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Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang

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Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang

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Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang

For first-time visitors, the eating trip must include these halal restaurants in Penang for a satisfying time.

Every time I travel and tell my new friends that I’m from Penang, their eyes light up. Everyone congratulates me for staying on the island where the best halal Arabic, is abundant.

Penang is the food heaven of Malaysia with Hidden Halal Food Restaurants.

What are the cuisine available? Well, you have the best to pick from in terms of variety. Let me take you through a few mains, some noodles, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Western, Arabic, and Russian fare to get you going.

As I always tell my new friends, in Penang we only eat one meal a day.

It starts when you wake up and you graze through the day and night until you sleep.

Just one long meal.

We start with pieces of bread.

Toast-Bread with Eggs

What’s so special about toasts with eggs? In Penang, the Chinese Kopitiam use thick-cut fluffy Hainanese bread.

They toast the best bread over a charcoal flame or steamed over the water boiler. Yes. The old (defunct) kopitiam used to have a copper boiler for heating hot water. They steam the bread gently to warm it up.

When you order the toast, you will get Coconut Jam (Kaya) and Butter (Planta) spread between
2 slices of crunchy toast.

Soft-boiled eggs are served in a cup with soy sauce and white pepper. You get to season the eggs then dip the toast into the eggy mixture.

I go to Ah Wang Cafe for their coconut jam (Kaya, RM3.50/RM5 per container).

Most of the commercial versions are either too sweet or watery for my liking. The version in this place has a rich taste and lovely texture, just like how my grandma used to make decades ago.

Ah, Wang Cafe has a few varieties of bread that include white bread, buns, wholemeal bread and Bengali bread (Indian bread).

Ah Wang Café | Gerai UDA Flat FASA 3, Tanjung Tokong | Telephone:  04-898 2318
Operation 11.30 am to 6.00 pm | Closed on Sundays.

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Egg and Toast Set. Photo: rainjoe9972

Roti Canai

Roti Canai also called roti is a great staple. The ball of flour and oil mixture becomes a thin, flat piece of bread after being tossed like a pizza.

Once it’s cooked, the outside becomes crunchy.

Roti Canai can be eaten with Dahl, chicken curry, fish curry or even sugar and condensed milk.

For an exciting version, try the Roti Canai Gemas Road; it has chicken curry with a slice of cheese and onions.

Roti Canai Gemas Road | 51, 29 Jalan Gemas, Taman Kampar, Penang | Telephone: 012-955 9645 | Operation hour 7 am – 10 pm Closed Mondays

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Roti Canai with Egg and Cheese. Photo: arinbos

Nasi Melayu

I got to have my nasi and lauk with ulam and sambal.

To a Malaysian, they think they are speaking in English but it’s Manglish. Imagine how they order food in Halal Restaurants in Penang.

A simple Nasi Melayu comprises nasi (white rice), Lauk (Dishes) and Ulam (an assortment of raw vegetables and herbs) with spicy sambal (pounded chili paste).

The white rice is the base to receive the choice Malay dishes, Ikan Torpedo (fried fish with Sambal), Curry Chicken, Curry Fish, Ayam Kunyit (turmeric fried chicken), Beef Rendang, an assortment of different vegetables, eggs and sambal.

Pour the gravy (Kuah) all over your rice to taste the mix of delicious flavors that combine so well with the white rice.

You have to try Nasi Melayu Lidiana opposite the Floating Mosque. Go early for the Ikan Terubuk.

Nasi Melayu Lidiana | Medan Selera Tanjung Bungah, Opposite Masjid Terapung Tanjung Bungah | Operating hours: 7 am to 9.00 pm Closed on Sundays

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Nasi Melayu Photo: cathentrine

Penang Nasi Kandar

How can you visit Penang without queuing for a plate of Penang’s original Nasi Kandar?

This is an Indian Muslim rice dish mixed with the curries and gravies from different meats that give it that distinct strong, flavourful taste.

The spices are stronger than the Malay curries. The dishes include meats like Chicken, Fish, Beef, Mutton, Prawns, Squid and Duck.

Restaurant Deens Maju Nasi Kandar | 170, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Penang | Operating hours:  2.00 pm – 11.00 pm Opens daily | Telephone: 012-425 2421

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Nasi Kandar. Photo: tayennadee

Char Kway Teow

From transparent white to light brown, the flat rice noodles got its color changed in the process of preparing Char Kway Teow.

They fry the noodles in a wok with ingredients like bean sprouts, cilantro, prawns, duck egg, and soy sauce. The duck egg gives the CKT a delicious creaminess and makes it extra tasty.

Most places in Penang serve non-halal Char Kway Teow, but you can easily find halal Char Kway Teow

Bee Hwa Café on Dickens Street or Urban Spices Café at Lebuh Lembah Permai 4, Tanjung Bungah.

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Char Koay Teow. Photo: waniekasabian

Mee Goreng

Mee Mamak or Mee Goreng is a favorite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The yellow noodles are stir-fried with a salty, sweet, and spicy sauce made with tomatoes and cuttlefish.

Cooked with Cucur Udang, bean sprouts, eggs, and cuttlefish, you’ll be licking your lips with each mouthful.

Medan Selera Padang Brown serves a range of local cuisine for foodies. The Mee Goreng stall has been in business for the past 50 years.

Ghani Mee Goreng | Medan Selera Padang Brown, Jalan Perak, 10400 George Town, Penang
Operating hours:  Opens daily, except Tuesdays, from 4 pm to 10 pm.

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Mee Goreng Photo: klyeoh_foodie

Malay Mee Udang

Mee Udang is not to be confused with Penang Hokkien Mee or Prawn Noodles. This version has the essence of prawn shells to naturally sweeten the taste of the tomatoey soup.

Some of the best Malay stalls sell this dish with Ketam (Crabs) and even a side serve of Ayam Kunyit (Turmeric Fried Chicken)

For very fresh prawns, check out the Mee Udang Stalls in Gertak Sunggal and Pulau Aman or Sungai Dua.

Restoran Terapung Pulau Aman | No. 120, Simpang Ampat, 14100, Pulau Aman, Penang
Operating hours: 10am – 6pm | Telephone: 016-495 5125

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Mee Udang Photo: piezaini

Asam Laksa

Penang Assam Laksa Ranked no.7 on CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods, but I also like the Malay version.

You will want to try the Malay-style Laksa Noodles from Laksa Janggus, Balik Pulau.

The handmade rice noodles have the tell-tale uneven surface and a softer texture. The fish broth is tasty with the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors made with, flaked mackerel, tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass.

They serve this version with half a hard-boiled egg and vegetables like the cucumber, onion, and pineapple.

Laksa Janggus | Jalan Baru (Km 6.50) Kampung Perlis, Balik Pulau | Telephone: +604-8668819 | Opening hours: 3.30 pm to 8.00 pm daily, except Wednesdays (closed)

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Laksa Jaggus Photo: -hvfyzzje

Ais Kacang (ABC Ais Batu Campur)

If you love a sweet dessert, then head to Penang Hill for a special Ais Kacang menu  guaranteed to make you drool.

Kak Nor Café ABC Special since 1986 has been creating these delightful desserts that are not only delicious but Instagram worthy. There are also fresh fruit drinks.

Kak Nor Café ABC Special | No. 20 Penang Hill Food Court | Tel: 01114253545
Opening hours: 9.00 am -8.00 pm

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
ABC Penang Hill Photo: magicalboxbymommyd

Cendol

If you don’t want to queue for the Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol at Lebuh Keng Kwee, Georgetown, try heading to a less crowded spot.

You can check out the secondhand books at the Chowrasta Bazaar, drop by this stall for a bowl of Cendol Pulut.

The cendol is made fresh daily by this stall, which has been operating for some 15 years.

Made of shaved ice, palm sugar, coconut milk, red beans, green jelly (called Cendol), this simple and sweet dessert will leave you wanting more with every spoon.

For a delicious fulfilling treat, I add glutinous rice to this cendol.

Cendol Pulut Jalan Chowrasta | Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Chendol Pulut Photo: periodic.food_

Rojak Buah

We make this Malaysian salad with raw unripe mangoes, pineapple, jicama, tofu puff, cucumber, and crackers.

Rojak Buah is a teatime snack or after meal dessert.

I drizzle the fresh ingredients with a sweet sauce and topped with peanuts before eating.

The sweetness of the sauce creates a great balance between the sour fruits and raw vegetables.

Rojak Buah & Laksa Pantai Miami | No. 1 Kompleks Pantai Miami, Jalan Pantai Miami (5.87 mi) Batu Feringgi | Telephone: 012-485 6571 | Operation hours 12.00 pm – 7.00 pm Closed Tuesdays

Visitors Love These Hidden Halal Restaurants In Penang
Rojak Buah Photo: ferrararawr

Visitors Find These Hidden Halal Restaurants Penang Folks Love

Are you drooling with excitement yet?

This list of the best halal food in Penang is just waiting for you to EXPLORE! It’s time to head to Penang this weekend for a short getaway in food heaven. Enjoy!



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