Gurney Drive Hawker Centre night market, Malaysia

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

At one end of Persiaran Gurney (Gurney Drive) in Georgetown, there is a very large hawker centre that only operates at night. One nice thing about it is the large amount of choice available there. One not as nice thing is that prices are generally higher than at other hawker stalls. Saying that, however, the food is still pretty cheap by North American standards.

Like other hawker places, when you sit down you must purchase a drink. In this case, with so many tables, each section of tables are claimed by certain drink vendors. So you could be sitting at one table and have to order soy milk, and if you’re sitting at the next table over, which happens to be owned by a juice vendor, then you order juice. In my case, I had a delicious fresh squeezed watermelon juice from the stall in the photo.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - juice stand

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - juice stand

This next hawker stall sold seafood. The cockles (similar to clams) in the baskets along the bottom of the photo were lightly cooked and really delicious. A friend asked me if those cuttlefish were real; yes they totally were.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - seafood

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - seafood

Oyster omelettes are yummy and actually are quite easy to make, but fresh oysters are a vital ingredient.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - oyster omelettes

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - oyster omelettes

They had assam laksa there too, but it wasn’t as tasty as the one from Kek Seng.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - assam laksa

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - assam laksa

The far end of the hawker centre is slightly separated from the rest of the hawker stalls. This is where you can buy halal food (food safe under Islamic standards). Food is allowed to be taken out of this area, but outside food is not allowed inside. From this area we bought some chicken satay.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - halal chicken satay

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - halal chicken satay

I never ate at this stall, but I had to take a photo because the creativity of the sign made me laugh.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - McTucky

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - McTucky

My father got really excited over this stall that sold dried squid. The ideal way to eat it, he explained, was to heat it up and eat it toasted. This hawker vendor heated them up over a charcoal fire, and used the fan to… well… fan the flames.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - dried squid

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - dried squid

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - heating up dried squid

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - heating up dried squid

And lastly, I spent a lot of time at the lok lok stall. You pick up a skewer of raw food, dunk it into the boiling water on either side of the stall, cook it, slather on some sauces (hot sauce or peanut sauce in the pots at the bottom of the photo), and enjoy. The vendor counts up the number of skewers you’ve used and charges you based on the number of sticks. There was a lot of choice – fish balls, taro cubes and cockles, just to name a few.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - lok lok

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre - lok lok

This place is full of tourists due to the proximity of hotels and a large, new-ish shopping mall. Despite that, the food was still of a decent quality if a bit more expensive. On the edges of the area are tables selling crappy toys and even crappier DVD and CD rips. There is lots of atmosphere and lots of food, and if you are too timid to try one of the hawker places in the middle of the city, this place is a good alternative.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre night market
Northern end of Persiaran Gurney (Gurney Drive), just before the Gurney roundabout, between Sunrise Tower and Gurney Plaza
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

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11 thoughts on “Gurney Drive Hawker Centre night market, Malaysia

    • Sorry I don’t remember if there was kuew tiau specifically but there were a bunch of stalls in the halal section selling a variety of food. We only ordered satay from that section but it was only because we had ordered so much food from the other side already. You won’t have as large a selection in the halal section, but I think you will still enjoy yourself!

  1. iza says:

    A lot of halal food at Anjung Gurney near at McD. Beside chicken satay you can try mutton satay at Satay Gelugor Asli which serve yummy peanut sauce.. Should try tis one.

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