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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    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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    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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