Daydreaming about wolfing down delish street food, going cafe-hopping or experimenting with cocktails at interesting bars? You can do that in Singapore, but if you need a break from work, why not visit a nearby city to satisfy your cravings? We recently went to Penang with AirAsia as part of their Holiday Quickie campaign and the food trail is legit. The campaign basically speaks to us millennials because it promotes stress-relieving short holiday breaks to 17 destinations, ranging from 55 minutes to four hours away from Singapore. Besides Penang, you can also head to other nearby holiday hotspots like Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Langkawi.
But first, here’s what went down in Penang (basically food, food and more food). We’ve rounded up seven food places you simply cannot miss on your next trip to Penang.
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Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
Located within a heritage area, the original hawker stall of Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul looks frozen in the 1930s and untouched by time itself. Home to not only the best-known Chendol (RM3) in Penang, but also dishes like Penang Laksa (RM5.50/6.50) and Rojak (RM7), it’s a fitting place to kickstart your food journey.
Where: Jalan Penang, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
More info: www.chendul.my/
Millennials are not just satisfied with filling up our bellies because our Instagram feed needs to eat too. With Fruitmade’s colourful, homemade juices and desserts mean you can have the best of both worlds. We’ve fallen madly in love with the Fruity Soft Serve Berries Dream (RM 6/8.50) and Super Smoothies (RM7.90).
Where: 6 Lebuh Cannon, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
More info: https://www.facebook.com/fruitmadepenang/
Hameediyah Tandoori House
Having stood the test of time, Indian-Muslim eatery Hameediyah Tandoori House is the oldest Nasi Kandar restaurant in Penang at over 111 years old. Wildly popular for their wide range of curries, piping hot murtabak and biryanis, we’d recommend ordering the Murtabah Ayam (RM5) and Murtabah Kambing (RM5), before washing it all down with some Teh Tarik (RM1.50).
Where: Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
New Lane Hawker Center
If you’re a fan of Singapore hawker fare, you’ll love the street food stalls at New Lane Hawker Center. Most of the stalls come to life after 4pm, so don’t got there for lunch! It’s essentially an assembly of numerous roadside stalls along some coffee shops, so there’s absolutely no shortage of choices when it comes to grub. In particular, the Hokkien Mee (RM4.50/5), Char Kway Teow (RM5.50) and BBQ Chicken Wings (RM2.20) are not to be missed.
Where: Lorong Baru, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Pan Cake & Steam Rice Cake
In the same way that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you should also not judge your supper by its store. Despite looking like an unassuming roadside stall, the famous Pan Cake & Steam Rice Cake stall is a family business that has been around for over 50 years. It’s only open between 6.30pm and 10pm, so be sure to grab the signature Pan Cake (RM1) and Steam Rice Cake (RM1) before they sell out!
Where: Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Out Of Nowhere
Ready for some late-night fun? Enter Out Of Nowhere’s minimalistic cafe shopfront and walk past the doors of its bright orange refrigerator into another world. Sleek, urban and elegant, this speakeasy is divided into three urban sections: the lounge, open space and bar. The unique names of the cocktails and bar snacks offered here, including I Went Bananas (RM42) and It’s Nacho Problem (RM12), definitely caught our attention.
Where: 73 Jalan Kuala Kangsar, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Find more info at: https://www.facebook.com/outofnowhereeee
Image: Out Of Nowhere Official Facebook
While Teksen Restaurant is usually loud and packed with diners, don’t let that fact stop you from visiting this gem. The Chinese restaurant serves up mouthwatering dishes such as Double Roasted Pork With Chili Padi (RM18+/30+) and Deep-fried Homemade Tofu with Prawns, Dried Scallop and Egg White Topping (RM12+/18+)—all in king-sized portions, so it’s especially perfect for large groups, families and big eaters.
Where: 18 Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Find more info at: https://www.facebook.com/TekSenRestaurant