Top 5 foods in Penang that thrill your taste bud

char koay teow
char koay teow

Char Koay Teow

The forever aromatic, rich garlic and famed Penang Char Koay Teow makes foodies all over Malaysia hold this delicious dish in owe. Around the world you can find Char Koay Teow eating house bearing the tile “Penang Char Koay Teow”  so as to attract customers based on the pledge of a snack of Penang famous street food. The mystery behind a plate of appetizing Char Koay Teow depends on the heat of the wok: the higher the heat, the more savory the koay teow. The flat rice noodles are fried in an iron cast wok over very high temperature to be able to produce a marginally burned and smoky spicy. Experienced cook will add oil into the wok and followed by a small amount of minced garlic and fresh prawns. Next, noodles are added in, followed by a dash of seasoned soy sauce, egg, chives and bean sprouts. The final ingredient is the cockles. There are some restaurants will add crunchy bits of lard and slices of pork sausage in their Char Koay Teow. So, muslims need to pay attention for the halal sign before ordering your food. In Penang, Char Koay Teow with big prawns normally cost RM7.00 to RM9.00 per plate.

chee cheong fun
chee cheong fun

Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong if pronounced in Cantonese means intestine of the pork, whereby Fun means the rice noodle. Many people will be curious why this delicious food consist of such funny combination. I would think that because the appearance of this snack looks familiar to the intestine of pork in some ways. Chee Cheong Fun was elected as the 7th Must Eat Hawker Food through an online pool on the VisitPenang website in 2009. Chee Cheong Fun is made of rice flour that is steamed and rolled up to approximately 10cm length, hand-sliced and served together with a mixture of different pastes and sauces. The sauces and pastes consist of shrimp paste, a reddish sweet sauce, chilli paste, sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds to bring up the aroma and as a garnish as well. Among all the sauces and pastes, shrimp paste (called hae ko in local dialect) is the most popular flavor among all and often receives great demand from the customers because of its unique taste of fishy flavor without leaving stubborn fishy odor in your mouth. Normal price of a plate of Chee Cheong Fun cost about RM2.00 to RM2.50.

Penang Laksa

No Penagites will be ignorant of this remarkable food if are asked of it. Penang Assam Laksa is a Halal dish and was ranked the 7th in CNN’s “World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods” in 2011. A perfect trip to Penang is always completed by trying this heavenly taste of Penang signature. Asam  Laksa is the only noodle dish in Penang that has a fish-based soup. The soup base is cooked with boned mackerels and stewed together with chilies, lemongrass and assam (tamarind). This spicy appetizing soup is served with thick rice vermicelli and often garnished with finely chopped ginger flower bud, cucumber, onion, red chilies, mint leaves, and sprinkled with the savory shrimp paste ( called hae ko). Normal price for a bowl of Penang Laksa is about RM3.00.


We have tasted the hot, spicy and salt dished as above. What about sweet dessert? Chendol is definitely an answer for the dessert fans. Cendol is a rejuvenating dessert that gives a sweet relief from the tropical Penang heat. Cendol has a colorful look – green, red and crystal ice.

The Cendol noodle is made from rice flour and gets it natural green color from a local herb called “pandan”. A bowl of Cendol is firstly filled with finely trimmed ice, red beans and the molasses is added into the bowl. Next, add one or two big scoop of Cendol into the bowl and finally followed by a small amount of fresh coconut milk. A bowl of Cendol cost about RM1.50 to RM2.00.

Roti Canai

Roti Canai is a national favorite in Malaysia. The Roti Canai is very much like Danish pastry, is soft, buttery and fluffy on the inside but crispy and flaky on the outside. It is made from eggs, wheat flour, vegetable fat and water, the dough go through an excessive flow of kneading , tossing, spinning in the air until it becomes a very thin sheet. Then, it is folded into a circular shape. Roti Canai is normally served with dhal, chicken curry or anchovy sambal. A plate of Roti Canai usually cost around RM1.00.

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