8 cheap places to eat in Penang

Whenever Penang pop up in conversations, it is always revolving around the food. Although it has food that is pretty similar to those found in Singapore, there is a Peranakan twist that makes it different. Take for example the Assam Laksa in Penang vs the Laksa in Singapore or the sweet vs salty Char Kway Teow. We explored Penang and tried out its different street food and cafes and i must say the experience is pretty awesome.


1. Chendol

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When there is a queue, the food is either value for money or very tasty. In this case, it is both. At just RM2.40, you can grab a milky bowl of ice chendol that tingles your sweet tooth and friendly for your pocket. The queue here is generally fast and the guy serving is pretty friendly. Be prepared to queue under the hot sun and after getting your dessert, the uncle will direct you to a small ‘green’ cafe up front.

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol Ice Kachang
Address: Jalan Penang, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am-7.00pm.  Sat-Sun 10.00am-7.30pm

2. Fruit Rojak & Oyster Omelette
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When you are seated at the ‘green’ cafe, Rojak and Oyster Omelette will not escape your sight. The rojak here has a thicker and sweeter sauce and was filled with different varieties of fruits which makes it even taster.

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The Oyster Omelette was from the stall across the road, tasted pretty great with some crispy bits of egg, when dipped into the chilli sauce, it was a match made in heaven!

3. Char Kway Teow
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Char Kway Teow served in Singapore are stir fried with dark sweet sauce whereas the ones in Penang are slightly saltier. The Char Kway Teow served just outside Kok Lok Si temple was satisfying and delicious. When the dish landed on our table, it looked like a plate of fried mess. We topped up with an additional egg and the spiciness from the noodles gave the dish enough kick. This could be the best Char Kway Teow we have tasted! Unfortunately we didn’t take note of the name of the stall but this picture speaks a thousand words! Yum!

4. New World Park Hawker Centre
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Here you can find Penang’s street food conveniently under one roof. There are Asam laksa, curry mee, Fishball noodle, Char Kway Teow and desert stall. If you walk further out of the food court, you can find restaurants like Starbucks and Old Town coffee.  There was nothing that really caught my eye here just that it is a convenient place to get all you Penang food fix.
Address: Lorong Swatow, Pulau Pinang
Website: http://www.newworldpark.com.my/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=11&Itemid=12


5. Moustache Houze
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Moustache Houze seems to act like a landmark to direct lost tourist. Located near the end of Campbell street, it is popular with many people along the stretch since most know the location of this cafe cos it has a prominent signage that pops out of the building.

Unfortunately we ran out of time and couldnt lounge at the cafe. We ordered a Pistachio Cheese cake and Salted Caramel cake to go. This cafe somehow has more customers as compared to Sugar Honey Cafe, however upon tasting the cakes, they were a little dry but it was still a nice indulgence for an afternoon snack.

Address: No 24 Campbell Street, 10100 Georgetown, Penang
Opening hours: 12pm – 12 midnight, daily
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoustacheHouze

6. Sugar Honey Cafe
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Located just next to Moustache Houze, this quirky cafe serves up nicely presented food that doesn’t disappoint the palate. It has by far the best Affogato (with peanut ice cream) we have ever tasted. The cafe isn’t packed with crowded kids and it is the perfect place to chill out and indulge in a plate of fried goodness after walking hours under the hot sun. For those itching to buy quirky hand made crafts, there is a little corner where you can make such purchases.

Address: No 26 Lebuh Campbell, 10100 Georgetown, Penang
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweettimeinsugarhoney

7. The Bake & Brew
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When we walked pass this cafe under the scorching sun. With sign ages indicating ‘We serve good cake’ and ‘Baked fresh daily’, we were sold and couldn’t help but walk in to cool down from the heat and try some cake for ourselves. Feeling exceptionally full from breakfast and lunch, while having a soft spot for all deserts green, i’ve decided to order the Japanese Matcha Cake to try, sad to say, it was pretty dry and pretty disappointing. Unfortunately we were too full to try other food and had to leave after having the cake.

Address: 20E, Lebuh Penang 10200 Georgetown Pulau Pinang
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm, Tue – Sun
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theoriginal.my


8. Sushi Zanmai @ Gurney Paragon Mall
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We first tried Sushi Zanmai a few years ago in Kuala Lumpur, it was our last day in KL, we were left with little money but wanted a satisfying meal before we depart. Sushi Zanmai was affordable and tasted surprisingly good. We were pleasantly surprised when we accidentally stumbled upon this place when shopping at Gurney Paragon Mall

Address: Level 6 Gurney Paragon Mall (the only outlet in Penang)
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily

Unfortunately, we have a limited stomach capacity and had to put an end to our food escapade. Penang is a place when there are hidden pockets of food waiting to be discovered. Till our next trip!


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