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By CK Lam

Spending your weekend in Penang? Do check out this 24-hour guide to eating on the island non-stop, written by me for TimeOut Penang 2012. Hope everyone have a great time indulging  in all the flavourful food, rich in spices and herbs from the many restaurants and hawker stalls in Penang.

6am – 7am: Special Famous Roti Canai
56 Jalan Transfer
Open daily, 6.30am-1pm, 3.30pm-7pm

Soak in the slow pace of life in Penang with breakfast at this road side stall, which is famous for its crispy roti canai. There are several varieties of curries to complement the roti canai – mutton, beef, chicken, fish and dhall. The place is usually packed with customers waiting for a table.

Roti Canai by CK Lam for TimeOut Penang 2012

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Public Cafe is just another neighborhood coffee shop in the pleasant surroundings of Gurney Drive. Located next to the famed Song River Cafe, this coffee shop is a favorite spot for me as it has a stall that serves up both delicious yet reasonable seafood noodles and porridge.

Take a pick from the striking mix of ingredients and several types of noodles.  The prices varies according to the seafood ingredients, with pawns, crabs, paddy frogs (tin kai/chui kay) and varieties of fish.

Seafood Noodle & Porridge at Public Cafe, Gurney Drive by

Piping hot bowl of Seafood Noodle

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We begin a weekend morning with a warm and filling bowl of oyster porridge, or better known orh moi at the oyster porridge stall in Perak Road, Jelutong. Penang. It is one of the local’s favorite choice of  breakfast. The stall starts selling early in the morning serving breakfast, right till lunch hour.

Being the only stall in the coffee shop, it draws in quite a crowd, with the place packed with customers. Many are seen waiting for their take-aways while others are busy slurping down their porridge.

Oyster Porridge in Perak Road, Penang by

Huge pot of oyster porridge

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Over the weekend together with my blogger friends and photographers, we went around Air Itam to sample-fest some hawker food. We made our way to Kedai Kopi Wah Meng. The coffee shop located across the Sisters Curry Mee is a stone throw away from the Air Itam morning wet market, which itself is full of interesting local flavor.

Penang Hawker Food at Wah Meng Cafe, Air Itam Penang by

How about a delicious bowl of Koay Chiap for starters?

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We took a short and relaxing eating trip out of Penang island recently to Serdang, a small town in Kedah. It is our first visit to Sin Aik Kee, an old restaurant which is famous for their specialty ‘char moay’ (fried porridge) and plenty of other varieties.

Serdang Fried Porridge @ Sin Aik Kee

The delicious fried porridge…chau jook (in Cantonese)

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New Lane is truly a street food center in Penang and the place is jam packed with many hawker food stalls and food hunters. Tables are set up in the open, even occupying part of a parking lot of an office complex. The lane is accessible from Macalister Road and Dato Kramat Road. You have to bring a big appetite as there are many delicious goodies at this place.

There are a few stalls that I usually patronized. I love the Grill Chicken located in the Sin Yin Nam coffee shop. The chicken wings and drumsticks are simply delicious. The aroma is so seductive that could drive you insane.

New Lane Hawker Food by

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Cintra Street which starts after the junction of Kimberley Street (leading all the way towards Chulia Street) has numerous hawker food stalls and old style Chinese restaurants. Most of the food stalls  have been operating for a long time.

In fact I did a Cintra Street food crawl review a year ago covering most of the food stalls along this street except the Yee Sang Kai Chok (fish/chicken porridge) stall.

Penang Porridge at Cintra Street

Steaming hot thick porridge

Penang Porridge at Cintra Street

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We had some nourishing porridge for dinner last night at Sin Geylang. The shop on Macalister Road (opposite Red Rock Hotel) specializes in claypot porridge, serve with dishes for lunch and dinner. The texture of the porridge was smooth, quite thick and topped with chopped spring onions with a dash of oil.


Steaming hot pot of plain porridge

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Penang has a number of stall selling porridge and one particular stall that is worth mentioning is the Tai Buan Porridge. It is housed in a shoplot on Muntri Street serving good rice porridge and side dishes. This Teochew style porridge is very popular and most of the customers are back for return visits.

Braised duck, liver and gizzard


Comfort food – Porridge served in clay bowl

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Hubby and I came across this old eatery on Magazine Road which has been around for 60 over years. This place which serves porridge is operated by the elderly Mr Tan with the help of his son. This eatery has an amazing seating arrangement, with tiny wooden stools (bangku) on top of long benches.

Amazingly, this place is one of the handfuls of stalls left in Penang that does not even have a signboard!


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Penang hawker food never ceases to amaze me, up to this very day. After trying so many types of bak moey (pork porridge), I stumbled upon this stall in Perak Lane that is managed by an old man with the help from his son.


The old man in a singlet and a teddy bear apron

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The Chowrasta Market is lined with plenty of food stalls throughout the morning business hours. If you are a huge fan of chu chap jook which is considered a bizarre food to some people but a delicacy to others, do check out the stall located at the entrance of Campbell Street.

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Warm and comforting bowl of porridge

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