Yummy Chinese Pancakes @ Church Street, Penang

Written by Lingzie

Topics: Penang Hawker Food, Snacks

Regular readers of this blog will remember this post back in 2007 when I blogged about one of my favourite foods in Penang – the unique and yummy chinese pancakes. I was introduced to this delightful snack by my dad which originally sold in a coffee shop off Beach Street (next to Maybank and Standard Chartered).


Many years have passed and I had thought that the aunty moved away and no longer sold those delicious pancakes of hers. I was half right. The coffee shop where the aunty used to operate is no longer in business. We were told that she had moved somewhere nearby but wasn’t sure where. Thanks to a tip off from CK, I finally found the original chinese pancakes from my childhood… inside a little coffee shop along Church Street (also off Beach Street!)


The unassuming coffee shop (Hwa Pin kopitiam) is located on the left as you come in from Beach Street (OCBC Bank). It is a few doors away from Pinang Peranakan Mansion and the famous Eng Loh Kopitiam.

We visited this place early on morning for breakfast – eager to savour those yummy pancakes once again.


The pancakes did not disappoint! First, there is the wonderfully fragrant aroma of butter to tempt you. Then, there is the slightly crispy edges to excite you. And finally the sweetness of the bananas and raisins to satisfy you. Seduced yet? πŸ˜›


The very friendly aunty, guilty of churning out these seductive goodies!

Another plus point is that you don’t have to wait as long as the one in Cathay Kopitiam, Pulau Tikus. Which version do I prefer? Definitely this aunty’s chinese pancakes!

The coffee shop itself is pretty quiet (catering mostly to the bank crowd). However, we were only there for breakfast and perhaps it’s more packed during lunch. There is a stall offering RM4 set lunches as per menu below:


The pancakes are pretty much the star of the place.


We tried some other hawker food available – Yee Mee, Curry Mee and Wantan Mee, all of which were fair at best. Out of the 3, I would prefer the wantan mee.

Do give these yummy chinese pancakes a try the next time you’re within the Beach Street vicinity. From what the pancake lady tells me, she is currently operating from Monday-Saturday (previously was only Mon-Fri!) Mornings til about 2pm.

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

  1. J2Kfm says:

    oh this was the one CK mentioned in the car?
    or did she?
    there were TONNES of recommendations! i was lost! hahah …

    J2Kfm´s last blog post..Cameron Highlands – OK Tuck & Strawberry Park Resort

  2. allie says:

    this one better than the one at Pulau Tikus one?
    wah.. then really must go try lo.

    allie´s last blog post..Shervone Cake Tasting

  3. ck lam says:

    You are most welcome, lingzie. Happy to see that you have found back your childhood food. It’s good to know that the aunty still maintained the standard of the pancakes.

    Time for me to get myself some too πŸ™‚

    ck lam´s last blog post..Malaysian Kueh – Penang Nyonya Kuih

  4. email2me says:

    OOooooo this is the one which we saw during the food scouting time …. πŸ˜€

    email2me´s last blog post..Yishensu Klang – A Meatless Banquet Experience

  5. teddybear says:

    I love pancakes too especially the one with rasins and bananas , yummy~ me n my mum always quarrel for this pancakes when i was a little boy. I found it next to standard charted but moved, now lingzie yu found it liao . Thankx~!

  6. For some reason, I’d really been turned off pancakes, despite them being my favourite childhood breakfast food but this glorious buttery mess is bringing all the cravings back!

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  7. Ping Ping says:

    Thank you!!!! I thought the aunty stopped selling the pancakes anymore and have craving for it. Everytime I walked passes her stall that is no longer there, I’ll turn to my mum and say why ‘ah chu apong no more?’. Ah Chu Apong is a nickname we use for the pancake.

    I’ll pester my mum to bring me there and buy from her again. THANKS!!!!

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  8. Oh gosh those pancakes look SOOOO good! Ah, I’m running out of places to go when I return to Penang… too many places with good food, too little time! πŸ™

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  9. Jian says:

    ahhhhh!!!! You found it!!! I went to look for the banana pancake stall last week but the coffeeshop closed d! I had the same thought as you when I was standing in front of the abandoned coffee shop πŸ™
    The last time I was there was 5 years ago πŸ˜›

    Her pancakes are MUCH better than the one in Pulau Tikus. Don’t care d, I am going there tomorrow XD

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  10. cariso says:

    And.the price for one plate is?

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  11. food-4tots says:

    These pancakes looks so mouth-watering!! I want to try it out too. Who can courier to me??? ;P

    food-4tots´s last blog post..Invited Food Review at Ko-Fu-Loft (Penang) – Part II

  12. Ah… thanks for introducing this place. Another new makan place for me. ^-^

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  13. buzzingbee says:

    oh this was the one you mentioned the other day right? Thanks for sharing this!!

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  14. CH says:

    Hi everyone, just to let you know that the seller has moved from Hwa Pin to Sin Kim San on Macalister Road for about a month now. She told me she has better business now at the new place due to higher traffic, not much crowd at Hwa Pin. Great move for her!
    .-= CHΒ΄s last blog ..How to Make a Woman Happy! =-.

    • Lingzie says:

      thanks for the update CH!! i knew she moved again to macalister road but wasn’t sure which kopitiam.
      now thanks to you i can go eat them pancakes again! hehehe

  15. Joel says:

    Eng Loh Kopitiam is my uncle’s shop but I didn’t manage to spot this stall before this..shall go hunting again. =)

  16. Des says:

    It is now at Kopitiam Sim Kin San at Jalan Rangoon, off Jalan Macalister. Still think it was better when it was still at Jalan Beach

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