Where to Eat in Penang?

Old Mar 3rd, 2020, 11:17 PM
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Where to Eat in Penang?

We are now in Penang for a couple days. Would love recs of where to eat. Food stalls, trucks, restaurants. Whatever you think is good. Thanks!
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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 08:30 AM
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I'm a fan of Nyonya food. The only Nyonya restaurant that I remember the name of is Kebaya in the 7 Terraces boutique hotel. My best friend and I ate there 5 years ago. The other restaurants where I've had Nyonya food were within shopping malls, but I don't remember all of the names of them. But, below is a list.

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style...ending-chinese

I also get a lot of to-go food from Real Food in Straits Quay. It's on the first floor right after one walks into the building and directly across from the Monica Quen clothing boutique. That's the food that I order when I need some Western food and also after having been in the region for over 3 weeks and have been eating S.E. Asian food non-stop every day. Real Food has some really good food and in January 2020, I met the bread baker who sells her breads there and it was the best bread that I've had in the region. I've been going to Penang for 6 years straight now. I have the restaurant wrap me up some food and I take it back to my hotel. Plus, they usually have some really good healthy desserts if not sold out by the time I get there.

https://www.realfoodgrocer.com

There's also Nyonya Breeze Desire restaurant in Straits Quay. I haven't eaten there, but a Fodorite friend recommended it to me in Jan 2020 as he and wife eat there and also know the owner. So, since I was going to Straits Quay anyhow, I dropped by to meet the owner, but it was too late to order as they have lunch hours and dinner hours. They're on the third floor in the Straits Quay building and directly across from Subway. That day, I went downstairs to Real Food to order my food to go. But, if I'm back in Penang in Jan 2021, I will try to get to Nyonya Breeze Desire for lunch one day.

There are other restaurants, but I can't remember the names of them as some are outdoor type of hole-in-the-wall places. There's so much food in Penang until it can make one dizzy.

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We love the hawker stalls along Kimberley Street and the food carts along New Lane. Georgetown is a great places for grazing! Fav dishes include Char Kway Two, Belacan Chicken. Penang is great for seafood too, esp. Chilli Crab, Teochew Oyster Omelette, Stingray grilled in Banana leaf. Love Indian food but do tend to stick to the “normal” restaurants and food courts for that. As always, we try to avoid the westernised and tourist orientated places and go where the locals go. we mainly stick to Georgetown but Gurney drive has a massive food court area which offers a more sanitised version of street food but we find it not as good and much more expensive. God I’m hungry
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Crellston: I know. Really good food in Penang. I eat a lot in mall types of settings when I'm out doing errands as I have a private driver taking me around to get things done and faster than if I had to do it on foot or in individual taxis. I've had the same driver for all 6 years. But, the new Bayan Lepas LRT line was approved last year to begin building and the building of it will start in June 2020. So, Penang will have a public transportation system which will be nice. My Malaysian friends have been talking about it for some years now.

I know of that Gurney Drive foodcourt area as I'm always in Gurney area running errands.

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Old Mar 4th, 2020, 01:49 PM
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We loved the hawker stalls in Georgetown Penang. Frankly, I wasn't as impressed with the hawker stalls out on Gurney Drive.
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Originally Posted by crellston View Post
We love the hawker stalls along Kimberley Street and the food carts along New Lane. Georgetown is a great places for grazing! Fav dishes include Char Kway Two, Belacan Chicken. Penang is great for seafood too, esp. Chilli Crab, Teochew Oyster Omelette, Stingray grilled in Banana leaf. Love Indian food but do tend to stick to the “normal” restaurants and food courts for that. As always, we try to avoid the westernised and tourist orientated places and go where the locals go. we mainly stick to Georgetown but Gurney drive has a massive food court area which offers a more sanitised version of street food but we find it not as good and much more expensive. God I’m hungry
Thanks,all! Last night we ate at the Chulia St night Hawker Stalls.. Wonderful food for the grand sun
of $10USD.

I have become a huge fan of Char Koay Teow. E&O does a great version for breakfast even. Want to try the oyster omelette.

Restaurant at Seven sounds like a nice possibility.

good eating in Penang, that’s for sure.

guenmai-loving E&O.
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Yestravel: Great that you're loving the E&O and also eating well in Penang. Oh, if you want a souvenir from Penang, then at the E&O gift shop in Victory Annexe, they have pieces of the original E&O china from throughout the decades; cups, saucers, plates, etc. There are very few pieces left as I have watched them dwindle over the past 6 years and when they're all gone, that's it. I'm glad that I picked up my pieces 6 years ago and then a couple years later, my best friend was with me at the E&O and bought up a lot of pieces and loves them. So, now we own a bit of E&O history. The new china is made by a Thai company and the coloring is different. The old China was English made.

Keep having fun and eating well.

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Want to try the oyster omelette.
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Participating in this thread caused a yearning for Malaysian food! Fortunately we happened to be staying near the coast in Suffolk, England this week and are able to source fresh oysters ? Oyster omelettes for dinner last night. Thanks for the inspiration guys!
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Participating in this thread caused a yearning for Malaysian food! Fortunately we happened to be staying near the coast in Suffolk, England this week and are able to source fresh oysters ? Oyster omelettes for dinner last night. Thanks for the inspiration guys!
Glad to help out. We did go to Kimberly Street for the hawker stalls. We had good chicken, satay and oyster omelette, but 2 noodle dishes that were disappointing.

“I'm a fan of Nyonya food. The only Nyonya restaurant that I remember the name of is Kebaya in the 7 Terraces boutique hotel. My best friend and I ate there 5 years ago. The other restaurants where I've had Nyonya food were within shopping malls...”
thank you for the recommendation for Seven Terraces restaurant. We ate there tonight and it was delicious. So much food and all of it wonderful.

We’re off to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.
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"We’re off to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow." Lucky you!

Din Tai Fung" have an outlet in the Pavillions Mall. A Taiwanese chain they serve the best Dim Sum ( recommend the pork, shrimp and soup dumplings!!) . Jalan Alor is great for outdoor Chinese , BBQ stingray and v. Cold beer.
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For great nighttime views of the Towers head to the Skybar at Traders Hotel. We were last there with another Fodor couple, internetwiz and hubby.
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Originally Posted by crellston View Post
"We’re off to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow." Lucky you!

Din Tai Fung" have an outlet in the Pavillions Mall. A Taiwanese chain they serve the best Dim Sum ( recommend the pork, shrimp and soup dumplings!!) . Jalan Alor is great for outdoor Chinese , BBQ stingray and v. Cold beer.
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For great nighttime views of the Towers head to the Skybar at Traders Hotel. We were last there with another Fodor couple, internetwiz and hubby.
We have eaten at DTF in KL and Singapore and I agree with Mr. C. Do go!

Their locations in HK and Macau have been awarded Michelin stars.

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Originally Posted by crellston View Post
"We’re off to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow." Lucky you!

Din Tai Fung" have an outlet in the Pavillions Mall. A Taiwanese chain they serve the best Dim Sum ( recommend the pork, shrimp and soup dumplings!!) . Jalan Alor is great for outdoor Chinese , BBQ stingray and v. Cold beer.
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For great nighttime views of the Towers head to the Skybar at Traders Hotel. We were last there with another Fodor couple, internetwiz and hubby.
Thanks! We know internetwiz and she told us about your meet up and the view. Will go this evening. There is also a DinTai Fund 5 minutes from us so will be there too.

Dinner last night at Seven Terraces, beef in tamarind sauce.

Duck confit

Thai scrab salad

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