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

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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 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. 😛

  4. 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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  5. 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.. 🙂

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

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

  8. 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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