New Lane Hawker Food Corner, George Town, Penang
New Lane or Lorong Baru is a small road just off Macalister Road, a short distance from Penang Road. The Sunway Hotel and My Crystal Museum is located along this road. The coffee shop, Kedai Kopi Goh Chew and Wisma Central is located on either sides of the junction of New Lane and Maclacister Road.
Hawker stalls along New Lane (Lorong Baru) generally opens for business only from late afternoon or in the evenings. Customers sit inside the coffee shop or the along the roadsides. You can find many of Penang's authentic hawker food here: Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, Porridge, Kueh Teow Soup, Fried Oysters, Tong Sui, etc
Tucked at the back of Wisma Central is Mimi's SL Coffee House where you can find good Penang Nyonya Laksa and Nasi Ulam. (Opens till lunch, on weekdays).
Looking for authentic Penang Hawker food? Check out Food Court along or slightly off Burma Road.
If you are driving along Burma Road, look out for these slightly hidden food court or cafes. You will be delighted with the tastes and choices.
One Corner Cafe - Famed for its Super Penang Hokkien Mee, but other stalls sells good authentic hawker food such as Lor Mee, Laksa, Chicken Rice, Char Kway Teow, etc. Location: Jalan Bawasah. Or Entrance from Jalan Burma into Penang Plaza parking (behind Penang Plaza).
New World Park - A wide selection of good Penang Hawker food: Penang Cendol and Ice Kacang, Chee Cheong Fun, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, Hokkiwn Mee, Chinese Dumpling, Mee Goreng, etc . Location: 102 Jalan Burma. Entrance from Jalan Burma or Lorong Swatow.
Island Glades Coffee Shops (Island Glades, 11700 Gelugor, Penang)
The many cafe or coffee shops located in the neighbourhood of Lorong Delima 6 and Lorong Delima 5, makes this place a very popular venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Genting Cafe (until late afternoon only, closed on Wednesdays);
- Best food: Chee Cheong Fun, Curry Mee, Duck Porridge, Char Koay Teow, Laksa, Penang Lobak, Fried Mee Sua/ Rice, etc.
- 2, Lorong Delima 6 (intersection with Lorong Delima 3)
- Kafe Mandarin (whole day)
- Best Food: Char Koay Teow, Hokkien Mee, Chicken Rice, Nonya Kueh, Economy Rice, Hwa Chnee
- Lorong Delima 5 (intersection with Lorong Delima 3)
- O&N Coffee Shop (open morning only)
- Best Food: Wan Tan Mee, Nasi Lemak, Fried mee/ bi hoon
- 1D, Lorong Delima 5
- Mutiara Selera (evening only)
- Best Food: Char Hor Fun, Fish Head Bee Hoon, Char Koay Teow, etc.
- Lorong Delima 5 (Intersection with Lorong Delima 7)
- Delima Mas
- Best food: Thai Food, Char Koay Teow, Beef noodles
- Lorong Delima 6 (Intersection of Lorong Delima 7)
- Other 'makan' shops in the area:
- 2 shops selling economu rice for lunch; 1 Shop speciallizing in chicken rice; 2 other shops selling noodles in the morning, etc
- stalls selling ban cheng kueh, Indian apom, etc.
Some common Nyonya dishes are:
Acar Awak – mixed vegetables of cucumber, carrots, long beans, etc., are cooked and pickled with spices.
Acar Ikan (pickled fish) – fried fish soaked in a light gravy cooked from ginger, garlic, vinegar, dried chillies and turmeric.
Ayam Buah Keluak – spicy chicken curry cooked with buah keluak (candlenuts). The curry has a creamy and nutty flavour.
Asam Pedas – spicy sour curry of fish and pineapple. Chilli Crab – spicy crab stir fried with chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric, galangal,lemon grass, shrimp paste (blachan) and tamarind juice.
Lor Bak – thin strips of pork seasoned with spices and wrapped in a sheet of thin bean curd skin, and then deep fried. Restaurants in Penang often sells this with fried prawn fritters and other deep fried items served with sauces.
Nasi Ulam – rice mixed with finely shredded vegetables, fresh green herbs, shallots, chillies, toasted desiccated coconut, fried and flaked dried fish, etc. Nasi Kunyit – glutinous rice steamed with turmeric and creamy coconut milk and usually eaten with chicken curry.
Jiu Hu Char – a stir-fried dish of shredded vegetables (yambean, carrot, cabbage) and strips of cuttlefish or pork.
Nyonya Kueh – a variety of kueh (similar to cakes and puddings), mainly steamed and made from glutinous rice or rice flour and sometimes rich and fragrant coconut milk. Example: Kueh Lapis (steamed layered pudding), Ang Koo Kueh, Pulut Tai Tai, Kueh Talam, Kueh Kochi, Kueh Kodok, Pulut Enti, etc.
Otak-otak – spicy fish cake with egg, Some ingredients used in Peranakan cooking - serai, bunga kantan, galangal, etc. wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.
Perut Ikan (Pulay Ikan) – shredded vegetables (long bean, brinjal, daun kaduk, etc), fresh green herbs and shreds of fish intestines cooked in a light curry with tamarind juice. This dish is unique to the Penang (and Northern) Peranakans.
Popiah (spring rolls) – turnip, bean sprout, pork, fried egg and bean curd wrapped and rolled with a paperthin steamed pancake. The rolls are sometimes deep fried and garnished with a sweetened bean or chilli sauce. Sambal Blachan – chillies and toasted shrimp paste (blachan/ belacan) mixed with lime and salt. It imparts a piquant flavour to any accompaniment that you choose to pair it with.