Ultimate Penang Halal Food Guide for Muslim Travelers

Ultimate Penang Halal Food Guide for Muslim Travelers

Ultimate Penang Halal Food Guide for Muslim Travelers

If you’re planning a trip to visit Pulau Pinang, check out Smart Dory’s Ultimate Penang Halal Food Guide for Muslim Travelers in George Town.

I want to thank my friends and fans from Malaysia and Singapore who inspired this post.

I have tried all the restaurants and written long posts for some outlets.

Dietary Requirements Halal Guide and Halal Options

If you’re looking for Halal Food Options and Pork and Lard Free food, you definitely need to check out this list of Halal Restaurants.

So the next best thing to do is wake up early and drive up to Penang and MAKAN.

The best weekend cure is in store for all stress-related fatigue arising from eating plain insipid food.

Get ready for this introduction to an inexpensive gastronomy treat of street food that will have you craving for more. The next weekend beckons!

Top Tip: Take the ferry. You save lots of time heading for the best halal breakfast treats at the George Town World Heritage Site. Start early, like 7.00 AM, to pack in as much as possible!

Penang’s Halal Food Scene

Penang’s food scene is one of the best in the world.

George Town is world-famous for its authentic and multicultural food scene, including many kosher (halal) food in Muslim friendly eateries.

Start Your Eating Journey with Smart Dory’s Penang Halal Food Guide.

As we do in Penang, wake up early for the best bites, and the locals all agree on having Mr Ali’s Nasi Lemak or any nasi lemak for that matter.

Nothing beats the lure of steaming hot, fragrant rice topped with fiery red sambal ikan bilis gravy!

7.00 am Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang

All Malaysians love the fragrance of a steaming hot Nasi Lemak!

Red hot Sambal Ikan Bilis, Fried Fish or Fried Chicken and Sambal Sotong make this an irresistible mouth-watering fiery combo.

There are 20 top delicious ways to enjoy your Malaysian Nasi Lemak that’s sure to stump travellers!

Check out the banana leaf-wrapped Nasi Lemak at En. Ali’s stall in Sri Weld Food Court, Beach Street.

The booth is right at the entrance of the food court. You can’t miss the motorcycles and cars parked as regulars line up to buy their daily breakfast meal.

Get one to kick-start your day!

A great breakfast Penang style, round one!

Head for the Halal Spots that local Penangites love.

Must Eat Dishes: Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken, Fried Fish, Sambal Sotong, Boiled Egg, and the extra gravy!

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Ali Nasi Lemak Photo: @gs_ang

Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang
Address: Sri Weld Food Court, Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Penang
Operating Hours: 7.00 AM to 3.00 PM Mon to Fri
Closed on Sat & Sun

7.30 AM Roti Canai Transfer Road

Roti Canai Jalan Transfer is the epitome of street food in Penang.

Large crowds swarm the place with cars, motorbikes, trishaws, and RapidPenang buses roaring past.

An eating experience is not for the faint-hearted time to jostle with the locals and tourists for the most popular breakfast joint in George Town.

During the weekends, it is jam-packed with tables and stools spilling on the road.

This is where you head for that ultimate substantial Roti Canai meal.

The Roti Canai is served drenched in rich Kuah Banjir.

The gravy is aromatic, and the best order is Roti Canai Ayam.

Get ready to chow down on a juicy whole leg chicken.

If you have extra stomach space, check out the Beef and Mutton Curries!

If that’s not enough, get a wholesome breakfast of Roti Bakar from the adjacent stall. That’s four slices of crunchy Roti Bakar set.

The bread spread with margarine and topped with two sunny-side-up eggs!

Must Eat Dishes: Roti Canai Ayam, Roti Jantan, Teh Tarik and Iced Milo Kaw Kaw

Roti Canai Transfer Road
Address: 114, 110, Jalan Transfer, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 7.00 AM to 12.00 PM
7.30 AM to 12.00 PM Sunday

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Transfer Road Roti Canai Photo: @yuarlifh

9.00 AM 鎂華茶室 Bee Hwa Cafe

One of the Best Halal Chinese Kopitiam foods in Penang, Bee Hwa Cafe, has all your Penang Hawker favourites on their Halal Menu for Muslim foodies.

Bee Hwa cafe is a traditional Hainanese Kopitiam in Lebuh Dickens.

Don’t worry about eating in this Kopitiam operated by Aunty Ah Lien.

The friendly coffee shop is the first choice of halal Chinese food pit stop for visitors.

Try the flavourful Curry Mee, Fish Ball Soup, and Nasi Goreng.

The Curry Mee doesn’t have animal blood cubes – instead, you get Crab Sticks or imitation crab meat.

They fry the Kway Teow noodles in a wok with ingredients like bean sprouts, chives, prawns, duck egg, and soya sauce.

Penang Char Kway Teow cooked with duck egg gives more flavour to the dish.

Although most Char Kuey Teow is fried with pork lard, you can easily find Halal Char Kway Teow from Bee Hwa Café on Dickens Street.

Yes, the Char Kuey Teow is HALAL here.

The Kopitiam serves Penang local hawker food that is Pork Free and Lard Free.

The chicken used is Halal Meat that is certified by a Muslim butcher.

The patrons are Malaysians from all ethnic groups, with Muslim people being the top customers.

The patrons are Malaysians from all ethnic groups, with Muslim customers being the top patrons.

Try a lovely bowl of Prawn Mee or Penang Hokkien Mee; you won’t need to drive to Teluk Kumbar for a Mee Udang Meal.

Must Eat Dishes: Char Koey Teow, Koey Teow Soup, Mee Udang, Curry Mee, Nasi Goreng, Mee Hai Lam, Wantan Mee, and Mee Goreng

Bee Hwa Cafe
Address: 10, Lebuh Dickens, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 7.00 AM to 4.00 PM
Closed on Sunday

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Photo: Bee Hwa Cafe FB Page

10.30 AM ANBA Coconut

After breakfast, it’s time to chill and have a long drink before lunch. We recommend going to nearby Abu Siti Lane for some sweet Pandan Coconut.

After drinking out of the shell, be sure to ask the guy to break the shell. He will make a “spoon” out of the shell so you can scoop out the sweet coconut flesh!

Must Order: Coconut Shake and Pandan Coconut

Anba Coconut
A 3-min walk from New World Park
Address: Lorong Abu Siti, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM Daily
Phone: 04-227 2409

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Anba Coconut Photo: @penangkiatraveltheworld

11.00 AM Penang Road Famous Chendol

A shaved ice dessert that is made of soft, fresh pandan-flavored noodles steeped in coconut milk. It is topped with boiled red beans and sweetened with Gula Melaka.

Over the long weekends, there is a long line of customers queuing to slurp their bowl of Chendol.

Business is brisk as people, cars, and motorcycles honked and squeezed by the narrow lane.

Penang Road was once a two-way road to set the record straight, which gave both Chendol stalls had equal exposure to the public.

My family and I prefer the original stall opposite the Kopitiam, which I think is tastier.

Over the years, this stall has become the “less famous” stall because of the other stall’s overwhelming exposure on social media.

Must-Try: Try out both stalls, and you make your decision on which is tastier instead of joining the longest queue.

If you’re not a fan of Chendol, try the Ais Kacang or ABC, Penang style lots of colours for a sweet iced dessert!

Teochew Chendol Pushcart
Lebuh Keng Kwee, Penang
Operating Hours: 11.30 AM to 7.00 PM daily

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The Original Chedol Stall in operation for more than half a century! Photo: @len_j_p

12.00 PM Hameed Pata Mee Sotong & Coconut Shake

If you’re in for a spot of sightseeing, do check out the Fort Cornwallis before taking your lunch at Kota Selera Padang Kota Lama.

This is where office workers will queue for Hameed Pata Mee Sotong and slurp that down with a refreshing creamy Coconut Shake.

The stall is bustling, and the lines up to 20 strong during peak meal times.

The chef fries up the Mee Sotong in large batches.

The Mee Goreng you’ll get is moist, with a great flavour from the sauce coating on the yellow noodles.

He quickly dishes out multiple plates at a time.

The noodles are spicy hot, and tasty, so it’s worth the long wait.

In the meantime, cool off with a Coconut Shake.

After you eat, you will need an Ice Kacang to take away the heat!

While you’re there, check out the Chinese Western Food Stall.

It serves the best lunchtime juicy Hainanese Chicken Chop and Prawn Fritters with a small bowl of mayonnaise!

Must-Try: Mee Sotong with extra Sotong and Coconut Shake

Hameed Pata Mee Sotong
Located in: Kota Lama
Address: 5, Esplanade Park Food Court, Lebuh Light, 10300 George Town
Operating Hours: 11.30 AM to 8.00 PM Daily
Phone: 013-431 9384

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Hameed Pata Mee Sotong is scrumptious and worth queuing for.

12.00PM Kareem Pasembor Rojak

Established in 1945, Kareem Pasembur Rojak’s little blue pushcart was a familiar sight at the Customs Building on Gat Lebuh, China, in the 80s -90s before moving to Lebuh Union.

I buy my Pasembor lunch from when I was working at China Street Ghaut in the 80s.

Business is choc a bloc packed at lunch hour, with a long queue of office workers.

This heady salad is of Indian-Muslim origins and has prawn fritters fried ingredients piled high on a mound of shredded cucumber, yam bean, and blanched bean sprouts and topped with delicious warm, spicy-sweet potatoes gravy that is to die for.

Must-Try: Lots of Prawn Fritters, Fried Egg with the extra gravy

Kareem Pasembur Rojak
Located in: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
7, Lebuh Union, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM Closed on Sunday
Phone: 011-2607 5822

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Kareem Pasembor Rojak

1.00 PM Kesum Art Restaurant

At Kesum Art Restaurant, you can eat Laksa Johor with your fingers, rather than using a fork and spoon or chopsticks!

The restaurant’s laksa is fragrant, spicy with a robust, delicious taste of rich Santan and kerisik.

They make authentic Laksa Johor in homes in the southern state.

For an authentic halal meal, order Botok Botok steamed fish custard made with julienne healing herbs, shredded coconut flesh, and spices.

The spicy Sambal Belacan is guaranteed to bring out a film of sweat to your brows!

Temper that spicy heat with sweet Malay desserts before you check out the art gallery on the first floor.

Kesum Art Restaurant’s Laksa Johor is served with spaghetti noodles steeped with thick fish curry gravy and garnished with sliced onions, raw bean sprouts, sliced cucumber, fresh herbs!

Must-Try: Laksa Johor, Botok Botok, Satay, Pengat Pisang

Kesum Art Restaurant
Located in: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
A 3-min walk from the Khoo Kongsi
Address: 104, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 12.00 PM to 3.30 PM (Tues to Fri)
8.30 AM to 4.00 PM (Sat & Sun)
Closed on Monday

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Kesum Art Restaurant’s Laksa Johor is served with spaghetti noodles steeped with thick fish curry gravy and garnished with sliced onions, raw bean sprouts, sliced cucumber, fresh herbs!

3.00 PM Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng

Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng is a famous Mamak-style (Indian Muslim) Mee Goreng with squids.

The difference between Hameed Pata Mee Sotong is that this version is dryer.

The noodle is slightly sweet and savoury and tastes best with an egg knocked in.

Must try: Mee Goreng and Mee Rebus

Bangkok Lane’s Mee Goreng
Address: 280, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 8:30 AM to 6.30 PM
Closed on Monday

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Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng Photo: @itinerantfamily

4.00 PM Mr Shawerma

Gym goers and fitness buffs swear by a meal at Mr Shawerma.

One of my all-time favourite lunch and dinner place.

The food was fantastic, and the cooks are very friendly, attentive, and charming.

Best of all, it is a well-balanced meal if you order the delicious Chicken Shawarma!

They serve the chicken platter with Muhammara, Hummus, and Coleslaw.

On lean days when I want to eat clean, I will order a Hummus to eat it with the bread, my homemade crudités, and hard-boiled eggs.

Mr Shawerma
Located in: Just Food (Food Court)
Address: 5th floor, Just food Food Court, Gurney Paragon, Jalan Kelawei 10250 George Town Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 11.00 AM to 9.00 PM
Phone: 017-381 5428

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Mr SHAWERMA Photo: @alexaltero

Top Tip: Enjoy Retail therapy at two of the best Malls right next to each other. Have some Coffee and Cakes to Chill or walk off Breakfast and Lunch! 

7.00 PM Lagenda House & Cafe

The inspiration of Lagenda House & Café is an Ode to Malaysia’s Seniman Agong (Great Artiste) P.Ramlee.

This café serves a delightful authentic traditional Malay-Indonesian cuisine with a twist.

Every Rice Set is served with condiments in a visually appealing wooden congkak set.

Watch out for their homemade Sambal, which packs a flavorful, spicy punch. Leave some room for their deliciously sweet and creamy desserts.

Best of all, if you’re a fan of P. Ramlee, this café has the actor’s memorabilia on display.

Must-Try: Ayam Penget, Satay, Gado Gado and Sago Gula Melaka

Every Rice Set in Lagenda Cafe is served with its condiments in a visually appealing wooden Congkak boat-shaped box!

Lagenda House & Cafe
Located in: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Address: 2, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100  Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 12.00 PM ⋅ Opens 11.00 PM
Health and safety: Reservations required
Phone: 04-251 9300

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Every Rice Set in Lagenda Cafe is served with its condiments in a visually appealing wooden Congkak boat-shaped box!

8.00 PM Penang’s Legendary Murtabak

Visitors and old-timers sometimes bypass the new generation of Mamak restaurants to head to Hameediyah Restaurant.

This is the home of Penang’s delicious Indian Muslim curries and the legendary Murtabak.

You will meet loyal customers who are now in their 4th or 5th generations savouring the same beloved recipes.

If you love duck, this restaurant sells the best halal duck curry that you must try!

Must-Try: Murtabak, Ayam Kapitan, Duck Curry, Sotong Eggs and Beef Liver

Hameediyah Restaurant’s legendary Murtabak taste best served with pickled “pink” onions!

Hameediyah Restaurant
Located in: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Address: 164, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 10.00 AM to 10.00 PM Thurs to Sunday
10.00 AM – 12:30PM, 3.00 PM – 10.00 PM Friday
Phone: 04-261 1095

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Hameediyah Restaurant’s legendary Murtabak taste best served with pickled “pink” onions!

12.00 AM Nasi Beratur

Penangites love the mixed flavours of the curries for Nasi Kandar.

Period. They can have it five times a day and night, if possible.

There’s a simple reason this restaurant is called Nasi Kandar Beratur!

‘Beratur’ means queuing up in Bahasa Malaysia.

So if you drive up in the early hours of the morning, you will see a long line of regulars queuing up for their Nasi Kandar supper fix.

Or early breakfast depends on how you view time!

Travel Tip: The restaurant is next to the Penang state’s famous landmark, Masjid Kapitan Keling.

Nasi Beratur means just that. They are queuing for Rice!

Watch out for the long lines that form after midnight to locate this stall that makes a most satisfying meal!

Nasi Kandar Beratur Original
Located in: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Address: 98, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 2.00 PM to 8.00 PM Daily
Health and safety: Reservations required
Phone: 012-448 3001

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Nasi Beratur means just that. They are queuing for Rice! Watch out for the long lines that form after midnight to locate this stall!

2.00 AM Sup Hameed

Still hungry in the middle of the night? Try something light, oh yeah! I can hear you say that.

The food so far has been amazing, but nothing out of the ordinary ULTIMATE.

I have got the best for last.

The best comfort food is an appetizing soup.

Sup Hameed makes a rich flavorful broth of great soups.

You have a choice of hot Chicken, Mutton, or Beef Soup.

You get a slice or two of oven-baked Bengali bread (sold separately).

Are you up for the ULTIMATE food deal challenge? Try the flavours of the Soup Torpedo (Bull Penis Soup!)

Guarantee to put hair on your chest or keep you awake for the rest of the night.

Ahem, this ultimate exotic dish, this aphrodisiac bull penis soup, is served with the bull’s testicles.

In case your wondering, yes, it is Halal.

Sup Hameed Restaurant
Located in: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Address: 48, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 7.00 AM to 8.00 PM Daily
Phone: 04-261 8007

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Sup Hameed Photo: @_ayie_smile_keke

Penang Halal Food Guide for Muslim Travelers – Lots of Halal Food Outlets

Make every visit to Penang count when it comes to chowing down on Penang Halal Hawker food.

With lots of delicious food memories, you will return again and again to Penang for another taste of Halal Char Kuay Teow, Mee Goreng, Murtabak, and Nasi Kandar instead of just drooling at photos on Facebook.

We will be back with more listing on other parts of the Penang and Butterworth for the Ultimate Halal Guide soon.

Overview of Halal Scene and Halal Food in Penang

Many locals Penangites (Non-Muslims) don’t take pork (due to their personal choice and dietary restrictions) and appreciate places to eat a decent meal.

There are many pushcarts by Muslim traders, the little hole in the wall stalls, cafes and restaurants selling halal food products in addition to halal meals.

Are you drooling with excitement yet?

Grab the list of the best halal food in Penang and head over to the island, and start exploring to taste the best eats!

A weekend for a short getaway to indulge coming right up. Let’s start with Breakfast!

With this ultimate halal food guide, Muslim Travelers get to enjoy halal food while travelling!

Editor’s note:

If you are concerned about the outlets’ strictly Halal Status, you may choose to refrain from eating there.

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