Best Nyonya Restaurants in Penang

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Penang is known to everyone as one of the birthplaces of the Peranakan culture.The Baba-Nyonya culture is a large part of Penang's heritage, so it should come as no surprise that there are many Nyonya restaurants all over little Penang. Nyonya food in itself is very different and exquisite, and when cooked traditionally, each dish becomes a distinctive recipe. Even the simplest style of chicken curry and rice is cooked differently when done the Nyonya way - with the addition of more herbs and spices, thus giving it an added dimension of comfort food.

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    KOTA - When Francis Meets Rempah

    Such a catchy name like that certainly strikes the curiosity in you. Well, it's all about presenting contemporary Nyonya food here. The vibrant selection of dishes are full with local flavours, yet introduced with alternative touches that makes it so unique. It's as exciting as starting off with a Laksa Mojito, moving on to a serving of deconstructed satay, Nasi Lemak, Samosa, and a combined dish of dehydrated leeks, kerabu rice, and an otak-otak pate. As peculiar as it sounds, your taste buds will be on a rocket ship to food haven here. 
    Tips

    It's located inside Fort Cornwallis.

    Things to expect

    A quaint and relaxing place.

    Best with

    Laksa Mojito

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM30.00

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    KOTA - when Francis Meets Rempah View restaurant

    Fort Cornwallis, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    043714929

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Auntie Gaik Lean'sPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Do you miss the taste of your mom's cooking? Fret not, for Auntie Gaik Lean is here to satisfy your longing for Nyonya cuisine. They are quite unknown in the social media market but many locals frequent Auntie Gaik Lean through word of mouth. Hence, they're quite busy and full on weekends. Auntie Gaik Lean's classic rendition of Nyonya Chicken Rendang is one of their bestseller dishes, along with their Jiu Hu Char

    Tips

    Restaurant opens at noon, so best to go early before the tour groups arrive.

    Things to expect

    Tourist-spot for homey Nyonya food.

    Best with

    Jiu Hu Char all the way!

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM45.00

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    Auntie Gaik Lean’s View restaurant

    No. 1 Bishop Street, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—02:30PM
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—09:30PM
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    Mama's Nyonya CuisineNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    If you are the kind who prefers to wind down the day with some homey food, Mama's Nyonya Cuisine would be just right for you. This small-sized eatery can only house a small capacity of diners, so they don't usually do big crowds but it's still usually packed with returning customers anyway. They serve very authentic Nyonya food with strictly traditional in-house recipes. Their menu has most of the known (and some unique) Nyonya dishes; namely jiu hu char, loh bak, curry kapitan, inchi kabin and otak-otak.

    Tips

    Penang is a warm city so you might want to opt for the indoor seats (unless you like feeling sweaty, then feel free to dine at the outdoor seating area).

    Things to expect

    Nyonya food which tastes just like home.

    Best with

    There is also a wide selection of salads such as the kerabu kacang botol (bean sprout salad).

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM23.00

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    Mama's Nyonya Cuisine View restaurant

    31-D, Abu Siti Lane, 10400, Georgetown , Penang
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    042291318

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—02:00PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Perut Rumah Nyonya CuisineNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Perut Rumah Nyonya is on the different side of the cuisine, considering how they mainly fare on fusion dishes. The mix of Malay and Chinese cuisine here makes a wonderful blend and combination of unique tastes. Prices are of a higher range but overall the traditional tables, settings, decorations and music set a nice atmosphere for a thorough Nyonya Cuisine. 

    Tips

    Remember to book ahead as they are often fully booked.

    Things to expect

    Palatable Nyonya food with a great ambience.

    Best with

    Definitely the pie tee.

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM28.00

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    Perut Rumah Nyonya Cuisine View restaurant

    17, Jalan Bawasah, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
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    042279917

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    11:00AM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Nyonya WillowNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Named after a beautiful tree of the Salix family, Nyonya Willow's many nyonya dishes not only look beautiful enough to make you drool, but also smells and tastes better than it looks to make you keep ordering more, be it appetizers for a light snack or many of their signature Nyonya kuihs to finish off your hearty meal. With many great dishes like Petai in sambal and otak otak to bring the heat up a hundred-fold under the cooling shade of Nyonya Willow, this is a haven for all Nyonya lovers alike.

    Tips

    Crowded during some hours.

    Things to expect

    Beautiful authentic Nyonya food.

    Best with

    Petai in Sambal.

    Price

    RM15.00

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    Nyonya Willow View restaurant

    45, Lorong Sungai Tiram 4, Taman Tunas Damai, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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    0127737573

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    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:45AM—02:00PM
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:30PM—09:00PM
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    Ivy's Nyonya CuisineNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Visit Penang and everyone will recommend you Ivy's place. It is widely famous despite being located in a old converted house. Don't let the shopfront fool you - the restaurant may not be fancy but it is certainly cosy. Ivy's place is simple and straight with no fuss, but their dishes are rather the other way round. Most of the dishes are prepared thoroughly with a lot of effort, especially the Jiu Hu Char. Meals here also very affordable, and they offer many kinds of lunch sets that come with drinks. 

    Tips

    Ask for the belacan to go with your Jiu Hu Char at no extra cost.

    Things to expect

    Pork-free and value for money eatery set in a clean and casual place.

    Best with

    Set meals.

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM20.00

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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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    Tuesday
    06:00PM—09:00PM
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—03:00PM
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    05:00PM—09:00PM
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    The Legend Nyonya HouseNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Just as the name claims to be in all of Penang Island, The Legend Nyonya House is a prominently-decorated Nyonya restaurant that primarily specializes in nyonya cuisine with a modern take. Sample nyonya classics such as the favored pie tee as an appetizer to their very own signature pork belly cooked in soy sauce that is guaranteed to leave you a great impression on the best nyonya cuisine has to offer. 

    Tips

    Find a small wooden board to locate the restaurant.

    Things to expect

    Authentic nyonya food with a modern touch.

    Best with

    Pork belly in soy sauce.

    Price

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    The Legend Nyonya House View restaurant

    57, Gat Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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    042519598

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    11:00AM—03:00AM
    Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—02:00AM
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    Nyonya Baba Cuisine

    Fancy plastic plates with trippy pink designs on them? Cheap, plastic tables covers with chequered designs? Yup, that's how you know you're in a real Nyonya restaurant Nyonya Baba Cuisine truly is. It's a truly immersive interior with a theme that stems back to a typical small-time restaurant and even tinier kitchen that consistently pumps out more authentic Nyonya food and treats than its customers can eat. This is one of the most authentic Nyonya restaurants yet, and it is not worth missing out on.

    Tips

    Traffic is terrible around the area.

    Things to expect

    Authentic nyonya food cooked straight from the heart.

    Best with

    Pie Tee as an appetizer.

    Price

    RM15.00

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    Nyonya Baba Cuisine View restaurant

    44 Jln Nagor, Chinatown, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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    042278035

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