This post will feature the best Nyonya kuih in Penang! Nyonya Kuih are bite-sized sweets that come in all colors of the rainbow. Kuih is a fairly broad term that can refer to cakes, cookies, pudding, dumplings or pastries. The most common ingredients used for flavor are coconut milk, grated coconut, pandan, and sugar.
The base is usually made out of rice flour, glutinous rice flour, glutinous rice, and tapioca. Similar sweets, although with a different name, can be found in Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. There are lots of different types of kuih, and most of them are vegan. You can learn more about the history of kuih and how its made here, and about the different types and its history, here.
Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay & Canteen
Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay & Canteen is a small canteen offering kuih. Their kuih is produced on-site and if you are lucky you may even see them making it. When I went they had a couple of batches laying around, just ready to be cut. The pieces are smaller compared to other kuih sellers and prices range from RM 0.60 to 1.50. There is a minimum order of RM 3 and I am not sure how strictly that is being enforced. Check out Ken Hunts Food’s post for more information.
Address: Lorong Masjid, George Town, Malaysia
P Nyonya Kuih Penang
I absolutely love P Nyonya Kuih Penang! It’s, in my opinion, the best Nyonya Kuih in Penang. While they don’t have a fixed location, the stall can be found at different markets throughout the week (see locations below). I stumbled upon the stall at Lintang Maccallum Night Market and it seemed to be super popular. The kuih they are selling is of generous size and prices range from RM 0.80 -1.50/piece. Try the one stuffed with peanut, it was my favorite! If you want to reach out to them, contact them on their facebook page.
- Perak Road Market (Morning)
- Monday: Lintang Maccallum Night Market
- Wednesday: Farlim Night Market
- Friday: Perak Road Night Market
Bee Hiang Nyonya Cake
In the evenings on Kimberley Street, in the heart of China Town, you’ll find a small stall selling packaged kuih. Prices range from RM 3.50-4.50/box. Each box usually contains 3-4 pieces and they sell fast. Be sure to come early to get your favorites!
That was it for my list of the best Nyonya kuih in Penang. If you are in town, make sure to stop by these places. Let me know what your favorite spot for gabbing Nyonya kuih is! 🙂