Best Nasi Goreng Ayam Kunyit in Penang

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Fried rice does come in a range of renditions that surely spoils you to rotten. Among the most underrated or rather unknown versions is Nasi Goreng Ayam Kunyit, literally translated as Fried Rice with Turmeric Chicken. It might sound peculiar but it turns into a perennial favourite once it taps onto your taste buds. Turmeric marinated chicken chunks are fried to golden goodness then scattered with chopped onions, long beans, and chillies. The meat is mildly aromatic and has a tinge of pungent and bitter notes as it’s from the ginger family. It’s good on its own but best devoured with fried rice by the side. In a state where food means serious business, be prepared for turmeric turn-ons. 

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    Afeq's TomYam

    Don’t be deterred by the façade of the restaurant because once you've stepped foot into the shack-like dining space, you’ll be awed. It’s bright, full-of-life and the alluring aroma hovering through the air gets your salivary glands rumbling. Hands down, do order their turmeric fried chicken and expect nothing short of savoury. The gilded-brown chicken pieces have a tad of crispiness and are liberally loaded with onions, long beans, and chopped chilies, adding a layer of crunch and colour. Their fried rice is equally praiseworthy and a brimming bowl of tomyam would seal the deal for a memorable meal. 

    Tips

    Opt for extra chicken

    Things to expect

    Lively ambiance with wallet-friendly meals

    Best with

    Local Drinks

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Afeq's TomYam View restaurant

    16B, Lebuhraya Thean Tek, Bandar Baru Air Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11500, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164887494

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    05:00PM—12:00AM
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    D'Fiesha Corner

    This huge eatery with distinct red outlook is easily spotted and widely vaunted by the locals. Steamboat and grill buffet may hog the limelight but for patrons who have delved down their Nasi Goreng Ayam Kunyit, they would never leave the space without it. The full-of-fragrance and delicate chicken is laced with a handful of chilies, long beans as well as onions, then shrouded atop a mound of fried rice and finished off with a sprinkle of crispy shallots. Best enjoyed with their homemade belacan concoction. Generously portioned with amazing flavours, truly value-for-money. 

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    Steamboat is stellar

    Things to expect

    Bustling with locals

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    Local drinks

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Pak Hussin Tomyam

    This commodious eatery needs no introduction in the island, stacking up reputation as the best bet to satiate Tomyam and never-ending range of fried rice. The restaurant tows a traditional feel with wood-themed backdrop in a serene residential area. A hot favourite by the locals is their Nasi Goreng Ayam Kunyit. Shriveled deep-fried chicken pieces are wedged in a fried rice platter and showered with onions, long beans, and chilies. The meat is succulent and tender and dabbling in their sambal just elevates the flavours. 

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    Their Telur Bungkus is not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Crowded during lunch and dinner hours

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    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM6.50 to RM10.00

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    Pak Hussein Tomyam View restaurant

    14, Jalan Bayan, Kampung Tersusun Sungai Ara, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164063762

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    11:00AM—12:00AM
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    Aziz Tom Yam And Western FoodHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Truly an unsung hero that offers a sheer spread of Thai food and fried rice with a humble price, Aziz Tomyam has garnered a loyal following for years. Walk in the luminously-lid space and hobnob with friendly locals who share the same love for food, and any conversation here would never exclude their Nasi Goreng Ayam Kunyit. Slivers of brownish-yellow chicken are cushioned on a salad and laden with chopped chilies, onions and long beans, and served with well-executed fried rice that captures the alluring essence of the wok. The turmeric-infused chicken just oozes out with flavours and surely would have you coming back for more. 

    Tips

    Park near the snake temple and walk to the shop

    Things to expect

    Humble ambiance

    Best with

    Local drinks

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Aziz Tom Yam And Western Food View restaurant

    Menara KOMTAR, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    Restoran Tomyam UdangHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Sidestepping from quaint eateries, Restaurant Tomyam Udang offers a delightful range of Thai food goodness in a massive space, the best pick for a communal enjoyment. Among the triumphant dish on the menu is their Nasi Goreng Ayam Kunyit, downright a delicious dish that does wonders. Pleasantly fried to a gilded hue, the chicken has little speckles of crispiness, and is sautéed with onions and chilies then ladled on a salad. Hands down, it leaves an inedible mark in your mind. And you can’t leave without having their signature Tomyam. 

    Tips

    Best spot for large gatherings

    Things to expect

    Serene and comfy restaurant

    Best with

    Juices in Jug

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM10.00

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    Restaurant Tomyam Udang View restaurant

    Jalan Gelugur, 11600, Georgetown, Penang
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    046566679

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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    A popular jaunt where locals habitually visit to be spoilt with choices at any time of the day. For fried rice lovers, what immediately spring to their mind is their Nasi Goreng Ayam Kunyit, a dish that is full of flavours and fragrance. The delish chicken bits come in a motley of vegetables. Another alternative is pairing this scrumptious meat with plain white rice and lip-smacking tomyam, a combination that would leave your slavering. 

    Tips

    Range of sups are not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Full-of-life ambiance with endless food choices

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    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM10.00

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    Route 69 Cafe View restaurant

    Jalan Perda Utama (Bandar Perda), , 14000 , Butterworth, Penang
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    045301959

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