Best Popiah in Penang

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Have you ever been to a typical Chinese family reunion dinner? Surely, there’s one particular dish that you will never miss – Popiah. Originated from the Fujian province, the popiah is a type of Chinese spring roll that consists of grated turnip, jicama, French beans, bean sprouts, and bean curd in a sweet bean sauce wrapped in a paper-thin crepe made from wheat flour. It is part of the traditional Chinese culture where family members will gather to prepare them. A popular street food found all over the country, come and discover what it means to be truly Malaysian by trying some of Penang’s best popiah! 

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    Padang Brown Hawker

    If you have never tried traditional popiah before, then you should head over to Padang Brown for a taste of it. Based on an authentic traditional recipe, the popiah at this hawker centre are delicately handmade by an elderly couple who have been in the business for a very long time. You can find crispy shallots, mouth- watering vegetable fillings, and tofu wrapped in this popiah. This is a must-try for true popiah purists!

    Tips

    Try searching for a parking space before arriving.

    Things to expect

    Cool, shady environment, free seating.

    Best with

    Char Koay Teow, Laksa, Ais Kacang, Yong Tau Fu

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    Padang Brown Hawker View restaurant

    Jalan Perak, 10400, Georgetown, Penang 
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    0164139073

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    02:00PM—07:00PM
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    Penang laksa always tastes better when you have a roll of popiah to complete the meal. Apart from laksa, this food truck also offers homemade popiah so good that it’ll make you crave for another. Deep-fried and served hot, try dipping your popiah into the laksa broth for a brand new way of eating!  Not only will you be able to taste the crunchiness of the popiah, you’ll be mesmerised by how the broth brings out the sweet flavours of the popiah.

    Tips

    Take-away your food if there are no vacant seats.

    Things to expect

    A food truck, limited seating.

    Best with

    Laksa, Kwan Jiang

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    Penang Laksa at Jelutong View restaurant

    85-93, Lorong Ipoh, Taman Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11600, Pulau Pinang, Penang
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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    03:00PM—06:00PM
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    Locally and internationally known for selling Penang’s famous cendol, head over to this stall for Penang’s all-time favourite popiah. Filled with sweet and succulent stir-fried vegetables, the popiah here are perfect for those seeking a light meal to complete their afternoon tea. Specially made with their signature oil to enhance the aroma and flavour of this popular snack, this comes close to being termed ‘popiah perfection’.

    Tips

    Head over during late afternoon to avoid the peak lunch crowd.

    Things to expect

    Limited parking space.

    Best with

    Rojak, Cendol, Char Koay Teow

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    Joo Hooi Café View restaurant

    475, Jalan Penang, 10000, George Town, Penang
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    11:30AM—05:30PM
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    Low Eng Hoo Coffee Shop

    Searching high and low for a fun little snack before you head home for dinner? Hop on over to Low Eng Hoo Coffee Shop for some popiah. Wrapped in a delicate white paper-thin crepe with vegetable fillings, a sprinkle of crispy fried shallots and served with spicy chilli sauce, the popiah here are a must-try for everyone!

    Tips

    Try searching for a parking spot before arriving.

    Things to expect

    Variety of local food.

    Best with

    Char Koay Teow

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    Low Eng Hoo Coffee Shop View restaurant

    84 Lorong Selamat, 10400, Georgetown, Penang
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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    01:00PM—06:00PM
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    Another hot spot for both tourists and locals alike, not only will you find the famous Air Hitam laksa here but you will also discover some irresistible popiah to take home. Looking delicate with a crunchy surprise outside, the moment you take a bite, you’ll be able to taste the sweetness of the vegetable fillings. With a homemade sticky sauce adding to its appeal and taste, this is one popiah that you will not regret trying.

    Tips

    Try searching for a parking spot 200 metres before arriving.

    Things to expect

    Limited parking space and limited seating.

    Best with

    Fresh sugarcane juice, Loh Bak, Laksa

    Price

    Pasar Air Hitam Laksa View restaurant

    Air Hitam Old Market
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    03:00AM—06:00PM
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    Taman Emas Coffee Shop

    Feeling hungry? Just cross over the main road to Taman Emas Coffee Shop and grab a piece of popiah or two. Fried till golden-brown perfection and stuffed with soft and crumbly fillings made from sliced spring onion leaves, bean sprouts and turnip, this is one of the best popiah that Penang has to offer. Try one and we guarantee you will come back for another. 

    Tips

    Located opposite Penang Chinese Girls' High School.

    Things to expect

    Limited parking space.

    Best with

    Laksa, Char Koay Teow, Fried Spring Rolls

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    Taman Emas Kopitiam View restaurant

    Jalan Gottlieb, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    Gurney Drive Hawker Center

    For all you night owls or even people searching for a late night food adventure, then this place is definitely the perfect spot. An enclave of food stalls selling a smorgasbord of Penang street food, there is not one stall whose food tastes the same as the other. Spoilt for choice with the multitude of popiah stalls, you can find crispy deep-fried versions alongside the soft skin Hokkien-style popiah. The superb quality and variety of popiah styles here will make your gastronomic journey a pleasant one!

    Tips

    Head over during weekdays to avoid the crowd.

    Things to expect

    Limited parking space, variety of local street food.

    Best with

    Laksa, Lok-Lok, Ais Kacang, Sotong Kangkung

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    Gurney Drive Hawker Center View restaurant

    172, Solok Gurney 1, George Town, Jelutong, 10250, Gurney Drive, Penang
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    Every day
    05:00PM—01:00AM
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