Following on from some tasty adventures at Jonker’s Walk night market in Melaka, I wanted to find a similar experience in Penang. While known as one of the best food destinations in the world, there is not really one main place to go to street food in central Georgetown, instead the coastal areas of Guerny Drive and Batu Ferringhi are known hotspots, but a bit far out without relying on taxis both ways.
Along with stalls and casual dining spots found along some of the busier streets such as Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Campbell, the Red Garden Cafe night market is a good option for convenient, cheap and delectable food while staying in town. It’s more like an outdoors food hall than market, with vendors lining the outside and open seating in the center, alongside a stage which I am sure is used for some terrifying karaoke renditions as late night entertainment.
As usual, veggie options were limited but I managed to grab some delicious dim sum – sweet potato pao with a pandan kaya (pandan and coconut) pao for dessert. Let’s not discuss why my dessert is clearly bigger…
Below is a map for you to find the Red Garden Cafe when you’re next in Penang!