Best Fried Mushrooms in Penang

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There may be a vast selection of vegetables on the menu yet mushrooms are known to catch our attention with ease. Aside from the bounteous health benefits, this fungus is well-loved for its variety and adaptability to make a mark in any sort of dishes out there. And what better way to cherish your taste buds than the fried version? Just the very mention of fried mushroom, and it offers a magnetic appeal already. Be it deep-fried or stir-fried, there are numerous restaurants in Penang that take these earthy delights as a mainstay on the menu. Be forewarned though, they are known to cause severe addiction. 

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    Bella ItaliaPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Located along Burmah Road, this charming restaurant is no stranger to Italian food enthusiasts. There may be mushrooming competitors but Bella Italia is here to stay as they have brilliantly tied together hearty portions and authentic flavours to have you coming over and over again. Aside from the handmade pastas and pizzas, many find themselves hopelessly addicted to the Funghi Fritto – deep-fried breaded mushrooms served with a garlic mayonnaise dip. Crunchy on the outside with fresh button mushroom sitting snuggly on the inside, it tastes as good as it sounds and you’ll truly understand why it’s such a hit here.

    Tips

    Parking is pretty scarce during lunch hours, either get in early or park a little further and walk over

    Things to expect

    Quick service and authentic Italian fare. The mushrooms are not from can, its sourced freshly.

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    Pizza

    Price

    RM25.50 to RM50.00

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    Bella Italia View restaurant

    368-1-7, Jalan Burma, 10350, George Town, Penang
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    042272195

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    11:30AM—02:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Chin's Stylish Chinese CuisinePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Chin’s Stylish Chinese Restaurant takes pride in a delectable spread of Chinese cuisine in a picture-perfect atmosphere. The restaurant holds a posh outlook with authentic decorations, ornaments and portraits all the way from China, and glistening chandeliers as well as a splendid view of the harbour seafront. Food-wise, nothing on the menu is short of succulence and their Fried Golden Needle Mushroom is no exception. Generously portioned, the deep-fried enoki mushrooms is laced with onions and chillies, offering a melee of texture and taste at every mouthful, and with a price tag of RM9, it's a complete steal.

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    One of the best spots in Penang to host events and weddings

    Things to expect

    Grandeur backdrop

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    Juices

    Price

    RM9.00 to RM50.00

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    Chin's Stylish Chinese Cuisine View restaurant

    8A, Tanjong City Marina, Church Street Pier, George Town, Penang, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    042612611

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    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    Zen Xin Vegetarian

    Zen Xin Vegetarian restaurant has been gathering positive feedbacks from locals and tourists alike for their astute choices of vegetarian delights that would have your meat cravings at bay. The Peranakan-style flooring, latticework and wood-themed tables and chairs set nostalgic vibes upon entering. If you’re a fan of mushroom, no visit here is complete till you’ve tried their deep-fried abalone mushroom. Served straight off the fryer, the golden hued morsels arrives at the table with a crispy exterior, guarding the chewy texture of the mushroom beneath. Dipping in the homemade chilli sauce only help steep the flavours a degree further. 

    Tips

    Parking is scarce during lunch hours

    Things to expect

    Set meals available. Cosy and clean space.

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    Chestnut or nutmeg

    Price

    RM9.00 to RM20.00

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    Zen Xin Vegetarian View restaurant

    40-46, Jalan Nagor, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    042286828

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    11:30AM—02:30PM
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    05:30PM—09:30PM
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    PiknikHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    If you’re one of those who are looking for a spot to put your feet up and tear yourself apart from the bustling city, while savouring some classic cafe grubs and aromatic coffees, then Piknik cafe is your kind of retreat. Priding as one of the pioneers who kick-started cafe obsession in the island, this cosy joint has a cult following that has only seen an incline over the years. The waffle burgers are the main attraction here, but if you’re looking for a side/snack to get your appetite moving, their Fried King Oyster Mushroom is a must-have on the menu. The mushrooms are fried to crunchy goodness on the outside yet retains the tenderness within, and the mayonnaise dip ties together an amazingly addictive platter.  

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Free Wifi. Board and card games available.

    Best with

    Fresh Juices

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    PikNik Cafe View restaurant

    15, Nagore Road, 10500, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164481517

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    03:00PM—12:00AM
    Friday, Saturday
    03:00PM—01:00AM
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    Boey Chong Kee

    Spanning over 50 years, this hidden gem has been churning out homemade Cantonese fare that are pocket-friendly. Despite the unassuming outlook, patrons have been returning religiously since day one as flavours matter the most, always. Be spoilt with choices but make sure their stir-fried mushroom graces up your table too. Handful of button mushrooms are stir-fried with century egg and thick soy sauce, forming an interplay of flavour and texture at every mouthful, and it depletes way faster than other dishes on offer. If you’re on a budget, just a mound of white rice is enough to have you leaving with a wide smile. 

    Tips

    Dine in their alfresco space

    Things to expect

    Unassuming outlook

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    Tea

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM15.00

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    Boey Chong Kee View restaurant

    161, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042617672

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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Nasi Campur Awet MudaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    During breakfast and lunch hours, this modest restaurant is a must-visit to savour smorgasbord of Malay dishes and curries. The never-ending crowd is a dead giveaway that you need to make yourself present between the beeline. Among the crowd favourites here is the fried mushroom, which is constantly fried in the kitchen, adhering to its demand. Resoundingly crispy and succulent, it’s would definitely knock your socks off as soon as it lands in your mouth. If you’re looking for a dipping companion, their homemade sambal offers the best match to keep your jaw busy. 

    Tips

    Park near the roadside

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd during lunch hours and assorted grilled seafood is also available

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM15.00

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    Nasi Campur Awet Muda View restaurant

    795, Lorong Sungai Dua, Kampung Dua Bukit, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11700 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0124947478

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    09:00AM—05:00PM
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    Coya Healthy Cuisine

    Healthy meals may sound like biting a bullet to many as it’s either expensive or fails to perk up your palate. To change your frame of mind, Coya Healthy Cuisine would be a great starting point to leap into the healthy bandwagon. The interior is fairly simple, in a good way and fully air conditioned, while the menu is pretty extensive. If mushroom is your jam, sure you wouldn’t want to miss their deep-fried mushroom! It’s certainly a snazzier version of shiitake mushroom, which is thinly sliced and fried to crunchy goodness, then sprinkled with a handful of sesame seeds. As soon as you wrap your lips around the first piece, in a blink off an eye, all you see is a polished platter. 

    Tips

    Do note that milk and eggs are used but no garlic and onion

    Things to expect

    Value for money set meals

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    Mango Lassi

    Price

    RM9.00 to RM20.00

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    Coya Healthy Cuisine View restaurant

    4a, Lorong Selamat, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10400 , Georgetown, Penang
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    042262357

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Tan Jetty Thai Food - Lang Sae Lee

    Located at the water’s edge of Tan’s Jetty, this simple restaurant has made a name for itself with a myriad of Thai dishes that barely makes a dent in your wallet. Upon stepping in, pan your sight from left to right, and you’re sure to witness platters of fried enoki mushrooms and fried kangkung sharing space in every table. You’ll find no lack of crunchiness and flavour in each bite, thus you could go all day long munching to your heart’s content. And what better pleasure than scarfing down your meal with splendid views of a wood-planked jetty, rustic boats bobbing at the verge of the sea and gentle string of waves that create an oasis of calmness. 

    Tips

    Do not miss their Tomyam and specify your heat level

    Things to expect

    Soothing atmosphere

    Best with

    Coconut drink

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM20.00

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    Tan Jetty Thai Food - Lang Sae Lee View restaurant

    107, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    0172325309

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    11:00AM—02:30PM
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    05:00PM—11:00PM
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    Jelutong Night Market

    One can never deny that fried mushrooms fit the bill to feature in the street food scene and among the best spots that epitomes this statement is Jelutong Night Market. Every Friday, once the sun slants towards the horizon, the streets evolve into an eating mecca. The fried mushroom stall usually draws a decent amount of crowd yet don’t be deterred as the service is pretty quick and the flavours do all the talking. The huge piece of mushroom holds a crunchy outer layer yet is chewy on the inside. Either to accompany your walk while ogling other meals or to keep you occupied on the couch, these golden morsels are real winners in both roles. 

    Tips

    Park a little far away, close to KFC or CIMB and walk over

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd and splendid selection of food

    Best with

    Juice

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Jelutong Night Market View restaurant

    36, Jalan Van Praagh, Taman Green Lane, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11600, Georgetown, Penang
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    Friday
    05:00PM—10:30PM
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