by L Kitchen without noticing its presence. The food here is Cantonese influenced with a touch of local cuisine at a reasonable price. Their menu ranges from local breakfast dishes such as toasted bread with soft boiled egg to rice and noodles dishes and porridge and congee for both lunch and dinner.

Don’t leave without trying their super yummy Indian Style Curry Fish Fillet. This curry is creamy from the coconut milk with a slight tinge of tanginess to balance out the creaminess. Also, it is advisable to book a reservation beforehand or arrive early as this place is packed with patrons on weekends.

📍 141, Lebuh Campbell, 10100, Georgetown, Penang

⏰ 11:30 am – 4 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm (Monday to Saturday); 10 am – 4 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm (Sunday); Closed on Thursday

📞 016-471 6833

3. Foong Wei Heong Restaurant

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Voted as one of the best Chinese restaurants in Penang, Foong Wei is well-known by the locals. The setting is very comfortable (clean and tidy) and staffs are very attentive. The restaurant also emphasizes freshness as well as the quality of cooking, which is why most of what you might order is always delicious.

Make sure to try out their Peking Duck that comes with popiah skin to wrap the duck together with their sauce, so good. Be prepared to queue or make a reservation to avoid disappointment, the restaurant is always crowded.

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📍 25, Jalan Sri Bahari, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

⏰ 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM, 5:45 PM – 9:30 PM

📞 04-261 1918

4. Chicken Claypot House

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Even after years of establishment, Chicken Claypot House still flushed with patrons and tourist. The concept is quite rare in Penang, diners first enjoy their range of signature Chicken Claypot dishes, the soup will then be added to the Claypot as Steamboat.

A must-order is their Signature Chicken Claypot steamboat, a big whole pot of chicken packed with shallots, and gingers which explained why the pot was jam-packed with flavours. As an addition, there is also a display fridge which allows diners to pick their preferred ingredients to be cooked in the pot. Try it for yourself, we bet you’ll feel the same as we do.

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📍 130, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 11400 George Town, Pulau Pinang

⏰ 4:30 PM – 1:30 AM

📞 04-218 9386

5. Hon Kei Food Corner

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One of the oldest Chinese food joints in Penang, Hon Kei needs no further introduction. The brand is known for serving Pork Noodles and has a newly refurbished restaurant along Lorong Kampung Malabar. Their menu is simple with the option of noodles and porridge.

A must-order is the pork noodles with a generous amount of minced pork and pork innards. By looking at the golden broth in this bowl of noodles, you can tell the broth is rich in flavour. Their porridge version is good as well. The rice grains are soft but not completely mushy so you still get a bit of texture in each mouthful. You’ll be leaving this spot wanting more because of how tasty it is.

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📍 45, Kampong Malabar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

⏰ 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Closed on Thursday)

📞 016-443 9085

6. Starview Restaurant

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Amongst all the Chinese cuisines out there, Starview Restaurant is one such place where diners are never disappointed. One of the items that are perennial favourites with long-time customers is their signature Peking Duck ala Starview, which is served together with a plate of egg wrappings.

The speciality of this dish lies in the eating method, where all four of the ingredients of the Peking duck dish (duck meat, jellyfish, duck skin, prawn crackers) are wrapped in the egg wrappers. No, we’re not kidding, try it out for yourself and you’ll know how good it is.

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📍 341, Dato Keramat Road, 10150, George Town, Penang

⏰ 11:30 AM – 02:30 PM, 06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

📞 04-226 6544

7. Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant

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Opened its door back in September 2009, Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant in Penang that offers exquisite Chinese and local cuisine as well as warm hospitality in a rustic, historically preserved building.

They specialise in a wide range of Chinese and Cantonese dishes, all made from top quality ingredients and prepared right here in the restaurant. If you want a place that is fancy enough to meet your high standard, Maple Palace is the place.

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📍 47, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

⏰ 12:00 PM – 02:30 PM, 06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

📞 04 2279690

8. New CRC Chinese Restaurant

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The CRC Chinese Restaurant is amongst the more popular Chinese restaurants in Penang. Many come to the restaurant for its exceptional seafood dishes. The food is great and service is fast, and they have menus especially for this celebration.

CRC is known for its abalones, superior shark’s fins cooked in Thai style with scallops and fish maw, and lobster birthday noodle. This is one spot to pamper yourself should you desire a proper fine dining experience coupled with the authentic taste of Chinese cooking.

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📍 22 Jalan Pangkor, Penang, Malaysia.

⏰ 10 AM – 10 PM (Daily)

📞 04-2299737

9. Goh Swee Kee Restaurant

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Having been around for decades, Penangites have always taken pride in Goh Swee Kee Restaurant located at Sri Bahari Road in Georgetown. The restaurant offers authentic Teochew cuisine that is hard to come by in Penang.

Dishes that will rock your socks off include the deep-fried prawn balls, stir-fried oysters and Teochew braised-ducks — both of which are truly marvellous and unique. This place is definitely visit-worthy as the food served here is delicious and it offers a comfortable setting for family dining.

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📍 5, Jalan Sri Bahari, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

⏰ 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

📞 04-227 9690


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PUTIEN has had more than 10 years of experience, and with its title of Michelin One-Star Restaurant in 2016, you know it’s definitely a restaurant with top-notch food serving nothing but the best Fujian cuisine. Just try their plate of Putien Lor Mee and Stir-fried Yam and see for yourself!

Overall, PUTIEN Penang offers a classy, welcoming dining experience that would satisfy even the pickiest person. Plus, you could have some shopping done before or right after a meal with your friends and relatives, the best of both worlds. Should you visit it? Yes!

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📍 Gurney Paragon, 10250 George Town, Penang

⏰ 11.30 AM to 9.30 PM (daily)

📞 04-226 0828

Top 10 Chinese Restaurants In Penang Island

In this Top 10 Chinese Restaurants article, we scoured Penang to bring to you which spots we think are the best to try with your friends or family. Do you feel like heading over to one of them now? Have a great meal!

As usual, we’d love to hear from you! Tell us your favourite Chinese restaurant in Penang in the comment section. See y’all soon with more exciting content, byes!

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  1. Tek Sen is not a place that you & your family can gather.
    You’d be pressured to leave once food on the table is cleared.


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