Best Char Hor Fun (Cantonese Noodles) in Penang

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Char Hor Fun, or also known as Wat Tan Hor, comes in a number of variants but the Penang version definitely stands out from the pack. It’s typically a lovechild of wok-fried hor fun (noodles that are broad and appears a little elastic compared to normal koey teow) and treacly gravy. Unlike its other states counterpart, eggs are often not included or cracked towards the end. Smattering of vermicelli and extra ingredients like prawns, lean pork meat, shredded chicken, a handful of greens and char siew commonly spruce up the bed of noodles. And no noodles dish is complete without chopped chillies or sambal concoction by the side. You may find a dime and a dozen char hor fun in the food capital of Malaysia yet these joints below turn you from regular eaters to devotees of this delectable dish. 

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    Chulia Street Night Hawker

    As soon as the sky turns dark, Chulia Street booms up to life with series of hawker stalls dishing out a range of delicacies. Among the perennial favourite of the locals and tourists alike is the char hor fun stall. Ogling at the wok master twisting and turning hor fun noodles beneath scorching flame is just amazing. The key here is the gravy which is infused with eggs, forming a gooey concoction to complement the abundance of meat morsels and noodles. What greater joy than wolfing down the hearty plate while watching the busy streets justifying as a food haven. 

    Tips

    Parking is a challenge here, opt to park close to the motels inside

    Things to expect

    Bustling gastronomy scene

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    Sugar Cane

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Chulia Street Night Hawker View restaurant

    Lebuh Chulia, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    'O-Neh' Char Hor Fun

    Don’t be deterred by the unassuming outlook of the eatery as it’s been churning out drop-dead delicious char hor fun. You sense a challenge here, the patrons equally rave about their dry and wet version, therefore, it’s wise to bring in an empty stomach to savour them both. The dry form is fried with egg, meaty morsels and prawns, while another contender is bathed with luscious gravy and topped with similar ingredients. Puddle of pickled chillies and sizzling sambal rounds up a delicious meal. 

    Tips

    Opt for additional meat and prawn toppings.

    Things to expect

    Unassuming eatery with tables scattered around

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    Kopi O

    Price

    RM4.50 to RM10.00

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    'O-Neh' Char Hor Fun View restaurant

    291, Jalan Perak, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11600, Georgetown, Penang
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    11:00AM—04:00PM
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    Bee Hooi RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Nestled in the heart of Burmah Road, this cavernous food court is filled with a sheer spread of hawkers delights. Among the stalls that commonly magnetise a huge following is char hor fun, and you might have to wait a little longer during peak hours, yet it’s absolutely worth as the flavours do triumph. Stir-fried to smoky goodness, the noodles, choy sum, fish cakes, pork slices and plump prawns are copiously coated with thick and lip-smacking gravy. Despite being generously served, sharing will never be your option upon the first mouthful. 

    Tips

    Be sure of ordering drinks or pay 40 cents

    Things to expect

    Bustling food fare

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    Juices

    Price

    RM5.50 to RM10.00

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    Bee Hooi Restaurant View restaurant

    415, Jalan Burma, 10350, George Town, Penang
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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Leong Huat Seng Kopitiam

    If you’re looking for a coffee shop that overwhelms you with varieties and does not put a hole in your wallet, you wouldn’t want to miss this unassuming eatery. The raining orders for char hor fun are a dead giveaway that it’s a must-have. The hor fun and vermicelli noodles are constantly stirred and tossed into huge pots to keep up pace with the orders and the gravy is oh-so-worth it especially you’re a fan of eggs. The gargantuan portion is flooded with layers of creamy egg, char siew, chicken, and vegetables-delivering an extremely gratifying dish. Their chopped chillies do not fail to inflame your taste buds.

    Tips

    Loh bak is not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd, especially during weekends

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Leong Huat Seng Kopitiam View restaurant

    Menara KOMTAR, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900 , Georgetown, Penang
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    046878596

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    05:30PM—11:30PM
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    New Cathay Coffee Shop

    During breakfast and lunch hours, there seems to be no room for an apple to fall in this famous coffee shop. Despite the eclectic selection of food, there is always a sheer amount of crowd cannonballing over to the char hor fun stall. Dubbed as one of the best, vermicelli and hor fun are stir-fried and filled to brim with thick sauce and handful of prawns, pork, eggs, livers, char siew, and greens. The portion may fit for two bellies, yet you’ll never need to pay through the nose.  

    Tips

    Whet your appetite with freshly done popiah

    Things to expect

    Filled to the brim during early hours and parking can be a little challenging

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    Apom Manis

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    New Cathay Coffee Shop View restaurant

    18, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124707039

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    07:00AM—02:00PM
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    07:00AM—01:00PM
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    Goodall Cafe

    Just stepping into this lively food court leaves you weak at knees, looking at the massive and impressive array of local and Western delights. And if you need an ideal char hor fun fix, you’ll never be disappointed as a modest stall has been delivering on all accounts. Be it wet or dry, both are generously portioned and the flavours are guaranteed to rock your socks off. On top of that, the homemade chilli sambal will further augment your taste buds with a spicy kick. 

    Tips

    Start up with roasted chicken wings

    Things to expect

    During weekends, you may have to wait to find an empty seat

    Best with

    Assam Juice

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Good All Cafe View restaurant

    Jalan Gottlieb,, 10350 , Georgetown, Penang
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    06:30PM—12:00AM
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    Padang Brown Food Court

    Among the most reputable food hubs in Penang that always draws a diverse crowd. It’s rather easy to find, as it’s juxtaposed the huge field. And if you're in for char hor fun, you'll return home with all smiles. The noodles are done in lickety-split which is a joy to watch then liberally loaded with the starchy gravy and mixed meats. For a denser and deeper flavour, do include eggs too. The adequate portion may leave you wanting another round and if you’re mulling over calories, as mentioned, you’re overlooking a large field. 

    Tips

    Wan Tan Mee is amazing too

    Things to expect

    One of the most famous spots on the island, therefore the crowd is chockfull

    Best with

    Fruit Juice

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Padang Brown Hawker View restaurant

    Jalan Perak, 10400, Georgetown, Penang 
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    0164139073

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    02:00PM—07:00PM
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    Chew Kee

    This hidden gem is the hottest ticket in town for an impeccably good char hor fun. The open kitchen is spearheaded by an elderly couple with numerous years of experience under their belt. Having said that, all aspects are well-taken care off – served piping hot, never skimp on the meats and seafood, and flavours that perk up your belly till the last mouthful. 

    Tips

    Opposite Rainforest Bakery

    Things to expect

    And open kitchen that attracts your attention

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Chew Kee View restaurant

    47, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    Wai Sek Kai

    This long-stretched food court will have you spoilt to rotten for choices - pan your sight from left to right, everything is visually arresting. And towards the end is a famous char hor fun stall that has locals and newcomers alike raving. If you’re in during peak hours, you might have to wait a little longer and it’s sure worth each second. Expect murkier gravy as soy sauce is mainly used as the base and handful of Chinese cabbage cuddling the noodles, and finished with an egg yolk crown. Slither open the heavenly floodgate and combine the whole dish together. You can count on their chilli sambal if you need a spicy ride on your palate. 

    Tips

    Parking is a little scarce so get in early

    Things to expect

    Long waiting time during peak hours

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Wai Sek Kai @ Prai View restaurant

    41, Lebuh Kurau 5, Chai Leng Park, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 13600 , Butterworth, Penang
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    06:00PM—11:00PM
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