Best Chicken Curry in Penang

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Being a Malaysian, a day without curry is a real worry. And what draws a diverse crowd more than chicken curry! Rooting from traditional Indian cuisine, this luscious gravy has taken a global tour and has seen a couple of renditions that continues to work wonders on your taste buds. Bursting with aromas, flavours, and colours – it certainly perks up all senses at once. Commonly scarlet-hued with speckles of red oil floating on top and chunks of chickens and potatoes lying below, a perfect chicken curry in its full glory is nothing but a masterpiece. From steaming rice to fluffy flatbreads, roti canai to banana leaf meal, there are numerous places in Penang where chicken curry has always remained in the spotlight. 

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    Mani Villas

    Not a stranger to the Indian gastronomy on the island, Mani Villas has been reaping up reputations as one of the finest places to charm your taste buds with richly spiced curries and sheer spread of meats and vegetables. Daily you can expect a lip-smacking good chicken curry but the main draw is on Sundays, where kampong chicken is preferred over its counterpart. Expect a more intense flavour and meats that are fork-tender. Indeed, you just can’t stop ladling more and more gravy onto your banana leaf meal. Wash it all down with their masala tea, which evokes the aftertaste to extend the party on your palate. 

    Tips

    The top floor is ideal for occasions or functions

    Things to expect

    Spacious restaurant with luscious range of Indian dishes

    Best with

    Sambar Idli

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Mani Vilas View restaurant

    1088, Jalan Paya Terubong, Paya Terubong, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11060 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0164611226

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    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    Mohd Raffe Restaurant

    Oh boy, nasi kandar! Where curries are always the anchor-point of making rice so addictive. To savour the finest, you’ve got the visit one of the pioneers who hold a legacy of dishing out mouthwatering curries. The real deal here is the chicken curry and the best selling cut is the thigh, and once it’s placed on a bed of rice with a hard boiled egg by the side, in a blink of an eye, you’ll be yearning for another plate. Good balance of spices and chicken meat that just slides-off-the-bone with the mildest touch, this is divine. 

    Tips

    Opt for mixture of curries

    Things to expect

    Never-ending crowd

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Mum's Nyonya Cuisine

    Located in a humble-looking house, one who loves authentic Nyonya food should never miss out this restaurant. Despite the simple outlook, upon stepping in, the cosy dining space embellished with numerous Peranakan ornaments and portraits sets the mood straightaway. Food-wise, it’s surely greater than good, especially their chicken curry which lends a lemongrass flavour and aroma. Sinking your teeth into the meat is heavenly; it’s tender and intensely delicious after sopping up the tawny gravy. An experience that justifies their tagline – Just like how mum used to cook, if you have a Nyonya mother. 

    Tips

    If you're looking for something a little adventurous, do sink in their Wild boar curry

    Things to expect

    Pleasant and homey restaurant

    Best with

    Bubur Cha Cha

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Mum's Nyonya Cuisine View restaurant

    44-76, Lorong Abu Siti, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10400, Georgetown, Penang
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    042291318

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—02:30PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:30PM—11:30PM
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    Narrow Marrow

    A quaint cafe burrowed between colonial buildings along Carnarvon Street that is known to be a haven for freshly brewed cuppas and assorted confectionaries. The interior boasts a marriage of rustic and charming decorations that are sure Instagram-worthy. Another star attraction on the menu is their homemade chicken curry which is generously loaded with chicken chunks and halved potatoes. And what better companion to mop the final drizzles of the savoury curry than few slices of charred Bengali bread. And don’t forget the desserts! 

    Tips

    Apple Crumble Muffin is a must-have at dessert point

    Things to expect

    Hipster ambiance

    Best with

    Homemade Soda

    Price

    RM12.00 to RM30.00

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    Roti Canai Transfer RoadPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    If anyone questions you, how much do Malaysians love roti canai, just bring them over to this stretched stall which is teeming with hungry bellies all for their sinfully delicious roti canai. The crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside greasy bread are fresh off the griddle and drenched with delicious chicken curry and spicy concoction. Be sure of rewarding yourself with the chicken meat too, which is downright tender and succulent. Wrap up your meal with a shot of teh tarik to cherish the aftertaste. 

    Tips

    They also serve nasi lemak which runs out quite fast

    Things to expect

    Nondescript atmosphere with buzzing foodies

    Best with

    Chicken Liver

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Transfer Road Roti Canai Stall View restaurant

    110-114, Jalan Transfer, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    08:00AM—11:00AM
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    Nasi Dalca Rahim VersaceHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Spanning close to 70 years at the heart of Georgetown, this humble stall has always enjoyed a brisk business once the sun takes a dip towards the horizon. It’s where locals gather over for impeccable plates of nasi dalcha which is best consumed with dalca gravy or chicken curry. Delectable meats, curry that packs a punch of savoury and spiciness and price that does not cause harm to your wallet, this spot got to be in your supper shortlist. If eating sinful yet satisfying meals at late night is wrong, we don’t want to be right. 

    Tips

    By afar it may seem like there's no empty table but the staffs are willing to open up more tables as the crowd gets bigger

    Things to expect

    Dining by the heritage street

    Best with

    Milo Ice

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Nasi Dalca Rahim Versace View restaurant

    46, Lebuh Queen, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    06:00PM—01:00AM
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    Chicken curry and biryani – hands down, its one of life’s best pleasure package. And to wolf down a winning combination, make your way to Hameediyah Restaurant, the oldest nasi kandar and briyani house on the island. Expect a never-ending crowd, which is always a good sign and jump over an empty table. Tender pieces of chicken are simmered amidst savoury-spicy curry and once it's drenched over a bed of briyani rice, you just can't get enough of it.

    Tips

    Be sure of asking the price when you're in for seafood as each size varies

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd of locals and tourists

    Best with

    Murtabak

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Hameediyah Restaurant View restaurant

    164A, Lebuh Campbell, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042611095

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    10:00AM—10:30PM
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    Ivy's Nyonya CuisineNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Being one of the birthplaces of Peranakan cuisine, there are plenty of contenders out there but among the reliable ones are Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine. Sited beside Isaribi Tei Japanese Restaurant, it's easily spotted and the interior is casual yet charming. The same goes to the food, and what not to be missed is their chicken curry. Expect a liberal serving with tender meats and potatoes that melt in your mouth. All you need is a mound of white rice and other signature Nyonya dishes if you’re in the mood for a feast. 

    Tips

    Check out their combo meals

    Things to expect

    Authentic Nyonya cuisine with reasonable price tags

    Best with

    Black Glutinous Rice Bee Koh Moi

    Price

    RM12.00 to RM30.00

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    Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine View restaurant

    58, Jalan Chow Thye, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    0134337878

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    06:00PM—09:00PM
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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    05:00PM—09:00PM
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    Sri Anandha BhavanPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    For Indian food aficionados, this famous establishment gives you a good excuse to keep your kitchen clean. Upon walking in, you’ll be in open-mouthed wonder looking at the vibrant spread of dishes and curries. Among the most ordered curry is their chicken version which is served piping hot. Either having in a puddle by the side or ladled onto your rice and naan bread, it’s up to you as both are equally vouched by the patrons.  Creamy, savoury and spicy – you can’t ask for anything better and be sure of adding some tandoori grubs as a part of your meal for optimal gratification. 

    Tips

    Get in early during weekends

    Things to expect

    Range of tandoori meats and local fare in a garden-like ambiance

    Best with

    Coconut Juice

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Sri Ananda Bahwan Tanjung Bungah View restaurant

    14, Jalan Tanjong Bungah, 11200, Georgetown, Penang
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    048909771

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    07:00PM—11:00PM
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