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Someone Had to Do It: 15 Best Muslim-Friendly Dishes in Penang

Just the mention of Penang is enough to make any Malaysian salivate. This foodie haven is a definite hotspot for anyone eager to try some of Malaysia’s best dishes.

Looking for the best Muslim-friendly dishes in particular? Let us help you get started on the right foot with our list!

1) Char Kuey Teow

Char Kuey Teow

It’s hard not to think of kuey teow when you think of Penang. The mouthwatering combination of noodles, egg, chives, bean sprouts and seafood thrown into a hot wok is much-loved by many, and for good reason too. Unfortunately, it can be a challenge to find an authentic yet halal version of this dish. But, fear not! Bee Hwa cafe serves a Muslim-friendly version of this dish. The smokiness of the flat noodles combined with seafood will leave you wanting more.

 

Check out:

Bee Hwa Cafe

10, Lebuh Dickens, 10050 George Town

Business Hours: 7.00am – 5.00pm

 

2) Sup Daging (Beef Soup)

Sup Daging

Ah, what’s more comforting than a piping hot bowl of beef soup available 24 hours throughout the day? This hearty dish is great to have, especially when the weather’s cool like how it’s been in Malaysia lately. Dip some bread into your bowl and savor the rich taste of meaty chunks and spices. If you’re looking for a fuller flavor, try the mutton version.

 

Check out:

Sup Hameed

48, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town

Business Hours: Open 24 hours

 

3) Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles)

Mee Goreng

Penang meals are known to be full of flavor, colors and spices. The mee goreng is no different. Be enticed by its bright red flavor, topped with a handful of greens and a wedge of lime for that extra hint of zest. Its taste can be described as sweet, spicy and sour. Sometimes, the queue for this dish can get super long so be sure to come by as early as possible to get a table.

 

Check out:

Bangkok Lane’s Mee Goreng

280, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town

Business Hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm

 

4) Lamb Korma  

Lamb Korma

Imagine tender, flavorful lamb in a sea of warm korma and freshly toasted chapati to go along with it. Tajuddin Hussain tops many lists for being one of the best, authentic eateries in the state, and it’s easy to see why. The main highlight here is its assortment of curries. Aside from the lamb korma, we highly recommend the chicken rose curry. Addictively spicy, it’s the sort of dish that gets better and better with every bite.

 

Check out:

Tajuddin Hussain

45, Lebuh Queen, 10200 George Town

Business hours: 11am – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 10pm

 

5) Nasi Dalca (Dalca Rice)

Nasi Dalca

One of Penang’s best nasi dalca is found on an unassuming site in Little India. This dish features hot rice soaked in flavorful dhal, with a generous piece of chicken and some coconut chutney to go along with it. None of the flavors overpower each other but instead result in a delicious medley of rice, chicken and potatoes.

 

Check out:

Nasi Dalca Rahim

Lebuh Queen, 10200 George Town

Business Hours: 5.30pm – 12.30am

 

6) Roti Canai

Roti Canai

Transfer Road in Penang is crowded every morning, sometimes even till early afternoon, thanks to its famous roti canai and roti goyang (which we’ll get to in a bit). The spicy, aromatic curry and roti canai work incredibly well together. The heat of the curry is enhanced with the dollop of sambal that goes along with it, making this dish insanely good. If there’s one dish that’ll definitely wake you up in the morning, this is it.

 

Check out:

Roti Canai Transfer Road

Jalan Transfer, 10050 George Town

Business Hours: 7.30am – 1.30pm

 

7) Roti Goyang

Roti Goyang

Buttery toast and silky half-boiled eggs – it doesn’t get any simpler or better than that. This rustic Malaysian breakfast excels by knowing just how to get both the eggs and toast just right. As a result, expect all flavors and textures – salty, eggy and crispy – to meld together beautifully. Complement it with a hot glass of teh tarik and you’re set for the day.

 

Check out:

Roti Goyang Transfer Road

Jalan Transfer, 10050 George Town

Business Hours: 7.30am – 1.30pm

 

8) Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice)

Nasi Campur

Want to get local dishes that taste like they’ve been made lovingly at home? Visit Minah Restaurant and be spoiled by a wide array of scrumptious Malay food! We especially loved the kerabu kacang botol and stuffed cencaru here. The dishes tend to sell out quick so head over as early as possible to beat the lunch rush.

 

Check out:

Minah Restaurant

Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Taman Tun Sardon, 11700 Gelugor

Business Hours : 8.00am – 6.00pm

 

9) Pasembor

Pasembor

Enjoy a good variety of pasembor when you visit this Gurney Drive stall! If you’re lucky, you might just catch a performance by the store vendor himself, who’s famed for his song-and-dance routine (hence the name Disko Pasembur). The nutty, spicy rojak sauce combined with fried fritters make this a delectable late-night snack that’s great to share.

 

Check out:

Disko Pasembur

Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town

Business Hours: 4.00pm – 11.30pm

 

10) Coconut Shake

Coconut Shake

Why not wash down all that good Penang food with a refreshing glass of coconut shake? There’s no other place more synonymous with coconut shakes in Penang than Jalil’s, so head on over for a deliciously creamy treat that’ll cool you down straight away.  

 

Check out:

Jalil Special Ais Kacang & Coconut Shake

1, Light Street, 10200 George Town

Business Hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm

 

11) Cendol

Cendol

What makes cendol so irresistibly special is the rich result of sweet and salty flavors infused together. It works both as a drink or as a light snack, making it perfect for any weather. Try the famous Teochew cendol located on Penang Road for a satisfying taste of this awesome dessert.

 

Check out:

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

Jalan Penang, 10450 George Town

Business hours: 10.30am – 7.00pm

 

12) Hainanese Chicken Chop

Hainanese Chicken Chop

If you’ve never had Hainanese chicken chop before, you’re in for a treat. The dish’s star is its juicy, breaded chicken that’s drizzled with sweet and sour sauce. The version here comes with salad, baked beans and fries, making it a complete meal. Definitely a must-try fusion dish for all!

 

Check out:

Kota Selera Food Court (beside Fort Cornwallis)

Padang Kota Lama, 10200 George Town

Business Hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm

 

13) Prawn Mee

Prawn Mee
Credit: Restoran Ilyana Cafe

The strong taste of prawn shells infused in soup makes this noodle dish a firm favorite amongst seafood lovers. That said, finding the perfect bowl of prawn mee that’s Muslim-friendly can be rather tricky. A lot of Penangites swear by Ilyana Cafe’s rendition of this dish. Located in Gertak Sanggul, the prawn mee here might just be well worth the drive for some prawn goodness.

 

Check out:

10, Gerai JKKK, Jalan Gertak Sanggul, Teluk Kumbar, 11910 Bayan Lepas

Business Hours: 12.00pm – 1.00am

 

14)  Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar
Credit: Hameediyah Restaurant

This list wouldn’t be complete without the legendary nasi kandar. Hailing from Penang itself, nasi kandar is essentially steamed rice, served with many different curries and side dishes. Customize it your way, just the way you like it, and enjoy! Visit Hameediyah in Penang for a satisfying (and filling!) experience.

 

Check out:

Hameediyah Restaurant

Lebuh Campbell, 10200 George Town

Business Hours: 10.00am – 10.30 pm

 

15) Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa

Some claim that Penang’s got the best laksa ever. Spicy and tangy, it’s easy to see why. Since most halal versions of this dish in Penang lean more towards the Malay style, we recommend Laksa Janggus for a reasonably-priced bowl of this favorite.

 

Check out:

Laksa Janggus

338 MK, Jalan Bharu, 11000 Kampung Perlis

Business Hours: 3.30pm – 8.00 pm


Hungry for a food adventure? Prepare to feast away in Penang! Book your hotel and flight deals on Traveloka here.

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