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 food is found.
Most of my new friends will ask for the location of these hidden halal restaurants.
Malaysia is a food haven where you find tasty halal restaurants in Penang.
What is 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.
Where are these hidden halal restaurants in Penang?
The eateries are scattered around Penang and Butterworth. Some of the places I go to are by luck, I just join the queues where I see people lining up for food!
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.
Try the soft-boiled eggs 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 too sweet or watery for my liking. The version in this place has a rich taste and lovely texture, just like my grandma made decades ago.
Ah, Wang Cafe has a few bread varieties 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.
Roti Canai, also called roti, is a great staple. The flour and oil mixture ball becomes a thin, flat piece of bread after being tossed like a pizza.
Once it’s cooked, the outside becomes crunchy.
You can eat roti Canai with Dahl, chicken curry, fish curry, or even sugar and condensed milk.
For an exciting version, try the Roti Canai Gemas Road, with chicken curry with a slice of cheese and onions – one of the hidden halal restaurants in Penang (in a village) that went viral recently.
Roti Canai Gemas Road | 51, 29 Jalan Gemas, Taman Kampar, Penang | Telephone: 012-955 9645 | Operation hour 7 am – 10 pm Closed Mondays
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.
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
Penang Nasi Kandar
How can you visit Penang without queuing for a plate of Penang’s original Nasi Kandar?
This Indian Muslim rice dish mixed with the curries and gravies from different meats gives it that distinct strong, flavorful 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
Char Kway Teow
From transparent white to light brown, the flat rice noodles got its color changed in 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.
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.
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 that naturally sweetens 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
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 a 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 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)
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 also 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
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.
They make Cendol fresh daily at 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
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 drizzled 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 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!