Penang Cecil Street Market Hawker Centre Best Eats
Food savvy tourists “eat where the locals eat” at Cecil Street Market Hawker Centre or “Chit Tiau Lor Ban San” (7th Street Market).
One of the biggest hawker centers combining a wet market and a food court – Cecil Street Market, has the freshest seafood and a roast meats section.
If you want to eat and do a bit of shopping in the afternoon, enjoy yourself discovering the culinary delights of historical George Town with SmartDory Eating List.
Penangites forgo the famous hawker centers at Gurney Drive and Red Garden at Penang Road.
Instead, the locals like the food stalls in the inner city of George Town.
For some very local eats, try Cecil Street Market Hawker Centre from morning to early afternoon.
Presgrave Street Hawker Centre is great for suppers.
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Charcoal Char Koay Teow
There are a few charcoal Char Koay Teow stall close to each other.
Cecil Street Market attains a stall using old of the oldest technique, charcoal, to cook his charcoal-flamed duck egg Koay Teow.
Look out for the iconic Barefoot Char Kuey Teow Uncle near a drinks stall. His version is the tastiest.
The Chinese version of a warm Malaysian salad is called “Cheh Hu” in the Hokkien.
The Indian version is Pasembur.
You get julienned cucumbers, jicama, blanched bean sprouts, fried Tofu, various crispy fritters (Cucur & Hare Chee), and Jellyfish.
The sauce is a tasty orangey-colored sweet potatoes gravy.
Mixed in and tossed like a salad, you get a subtle, sweet, savory flavor that packs a punch when you ask for extra spicy.
If you love Chulia Street Curry Mee, you can have it in the afternoon.
The richness of the salty-savory santan scented soup and their signature large fishball is maintained.
The garnish is pig’s blood cubes, shrimps, blood cockles, cuttlefish, and tofu puffs.
Chicken Rice & Char Siew Sio Bak Rice
Lots of roasts, roasted to perfection, are available for your order with rice. No salad is required.
Order extra BBQ marinated pork and roast pork with your aromatic, fragrant Chicken Rice.
You can’t go wrong with a classic Chicken Rice dish to satiate your appetite.
If you’re tired of queuing and standing to eat your Chendul at Keng Kwee Street, then you should head to Cecil Street Market Hawker Centre.
The Red Beans are huge and strands of Chendul green with pandan flavor.
You get a massive bowl at a fraction of the price too.
Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng
The famous Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng may have an attitude, but the noodles are great.
The Koay Teow Th’ng version here is the duck-meat version.
The Koay Teow comes garnished with slivers of poached duck meat, pork slices, pig’s intestines, duck-blood, and fishballs & fishcakes.
Garnished with chopped scallions and golden-fried garlic oil, these smooth thin noodles are slurp-worthy with a touch of soy sauce.
You can order extra duck drumsticks (if these are available)
There is a stall that sells everything deep-fried pastry that is hot and crispy.
- Fried Char Siu Bao (BBQ Pork Dumplings
- Ham Chim Peng (Chinese Fried Doughnuts)
- Woo Kok (Fried Taro Puff)
- Chai Tow Kway (Fried Radish Cake)
- Eu Char Koay (Chinese Crullers)
You can find this unique snack anywhere else in Penang.
You won’t find mini sago pearls but rather sticky chewy pieces in irregular form stir-fried.
A little bit of spiciness and some bean sprout are added to create a biting texture.
Generally, it has a somewhat sticky chewy texture.
It’s worth a try if you haven’t.
The Hokkien Mee has a hint of sweetness and is not too spicy.
You can order extra ingredients with various add-ons for more noodles, pig intestines, pork ribs, and extra prawns.
If it’s too mild, heap on a spoonful of the sambal for more heat!
There are two side-by-side stalls with pretty Nyonya Kuih stall arranged ready for your selection.
You can find all your favorites from Karipap, Kueh Talam, Onde-Onde to Kueh Koci.
The kuehs are cheap and tasty, with a soft and spongy texture and a creamy santan taste.
Best drink for your kueh mueh is a cup of hot Kopi O.
Wan Tan Mee
The famous Wan Tan Mee has al-dente noodles you can order either dry or soup version.
The Kwan Lo (dry version) has springy noodles dressed with a mixture of dark soy sauce, sesame oil, and scallions.
Order extra Sui Kow and Crispy Wantan.
If you want extra char siew (barbecued pork slices), you can buy that freshly roasted from the wet market section of Cecil Street Market to eat with your noodles.
Cecil Street Roast Meats
At Cecil Street Market in Penang, you will find one of the most famous roast pork/BBQ pork stalls in George Town.
There is a row of nameless roast meat stalls that sells excellent juicy Sio Bak with crackling skin.
If you don’t know which stall to head to, try the one with the longest queue with locals.
Come and tapao crispy-skinned Roast Pork (Sio Bak), caramelized BBQ Pork (Char Siew), Chinese Sausages (Lup Cheong), grilled Pork Jerky (Bak Kwa), and Pork Floss (Bak Hu).
There are two types of Pork Floss; get the crispy version which is excellent to eat with porridge or on its own.
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Cecil Street Market Foods
If you want the authentic taste of Penang street food, head over to Cecil Street Market for a cheap and filling feast with your family and friends.
Cecil Street Market Hawker Centre
40-48 Cecil Street (corner with McNair Street)
Georgetown, 10300 Penang