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Penang Hawker Food

I’ll write a complete food guide soon. For now, here are some of the most famous hawker food in Penang.

Hainanese Chicken Rice / Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice served with fresh cucumber and chili sauce.

Apong / Apong Manis

Apong Manis or simply known as Apong.

Apong Balik

Apong Balik…

Assam Laksa / Laksa

Assam Laksa.

Roasted Chestnuts  / Lat Chee (Hokkien)

Roasted Chestnuts. Locally, they are known as Lat Chee.

Chinese Economy Rice

Hot food, curries, and home-cooked dishes served at a Chinese Economy Rice stall.

Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar at an Indian restaurant.

Nasi Kandar

Curries and fried foods at a Nasi Kandar restaurant.

Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar at an Indian Restaurant.

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow or stir-fried flat noodles with prawns, cockles and eggs with soy sauce.

Fish Ball Soup

Fish Ball Soup.

Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun.

Ikan Panggang / Grilled Stingray

Grilled Stingray.

Oh Chien / Omelette with Oysters

Oh Chien or Fried Omelette with Oysters.

Claypot Rice

Claypot Rice.

Or Kuih / Yam Cakes

Or Kuih or Yam Cakes.



More pictures of mouthwatering Penang hawker food:

Photo Blog: Penang Hawker Food – Part II
Eating Penang: A Quick Snapshot
Eating Penang: Nyonya Kuih

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29 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Anonymous

    God, those delicious good eats !!!!. I am really home sick now:(. Need to make a trip back home fast to curb my craving !!!

    You rock BEE. Good job and really enjoying reading your blog.


  2. Rasa Malaysia

    Babe_KL and Fatcat,

    Going to eat more today (my last day here!) and will snap more pictures. Stay tuned for more mouthwatering hawker delicacies.

  3. Goh

    Hi… i love ur blog..

    But i would be very much happier if you could add the details as well…

    Such as the place where u ate the food.. and maybe the price as well.

    Thank you.

  4. Rasa Malaysia


    I will do a complete write-up and food guide soon…just haven’t had time to finish the article. Stay tuned.

  5. Jewelle Tan

    I just had a fullsize Indian set lunch and yet looking at your pictures, I am salivating again!
    By the way, the “apong” isn’t it “apam”? Or is that what it’s called in Penang?

  6. Anonymous

    ah bee,

    You are very cruel! Torturing us with such food pixs while we are freezing our butts off half the world away………sigh!!


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  8. Emily

    OMG. the pics of the foods looks so……GOOD! haha..making me hungry now & missing Malaysia @ the same time. ;)

    btw, i found your blog while google-ing for oh-chien :S Almost wanna fly back to Msia right away after seing the hawker food pics. haha!

    You should open a restaurant. I think it’s gonna earn u big $$ in CA. Seriously!! ;)

    Emily (Taiping/Penang/Hawaii)

  9. cheri

    I am not sure when this blog was started or if you will see this but I wanted to ask you about the Apong Balik. Is it filled will peanuts? I remember walking in Kulala Lumpur and one of the street vendors there made a pancake looking thing that had peanuts and was so sweet and delicious. I wish I could find a recipe for it to make here in the states. I wish I could go back to Malaysia… its been 22 years since being there.

  10. Anonymous

    Girl, you’re Malaysia… Thank You for bringing me home everytime I enter your site!!!! GREATTTTT Job.

    NJ, USA.

  11. Su Nam

    Thank you so much for putting this blog together!!! My mouth’s watering and i was speaking like Lim Keng Yik ;p when describing these dishes to my KL friends here. I MISS PENANG!!!

    In KL: One can’t find the REAL mee mamak (rebus and goreng), Penang chee cheong fun’s virtually unobtainable, assam laksa tastes like sulfur water, char keow teow’s more like burnt keow teow, no siam laksa, poh piah’s like soggy socks, no pig’s blood in curry mee, oh cien (fried oyster) so dry it’s better to be called nui cien (fried egg), no muar chee, roti canai’s thick and rubbery, etc. etc…

    Sorry to sound negative, but that’s how much I miss Penang food, the people and the laid back life. Cheers!

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