Best Apam Balik in Penang

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Being the food connoisseurs of the country, foodies are able to come across delectable snacks at every sight. Among the top draws are apam balik, a simple and straight-forward pancake that are a more on-the-go delight. The term “balik” literally relates to turned and folded before being served. Pillowy surface and sandwiched with savoury ingredients, these palm-size pleasures are hard to resist. These spots rather represent the old-school charm of Penang, among the delicacies that should never be missed. 

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    Pisa Corner Apom Telur

    Nestled in the crowd-rousing Pisa Corner food court, it’s hard to find tables without a plate of apom telur (egg hoppers), either as a snack or all the way to get you chock-full. It’s always crammed with patrons and when it comes to weekends, it’s an even bigger story. With an entrancing top-notch recipe of simple ingredients safe and secure among family members, the apom telur here will have you returning in no time. This egg pancake looks like an islet, crispy on the edges and spongy in the middle. Moreover, it’s served on banana leaves which keep hold of the fragrance. You can have it as an appetiser too, perfect to whet up your appetite.

    Tips

    Never go for small quantities for trying purposes because as soon as you finish your first bite, at a drop of a hat you will be back in the beeline.

    Things to expect

    The perfect snack to pamper your sweet tooth!

    Best with

    An extra egg cracked on top, yet its only available when there's less of a crowd.

    Price

    RM0.60 to RM3.00

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    Claypot Apom Manis

    Apom Manis so scrumptious that the Sultan of Pahang flies the makers to His Majesty’s palace every month! These sweet pancakes originate from India and you can only cherry-pick those who are still using the old-school way with secret recipes. Using traditional claypots over scorching charcoals that cook this sweet wonder within 30 seconds, Mr. Ravi starts at 6 am and the batter runs out as early as 9 am, so better hustle early. Each bite is a sweet victory.

    Tips

    It’s a busy coffee shop; jostle in early and grab a table.

    Things to expect

    Traditional apom manis at its best!

    Best with

    Chinese Kopi O

    Price

    RM0.80 to RM3.00

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    Swee Kong Coffee Shop View restaurant

    Kedai Kopi Swee Kong, Solok Moulmein, Pulau Tikus , 10350 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0124707039

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00AM—10:00AM
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    Aki Pancake

    Everything tastes even better when served between buns, or even pancakes too. Aki Pancake is located in the buzzing Super Tanker food court. Despite a mind-boggling selection of food stalls, this Chinese pancake stall is easily spotted due to their extensive menu board, flocking customers and a couple working quick as a flash. You can stick to the classic with brown sugar and corn or throw a party in your mouth with chicken and turkey ham, pork floss, sausages, cheese, mayonnaise and more. The melted cheese blends well with the inner fluffiness and crispiness on the outer side of the pancake.

    Tips

    Try various pancakes, don’t stick to one or two.

    Things to expect

    Crowd, crowd and never-ending crowd. It’s definitely worth waiting.

    Best with

    Grab some beverage to sooth your waiting process.

    Price

    RM1.20 to RM6.50

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    Aki Pancake View restaurant

    Super Tanker Food Court, Jalan Nipah, Taman Lip Sin , 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124821077

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    08:00AM—11:30AM
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    06:00PM—11:30PM
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    Undeniably, each and every Penangite knows Uncle Guan and his little pancakes. This welcoming 'uncle' has been selling pancakes for more than four decades along Burmah Road and the taste has remained the same since then. Once you reach the green mobile cart, you will see numerous newspaper cuttings featuring Uncle Guan. The best thing here is the simple ingredients which absolutely stand out: fresh batter with gritty shredded coconut, slices of banana, a spoonful of sweet corn and a sprinkle of sugar. The uncle is so quick; he works with the scorching pint-sized woks so fast that it enthralls everyone. These fluffy pancakes just glide down your throat in autopilot mode, therefore, don’t be stingy. Do go for dozens.

    Tips

    Best eaten when hot.

    Things to expect

    There are only two types of pancakes here - the original and the pandan. Try them both!

    Best with

    Fresh sugar cane juice, which is just a stone’s throw away.

    Price

    RM0.50 to RM1.50

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    Apong Guan View restaurant

    Jalan Burma, Georgetown, 10050 Penang, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    10:00AM—05:00PM
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    Roll the drums……we have an Apom Balik Stall at Batu Ferringhi serving pancakes with luscious Nutella spread. That’s rhythm to ears! Moreover, they have staggering 32 choices of filling, either stick with the original peanut, bananas and corn or pamper your taste buds with oreo, coco crunch, and assorted jams, it’s a sweet-tooth heaven. The pancakes come with an additional tad of crispiness compared to others in the list and complements all those flavour profiles. Stack up a few to accompany your walk along the soothing shores. 

    Tips

    Opt for their Nutella first

    Things to expect

    Varieties to blow you away

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM5.00

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    Apom Balik Station (Crispy) View restaurant

    Jalan Batu Feringghi, Batu Ferringhi, , 13020, Georgetown, Penang
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    0195054275

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    05:00PM—10:00PM
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    Kuala Kangsar Market Peanut Pancake (Ban Chang Kuih)

    A hidden gem for sure, this elderly couple has been making one of the best Chinese peanut pancakes for more than 30 years. You can go for either the open-faced one which has crispier edges, or the regular one which is spongy in the middle. With a generous punch of roasted peanuts, brown sugar and corn with a mild glaze of margarine, it’s just wonderful. You can also ask for an additional egg where an egg is cracked onto the open-faced apom, which gives a unique thick taste. Kids go head over heels for this breakfast haven.

    Tips

    The early morning hours are surely heaving with regulars!

    Things to expect

    One of the best peanut pancakes in town!

    Best with

    Either Teh Tarik or Kopi O fits well with this crunchy delight.

    Price

    RM0.80 to RM3.00

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    Kuala Kangsar Market View restaurant

    Kuala Kangsar Market, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Jalan Penang, 10450, Georgetown, Penang
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    08:00AM—12:00PM
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    If Food War Asia is coming to Penang, among the leading contenders should be Apom Chooi and Apong Guan, who are right opposite each other and equally earning praises from both locals and tourists. This food truck is easily spotted with hordes of followers and Pisang Raja bananas circulating the front façade of it. The slices of the sweet bananas amalgam the soft and fluffy batter which has a tinge of coconut essence and bits of corns, it just melts on your tongue while craving for more. 

    Tips

    Get a bulk

    Things to expect

    Cheap and good morsels

    Best with

    Sugar cane juice

    Price

    RM0.50 to RM1.50

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    Apom Chooi View restaurant

    Jalan Burmah, 10050 , Georgetown, Penang
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    10:00AM—06:00PM
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