Penang is very famous of its hawker food. Every hawker center or coffee shop you enter, the very common food will be char koay teow, hokkien mee, curry mee, wantan mee and jawa mee. But it's very rare to have the good ones to concentrate in one hawker centre or coffee shop. So, you'll have to travel to a few coffee shop to satisfy your craving for Penang Hawker Food.

There one place where you can find a few good hawker food at night. It's located along Chulia Street. It's a very busy street at night as well as in the morning. In the morning, you can find the famous and tasty beef koay teow at the other end of the street.

You are able to locate quite a number to tourist dining at this area.


The curry mee here do not really need much introduction among Penangnites. I believe many bloggers have blogged about it too.

A small bowl of curry mee which the level of spiciness is average taste good. The amount of coconut juice is just adequate to create the fragrant for curry mee. The absence of some prawns do not affect the taste, but the added prawn as the one in Campbell Street Market does create an added point for the overall price worthiness.

Wantan mee is also worth a try. As lard is used, it added fragrant to the wantan mee. To my liking, there's no lye taste in the noodle. The wantan mee is kinda to the wet type, where there'll still be some gravy left after you finish your plate of wantan mee.

Chee Cheung Fun tasted good too. There are lots of sesame sprinkled on top. the chili is pretty spicy too which just balanced up the sweetness and the saltiness of the prawn paste used.

Char Koay Teow (ckt) - the star of Penang Hawker Food. The ckt has the 'wok hei' fragrant with slightly burnt taste. Overall it taste good.

The curry mee stall:

The fresh fruit juice stall. You can mix & match your choices of fruit and blend into juice.


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19 comments

  1. Joie de vivre // Jan 4, 2009, 3:20:00 AM  

    I've never heard of the term "hawker food" but I think I'm sold! It looks great!

  2. Dora // Jan 4, 2009, 12:59:00 PM  

    M'sia really has nice and cheap food. So envy U. :)

  3. 550ml jar of faith // Jan 4, 2009, 3:23:00 PM  

    Ooh yes this is a family favourite haunt, esp for the CKT! The guy opens up late though, after 8PM. Sometimes the wait is just plain unbearable!

  4. Allie // Jan 4, 2009, 4:21:00 PM  

    Joie,
    Hawker food in my country is most probably like 'street food' in your country. :)

    Dora,
    Let's come to Msia for food hunting? :)

  5. Allie // Jan 4, 2009, 4:22:00 PM  

    550ml jar of faith,
    You can always 'snack' on others food like curry mee, ccf and wantan mee before while waiting for the ckt. haha...

  6. Little Inbox // Jan 4, 2009, 5:41:00 PM  

    The curry mee consists lots of ingredients. :)

  7. New Kid on the Blog // Jan 4, 2009, 6:10:00 PM  

    this is the famous curry mee and wanton mee in island...

  8. Jason Wong // Jan 4, 2009, 6:46:00 PM  

    Allie,

    May be would like to try the Wantan Mee further down the road, just in front of the Komtar Travel agency. Me & Gill are regulars there, we expecially like the dumplings, Sui Kow.

  9. Duckie // Jan 5, 2009, 8:50:00 AM  

    i love this place!!!

  10. SimpleGirl // Jan 5, 2009, 9:53:00 AM  

    The Penang version of CCF is unique, shrimp paste is added. We defintely cannot get this in Ipoh.

  11. Allie // Jan 5, 2009, 10:57:00 AM  

    NKOB,
    There are much more to come... yum yum...

    Jason,
    Thanks for the info! Will definitely try it out!

  12. Allie // Jan 5, 2009, 10:59:00 AM  

    Simple Girl,
    I found it weird when I first taste the PG ccf (I am from Perak too). Now I'm getting used to it, but still I prefer Ipoh ccf. yummy...

  13. vialentino // Jan 5, 2009, 2:35:00 PM  

    omg....all the food pics.....u r a great food hunter...love ur food pics a lot.

    i miss penang food a lot now.

  14. vkeong // Jan 6, 2009, 10:41:00 AM  

    ate here before last year.. the curry mee is good but have to wait very very long time for it lol. wantan mee is not bad too, i call it the "mother and son wantan mee"

  15. Keropok Man // Jan 10, 2009, 10:45:00 AM  

    i remember this place! remember ordering so many types of food and we all shared ;-)

    we were there early, so we got to see the carts all pushed out and ready to open for business. so exciting. haha..

  16. penangite // Jan 10, 2009, 5:42:00 PM  

    The curry mee seller's elder son is selling at 7th road market (chit tiao lor market) in the morning session. The younger brother is selling in the afternoon session. They are both selling at the same place. The elder brother's curry mee tastes nicer. I visit his curry mee stall for my breakfast twice a week. I always ask for extra chilly because it tastes so so good. As for the CKT, i do have to agree it's good..especially with extra chilly. Thumbs up for Penang Food.

  17. Allie // Jan 10, 2009, 6:49:00 PM  

    Keropok Man,
    It's indeed a very intersting sight to get to see the hawkers pushing their carts and get ready to open their stalls.

    Penangite,
    Thanks for the info! I did see the 'Chulia Street Curry Mee' banner at 7th road market. Definitely will go and try it out.

  18. Penagite // Jan 12, 2009, 8:56:00 PM  

    Allie, if you can't find th stall then ask any stall for 'Ah Lee Curry Mee'. His name is Ah Lee. His stall is opposite a congee stall.

  19. Allie // Jan 12, 2009, 9:48:00 PM  

    Penangite,
    Thank you so much for the info! Hope you'll like my blog :)