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Penang Clan Jetties Food Guide

1. Tan Jetty Thai Food Restaurant

The stilt house at the end of Tan Jetty houses a Thai food restaurant that serves home-cooked Thai meals. Boasting a casual dining atmosphere, the Thai restaurant offers an impeccable view overlooking Penang Port at Penang mainland. Sample a pot of tomyam, Thai fish cakes, Pad Thai and an array of Thai dishes here while enjoying the calming breeze.

Tan Jetty Thai Food Restaurant
Operation hours: 11.00am - 2.30pm; 5.30pm - 10.00pm (Closed on Tuesday)

2. Prawn Fritters & Lok Bak @ Tan Jetty

This unassuming and well hidden kiosk at Tan Jetty serves one of the best lobak (meat rolls) and prawn fritters in Penang that is popular among the local residents. These crispy snacks were fried to perfection, exhibit a pleasant aroma and paired well with the chili sauce given. The snacks are sold at wallet-friendly price despite its location is bustling with tourists.

Tables might be limited in this small stall but you can take away these snacks and enjoy them at the coffee shop in front of Tan Jetty.

Prawn Fritters & Lok Bak @ Tan Jetty
Operation hours: 8 am - 6 pm (daily)

3. Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang / Cendol @ Tan Jetty

You may have a bowl of simple street dessert such as Ice Kacang (shaved ice) or cendol in the coffee shop located at the entrance of Tan Jetty. Considering the humid and hot temperature in Penang, Keeping cool and hydrated with these chilling and refreshing desserts during your travelling is essential to replace the fluid loss.

Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang / Cendol
Operation hours: Afternoon

4. Xen Teck Cafe

A trip to Penang should be complemented by gastronomy journey to various street food destination as CNN Travel has reported the Malaysia island of Penang is arguably one of the Asia's best street food destinations.

At the small Xen Teck Cafe, you may treat yourself with various local favourites such as Chinese Nasi Lemak, Char Koay Teow, Hokkien Prawn Noodle, Bak Kut Teh and etc. Editors' pick will be the Chinese Nasi Lemak and Char Koay Teow here!

Midnight Chinese Nasi Lemak @ Weld Quay, Penang

Midnight Chinese Nasi Lemak @ Weld Quay, Penang

Operation hours: Morning and evening hours 

5. Fried Banana Fritters

People turn up like droves queuing in front of an unnamed stall near to Tan Jetty to savour the delicious deep fried snacks. Everything from fried banana fritters, sweet potato fritters with peanuts, fried sweet potatoes, fried Chinese New Year's cakes and etc are snatched within minutes the moments it is put on serving tray. Delicious food always worth the long wait!

Operation hours: 1.30pm -7.00pm (Closed on Sunday)

The famous Hoe Hong Tien Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Ball) stall has now moved to an empty space in front of a car park nearby to the Clan Jetty. Having operating for more than 60 years and manned by its 4th generation senior couple, the glutinous rice is popular among the locals. The glutinous rice balls are kneaded and prepared on the spot by the senior uncle while the senior lady is occupied by taking down and preparing the orders.

You may choose between peanut or black sesame as your glutinous rice ball filling.

Operation hours: 4 - 10.30pm (Closed on Sunday)

Taiwan traditional summer dessert made from fig seeds - Ai Yu Jelly, or better known as Oh Kio is available from this white van in front of a car park, opposite of Tan Jetty. Since Penang weather is hot and humid all year long, this chilling street dessert might be a life saver for you to cool down your body. Apart from Oh Kio, the white van also offers cendol, basil seed jelly drink, centella drinks and many more. Seating may be limited as this dessert is highly popular among the locals.

Operation hours: 12.30 - 7.30pm Daily

8. Penang Asam Laksa

Penang Asam Laksa has secured a spot in a list compiled by CNN for the 50 most delicious food ever created in earth in the year 2018. CNN describes Penang Asam Laksa as "an addictive spicy-sour fish broth with noodles) that will have your nose running before the spoon hits your lips.

If you wish to try this delicious noodle dish, you can look for a small stall sharing the same spot with Oh Kio dessert. Though it is not the best in Penang but should be more than enough to give you an idea how wonderful is this simple bowl of noodle.

Operation hours: Afternoon

9. Uncle Hup Cai Tao Kuih

Many passer-by may overlook this unassuming stall located next to Sri Tanjung Voluntary Fire Brigade Station but they offer some delicious finger bites fried snacks such as fried radish cakes, spring rolls, prawn fritters and many more.

If you happen to drop by Penang night market, you may spot the similar guy selling the same snacks too. 

Uncle Hup Cai Tao Kuih
Operation hours: 12.30 - 7.30 pm Daily

10. Durian Haven

Malaysia is renowned for producing the best quality of durian in the world such as Musang King and D24. Some may not able to tolerate the pungent taste of durian, thus Durian Haven has turned this King of the fruit to delectable desserts such as durian ice cream or durian puff.

You may drop by to Durian Haven small stall in Chew Jetty and sample some of the premium desserts.

Operation hours: 9am - 7pm Daily

11. Lok-Lok

Have some fun and join the locals by enjoying lok-lok offered by a modest stall located near to entrance of Chew Jetty. Lok-lok is the way how Penangites address the food skewers that are meant to dipped into boiling water to cook it, then douse with different kinds of gravy to spice it up.

Lok-lok is meant to be after meal snacks typically.

Operation hours: evening hours

12. Ah Lan Kopitiam

Ah Lan Kopitiam is one of the budget-friendly coffee shop located in front of Chew Jetty should you need something to fill your stomach. A variety of local dishes such as wantan noodle, Char Koay Teow, Koay Teow soup, fried rice, Hokkien prawn mee and many more. If you are keen to explore spicy dishes, you may order Ma La Wantan Mee or Ma La Koay Teow Soup for a try.

These 2 dishes come with extra heat components which the locals enjoy.

Operation hours: evening hours

13. Ka Bee Cafe

Ka Bee Cafe in Weld Quay serves one of the best tomyam and fish noodles in Penang. You may customize your bowl of noodles or porridge by choosing different ingredients to go along with it. Fret not to enjoy the piping hot noodle or porridge served to you as Ka Bee Cafe is air-conditioned.

Operation hours: 11,00am - 2.30pm; 5.00pm - 10.30pm (Closed on Sunday)

Next to Shell petrol station at Weld Quay is an unassuming Chinese stir-fried restaurant - Liva Seafood. The restaurant serves a range of Chinese traditional dishes or today fresh seafood catch to  satiate your appetite. Alternatively, you may order a plate of noodles ranging from Hailam noodle, Singapore vermicelli and etc for a more casual dining. Though the price has become less neighbourhood friendly due to the influx of tourists in recent years, Liva seafood still remain a decent dining choice. 

Restaurant Seafood Liva
Pangkalan Weld Quay, 11600 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Operation hours: 6am - 11pm

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