Best Lobak in Penang

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    Malaysians and deep-fried food are definitely a marriage made in heaven. Indeed, Loh Bak needs no introduction in the food capital of Malaysia, where it is a common item in the street food scene - pork marinated in Chinese five-spice powder, mixed with various ingredients such as water chestnuts, jicama, carrot and onions, snugly rolled up with a sheet of bean curd and fried till crispy. Somewhat resembling spring rolls albeit much darker in colour, loh bak are typically sold alongside other deep-fried items such as sausages, fish cakes and prawn fritters. For a full-fledged deep-fried feast, follow the food trail below that leads to some of the best loh bak in Penang!

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      Kheng Pin Cafe

      Ask any local for the best loh bak in the island; an immediate answer would be to drop by this old-school cafe with an affable man wearing a quirky white hat behind a huge vat of oil. For more than 40 years, aficionados make a beeline for the scrumptious slivers of deep-fried loh bak, prawn fritters, spring rolls, tofus, fish cakes and century eggs. The loh bak is crispy on the outside and packed with flavours from five-spice seasoning. Paired with slices of cucumber, homemade chilli sauce and a sweet sauce, it’s sinfully satisfying.

      Tips

      Go for the mixed platter.

      Things to expect

      Amazing morsels of deep-fried goodies.

      Best with

      Kopi O or herbal drink

      Price

      RM1.00 to RM13.00

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      Kheng Pin Cafe View restaurant

      Kheng Pin Cafe, 80, Penang Road, 10000, Georgetown, Penang
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      Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
      07:00AM—03:00PM
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      Tan Jetty Loh Bak

      This unassuming stall has been drawing patrons from all walks of life for decades with their deep-fried goodies that tantalise your taste buds straightaway. Their loh bak is made fresh daily; you can see huge bowls of marinated pork being rolled into bean curd skins and dropped into bubbling hot oil. The Chinese five-spice powder lends an oriental flavour to the seasoned pork. Their dipping sauce is another showstopper; it’s a concoction of chilli, lime juice and garlic, leaving a spicy and tangy kick.

      Tips

      For bulk orders, call for reservations.

      Things to expect

      Fresh and meaty deep-fried morsels.

      Best with

      Loh bak eaten with their speical dipping sauce

      Price

      RM1.50 to RM10.00

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      Tan Jetty Loh Bak View restaurant

      90-A,Tan Jetty, Weld Quay, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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      042632919

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      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
      08:00AM—12:00PM
      Saturday, Sunday
      08:00AM—06:00PM
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      Joo Hooi CafeNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

      Just a stone’s throw away from the famous Penang Road Chendol, this cafe is the best bet for local hawker food in Georgetown. Leaving this joint without chomping down a platter of loh bak would be a great mistake. For more than 30 years, this stall has been making delicious loh bak from scratch each day. Served piping-hot, the pork remains moist and juicy beneath the crispy bean curd skin. Dip your loh bak into some chilli sauce or sweet sauce for some added flavour to this delicious roll of seasoned meat.

      Tips

      Parking is scarce nearby the shop; it's wise to park a few streets away and walk.

      Things to expect

      Addictive deep-fried snacks.

      Best with

      Chendol

      Price

      RM1.00 to RM10.00

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      Joo Hooi Café View restaurant

      475, Jalan Penang, 10000, George Town, Penang
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      Every day
      11:30AM—05:30PM
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      Predominantly luring regulars for their pork porridge and noodles, however, the loh bak here is the best-kept secret that should never be overlooked. It comes in a set, where generous chunks of deep-fried tofus, sausages, crispy prawn fritters and loh bak stack up the platter. The loh bak has a perfect blend of spices retaining moisture within, while the bean curd skin offers a crunchy bite. You’ll go autopilot chomping down all these tantalising morsels and before you know it, your plate's empty.

      Tips

      Enjoy the loh bak as an appetiser prior to the pork porridge.

      Things to expect

      A meaty platter feast.

      Best with

      Lime juice

      Price

      RM17.00 to RM20.00

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      Hon Kei Food Corner View restaurant

      45 Kampung Malabar, Georgetown, Penang Island 10100, 10100, Georgetown, Penang
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      012443-5559

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      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
      09:00AM—03:00PM
      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
      05:00PM—12:00AM
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      Medan Selera Taman Free School

      Tucked in a residential area, this coffee shop has the ambience of a regular kopitiam with plastic chairs and tables, buzzing customers and endless varieties of local delights. You’ll definitely be spoilt with choices but when your appetite triggers for deep-fried goodies, locate the loh bak stall. The platter is served with tofu, prawn fritters, loh bak and cucumbers. The loh bak is meticulously marinated with Chinese five-spices, enveloped in a crunchy bean curd skin. Dip your slices of loh bak in their chili sauce and sweet sauce; it’s just irresistibly good.

      Tips

      It’s habitually filled with customers, so get in early.

      Things to expect

      Local delights galore.

      Best with

      Sugar cane juice

      Price

      RM1.00 to RM10.00

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      Medan Selera Taman Free School View restaurant

      75, Jalan Trengganu, Taman Free School, 10460, Georgetown, Penang
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      Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
      01:00PM—10:00PM
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      Chulia Street Loh Bak

      Looking for Penang's hawker scene at night? When the sun hits the horizon, this street comes alive with staggering choices of food. Among the to-do list once touching down at this hawker galore is to gobble down a plate of loh bak. The loh bak is addictively crunchy; every bite is as delicious as it sounds and dipping into the chili sauce enhances the flavours.

      Tips

      Parking is scarce, park further and walk.

      Things to expect

      Lively street food atmosphere.

      Best with

      Assorted juices

      Price

      RM1.00 to RM10.00

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      Chulia Street Night Hawker View restaurant

      Lebuh Chulia, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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      Every day
      06:00PM—12:00AM
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      Housed below a heritage hotel, this coffee shop is renowned for a variety of Malaysian delights that intrigues your appetite. The traditional loh bak stall prides itself as one of the oldest stalls in Penang, being in the business for more than 55 years and never a dip in quality. The marinated pork is wrapped with bean curd skin and enriched with Chinese five-spices. Be it the gooey sauce or sweet and spicy chilli sauce, both complement the flavourful meat. 

      Tips

      Get the mixed platter.

      Things to expect

      Moist and juicy meat with complementing sauces.

      Best with

      Kopi O

      Price

      RM1.00 to RM10.00

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      Kedai Kopi Seng Thor View restaurant

      160, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100, George Town, Penang
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      042613285

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