Best Char Siew Rice in Penang

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Commonly found hanging on hooks behind glass windows of Chinese restaurants, Char Siew or also known as Pork Roast just clap onto your eyes with its glistening deep mahogany colour. The pork meat is elegantly coated with honey, five-spice powder and other ingredients then roasted at indirect heat which gives it the appealing caramelised layer and juicy meat sitting beneath. It’s usually sliced into chunks and paired with a mound of rice and chili dip, earning itself as one of the finest comfort food. Eateries below are among Penangites hall of fame and hands down they are impeccable, so why wait?  

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    Canton-I

    The brainchild of Dragon-I, this renowned restaurant has been spreading their wings successfully in Penang with two branches which are always teeming with customers. Inspired by rich and diverse Chinese culinary offerings, jumbo shrimps wontons, egg tarts, barbecued and roasted meats which include goose, chicken and pork are among the pleasers. Their Char Siew rice is served in a bowl, loaded with blanched greens, salted egg and luscious slivers of roasted pork meat and bathed with dark soy sauce. The honey-glazed skin offers a layer of crunch followed by optimal tenderness that binds with the whole dish.  Their pork ribs are praiseworthy too. 

    Tips

    Call for reservations

    Things to expect

    Authentic Chinese dishes

    Best with

    Iced Lemongrass Japanese tea

    Price

    RM14.80 to RM40.00

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    Canton-I View restaurant

    Gurney Paragon (163D-2-31 & 32 Gurney Dr), 10250 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0125753125

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    First Famous Federal Duck Rice

    Back to a rather classic and humble dining scene that is more familiar to Malaysians, as per the name they are famous for duck yet you overlooking their roasted pork, chicken and Chinese sausages are insane. The crowd during lunch hours draws an endless snake-line which leads to long strips of barbecued boneless pork just intensifying your stomach rumble. The chopped hunks of meat are slathered on a mound of oil rice and drenched with dark soy sauce and chili concoction. For an alternate texture and taste, mix your Char Siew with batons of Chinese sausages too.

    Tips

    Mix all meat

    Things to expect

    Cheap and delicious meal

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    First Famous Federal Duck Rice View restaurant

    3, Lorong Susu,, 10150 , Georgetown, Penang
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—04:00PM
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    Sky Restaurant

    The reigning champions of Char Siew which can be justified by the hordes of hungry patrons who make this unassuming stall their ideal lunch spot. Undeniably, a good piece of roasted pork is quite an art, meticulously made with spices and requires patience which sets them apart from others. This elder couple has been churning out sweet, elegantly charred and delicious pork that is the absolute bomb.  Jubilantly exploit every shred of juicy goodness along white rice, dark soy sauce and sides of vegetables. The chopping board thuds just never stop, which urges you to hop for another plate before it runs out. 

    Tips

    Opt for the mixed platter

    Things to expect

    Hordes of patrons at lunch hours

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Sky Restaurant View restaurant

    348 Lebuh Chulia (at Jln Masjid), 10200 , Georgetown, Penang
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    Every day
    10:30AM—04:00PM
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    Kocha Taiwanese Delight

    This restaurant is a realm of Taiwanese fare, a little pricey yet worth each penny especially if you’re a steamboat, noodles and meat lover. You’ll certainly be carried away to Chinatown with artistic lanterns, sculpture of Laughing Buddha, Chinese tapestries and comfy dining space. If pork is your pick, the set meals have choices of salted pork, Kimchi Pork, minced pork and BBQ Pork. The BBQ pork has the perfect symmetry of sweet and savoury while the minced pork is rather more ethereal and moist. Paired with herbal egg, a scoop of vegetables sitting above steamed white rice, it’s good enough to take on the day.

    Tips

    Never miss their Kimchi Pork

    Things to expect

    Realm of meats

    Best with

    Bubble tea

    Price

    RM11.90 to RM40.00

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    Kocha Taiwanese Delight View restaurant

    229, Jalan Burma, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
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    042275048

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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—10:00PM
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    During peak hours, this renowned restaurant has no room for an apple to fall, which is the first sign of delectable food. The multitude of meats that greets you as you walk in is wondrous yet their Char Siew is simply hard to resist. The deep mahogany coloured strips are succulent and the caramelised speckles of honey offer a crispy layer. Accompany the pork with their fragrant rice which is bathed in rich soy sauce and their chai boey soup. 

    Tips

    Chicken rice is highly vaunted too

    Things to expect

    Authentic chicken rice stall

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

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    Sin Nam Huat Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice View restaurant

    59,Cintra Street, 10100, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164085562

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    Every day
    09:00AM—05:00PM
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    Tek Sen RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    This canary-yellow building seems to be an institution of Chinese cuisine; there is an endless range of mouthwatering meals matching the never-ending crowd. It’s proud to say that this success started with a little stall back in 1965, today with two shop lots combined, it’s tough to sight an empty table during peak hours, however, worth waiting guaranteed. Their signature dish, Double-Roasted Pork is the real winner; you would drool all the way. The bite-sized morsels of pork belly are roasted then stir-fried with sauce and handful of chopped chili padi. The honey gives it a glistening and gooey coat, and each mouthful is packed with sweet, salty, crunchy and juicy, your belly cries for more. Massaging the pork wonder into steamed rice ladled with their fish curry is a match made in gastronomy heaven! 

    Tips

    Patience is virtue

    Things to expect

    Authentic Chinese Cuisine

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Tek Sen Restaurant View restaurant

    18, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100, George Town, Penang
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    0129815117

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—03:00PM
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—09:00PM
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