Nyonya is the term for female Peranakans and ‘kuih’ means cakes, thus Nyonya Kuih comes with small changes to the Malay kuih, with a little added touch to suit Peranakan eating habits and tastes. Nyonya Kuihs are rich and varied, made from ingredients such as glutinous rice and coconut milk. These eye-catching treats, from the bright Ang Ku Kuih to the original rainbow 9-Layered Kuih (Kuih lapis), make regular appearances during breakfasts, tea time and of course celebrations since young. As the years go by, people appreciate this form of culture less. Finding a good one, however, is no easy task. But we’ve done the hard work for you.
8 Places To Get Really Good Nyonya Kuih In Penang
1. Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow
If there’s one place to satisfy your cravings for bite-sized sweetmeats, it’s at Moh Teng Peow! It is a 60 years old kuih factory churning out one of the finest Nyonya meals around for decades from zesty laksa, rich curries, and beautiful Nyonya Kuihs. Be amazed by the widespread offerings of kuih talam, kuih bangka ubi, some pandan infused goodie and whole lotta sweet cravings to resist.
There are many feedbacks regarding the size of the kuihs are getting smaller and smaller, yet quality over quantity any day! Just give ’em a try cuz they serve kuihs worth space in your tummy!
📍 Chulia St, Jalan Masjid, 10200 George Town, Penang
⏰ 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM (closed on Monday)
2. Kheng’s Nyonya Kuih Stall @ Batu Lanchang Market
As we know that the hidden gems are always found in hawker centers and it was absolutely right. This humble stall sells kuih that’s meticulously handmade on a daily basis. They offer a wide selection of kuihs, ranging from the Kaya Kuih, Kuih Silat (Serimuka) and Kuih Talam, so you’re bound to be spoilt for choice!
The Nyonya Kuih stall requires you to hustle through a huge crowd, aim your sweet-prey and once you’ve reached in front, just pick as many as possible. When you’re scrambling for that last piece of Kuih Bengka with the crowd, your kuih seems to taste much better!
📍 25, Lintang Batu Lancang, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang
⏰ 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM (closed on Sunday)
3. Cecil Street Wet Market
Hankering for Nyonya Kuih to kick-start your day? Then get up early and make your way to this bustling food court juxtaposed the market itself. It’s full of life and there is nothing from the local delights ranging from seri muka and kuih lapis to onde-onde and kuih Koci you can’t spot.
Upon entering, it’s easy to spot two side-by-side stalls lining up Nyonya Kuihs that are pretty to look and delicious to devour. Don’t be skimp, it’s all cheap and made with natural ingredients thus offering pleasure to the palate with its soft and spongy texture. The kuih at the stalls are very popular and selling fast, especially during lunch hours. Remember to come here early to avoid disappointment!
📍 40-48, Lebuh Cecil, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
⏰ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Related: 10 Nyonya Restaurants In Penang
4. Kuih Culture (Halal)
Tucked in Kimberly Street, Kuih Culture is set in the heart of tourist attraction. Offering an extensive range of kuih, each of their kuih goes through a long process, and are made daily to bring you the freshest kuih in town. Remember the times when you could peel off layer by layer of the Kuih Lapis? Lucky for you guys, you can still peel them at Kuih Culture.
To delight your taste buds, there is the pulut tai tai with glutinous rice marbled in blue pea flower juice. This kuih is comfort choice for its firm and chewy texture enhanced by a topping of sweet kaya. Not to be missed is the new creation of Chendul Talam, a kuih version of the icy Chendul treat which is unique to the state. The kuih with combination layers of fragrant brown palm sugar and cendul in coconut milk will win you over at first bite!
📍 59A, Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
⏰ 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
5. Li Er Nyonya Cafe 莉儿
Craving for colourful and yet beautiful nyonya kuihs? Located along Jalan Burma lies another gem. Many would pass by Li Er Cafe without noticing its presence, it has got to be one of the low-key cafes in town. The main highlight of the cafe would be the wide variety of Nyonya kuihs served at the corner. Pulut tai tai, kuih kowcee, are popular choices, though the menu feature other choices like kuih talam, angkoo, kuih lapis, and many more.
📍 349, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
⏰ 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM (closed on Thursday)
6. P Nyonya Kuih
If you’re looking for the authentic flavour of Nyonya Kuih, P Nyonya Kuih do it the best. You’ll find a small but satisfactory range of kuih – both sweet and savoury. While they don’t have a fixed location, the stall can be found at different markets throughout the week. The kuih they are selling is of generous size and prices range from RM 0.80 to RM 1.50 per piece, it’s highly affordable.
📍 Pasar Malam Lintang Macallum (Monday), Sungai Nibong Pantai (Wednesday), Perak Road Night Market (Friday)
⏰ 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
7. Mama Kuih @ Apollo Market
Going to Mama Kuih feels like you’ve just entered grandma’s home. The usual suspects aside, it’s one of the few places that do a mean Malaiko, also known as Mama Kuih – this springy and soft steamed cake topped with crisp watermelon seeds is rather tasty with the fragrant sweetness of palm sugar.
Those with a sweet tooth must try the beautiful Kaya Kuih too. The rice for making pulut tatai is dyed with butterfly pea flower so that it appears blue. A dab of kaya is also placed on top of the Kaya Kuih to sweeten it.
📍 23, Lorong Cengal 3, Butterworth, Malaysia
8. Eaton Kuih Centre
Spreading from the word of mouth, Eaton has gained its reputation and positive testimonials from the customers. If you have space for only one thing at Eaton, make it their Ang Ku Kueh. They’ve garnered a loyal following thanks to the kuih’s thin skin and ample filling. Besides, the Penang famous Huat Kuih and Tapiaca also the top recommended in Eaton. You won’t regret buying it, guaranteed!
📍 No.110 or 139-N, Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, 11600 Penang, Malaysia.
⏰ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (closed on Saturday & Sunday)
8 Places To Get Really Good Nyonya Kuih In Penang
Finally, we’ve reached an end to the list of Top 8 Authentic Nyonya Kuih Places In Penang. As usual, if there are any that we happen to miss out, do comment to let us know. In the meantime, don’t forget to try out these nyonya kuih places that we’ve specially curated for all you foodies. Bye!
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