Midnight Foodies in George Town
Penang food is known to have amazing food. This foodie paradise boasts a wide selection of tasty and must-try dishes that you simply can't afford to avoid. Here’s a handy guide to help you discover every imaginable taste and flavour Penang has to offer:
Jiao Sai Maggi Goreng
Jiao sai means “bird droppings” in Hokkien and this dish was named so thanks to pigeon droppings that adorned the old location of Restoran Yunus Khan. No need to worry, though, as the restaurant has moved to new premises, with scant jiao sai in sight! A popular item on the menu is Maggi Goreng Biasa (MYR 5.50), a tasty marriage of Maggi instant noodles with deep-fried chicken and a sunnyside-up egg. Although the crispy fried chicken is a bit salty, it melds well with the noodles.
Address: 702 G3, Jalan Abu Siti, 10050 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Known as Abu Mamak because of its super-calculating, friendly boss, who is rarely seen elsewhere, this place is a great choice for locals and travellers alike. Maggi Goreng, one of Abu’s signature dishes, offers a mildly spicy, tingling taste and is served with fried egg, for an authentic local flavour.
Address: 178, 136, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
La Mei Zi Steamboat
Steamboats, or hot pots, are the specialty at La Mei Zi Steamboat. What makes this place so special is the wide variety of available soup bases. Settle in and savour your steamboat anytime between 5pm and 5am. Can you imagine making your tummy happy with a hot pot at midnight? La Mei Zi Steamboat has become so popular, with busy lunches daily, that the owner decided to extend operating hours for more enjoyment opportunities!
Address: 5, Jalan Nagor, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Sup Hameed is renowned for, well, its soups, of course! But it’s not just the wide variety of soups on offer, but especially for the unique tastes these soups deliver. Served with bread, the handmade Roti Benggali is an awesome pairing with any soup. If you’re feeling adventurous, this place features Sup Torpedo, a savoury bull-penis soup! Sup Hameed also serves the usual mamak fare, such as Nasi Kandar, Nasi Lemak and Roti Canai.
Address: 48, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Green House Hokkien Mee
Old Green House Restaurant (老青屋) is a popular spot among Penangites to enjoy Hokkien Mee (prawn noodles, in other Malaysian states) as a dinnertime delight.
Address: 223, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Pik Nik is an “elements” hipster café, where you can enjoy a unique burger served with a waffle instead of the usual old burger bun. It comes with a variety of meat selections and, yes, the taste is as amazing as you might imagine! This is a unique eatery not to be missed when you are in town.
Address: 15 Nagore Road, 10050 Penang
Assam Laksa at Bee Hooi Coffee Shop, Burmah Road, Pulau Tikus
A proud signature dish of Penang, Assam Laksa is a rich and spicy fish-based soup noodle broth of tamarind juice, chilli paste and lemongrass garnished with prawn paste and mackerel/sardine flakes. It features a tangy, wholesome flavour thanks to the tamarind. Some may find the taste a bit overpowering, but it’s a real delight for the right palate.
Address: 415, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Red Garden Food Paradise
Right smack in the middle of town sits Red Garden Food Paradise, a one-stop international hawker centre offering all of Penang’s famous fares. Eat to your heart’s content!
Address: 20, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Bak Hee Beehon Soup at Hwa Nam Coffee House Carnavon Street, George Town
Pork soup with vermicelli is served in a unique style rarely found in elsewhere. This specialty dish features seasoned minced pork dipped in corn starch before it’s cooked in a clear broth.
Address: Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia