Best Udon in Penang

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Udon is among the triumph temptations of Japanese cuisine. It’s an everyday staple in their archipelago as its cheap, comforting, fulfilling and comes in plenty of varieties, somewhat like pasta but a fatter version made from wheat flour. As any famous noodles, it has frolicked region by region with a license to turn creative and compelling. It’s commonly served in a soup and does not require many frills, just a few splashes of greens, dashi, and chopped scallions is good to go. It may not be as ubiquitous as it is in the Land of the Rising Sun yet renowned spots below pampers your palate without having you even think about getting on a plane. 

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    Kai Curry House

    Definitely not your ordinary curry house as this casual and homey restaurant has been stacking up solid reputations for their Japanese-styled curries. And the best part here is giving the rice a break and opting for udon noodles which are ladled with either pork, chicken or vegetarian curry. The texture of the each strand is springy and soft, just like an exemplary one should be and the thick broth is slurp worthy. Expect a hearty portion that keeps you going all day long. 

    Tips

    Kids menu are available

    Things to expect

    Unpretentious and homely ambiance

    Best with

    Chicken Katsu

    Price

    RM18.90 to RM30.00

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    Kai Curry House View restaurant

    15, Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10050 , Georgetown, Penang
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    042260322

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—03:00PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    06:00PM—09:00PM
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    Hinode Udon

    This renowned Taiwanese brand has finally touched down in Automall at Karpal Singh Drive, leaving the locals raving about their authentic and absolutely sumptuous udon noodles. The interior definitely scores on an aesthetic scale - embellished with vibrant Japan street paintings, bamboo sticks, beautiful masks draping up the ceilings, and wooden tables and chairs. During peak hours, expect staffs rushing out bearing bowls of steaming udons and ramens. Their udon noodles are made from buckwheat and can be doused in a soup of your choice – miso, kelp bonita and spicy, then comes the real deal, a range of mouthwatering tempuras luring to leap into your balmy bowl. With the simplest bowl starting at RM4.90, it’s a complete steal. 

    Tips

    Do include their condiments and sauces

    Things to expect

    Photogenic atmosphere

    Best with

    Japanese Sweet Beancurd

    Price

    RM4.90 to RM30.00

    Hinode Udon View restaurant

    Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11600, Georgetown, Penang
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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    This vegetarian restaurant stands out for delivering healthy and hearty Japanese fare that blows your mind away. If you think sushi and noodles can never amaze without meats and seafood, you’re about to swallow up your notions. Their udon noodles are not to be missed as they come in various flavours, from simple miso soup which is filled with organic enoki mushrooms, kelp seaweed, toasted black and white sesame seeds to red sea udon which is amassed with white cabbage, chillies, turmeric, lemongrass and cubes of tofus and many more, nothing is short of a delicious. Every flavour is so good, you might think of bringing over the “boat noodles” concept to the table. 

    Tips

    Checkout their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    The facade may be simple but be awed with the interior

    Best with

    Soya Bean Milk

    Price

    RM10.80 to RM30.00

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    Sushi Kitchen View restaurant

    Jalan Sungai Ara 1, Sungai Ara, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    046446739

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
    11:30AM—08:00PM
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—02:30PM
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Hanamaru and Yoshinoya

    Progressively udon revolution has been occurring in Penang and this feted international chain is the latest evidence. Housed in Sunway Carnival Mall, the buoyant bright restaurant has been an instant hit among the udon fanatics with gazillion choices of udon dishes that sets your stomach rumbling. Among the best sellers on the menu is their Ontama Bukkake, where the chewy and soft noodles are steeped with a sweet and savoury dashi stock and a soft-boiled egg. The real deal here is further augmenting the flavours with assorted condiments and sauces that are free. 

    Tips

    Ontama Beef Bowl is another best seller

    Things to expect

    Clean and spacious restaurant with menu's draped largely onto the walls to have you make up your mind

    Best with

    Free flow green tea

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Hanamaru and Yoshinoya @ Sunway Mall Penang View restaurant

    Sunway Carnival Shopping Complex, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Prai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 13700, Butterworth, Penang
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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Pit Stop

    This hipster cafe continues to delightfully dominate in the competitive cafe scene on the island. Two simple credos justify the success of Pit Stop – an ambiance that invites you to linger a little longer and eclectic mix of delectable dishes that has something for everyone. Rather underrated yet utterly succulent, their slowly braised vinegar pork with udon noodles is a triumph. The dense texture of the wheat noodle complements the tender and flavoursome meat. The halved boiled egg and salad add a layer of crunch and colour to the palate. Catch up with good friends, sip down quality brews, feed your Instagram and always return for more. 

    Tips

    Get in early during weekends to avoid waiting for your favourite spot

    Things to expect

    One-of-a-kind eatery with mixture of nostalgic and edgy decorations

    Best with

    Mango Tango

    Price

    RM13.80 to RM30.00

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    Pit Stop No.12 Cafe View restaurant

    12, Lorong Chulia , 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042611306

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    09:00PM—06:00PM
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    If you’re a noodle junkie, this commodious establishment is sure to pump you up with energy and excitement. Ramen noodles usually top the billings here yet you can never afford to overlook its swollen companion that swells up your stomach delightfully too, udon it is! From soothing miso soup to spiced up curry, seaweed to deep-fried vegetables – every bowl has scrumptious written on it.  And, make sure gracing up your table with fresh sushis and fried tempuras for an optimal gratification. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Atmosphere and presentation of food that deserve praises

    Best with

    Sesame Ice Cream

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Wakaba Japanese Noodle Restaurant View restaurant

    1-1-31, Elit Avenue,, 3, Jalan Mayang Pasir, Bayan Baru, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    046371122

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—02:30PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Eating healthy with varieties isn’t a challenging quest anymore, and we are not talking about mundane stir-fried vegetables and rice sets. Think vegetables going big on creativity and bigger on flavours like Spinach Spaghetti, Vietnamese Rolls, Veggie Bak Kut Teh and Pumpkin Fungus Dessert, these are among the masterstrokes being served in The Leaf Healthy House. If you’re hankering for an udon fix, hands down their nourishing black pepper udon noodle is a sleeper hit too. Aside from the thick and dense texture of the wheat strands, the colourful slices of peppers and sprinkle of sesame offer a fine crunch and flavour. 

    Tips

    During peak hours, you may have to wait a little while for your turn

    Things to expect

    Homey and casual ambiance

    Best with

    Assorted Juices

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    The Leaf Healthy House View restaurant

    5, Lebuh Penang, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    042627007

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:30AM—09:00PM
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    Boston

    Being a Malaysian, stir-fried got to be an option, regardless of the dish, and at Boston, udon noodles take part in a seductively delicious dish that has you slavering at first sight. Stir-fried with soy sauce and liberally loaded with plump prawns and crabsticks, it’s a dish that is hard to resist and gives all those soupy versions a threat. Fresh, tasty and well presented, another platter is always welcomed. 

    Tips

    Opt for the airy alfresco

    Things to expect

    Commodious ambiance

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Boston @ Egate View restaurant

    e-Gate (1-01-10), Gelugor,, 11700, Georgetown, Penang
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    046574296

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    Every day
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Sushi Tei

    Planted in Gurney Plaza, Sushi Tei has been magnetising patrons over with an authentic spread of Japanese delicacies in a sophisticated and spacious backdrop. What to love besides their kaleidoscopic sushis and ramen, is their udon noodles which is plump, chewy and delicious in its simplicity. Doused in a mildly flavoured broth and topped with chopped scallions and handful of wakame, you would want to finish till the last drop. If you need a strong steep of flavours, their kimchee udon is tailor-made for you – noodles tossed with kimchee sauce and mixed vegetables and topped with fresh clams. 

    Tips

    Takes Reservations. Check out their Facebook and website too

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd during weekends

    Best with

    Assorted Sushis

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Sushi Tei View restaurant

    Gurney Plaza, 170, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10250 , Georgetown, Penang
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    042261486

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    Every day
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Garden Paradis

    Tucked away tranquilly at Botanical Garden, Garden Paradis fits the bill as a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city as well as a sure palate pleaser with a range of local and Western delights. You may hem and haw looking at the extensive menu, yet if you’re looking for a simple and satisfying meal, variety of udon varieties are available – from aglio olio pasta to Tsukimi udon, a soupy dish where raw egg and thump of fresh greens are added, and pan-fried version with fresh seafood - everything is certainly a pull for the punters. 

    Tips

    Beside Bee Gallery.

    Things to expect

    A respite for nature advocates

    Best with

    Dumplings

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Garden Paradis View restaurant

    674, Jalan Kebun Bunga, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
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    016-4129568

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    Every day
    08:00AM—09:00PM
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