Best Bites: 7 Mouth-watering Local Dishes in Balik Pulau, Penang

One of the most prominent foodie destinations in Malaysia, Penang boasts a wide variety of world-famous delectable dishes. Whether at the heritage city of Georgetown or along the streets of Bayan Lepas, every corner of the state has a strong connection with food.

Needless to say, Balik Pulau also offers its own charming cuisine for a gastronomy hunt. If you are thinking of finding a new foodie scene on the island, why not give it a shot? Here, life takes on a slower pace so you can take your own sweet time and enjoy a wide variety of delectable food that Balik Pulau has to offer.

Discover these 7 mouth-watering local dishes that you must try in Balik Pulau, Penang. Let’s go!



Assam Laksa

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Laksa is undoubtedly a common dish in Penang. However, Balik Pulau is famous for its assam laksa so you must try it while you are here. It consists of rice vermicelli served in gravy made with mackerel. Unlike the ordinary laksa, assam laksa comes with spicy and sour gravy. The dish is garnished with mint, pineapple slices, thinly-sliced onions and a sweet shrimp paste to give it a distinctive taste.

Kim Laksa

Address: Nan Guang Kopitiam, 67 Main Road, 11000 Balik Pulau
Contact: +6017-446 4959
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (Closed on Monday & Tuesday)




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One of Penang’s most popular signature dishes, pasembur can be found almost anywhere on the island but one of the best is right here in Balik Pulau. It is a Malaysian salad consisting of shredded cucumber, potatoes, fried tofu, bean sprouts, prawn fritters, and a variety of fried seafood that you can choose. It is served with a sweet and spicy nut sauce.

Pak Mid Mee Rebus & Pasembur

Address: P239, Jalan Balik Pulau, 11000 Balik Pulau
Contact: +6016-405 5866
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11.00 am – 6.30 pm (Closed on Sunday)



Sotong Kangkung

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Sotong kangkung is a popular street food in Penang. As the name suggests, the dish comprises pre-soaked dried squid and blanched kangkung. A sweet sauce is poured over it and a sprinkle of ground peanuts on top of it to give it a crunchier and nutty texture. This simple yet tasty dish can be an appetizer, a snack, or even as a salad.

Uncle Seng Sotong Kangkung

Address: 55, P14, Kampung Titi Serong, 11000 Balik Pulau
Contact: +6019-423 2830
Opening Hours: Friday – Sunday: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm (Closed on Monday to Thursday)



Mee Ketam

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Balik Pulau is famed for its fresh seafood, so don’t miss out on the chance to try mee ketam or crab noodles while you are here. This tantalizing dish consists of chewy egg noodles, drizzled with rich and flavourful red gravy made from fresh crab. In fact, you will get a whole crab on your noodles! If you want to make it fancier, add on some fresh squids and prawns.

Mee Ketam Pondok Upeh

Address: 836, Mukim 6, Pondok Upeh, 11000 Balik Pulau
Contact: +6011-657 8763
Opening Hours: Daily, 12.00 pm – 10.00 pm



Nasi Campur

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If you are looking for something that is more filling and satisfying to your gastronomic delights, go for nasi campur. An authentic Malay-style meal, nasi campur is a bit different from nasi kandar. It is served in buffet of hot white rice with a variety of lauk to choose from. Definitely don’t miss out to try the signature fish curry – a famous lauk in Penang.

Mak Ngah Gulai Warisan

Address: Jalan Sungai Nipah, Kampung Permatang Tengah, 11000 Balik Pulau
Contact: +6019-498 3655
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10.00 am – 9.30 pm (Closed on Sunday)



Brown Sugar Pau

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Truly one of its kinds, brown sugar pau can only be found here in Balik Pulau. An all-time favourite dessert amongst locals, this fluffy steamed bun is loaded with brown sugar fillings. It is best to have it while it is still hot so you can taste the sweet brown sugar filling inside the pau. If you prefer to have a bite of the fillings, you can wait a while until it is cooled down.

Balik Pulau Brown Sugar Pao

Address: Jalan Besar, 11000 Balik Pulau
Contact: +6012-438 3643
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 2.30 pm till finish (Closed on Sunday)



Apam Balik Pandan

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Apam balik or Malaysian-style pancake is a common street food dessert that can be found almost anywhere in the country. However, the one in Balik Pulau is certainly worth a try. It is a round pancake, loaded with crushed peanuts, sugar, and sweet corn kernels. The best part is you can get apam balik with pandan flavour that comes with a sweet fragrance and a rich taste of pandan.

Luck Pancake

Address: Kompleks Pasar Awam Balik Pulau, Lintang Bukit Penara 1, 11000 Balik Pulau



There you go; a complete list of mouth-watering local dishes that will make Balik Pulau your next foodie destination. While you are here, might as well explore the charm of Balik Pulau and cycle around the vast paddy fields. Get your bicycle rental here.

Or if you are up for an adventure, discover the hidden part of Balik Pulau in an extraordinary way – with an ATV! Unleash your adventurous spirit and book your ATV eco-tour here.


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