Penang seafood is a thriving scene in Penang. In fact, a great deal of the seafood restaurants in Penang have been around for generations!
And despite being next to the sea on all sides, seafood in Penang isn’t always affordable. With visitors from other states and the rest of the world driving up the prices (unintentionally, of course).
Keep an eye out for these restaurants that in our list of where to find the best seafood in Penang! A handful offer very competitive prices!
Table Of Contents:
- Da Shu Xia Seafood House
- Dehappy Seafood Restaurant
- Kristal Seafood
- Song River Seafood
- Crab & Lobster Seafood Oyster Bar
- Hai Wei Seafood Restaurant
- Oriental Red Seafood Market
- Foo Hiang Seafood @ Chia Yean Café
- Tai Tong Seafood Restaurant
- Hai Boey Seafood
- Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak
11 Best Seafood In Penang
1. Da Shu Xia Seafood House
Locals all know about Da Shu Xia Seafood House and its Chinese-style seafood dishes.
They have many ways of cooking their fresh seafood like steaming, baked, deep frying or in a spicy curry!
The straw hanging from the roof and open-air concept makes it appear more like a beach shack!
And there’s a boat at the back with a dining table inside for the kids to get excited about!
Customers can choose the seafood they want directly from ice trays or tanks! Service is brisk and you will not have to wait long after you make your order!
What to order:
- Steamed clams with chili
- Soft shell crab with salted egg yolk
- Prawns in coconut curry
- Deep fried squid
2. Dehappy Seafood Restaurant
Popular with tourists for its location and friendly staff who speak English, Dehappy Seafood Restaurant serves Chinese-style cooking too!
Plus, you can order beer and other alcoholic drinks!
The restaurant is spacious and clean with a choice of covered seating and outdoor seating. You can see what’s available from the many aquariums lined up along the wall!
And as a bonus, you don’t have to fret about parking as parking is free for customers!
3. Kristal Seafood
Don’t like crowded spaces? Then you can try the traditional home-cooked Chinese food at this simple no-frills restaurant.
Prices are reasonable and they can make a tasty fish head curry and Marmite chicken/ pork! And you can try their prawns fried with a coating of Nestum too!
It helps to know some Chinese when it comes to ordering!
4. Song River Seafood
Brave the heat for steamed fish! Which is the specialty at Song River Seafood, a typical open-air hawker centre under a metal roof at Gurney Drive.
You can order a few types of fish for the Steamed Fish Bee Hun dish and the price will vary accordingly.
The plain dressing of soy sauce, scallion and garlic brings out the sweetness of the fresh fish!
Other seafood dishes to try are the fried jim cho (crab) and heh cho (prawn)!
5. Crab & Lobster Seafood Oyster Bar
Here’s a place that does seafood in a wholly unexpected way:
Cajun or American style! Which means the crabs and lobsters are boiled. And you eat them with your hands, together with the house spicy sauce! Or garlic butter and cheese! They have oysters too!
For locals, this may seem too expensive for the lackluster food preparation.
However, they do have sets that come together with clams, sausages, prawns, corn on cob, and potatoes!
6. Hai Wei Seafood Restaurant
Old name, new place! Hai Wei Seafood Restaurant has the usual Chinese-style ala carte menu with some uncommon delicacies like sea cucumber.
However, what stands out is their claypot rice with baked mud crabs and a dash of salted egg yolk!
And if you like Cincalok (pungent smelling fermented chili paste made from shrimp), order their cincalok squid!
7. Oriental Red Seafood Market
A huge supermarket for premium imported goods air-flown from all over the world:
- Japanese and Korea snacks
- Japanese alcohol and others like wine, brandy, whiskey and beer
- Frozen and live seafood like Alaskan crabs, Hokkaido crabs, abalones, prawns, scallops, sea urchins, oysters and lobsters
- Black Angus beef , lamb, ham, Iberico pork and sausages
The best part? There’s a Japanese chef at the restaurant within the supermarket who will cook all that meat for you!
Even prepare sashimi! The Nabe (Japanese hot pot) has no extra charge!
8. Foo Hiang Seafood @ Chia Yean Café
Across from Sungai Nibong Bus Station, this unassuming stall is a regular chu char for affordable home-cooked Chinese meals!
Star dishes include:
- Fish curry
- Kangkung fried with sambal
- Fried squid
- Pork belly with ham
It’s usually full of people during dinner time! You need to go as early as 5pm or 5:30pm to beat the crowds!
9. Tai Tong Seafood Restaurant
While it looks like every other seafood restaurant, Tai Tong Seafood Restaurant has the benefit of having a fishing village for a neighbor! And it’s halal!
- Sweet chili crab
- Fried squid
- Curry prawns
- Steamed grouper fish
- Claypot tofu
You may want to make a booking ahead if you have a large group!
10. Hai Boey Seafood (海尾海鲜)
You’ll get to dine on fresh seafood by the beach at Hai Boey Seafood! They even have a small playground in the sand!
It’s about 30-45 minutes’ drive from town so you won’t see many tourists. Every Saturday evening sees a full house in this alfresco-dining venue with the sea breeze blowing in!
Dishes you can try:
- Blanched baby octopus
- Thai-style clams (lala)
- Steamed fish
11. Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak
For Malay-style grilled fish, head on over to Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Tempoyak hawker centre. Look for the ikan bakar stall run by Adnan bin Hassan!
Try the fried squid or sotong goreng tepung too!
There is no air-conditioning or fine ambiance here but you can see the sea and the second Penang bridge!
Read more: 13 Best Restaurants In Penang
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Penang seafood restaurants are dime a dozen. Be it hawker centres, or family-run stalls and restaurants.
The majority showcase Chinese-cuisine. Although some places have unique types of seafood. Including imported seafood!
To break up the monotony, we have a few places in this list of best seafood restaurants in Penang that do branch away from the status quo!