Best Nasi Kerabu in Penang

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First impression is always the best impression, but how much does it relate to food? A Malay delicacy dish originated from Kelantan and its bright blue in colour, you surely know, raise the curtain for Nasi Kerabu. To clear your curiosity, the lovely colour comes from butterfly-pea flower, which exudes a heavenly aroma too. It’s also infused with heaps of herbs and usually paired with fried mackerel, salted egg, fresh salad and crispy crackers. Despite being a traditional Kelantanese dish, there are plenty of mouthwatering spots in Penang that are rave-worthy. How good is it? Is it equal to the east coast? Let your palate do the crucial judgement!

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    Savaro RestaurantHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Nasi Kerabu is predominantly spotted at night markets, unassuming stalls and casual eateries, how about a classy backdrop with gorgeous tables, chic lightings and that’s sets the mood straight away? Located at Gurney Paragon, Savaro Restaurant has been receiving thumbs up for their Malaysian delights, which includes this appealing blue rice. It’s more elegantly presented, suiting the haute ambiance, with crispy crackers, fried mackerel, salted egg, earthy salad and a pat of chili sambal. Each element on the plate good on its own, combining them at each spoonful offers a mouthful of heaven. 

    Tips

    Make reservations

    Things to expect

    Charming ambiance

    Best with

    Assorted Juices

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM40.00

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    Savaro Restaurant @ Gurney Paragon View restaurant

    Gurney Paragon (163D-2-34), , 10250, Georgetown, Penang
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    042189236

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Teluk Air Tawar StallHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Delicious breakfast is the best way to kick start a day, then Nasi Kerabu fits the spot. This eatery is burrowed between a residential area and only available for breakfast. Looking at the hordes of regulars, it definitely justifies jumping out of your bed early, even on a Sunday. The rice is well infused with spices and pairing the mound with crackers, deep-fried fish and crunchy salad it absolutely perfect. 

    Tips

    From RAAF/TUDM air force base going towards Telok Air Tawar, Taman Robina is on your left.

    Things to expect

    Authentic Nasi Kerabu

    Best with

    Fried Fish

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM8.00

    Teluk Air Tawar Stall View restaurant

    Taman Robina, Teluk Air Tawar, 13050, Butterworth , Penang
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    0125917502

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    07:00AM—10:00AM
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    Nasi Lemak Panas & Nasi Kerabu Original KlateHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Housed inside Astaka Bandar Perda, this humble stall is habitually packed with patrons for their nasi lemak, spicy fried chicken and nasi kerabu. What tempts you the most is their fried chicken which is crispy and spicy on the outside and utterly tender inside. Pair it with their authentic nasi kerabu, which is generously crowned with shredded cabbage, beans sprouts and dollop of chili condiment. Each bite is filled with texture and taste that leaves up to its reputation. 

    Tips

    Never miss their fried chicken

    Things to expect

    Cheap and flavourful food

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Nasi Lemak Panas & Nasi Kerabu Original Klate View restaurant

    Stall 24, Astaka Bandar Perda. (Bandar Perda,), Seberang Jaya, 13700, Butterworth, Penang
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    0164600141

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    09:00AM—05:00PM
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    Restoran Anggerik DesaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Looking for smorgasbord of east coast meals that are easy on the wallet and joy for your palate? This humble restaurant is vastly vaunted among regulars, from breakfast to lunch; you’re spoilt with endless varieties. The interior houses a few traditional sloping gable huts, separating the snacks and nasi kerabu. Their rice is mild and fluffy, imbued with coconut milk, lemongrass and several other herbs, which makes it good on its own. But with fried fish, fried chicken, seafood and array of vegetables by the sides, you’ll wedge your plate with as many dishes possible. 

    Tips

    Never miss the homemade kuihs

    Things to expect

    Authentic Kelantan meals

    Best with

    Assorted Drinks

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Restoran Anggerik Desa View restaurant

    12, Jalan Todak 4, Seberang Jaya, , 13700 , Butterworth, Penang
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    043700097

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    09:00AM—08:00PM
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    Sungai Dua Night Market

    Sungai Dua Night Market is one of the most vaunted eating hubs for Penangites, each sight just amps up your salivation. Among the stalls that the queue is always piling up is the nasi kerabu, where dishes are scrumptiously laid a King’s dinner. The rice is served piping hot, which permeates a distinct aroma and the flavours hit the right spot. The must-have side dishes include spicy fried chicken, fresh salad, chili sambal and colourful keropok. Even the pickiest eater will be pleased with the symmetry of flavours that work wonders.  

    Tips

    Opposite Tesco

    Things to expect

    Arsenal of local delights

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Sungai Dua Night Market View restaurant

    Opposite Tesco Extra , Jalan Sungai Dua,, 11700, Georgetown, Penang
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    05:30PM—11:00PM
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    Kepala Batas Night Market

    The best place to find local delights are night markets, which is full of life and flavours, just pick and devour. Despite ocean of mouthwatering meals, your eyes will automatically glue onto the nasi kerabu stall, where patrons make a beeline to feast east coast goodness. The blue rice is wrapped in a wax paper along sides of your choices, earthy salads and crispy crackers. Each mouthful offers precise balance of flavour and texture. 

    Tips

    Get in early to not miss out on dishes

    Things to expect

    Array of succulent meals

    Best with

    coconut juice

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Kepala Batas Night Market View restaurant

    Jalan Perak, Kepala Batas, 13200 , Butterworth, Penang
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    Wednesday, Saturday
    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    Authentic Thai

    This restaurant is pretty unique compared to its surroundings, vivid colours of the walls, charming carvings and lights enhancing the dining area. Their nasi kerabu is highly applauded by the regulars, labelling it as one of the best, thanks to the blend of rich spices and herbs. Pair your mound of rice with regular suspects of fried chicken, fried mackerel, salads, salted egg and chili condiment, you’ll be enamored.

    Tips

    Service a little slow, be patience, it's worth

    Things to expect

    Luscious Thai Fare

    Best with

    Mango and pulut

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Authentic Thai @ Seberang Jaya Tesco View restaurant

    Tesco Extra Seberang Jaya (2762 Persiaran Sembilang), , 13700 , Butterworth, Penang
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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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