Pasar (also known as market) is a place that has close relations with our daily life. People visit pasar to find the items, ingredients they need and enjoy a great breakfast. Penang has a number of pasar, but if you mentioned afternoon pasar, definitely the Cecil Street market comes to our mind.
Cecil Street market opens around 7:30am but mostly wet market. When the time comes to 12pm, the hawker centre and daily necessities stalls open eventually, this is the time when the market crowded with people. There are various hawker stalls selling delicious foods and most of them have been operated for more than 10 years.
Today, let’s walk around market like locals, enjoy lunches and at the same time listen to their conversations, to feel their daily routine.
1. Curry Mee In Green Color Bowl
This Curry Mee is one of my favourites, as the soup smells so great with the addition of coconut milk, top with pig clot, tofu puff, squid, clam and one spoon of spicy source, it makes you drooling. While you are eating, maybe you will start to sweat and your mouth become a little bit swollen due to the spiciness, but trust me you won’t stop eating!
This stall has been operated for 40 years, just behind Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng stall, inherited from mum to son. If you want to add richness of the taste, you may add on other ingredients, such as fish ball, chicken and etc.
Day off: Wednesday
2. Jawa Mee
If you are not a spicy food lover, then this sweet and sour Jawa Mee must be suits you. This Jawa Mee stall also inherited from mum to son and it has been doing business for 20 years. Their Jawa Mee is different from the traditional and the main point is on the source. Usually, the source of Jawa Mee similar to soup, but their source more rich and thick, which makes it tastes better after the mee and bihun absorb the source.
No. of stall: 93
Day off: Wednesday
3. Sisters Sago Char
It is a must to try Sago Char when you visit to Cecil Street market as this is the only Sago Char in Penang! At the beginning, the stall is operated by two sisters, now they have passed down to their grandchildren. Usually the Sago is in round shape but this Sago Char stick together and it may looks unpresentable. However it tastes chewy and with the spicy and sweet source, certainly it is a local dish that is worth to try!
4. 850 Char Kuey Teow
The most important part for Char Kuey Teow is the heat, when you have a good control on it and with the cooking skills of the hawker, it definitely looks great and good to eat. Furthermore, it has been operated for 40 years, of course we can trust the skill of the hawker.
5. Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng
It’s time to have something light after so many heavy foods. Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng in Cecil Street market is well known among the people, it has been operated at the pasar for 30 years and now the business runs by his son. During lunch hour, you will see the staffs are busying prepare the food and deliver to their customers, there are some customers who are waiting to take away! Although there are a lot of customers during lunch hour, but they have practiced well and thus they will deliver the food for you in a short time.
No. of Stall: 82
Day off: Wednesday
6. Kuih Nyonya
Still feeling not enough even after having lunch? Maybe your stomach is calling at you to have some pastry. There are two stalls selling Kuih Nyonya at the market, looking at the colourful kuih nyonya that are arrange accordingly on the table truly make people feel great and want to try each of them! Most important is, the price is reasonable.
Actually, there are multiple stalls selling drinks at the market, no matter you want to sip on coffee, order Ais Kacang or Luo Han Guo, you can find them all in the market. The distance between market and town area only 10 minutes by car, hence, you may have lunch at the pasar then visit Georgetown Heritage Site. For your information, the pasar close around 5:30pm.
Business Hours: Every day 7:30am to 5:30pm (some hawker stalls might have different business hour)
Address: 40-48, Lebuh Cecil, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.