13 Amazing Halal Eateries In Penang That You Can't Miss On Your Foodie Adventure


Cheng Sim •  Dec 23, 2022

Most of the true foodies we know enjoy the occasional road trip to Penang every now and then. Packed with street food that is equal parts palate-pleasing and budget-friendly, this food paradise is definitely one of our favourite destinations to go to! ? If you’re planning a trip to Penang anytime soon, check out our list of halal food in Penang that we have compiled just for you!

1.Nasi Kandar Beratur

There’s a legit reason why this restaurant is called Nasi Kandar Beratur! ‘Beratur’ means queuing up in Bahasa Malaysia, so consider your supper incomplete without the classic nasi kandar from this local gem ?

Nasi kandar is one of Penang's favourite comfort food. With steamed rice drenched with your choice of curries, fill up your plate with side dishes such as fish, vegetable, mutton, or chicken! For other nasi kandar alternatives, try Restaurant Hameediyah on Lebuh Campbell and Kassim Nasi Kandar on Lebuh Chulia ?

#HHWTTip: The restaurant is located next to the state’s popular landmark, Masjid Kapitan Keling.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 9.30pm-8am

Address: 98, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, 10300 George Town, Penang

Contact: +6012-448 3001


2.Roti Canai Transfer Road

Forget cereals and hotel breakfasts, guys! A morning must-have, Roti Canai Transfer Road is where the Penangites go for a wholesome breakfast of roti canai, roti bakar, and half-boiled eggs. Stamped with purse-friendly prices, stick to the classic roti canai with curry sidekicks such as fish curry, chicken curry, or sambal. If a light breakfast is what you need, try the crunchy roti bakar set that is served with half-boiled eggs.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 7AM-12PM, Sun; 7.30AM-12AM

Address: 114, 110, Jalan Transfer, 10050 George Town, Penang.

3.Mee Sotong Hameed Pata

If you find yourself at Fort Cornwallis on a mid-summer day, keep your eyes peeled for a nearby food court that is home to the famous Mee Sotong Hameed Pata. This local stall is popular for two things: mee rebus and mee goreng.

Typically cooked in large batches to accommodate the long queues, we recommend going for the mee goreng that is deliciously stir-fried and topped with their signature sambal sotong. Just as yummy, the mee rebus comes with really thick gravy for foodies who prefer something sweet to match the fiery sambal sotong.

#HHWTTip: Can’t handle the sambal sotong? Pick up a coconut shake or cendol from the beverage stall next to Hameed.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 11:30AM-8PM (Closed on Sun)

Address: 6, Kota Selera Padang Kota Lama (Fort Cornwallis Food Court), Jalan Tun Syed Shah Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Penang.

Contact: +6013-431 9384

4.Sup Hameed Penang Road

Where do Penangites go to satiate their hunger pangs in the middle of the night? Sup Hameed is where they're likely to be. This 24-hour food institution is best known for its hearty and appetising soups served with oven-baked bread.

Here’s the fun part! You can choose to play it safe and savour the classics such as chicken or beef soups, or be adventurous and take up cow’s tongue or stomach soup. Any of these soups pair well with a side of roti benggali ?

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-1AM

Address: 48, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang.

Contact: +604-521 265

5.Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng

You may have read about this father and son team in travel guides, or seen them on travel shows. Up and running for close to eight decades, the dynamic duo behind the famous mee goreng on Bangkok Lane is recognisable to the locals and tourists alike!

A humble stall that sits inside Seng Lee Coffeeshop, expect to be served with mamak-style mee goreng if you manage to grab a seat in the crowded kopitiam. What makes their mee goreng extra special is the addition of spicy sambal squid. Whether you decide to go for kuay teow or vermicelli noodles, their mee goreng is a definite must-try ?

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Tue-Sun; 9AM-6PM (Closed on Mon)

Address: Seng Lee Coffeeshop, 280, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Penang

Contact: +6012-345 7860

6.Restoran Nasi Padang Minang

How about a taste of Indonesian-style nasi padang with a Penang twist? Make your way to Restoran Nasi Padang Minang where lunch folks would gather for a carb-happy and heart-warming meal!

For first-timers, request a plate of steamed rice from the stall owner and scoop up your favourite side dishes from the buffet-style layout. Anything from chicken curry, deep-fried stuffed fish, tapioca leaves in coconut milk, and fried tempeh are delicious, so get adventurous! The price is charged based on the types and amount of side dishes you took, so feast moderately ?

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Tues-Thurs; 11AM-5PM, Sat-Mon; 9AM-5PM (closed on Fridays)

Address: 92, Jalan Transfer, 10050 George Town, Penang

Contact: +6017-498 5536 / +6011-652 51402

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7.Nasi 7 Benua at Koo Boo Cafe

It’s pretty apparent why Nasi 7 Benua has a loyal following in Sungai Ara. A modern and creative twist of the Penang’s all-time nasi kandar, every plate is decked out with little scoops of multi-coloured rice! Hint: Instagram-worthy ?

The famous seven consists of nasi putih (white rice), nasi lemak (coconut milk and pandan-flavoured rice), nasi tomato (tomato rice), nasi lemuni (herbed rice), nasi minyak (buttered rice), nasi kacang (peanut-flavoured rice), and nasi hujan panas (spicy buttered rice). Paired with your choice of beef, chicken, or vegetable side dishes, you have yourself the perfect meal!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 11AM- 4PM (Closed on Sun)

Address: Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Taman Tunas Muda, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Contact: +6017-439 7617


8.Ali Nasi Lemak at Sri Weld Food Court

We take pride in our national breakfast, the famous nasi lemak. While you can spot plenty of nasi lemak stalls in George Town, Ali Nasi Lemak remains a popular favourite due to its convenient location on Beach Street ?

With every parcel wrapped neatly with banana leaves, this stall sells more than the standard nasi lemak. You can have yours with anchovies and half-boiled egg, fish, cuttlefish, prawn, salted fish, or chicken. Come early to witness the owners preparing these nasi lemaks before your eyes ?

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 7.30AM-3PM, Sat; 7.30AM-2PM, (Closed on Sun)

Address: Sri Weld Food Court, Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Penang

Contact: +6014-407 0717

9.Ayu Mee Udang

While some refer to this restaurant as mee udang cantik, this cosy Malaysian eatery is best referred to as Ayu Mee Udang! True to its name, their number one specialty is the Malay-style prawn noodles, and they’re known for serving generous helpings of it ? You can go ahead with what everyone is having, the mee udang rebus, but feel free to try the mee udang goreng, which is equally lip-smacking!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Sun; 1.30PM-9.30PM (closed on Tues)

Address: 936B, Lengkok Kampung Masjid 1, 11920 Teluk Kumbar, Penang

Contact: +6012-465 2823


10.Radzidah Hokkien Mee

It's not easy to find halal Hokkien mee in Penang, but thankfully, there's Radzidah Hokkien Mee to satiate our cravings. An unassuming food stall led by a Malay family, the Hokkien Mee is served with tasty prawns, hard-boiled egg, fishball and kangkung. If your friends prefer something else, there's also char hor fun and kuay teow th'ng to order instead.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Address: Bukit Jambul, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Opening hours: Mon; 6PM-12AM, Thu-Tue; 4PM-12AM (Closed on Wed)

11.Laksa Pokok Janggus

For a foodie to travel all the way to Balik Pulau for a bowl from Laksa Janggus is a testament to its worth. Open every day except Wednesdays, this neighbourhood eatery is famous for their servings of asam laksa and pisang goreng!

Our favourite way to enjoy asam laksa is by mixing it up to unleash the full flavour of its tamarind, mackerel flakes, mint leaves, onions, and torch ginger. Laksa Janggus's asam laksa is tamer than the laksas in other parts of Penang. However, if you're a foodie who appreciates variety, you might want to add this eatery to your itinerary ?

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Thu-Tue; 3.30PM-8PM (closed on Wed)

Address: Jalan Kampung Perlis, Kampung Perlis, 11020 Balik Pulau, Penang.

Contact: +6019-516 3007

12. Restoran Kapitan

Restoran Kapitan is a local institution famous for its briyani, tandoori chicken, naan, and various other dishes. The brightly-coloured two-storey restaurant is open 24 hours and has an extensive menu including nasi kandar and other local dishes such as mee goreng and roti canai. But most people will recommend going for their specialities of claypot briyani (you can from a variety of briyani including chicken, mutton and beef) and tandoori sets (chicken tandoori with naan is a favourite choice). You could even opt to have briyani rice with your tandoori chicken! Either way, you're guaranteed a wonderful meal.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Address: 93, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact: +604-264 1191

13. Pak Liew Chinese Muslim Restaurant

Penang has one of the best Chinese Muslim food selections, and if you want to experience authentic Chinese Muslim cuisines, you should definitely visit the one-stop Chinese Muslim food centre, Pak Liew Chinese Muslim Restaurant. The name Pak Liew was given to commemorate the owner’s family name; Liew. Offering meals that every Malaysian can enjoy together be it for lunch, tea break, or even dinner ?

You will not be disappointed by their delectable menu items. And you can be sure that they serve real Chinese Muslim dishes passed down from Pak Liew ?The best part? They carry one of the cheapest dim sum in Malaysia, with prices starting at only RM3.80 per plate!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: 11AM-9PM (Mon-Thurs, Sat); 11AM-10PM (Fri, Sun)

Address: Jalan Kampung Baru, Taman Kijang, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Contact: +60 18-989 8018

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Dubbed by many as a street food paradise, you’ll definitely leave Penang with memories of your favourite char kuay teow, curry mee, or mee goreng. With this ultimate halal food guide in your pocket, you will never find yourself hungry in Penang! ?