Penang is not only a popular tourist destination in Malaysia; it’s also a food paradise that offers unique cuisines from its diversified multi-cultural society. One of which is the Malay and Indian Muslim communities in Penang that serve the country’s best halal food. Therefore, if curry, beef, lamb and tomato rice are some of your favorite or maybe you have just decided to be a little more adventurous to try them out, the Penang Muslim restaurants are definitely your best bet!
The typical signature dishes offered by the Malay and Indian Muslim restaurants are nasi kandar, nasi melayu, roti canai (Indian pancake), mee goreng (fried noodle) and rojak. There are some recommended Malay and Indian Muslim restaurants and stalls in the following paragraphs that offer these signature halal dishes. These are the more popular stalls and restaurants that are the favorite not only among the locals but foreigners as well. I have personally seen Mak Salleh or westerners chewing a large piece of roti canai dipped in spicy hot curry while drinking teh tarik in one of these stalls.
One common trait of these restaurants is that most have been in business for generations. Therefore, while you are eating at one of these restaurants, it’s more than just good food that you are enjoying. You are savoring a bit of history aside from appreciating the tasty dishes. Moreover, these restaurants normally are the melting pot of all walks of people from different ethnic background. You not only see Indian and Malay which makes up the regular customers, but also Chinese as well as Caucasian who also enjoy these delicious dishes. Enjoy!
Kampung Melayu Nasi Kandar
The Kampung Melayu Nasi Kandar serves one of the best nasi kandar in Penang. Find out more here why this restaurant is so famous for its divine signature dishes that our former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohd as well as Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is some of the VIP regulars of this restaurant.
Line Clear Nasi Kandar
The Line Clear is another famous nasi kandar restaurant in Penang. This stall has been around for over 45 years and serves the best nasi kandar in town. Find out here the origin of Line Clear and its signature dishes.
Sheikh Usman Gerai Roti Canai
The island best roti canai (Indian Pancake) can be savored at this stall located at Argyll Road. The tastiest roti canai offered here is the roti telur (egg pancake) with beef curry combination. Find out here its location and its opening hours.
This century-old restaurant in Penang serves the best murtabak ever found in Malaysia. If you are a fan of murtabak, this deliciously done larger version of Indian pancake that is packed with curry flavored minced meat is certainly the way to go for a sumptuous breakfast or lunch.
Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng
Like fried noodle? Then you should try the mee goreng (fried noodle) at Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng which is considered one of the best in Penang. The secret of this deliciously made mee goreng lies in the recipe that has been passed down over several generations.
Mee Sultan’s Pasembur
Mee Sultan is a stall that serves the best pasembur in Penang due to its unique peanut gravy. In addition, the stall also offers mee rebus and mee goring which is among the best on the island. Find out more about the delicious pasembur at Mee Sultan here.