Where to Eat Out in Batu Ferringhi, Penang

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There are many and varied places to eat out in Batu Ferringhi, from Mc Donalds to The Hard Rock Hotel and everything in between. You’ll also find numerous region specific speciality restaurants including Thai and Lebanese. It’s a lovely spot and well worth a stay. We spent 10 days in Batu Ferringhi on a fairly tight budget and what we really wanted was local style food, be that Malaysian, Indian or Chinese. We used the famous Long Beach food court regularly, but also found a few other smaller places to eat that offered great food. I have to say though, we struggled to find breakfast.

Long Beach Food Court Batu Ferringhi Penang Malaysia
Where to eat? The Long Beach Food Court in the night market has hawker stalls popular with visitors, tourists and locals. You’ll find Malay, Chinese, Indian, Italian…everything. You can also buy beer and cocktails here.

Batu Ferringhi is a tourist town, there are a lot of very big hotels and comfortably-off holiday makers and most of the restaurants and cafés cater for this market. Budget travellers and backpackers are thinner on the ground and our options are more limited. As this part of our travels was as backpackers, the dining options in this post reflect that style of travel and budget.

If you have a bigger travel budget or are on vacation, you could have a lot of dining fun here. Breakfast was particularly tricky for us, very few places were open by 8am, the street stalls gradually start to open as the day goes on. We struggled a little to find backpacker friendly restaurants, these are our budget dining recommendations.

Long Beach Food Court, Battu Ferringhi. Everybody’s Favourite.

People sing the praises of the Long Beach food court for affordable food, we ate there most nights. It doesn’t open ’till 6.30 pm which is late for us with kids. The food here is good but not fantastic. You can get anything you like there,including Indian, Malay, Western and Chinese.

We tried a lot of options from several food stalls, the only thing we’d really rave about were the vegetable pizzas, at 25 Ringgit ($8.50 AU) they cost more than we needed to be paying on our budget and was just big enough for Boo (6) and I to share but they were very good pizzas.

The pizza stall also serves excellent garlic bread, the sort of comfort food many Westerners crave on a long Asia trip. Long Beach also serves beer and cocktails, at OK prices, something we hadn’t seen at all in Kuala Lumpur.

Long Beach Food Court Batu Ferringhi Pizza
Seriously good pizza at Long Beach Food Court, but a little out of our price range.

It’s good every now and then to get a Western food fix but we travel to find out about the local food, so Long Beach was a bit of a fail for us, despite being a fun place to hang out in the evenings.

D enjoyed the chicken kebabs and salad and the satay sticks weren’t bad, but not a patch on Thailand. I tried some Indian foods, all pretty average and more expensive than everywhere else we’d eaten in Malaysia.

There are plenty of more expensive restaurants up and down the beach road. We tried a good Lebanese restaurant but we found our own little gem on the hill, just past KFC.

Our Favourite Place to Eat Out in Batu Ferringhi

Where to eat out budget Batu Ferringhi Penang
Our favourite place for Indian food in Batu Ferringhi

This place Khaleel Restoran, was the business for us. It seemed to be open all the time, it was certainly open when we went for breakfast. You have to be a fan of Indian food and know your dosa from your roti, but what we ate there was really good, not as good as the Indian food we had in Kuala Lumpur, but no complaints at all.

Banana Roti Penang where to eat on a budget
Making roti in Batu Feringhi. This one filled with banana for the children, but we highly recommend egg and other savoury fillings.
Eating out in Batu Ferringhi, Penang
A special banana and ice cream roti for the kids. Very happy children!
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Food ready to go at Khaleel, Batu Ferringhi.

Malaysian Breakfast Foods in Batu Ferringhi, Penang

As I mentioned, finding somewhere other than Mac Donalds open at breakfast time was hard. We ate at a little street stall a couple of times, they opened up early and stayed open for a couple of hours, until they’d sold everything they’d made for the day.

They had the traditional Malaysian breakfast of nasi lemak wrapped in newspaper, plus curry puffs, doughnuts and some green things we couldn’t name.

The guy said they had potato in them and they were Boo’s favourite. If you know what it is please let us know!  Everything cost next to nothing and was very popular with the locals.

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Malaysia breakfast food options from a street stall in Batu Ferringhi, curry puffs, nasi lemak and donuts did the job for us early in the mornings when most places were closed.

It’s right next to the big petrol station, the one with the Mac Donalds, the guys that run it are really friendly and they make decent coffee, too.

So, if, like us, you are in Penang and wondering where to eat out in Batu Ferringhi on a backpacker budget, head for Khaleel, it’s easier on the wallet than Long Beach Food Court for every-day food. Save the Long Beach pizzas for a special occasion.

Or better still, take that Penang Food Tour!

Back to our main Malaysia Travel Blog page for more on travelling, and eating, beyond Battu Ferringhi and Penang. We’ll be back in 2017 to add more content to our Malaysia files, can’t wait for a roti!

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

4 thoughts on “Where to Eat Out in Batu Ferringhi, Penang”

  1. we’re in Batu Ferringhi as well. Probably just a few tables away from you at Long Beach this past week. Khaleel Restoran has popped up on my radar a three times now, including this post. Looks like we’ll be following your advice tomorrow morning.

  2. The ‘green thing’, form the picture, looks like Kuih Bakar. ‘Bakar’ means baked, and ‘kuih’ word is used for any type of solid dessert. Karipap (curry puff) and doughnut are also kuih. Kuih Bakar’s main infredients are flour, eggs,sugar and coconut milk. It’s usually baked is a flower shaped mold, and once baked, taken out from the mold and cooled, it will be cut into smaller slices. Some food stall even sell the 1 ‘flower’ of Kuih Bakar instead of slices. Current price is RM4 per ‘flower’.


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