As we know, Penang is a food paradise. What draws me there is not only food but also the local people. There is no lack of food option here and is difficult to find a coffee shop that falls short of a rating lower than “delicious”. Everyone who travels to Penang MUST EAT local street food! There are so many lovely places and foods to explore.
Penang is a food state so you don’t have to search high and low for delicious grub. If you wanna explore the most delicious food in Penang, find your local friends to bring you to hidden food spots that only locals would know. Today, you’re lucky! Because I’m a local Penangite! Let me show you what are the hidden food gems in Penang streets particularly in Nibong Tebal, my hometown 😉
#1 Jalan 10 @ Kampung Valdor
Duck Egg Fried Kueh Teow (RM4)
There is a stall I frequently visit whenever I back to Penang. The Duck Egg Fried Kueh Teow is very nice and cheap! It is only cost RM4. You wouldn’t find as cheaper as this Duck Egg Fried Kueh Teow in most of the towns. The stall is located at Kampung Valdor. Majority of people in Kampung Valdor is Chinese. There are many hidden foods without signboard in the kampung. The duck eggs did give a richer taste to each mouthful of noodles and it is a time-honoured food in Kampung Valdor.
Lo Mee (RM4.50)
The towkay starts setting up before 8 am, and it was already very busy when I walked up at about 9 am. The stall of Lo Mee is just beside the stall of the Duck Egg Fried Kueh Teow. Although Lo Mee is the signature food of Penang, it is difficult to find an unforgettable Lo Mee in the Penang. This Lo Mee stall is hidden amongst the housing area. The process of preparing the ingredients need some time, patience and TLC. Among all the Lo Mee that I’ve eaten before, this is the most unforgettable! It is literally the best Lo Mee ever! Though it is my objective opinion, you still must add this Lo Mee into your food-hunting trip!
Operation hour: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m
#2 Restaurant Wei Xin Shi @ Nibong Tebal, Penang
Wang Ji Prawn Cake (RM1.50)
There are many styles of Prawn Cake around the world. The Prawn Cake in Penang is made from flour, prawn and many spices. The light flour batter is the secret to its crispiness! The Prawn Cake stall that I want to introduce to you is a small stall hidden in Restaurant Wei Xin Shi in Taman Nibong Tebal Jaya. Judging from my photo above (which is a real photo taken just recently), you can see that the towkay is never stingy with the ratio of prawns in his Prawn Cake. Furthermore, all the ingredients are prepared on daily basis. Therefore, they are fresh! With the special sweet and spicy chilli sauce, this prawn cake is the perfect midday snack for all. And guess what? It is only RM1.50 per serving! Can you believe it?!
Operation Hours : 10a.m. – 12a.m.
#3 Restaurant Aik Kuat Café
Nyonya Rice (RM5.50)
Nyonya rice is a dish that comprises Blue Rice, spicy chicken and sambal. The blue pigmentation of the rice is refined by orchid, which is a natural food colouring, makes it totally safe to consume. The perfect combination of the anchovies and deep-fried peanuts makes the best sambal. There isn’t a specific name for the Spicy Chicken, but for me, it tastes like a dry version of Rendang Chicken. Besides this my favourite dish, there are a lot of nice dishes you could find in this coffee shop. Do visit here if you have a chance to pass by Nibong Tebal someday.
Operation Hours: 10: 00a.m. – 4: 00 a.m.
This is my Must-Go-Foods list. Whenever I travel back to Penang, I will make sure I get to eat all these foods, regardless of how short I stay. These photos are taken from my most recent ‘balik kampung‘ trip during the Raya weekend. While writing this, I start missing the foods again.
Leave us a comment if you have other notable Penang Hidden Foods in your pocket list!