Penang is one of the birthplaces of Peranakan culture. Hence, it is a large part of Penang’s heritage. The Peranakan culture perfectly combines both the Malay and Chinese customs. One of the best things that we all agreed, is the food. If you’re yearning for Nyonya food, then you’re on the right page.
- Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery
This place is quite unknown on social media but it is famous among the locals. Their bestseller dishes are Chicken Curry Kapitan, Nyonya Chicken Rendang and Jiu Hu Char. In fact, Nyonya food lovers will definitely appreciate their cooking.
- Baba Phang
If you’re looking for rich, spicy flavours of Nyonya food, nowhere does it better than Baba Phang. The must-try dishes include Crispy Pai Tee, Curry Perut Ikan, Kerabu Kacang Botol, and Otak-otak.
- Bibik’s Kitchen Nyonya Cuisine
Bibik’s Kitchen serves a variety of Nyonya dishes such as Asam Pedas Fish, Ayam Ponteh, Inchi Kabin, Sambal Petai with Prawns, Chicken Rendang and more. Additionally, there is a set lunch option on the weekdays.
- CEKI Nyonya Restaurant
At Sri Bahari Road, just the stretch of road itself, there are 3 Nyonya restaurants. Besides Baba Phang and Bibik’s Kitchen, CEKI is equally famous. The food at Ceki Nyonya Restaurant is really authentic, appetizing and being offered at reasonable prices.
- Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine
This is another Nyonya restaurant that locals would recommend. Ivy’s place may not be fancy but it is cozy and truly a place for families. Highly recommended food include Jiu Hu Char, Achat, and Marinated Minced Prawns.
- Kebaya Dining Room
Kebaya Dining Room is a gorgeous restaurant in George Town which has an interior like a scene out of Crazy Rich Asians. The price is rather expensive, yet it offers a true taste of Nyonya food.
- Little Kitchen @ Nyonya
Before it was turned into Nyonya restaurant, the place was mainly into bird nest business. It is a place where you shouldn’t be missed. The authentic Nyonya taste of dishes, as well as the antique plates and bowls definitely will give you a special and remarkable touch.
- Mama’s Nyonya Cuisine
If you’re craving for some homey food, Mama’s Nyonya Cuisine would be the right choice for you. They serve very authentic Nyonya food with strictly traditional in-house recipes. Specifically, some of their must try dishes are Loh Bak, Curry Kapitan, and Otak-otak.
- Nyonya Su Pei Private Dining
This place only opens on every Friday and Saturday. At the private dinner, Baba Jerry (husband of Nyonya Su Pei) will try his best to explain every dish that is served on the table. Hence, this is not just a feast of Nyonya food but an enlightening culinary experience.
- Nyonya Willow
Nyonya Willow is one of the most secretive restaurants. It is nestled in a terrace house within the neighbourhood of Taman Tunas Damai (Bayan Lepas). The menu changes regularly based on the source of the day. But, you can always get authentic and homey Nyonya food here.
- Perut Rumah Nyonya Cuisine
The ambience is truly unique and cozy. Perut Rumah offers a mix of Malay and Chinese cuisine that create a combination of unique tastes. Prices are slightly in a higher range but overall is able to satisfy your tastebuds.
- Richard Rivalee Nyonya Cuisine Restaurant
This restaurant is located in Rain Garden Boutique Hotel along Burmah Road. Richard Rivalee is the renowned fashion designer and culinary is just his part-time hobby. The dishes may look simple but the taste is impressive.
- Sifu Nyonya Cuisine
From appetisers, main dishes, snacks to desserts, Sifu Nyonya Cuisine is a spot to visit if you’re craving for an authentic taste of traditional Nyonya food. Make sure you order their Tu Kar Chor (black sweet vinegar pork trotter), Assam Prawn, Nasi Ulam (mixed herb rice) and Bee Kor Moey (black sticky rice dessert).
- The Legend Nyonya House
This restaurant specialises in Nyonya cuisine with a modern take. Their very own signature pork belly cooked in soy sauce (Tau Ewe Bak) is guaranteed to leave you the best impression on Nyonya food. Besides, their Jiu Hu Char, Kapitan Chicken and other dishes are worth trying too.
This is a new Instagrammable Nyonya spot in Penang. Rempah is located beside China House. With reasonable prices, you should try their Grilled Marinated Fish, Phyllo Otak-otak, Pomelo Kerabu and more.