Penang is a foodie traveler’s dream. Penang’s cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay, which makes for spicy and hearty dishes. For anyone who loves Asian cuisine, every nook and cranny will guide you to a fabulous feast and for those who don’t, Penang will change your mind. Penang is even better for budget travelers because the food is affordable and great tasting. Check out our guide of the 5 Must-Try Cheap Eats in Penang. Book your hotel in Penang and start trying them out.
Dim Sum at De Tai Tong Cafe
Dim sum is traditionally served as breakfast dishes; however, Tai Tong serves their delicious morsels until late in the evening. The dim sum comes in trolleys where you can select everything from har gow (shrimp dumplings), lor mai gai (glutinous rice filled with meat and mushrooms) and many more.
Location: 45 Lebuh Cintra
Curry Mee at Sisters
Sisters is a local favorite and serves literally mouth-watering noodle soup. Sister’s curry mee is prepared over a charcoal stove, where the flavours of the soup strengthen. When served, the noodles are topped with squid, pork and their secret ingredient, chili paste.
Location: Jln Paya Terubong
Seafood at Weld Quay Restaurant
The price of fresh seafood in Penang can be quite steep if you don’t know where to look, but at Weld Quay Restaurant, you take your pick from a selection of live crab, fresh prawns among other seafood and have it cooked any way you like. A meal here goes for only $30 a head.
Location: 21 Pengkalan Weld
Nasi Lemak Ali
Nasi Lemak is a traditional Malaysian dish comprised of coconut-fragranced rice, meat and sides of vegetables, peanuts and chili paste. Nasi Lemak Ali allows you to customize your own version of Nasi Lemak with authentic ingredients. A meal here runs below RM6.00.
Location: Lebuh Pantai
Thai Boat Noodles at Mr. Nak Restaurant
There’s a trend of eating Thai Boat Noodles and the ones at Mr. Nak Restaurant are popular with locals and foreigners. You can customize your bowl of chewy noodles with fish balls, meat and crispy chicken skin that elevates the dish with a burst of texture. A meal here runs for RM 5.00.
Location: One-Stop Midland Park Center
For a foodie traveler on a budget, Penang is the ideal vacation spot to get your taste buds energized. With a variety of cuisine choices at low prices, it’s not impossible to complete your foodie checklist. Be sure to stop by our 5 recommendations and book a budget hotel in Penang today.