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Why Joo Hooi Cafe is special ?
As with most local cafes in Penang, it’s all about the food, and this place is widely regarded to have the best asam laksa — also known as Penang laksa
Over busy lunchtimes and at weekends, the people on the stall at the back of the cafe work flat out, preparing bowls of steaming, spicy broth and noodles, flavoured with hunks of fish, tamarind, mint, pineapple and chilli. If you’ve not tried asam laksa before, this it is an absolute must (3.50 ringgit for a small bowl, 4 ringgit for a large one).
The cafe also does a good line in char koay teow, Penang’s other staple dish. The char koay teow here, though slightly light on prawns, is about as tasty as you will find in Georgetown (5 ringgit with egg, 4 ringgit without).
Other Penang favourites include lobak (a deep fried roll of spiced minced pork and vegetables, wrapped in bean curd) and rojak (a mixture of dough fritters, boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, bean sprouts, cucumber, prawn fritters, bean curd and cuttlefish, mixed with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce) from 4 ringgit.
- Fantastic Local Food
- Penang food perfection
- Super long queue chendol stall
- Delicious Laksa
- Great kuay teow, laksa
- Main cuisine Speciality
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Budget
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu YES
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
475 Penang Road, Penang, George Town
Tips for you
True enough, this is the place you must go for Penang food! We tried almost everything and it was yummy and cheap! We tried Penang laksa, rojak, hokkien char, prawn noodle, nasi lemak, fried kway teow, lor bak, chendol, otah and kah kah fried oyster! The lor bak stall only opened after 3pm so we came back for this after visiting the nearby Chowrasta Market. Kah kah fried oyster and otah is from the coffeeshop next to Joo Hooi Cafe so we can only eat these after finishing at Joo Hooi Cafe. There is a provision shop behind Joo Hooi Cafe selling local dried food and instant noodles and we bought quite a lot here for own consumption and as souvenirs. The aunty owner is friendly and humble, very patient in introducing the local food to us and letting us try the nutmeg drink.
Penang Laksa and Penang Road famous Cendol. The service is fast and efficient. Need to have quick reflexes to get a table!