Penang, Malaysia



Local Cuisine

If you have travelled to Singapore or elsewhere in Malaysia, you will see familiar names for foods but don't be fooled, there are differences. For example, "laksa" and "hokkien mee" are quite different from what you would get in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Furthermore, the same food may be called by a different name such as "pasembor" in Penang but called "rojak" in Kuala Lumpur. Being located by the sea, seafood is abundant in Penang and found in nearly every dish. Head for the fishing village of Teluk Bahang (north of Penang Island) or go to Batu Maung and Teluk Kumbar (south of the island) for fresh seafood at local prices. The beach destination of Batu Ferringhi also offers great seafood but expect to pay tourist prices.

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Eden Seafood Restaurant, Penang

Eden Seafood Restaurant in Batu Ferringhi

Assam Laksa
This is a noodle dish in a hot and sour broth flavoured with tamarind (assam), pureed with fish, added with a variety of vegetables and a generous helping of chillies to add fire to the taste.

Penang Char Koay Teow
A ubiquitous stir-fried flat rice noodle dish tossed with bean sprouts, cockles and anything else the chef has handy. Eggs are additional and cockles can be opt out, if requested by the customer.

Hokkien Mee
The dish has its origins in the Fujian province of China and in Penang is a soup based noodle with eggs, prawns, pork or chicken, fish cake, squid, water spinach ('kangkong') and beans sprout.

Koay Teow Th'ng
Flat rice noodle dish in clear chicken soup added with slices of chicken meat, fish cake, garnished with garlic and chopped spring onions and served with a condiment of sliced chillies in soy sauce.

Penang Sar Hor Fun
A stir fried flat noodle dish served with dark gravy and accompanied with bits or slices of seafood, chicken, meat, beaten eggs and a condiment of pickled chillies for those preferring a spicier and hotter taste..

Or Chen
A popular oyster omelette dish available at many Chinese restaurants and food stalls in Georgetown and around Penang, the best place to sample this dish is at the food center in Gurney Drive.

Lor Mee
A bowl of yellow noodles in sticky brown colored gravy, often served with pieces of chicken and may contain innards such as intestines and stomach but may request to be served without them.

Chinese restaurant

Chinese restaurant

Penang Nasi Kandar
Popular dish served by many Indian Muslim eateries consisting of white rice and accompanied with varieties of curries and options for various vegetables, chicken, beef, eggs, squid and prawns.

Known as 'rojak' in other parts of Malaysia, comprising of sliced cucumbers, potatoes, tofu, varieties of crackers, fish cakes, hard boiled eggs, squid and covered in generous toppings of peanut sauce.

A popular dish throughout Malaysia, this is a meat on a stick (
usually chicken or beef), which is barbequed over hot charcoals. The dish is served with cucumbers, onions and spicy-sweet peanut sauce.

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