Best Satays in Penang

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The streets of Penang are persistently lined with an abundance of alluring stalls which reflect our multicultural makeup. An all-time favourite, satay originated in Indonesia and is a popular local delight with chunks of marinated dice-sized meats glided into skewers and grilled over a charcoal flame. Be it chicken, beef, lamb or even pork satay, there's something irresistible about the sweet, smoky aroma of grilled meat. As a sure sign indicator, if there is wispy smoke, you’re heading towards a satay stall. So, bring along your meat-loving mates and dig in to some of the best satay in the food paradise of Malaysia.

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    Ocean Green RestaurantPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Overlooking the sea and serving fresh seafood, Ocean Green Restaurant has remained one of the best seafood restaurants in Penang spanning three decades. Predominantly serving up ocean goodness, yet their satay is amazing. There’s never a need to dip into the sauce; just devour straightaway! With succulent chunks of marinated meat grilled together with their treacly peanut sauce over a charcoal flame; paired with sliced onions and cucumbers, it’s hard to stop once you start!

    Tips

    Get there earlier to watch the beautiful sunset.

    Things to expect

    Wide array of seafood and succulent satay.

    Best with

    Chinese Tea

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM15.00

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    Ocean Green Restaurant View restaurant

    Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, 10050 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    042274530

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    12:00PM—11:00PM
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    Teluk Kumbar Seafood (Hau Yu)

    Head down towards the southern end of the island, where a mouth-watering satay stall is awaiting to satisfy your big appetite. You’ll be dumbfounded being welcomed by the alluring panorama of Gertak Sanggul and a rustic restaurant well-known for fresh seafood. It’s impossible to see tables without merry-making sticks of satay. Slivers of cucumbers and onions accompany the skewers without the need for sauce as the marinated meat is dipped into the peanut gravy before being grilled to a crunchy texture.

    Tips

    Located behind the closed down Yellow Bus Terminal.

    Things to expect

    Contenders of the best satay on the island.

    Best with

    Satay is usually eaten as an appetiser before heading for a smorgasbord of seafood.

    Price

    RM0.80 to RM10.00

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    Teluk Kumbar Seafood (Hau Yu) View restaurant

    84, Mukim 9, Teluk Kumbar, 11920, Georgetown, Penang
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    046491403

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    05:30PM—10:00PM
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    Ah Basri SatayHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    If chicken and lamb satay sound mundane, how about horse, deer and seafood satay? Ah Basri prides itself in patronising meat-lovers with their eclectic (and exotic) choices of satay. Each skewer tickles your palate with various textures and tastes - it's best to play a game of 'guess the meat'. Serving savoury lean meats paired with a thick peanut gravy and their praiseworthy homemade chilli sauce, it would be close to crime if you leave without trying their remarkable squid satay.

    Tips

    Tired of meat with skewers? Get their satay wraps which are equally good.

    Things to expect

    Varieties of satay that will make your jaw drop. Ample parking available.

    Best with

    Try all of the different flavours – black pepper, tandoori and original.

    Price

    RM1.20 to RM15.00

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    Ah Basri Satay View restaurant

    54, Jalan Tengah, Bandar Bayan Baru, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    0194755433

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    11:00AM—10:30PM
    Saturday, Sunday
    05:00PM—10:30PM
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    New Lane SatayNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Being the culinary capital of Malaysia, the Pearl of the Orient is blessed with plenty of enticing street foods, where the lively atmosphere allures you straight away. New Lane Hawker Center is among them and you’ll definitely be overwhelmed with jam-packed hawker stalls, yet never leave your table without tasting the succulent satay of Aunty Satay. Offering selections of pork, chicken, liver and intestine, all meats are grilled to a delicate balance of smoky and savoury flavours with a unique aftertaste of coconut and turmeric. 

    Tips

    Pork satay leads the line; a must-have.

    Things to expect

    Perfect Malaysian Satay.

    Best with

    Char Koay Teow, Wan Tan Mee and Chicken Wings

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM15.00

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    New Lane Hawker Centre View restaurant

    Lorong Baru, 10450, Georgetown, Penang
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    Every day
    05:00PM—12:00AM
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    Bangkok Lane Satay

    Along the unruffled Bangkok Lane, Uncle Ah Hun and his humble Hainan satay pushcart stall have been satisfying the palates of Penangites for more than 20 years. The Hainanese migrants had their own version of satay, where it’s yellowish in color and less spicy.  The main draw of Ah Hun's pork satay is the dipping sauce, where the usual peanut sauce is swapped with a starchy and viscous mashed potato sauce, pepped up with their tight-lipped secret ingredients. Paired with fluffy toasted bread, it sounds peculiar but is a perfect match made in (gastronomic) heaven!

    Tips

    There’s a nearby coffee shop that you can bring your satay to dine at.

    Things to expect

    Uncle Ah Hun goes elusive at times; luck plays a major part.

    Best with

    Eggy toast bread

    Price

    RM0.70 to RM10.00

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    Bangkok Lane Satay View restaurant

    Bangkok Lane, Jalan Burma, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164688869

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    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
    08:00AM—12:00PM
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    2828 Cafe - Rahman SatayNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Located at the heart of Perak Road, where every sight leads to a coffee shop or street food, 2828 is a classic Malaysian coffee shop with numerous choices of stalls, reflecting multiracial food under one roof. Widely known for their beef koay teow soup, yet after the sun goes down, Rahman Satay starts smoking their charcoal grill for fabulous skewers of satay. Chicken and beef are praiseworthy; however the top-seller is their mutton satay which is tender with crispy edges and packed with smoky flavors. Served with sliced cucumbers, onions and a rich peanut dipping sauce, this is a true Malaysian classic to be savoured.

    Tips

    Catering is only available for orders exceeding 500 sticks.

    Things to expect

    Malay-style satay at its best.

    Best with

    Beer or local beverages from Café 2828.

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM15.00

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    2828 Cafe View restaurant

    56K, Perak Plaza, Jalan Perak, 10460 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0194497862

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:30PM—11:00PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    10:30AM—03:00PM
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    Chulia Street Hainan SatayNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Looking for a place that serves both pork and chicken satay? Then head over to Chulia Street - an area engulfed with tourists, backpackers and a dazzling array of street foods! You’ll easily spot this satay stall with punters making a beeline as an elderly man prepares pork and chicken satay. A harmonious blend of fat and lean meats are grilled until golden brown. Paired with two types of sauces - the regular peanut sauce and the milder potato gravy, you’ll get a tang of sour plum aftertaste too.

    Tips

    Located in front of Sai Lam coffee shop.

    Things to expect

    Authentic Hainan Chicken and Pork Satay.

    Best with

    Toasted bread

    Price

    RM0.80 to RM10.00

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    Chulia Street Hainan Satay View restaurant

    Corner of Lebuh Chulia (Chulia Street), 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164936616

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    07:30PM—12:00AM
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