Your Local City Guides - Essential Penang in 2 Days

Wilson Ng
Travel blogger, Penang
Wilson Ng started his food and travel blog, Placesandfoods.com back in 2007. He has been sponsored by the tourism authorities of Thailand, Australia, Argentina, Singapore and many others. His work has won him the Best Travel Blog in the 2012 World Blogger and Social Media Awards.

Essential Penang in 2 Days

Envelop yourself in the quaint cafes and find out what are the top ten dishes that gets Wilson's stomach rumbling!

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Super Hokkien Mee

In Kuala Lumpur, you would call this prawn mee but in Penang, it is known as Hokkien mee. Located at One Corner Café (Jalan Bawasah), you have to wait at least half an hour for a bowl of fragrant shrimp broth with a mixture of yellow noodles and mee hoon together with slices of pork and shrimp, topped with fried shallots and chilli.

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One Corner Cafe Apom Manis with Eggs

Delicious Apom Manis is hard to come by. I chanced upon a stall selling Apom Manis in Jalan Bawasah, in front of One Corner Café. Cooked over charcoal, the Apam Manis is deliciously crispy and addictive.

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Kek Seng 格成 Coffee Shop ABC with Durian Ice Cream

This old Chinese coffee shop’s homemade Durian Ice Cream ABC is truly memorable. Two scoops of homemade durian ice cream on top of crushed ice drenched with rose syrup, topped with corns, beans and homemade jelly. It is a journey of colourful, sweet flavours.

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Batu Lanchang Pasembor

Pasembor is common in Penang, but a Chinese Pasembor is a rare one. Their version of Pasembor is similar to the usual one, but with added jellyfish. Adding the jellyfish creates a whole new dimension to the texture of the dish.


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Kuantan Road Curry Mee

Kuantan Road Curry Mee is no stranger to the locals. It has a few branches throughout the island and I visited the Genting Café’s branch. Their version of curry mee comes with cubes of pig’s blood, cockles, taupok, cuttlefish and prawns. If spices are up your alley, do not forget their special chili sauce. Opening Hours: 8.00 am to 3.00 pm daily.


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Hai Boey Seafood

Located on the south of Penang Island, Hai Boey seafood offers beautiful sunset view and fresh seafood. The fresh BBQ crabs and salted egg crabs are highly recommended, and it is worth the hassle to travel all the way there. Opening Hours: 5.30pm to 11pm.

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Seng Thor Greasy Oh Chien (Oyster Omelette)

The Seng Thor's version of oyster omelette is a greasy affair. However, they are generous with the oysters and the omelette is fried to perfection. The end product is a crispy and fragrant but oh so sinful oyster omelette.


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Taman Emas Assam Laksa at Gottlieb Road

This is a hidden gem and only known by the locals. Assam laksa is a bowl of multiple layers of ingredients, the thick savoury shrimp paste with bits of pineapple, shallots, onions, sardine or mackerel and many more. It is a mouthful of flavours and it was never lack of disappointments.

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Famous Penang Road Cendol

Cendol is a popular dessert in Malaysia, and Penang Road Cendol is still one of the best in Penang. The icy cold sweet dessert is a combination of shaved ice, red beans, cendol (green noodle), santan (coconut milk) and Gula Melaka (brown sugar). This dessert is a darling among Malaysians and is best consumed... anytime of the year!


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Lorong Selamat Sisters Char Koay Teow

The infamous Lorong Selamat Sisters Char Koay Teow! Despite their notoriously rude service, they never disappoint their customers with their pricey char koay teow that comes with huge prawns, cockles, beansprouts, spring onions, Chinese sausages and eggs. Be warned though, you can wait for more than an hour or two during the weekends.

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