Glutinuous Rice Dumplings (Bak Zhang) @ Tavoy Road, Penang

Written by Lingzie

Topics: Penang Hawker Food, Recipes, Snacks

One of my favourite snacks would definitely be ‘bak zhang’ or glutinuous rice dumplings stuffed with pork wrapped with lotus leaves. Traditionally eaten during the Chinese festival “Duan Wu Jie“, this delicious savoury dumpling is also being sold throughout the year. My usual haunt for this snack would be at this stall off Burmah Road, at the corner of Tavoy Road.


The ‘bak zhang’ here is sold in two sizes – normal ones are RM3, while the super sized ones are RM5.50. “Tau Zhang” also sold here but the I prefer ‘bak zhang’! 🙂


Usually we would get the super sized ones to share. 🙂 Its chockful of pork (fatty belly pork), chestnuts, mushrooms and the very essential salted egg yolk! Its almost too irrestible to stop at just one ‘bak zhang’, but for the sake of avoiding indigestion, one should not over-indulge!


Ah the splendidly flavored moist glutinuous rice! Best eaten with a splash of chilli sauce!


Other than ‘bak zhang’, there’s yam cake (‘or kuih’) and Red Bean Soup available too.


Served with sweet sauce, chilli sauce and usually topped with fried shallots. The ‘or kuih’ here is pretty good but I do prefer the ones being sold in New World Park.


So, do you agree with me that this is one of the best “bak zhang” in Penang? Do share with me your favourite “bak zhang” and “or kuih” stalls!

This Bak Zhang stall off Burmah Road, at the corner of Tavoy Road (opposite Union Primary School) operates from 2pm-10pm. Mon-Sat.

23 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. allie says:

    I’m still not able to find any bak chang stall that can match my aunt’s bak chang. hehe..
    Maybe I should try this out 🙂

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  2. Nate says:

    Very nice. Haven’t had bak zhang in a long time. We usually have a big party where we invite lots of friends to get in on the dumpling wrapping.

    Nate´s last blog post..Garlic Cheddar Polenta with Shrimp and Asparagus

  3. Pureglutton says:

    Hmmm… is that a lot of oil on the plate which the bakchang is sitting on? The best is still homemade bakchang, hehe!

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  4. Lingzie says:

    allie – your aunt got sell or not? hehehe

    nate – wow! dumpling wrapping party! that sounds like a lot of fun! do post it up when you have one ya!

    pure glutton – lol! its not oil! its chilli sauce.. sorry, my photography skills rather lacking! and yes homemade bak zhang is still the best…but for noob cooks like me…no choice have to buy from outside lor.

  5. ohh a rather heavy snack dont u think with all the glutinous rice n etc..

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  6. foodbin says:

    Ha! Ha! and some hot cups of Chinese Tea to wash away the oil and fats.

    foodbin´s last blog post..NEW WORLD PARK FOOD COURT.

  7. email2me says:

    The bak chang here is da bomb! especially the cantonese style type. Only green beans, glutinous rice and pork. Yummy!

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  8. J2Kfm says:

    yam cake looks kinda bad. but bak chang with FAT pork, chestnut, salted egg yolk …slurp!!!!

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  9. i realize penang people like to have bak chang with chili sauce… why ah??

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  10. lingzie says:

    lots of cravings – yes it is a rather sinful snack…so cant snack on it too often! 😛

    foodbin – you’re so right about the chinese tea!

    email2me – you mean the ‘tau zhang’?

    J2Kfm – remember to try this place the next time you’re in pg!

    NKOTB – you mean you don’t take your bak zhang with chilli? i thought it was the norm as i always take it with chilly! lol

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  11. mimid3vils says:

    I like to eat bak zhang too with many ingredients 😛

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  12. ck lam says:

    I also take my bak zhang without chili sauce. Usually add in some soy sauce only…do try it.

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  13. Yummy! Yummy! Penang bak chang is still the best.

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  14. I’m a tad weird, or maybe cos I hark from Malacca, but I prefer Nyonya Zhang. What about you? Do you like this version?

    Btw, I’m heading to Penang this weekend… one night on the mainland on Sunday, then staying on the island on Monday nite for another nite… Any chance of meeting up? I’ve never met foodbloggers in Penang before, I’m ashamed to say. 😛

  15. food-4tots says:

    I am not sure whether it is the best in Penang but it looks great to me! Will check it out during my coming Pg trip. 😉

  16. teddybear says:

    lingzie, have you tried the 1 in lebuh cintra? is 1 of my favourite bak chang outlet 🙂

  17. Cheryl says:

    Oh my goodness…I love the bak zhang at this stall. Looking at the pictures you posted is making me crave for it so badly. A must must MUST have when I get back to Penang.

    Cheryl´s last blog post..In-Laws Place Got Burgled!

  18. Alan says:

    When I eat Bak Chang. I must eat the ones with double salted duck egg yolk (specially made for me by mom-in-law for me) 🙂

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  19. Lingzie says:

    teddy bear – i like the one at sintra street too!

    cheryl – hehe bet you can’t wait to come back to pg!

    alan – i love bak zhang with salted duck egg yolk as well! but dont have special one like yours la.. 🙂

  20. wow so sad for us, we did not have any of this on the festival!

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  21. Teng Poh Gan says:

    I think my mum’s Bak Chang is the best. Belly pork, dried oysters, chinese mushrooms, chestnuts and beautifully wrapped with 4 sharp angles!!

  22. Helen says:

    The best Bak chang in town is at cintra street Penang. Even the burmah road originate from here!

  23. Calvyn says:

    thank for the info… I am looking for their operation time… but worry tomorrow nite go, the bak chang will sell finish lo… cos wed will be the festival ledi

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