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Must-Not Miss Street Food in Penang – Dreams of a Foodie

Penang is a splendid haven for all the foodies out there – it is literally a food paradise in Asia! Even Forbes has said Penang is actually in the top 10 cities in the world for best street food. Do you need more convincing than that?


Nasi Lemak at Paya Terubong

One of the local favourites, Nasi Lemak has been delighting the local taste buds for so many years – and now it's time to get a feel of what it would taste like for you! The best place to try out this delectable dish is at the stalls in Paya Terubong, which is located within a 39-minute driving distance from PARKROYAL Penang Resort. You can even see this delectable dish prepared from scratch at these places and how the cooks place rows of steaming rice, ready to be poured over with spicy and delicious sambal. Although there are different flavours to choose from, the best Nasi Lemak is the classic version.


Mee Goreng

Mee Goreng is a go-to dish of many tourists from near and far and it doesn't come as a surprise due to its incredible flavours that simply seem to grab at your taste buds in a good way. Arguably the best version of Mee Goreng that you can try out in Penang is Hameed Pata Special Mee at the open-air Esplanade Park. Many people flock to this place to experience the flavours of this version of mee goreng that includes thin strips of delicious squid and sambal. The beverage stall next to this serves an amazing coconut shake that goes by the name cendol.



A trip to Penang is never complete without getting a proper taste of its incredibly flavour-filled dish Laksa! There are two rather popular stalls for Laksa in Penang right in Ayer Itam. If ever you're within the range of Penang Hill, do remember to pay a visit to these two stalls and you won't be disappointed. The first one is the ever-popular stall in Jalan Pasar, and the Laksa here boasts of a rich broth with fresh meaty ingredients. The second one is Laksa Bisu and the owner here is mute but whips up the best laksa dishes you'd have ever tasted.


Char Kway Teow

Equally flavoursome as Penang's popular dish of Laksa, Char Kway Teow's Penang version is also a must-try during a holiday spent at your Penang hotel. The stall at Siam Road has long been in the business and you can see its ancientness simply by the traditional charcoal method used to fry the ingredients by the elderly gentleman behind the stall. Interestingly, this man has had to take a break for several weeks to take a rest from the unrestrained crowds who are just impatient to get a taste of this delightful dish.


Hokkien Mee

The stall at Jalan Burma offers the best Hokkien Mee in Penang and is indeed a delicious prawn noodle soup that would simply make your taste buds sing. Here, you won't need to stay at a queue but can quickly get your order. The soup base takes a sweet flavour as it's made with boiling pork bone and prawn shells.