Jelutong Market is one of the major wet markets in Penang. Aside from the fresh produce, this vibrant morning market is also a favourite venue for breakfast by the shoppers in the market, workers and employees around the area, as well as those who come from their daily exercise in Bukit Dumbar Park.
Located in George Town, the market building is at the corner of Jalan Penaga and Ipoh Lane. The frontage stands facing Jalan Penaga but the whole market is bordered by Jalan Jelutong in the east, Lebuhraya Jelutong in the south, Jalan Penaga in the north and Lorong Ipoh in the west.
A very busy market, it opens every day before sunrise. The small stalls are setup along the whole stretch of the 2 streets transforming into a large morning market. These stalls line up until Lorong Penaga especially on weekends.
The roads are closed to vehicular traffic until noon time when the stalls are closed. Again in the early evening, different set of stalls are set up, turning the area into a food hawker full of delicious local delights.
At the entrance of the market, you will find a variety of fishes and seafood. At the back, you will see the meat section. On the left side are the dry goods. There are chicken stalls inside and outside the market along Jalan Penaga. Most of the vegetables and fruits are sold along the streets.
Some of the popular foods here in Jelutong Market are the Wan Tan Mee, Char Koay Teow, Char Hor Fan, Loh eMe, Hokkien Mee and Chee Chong along Lorong Ipoh. There are many coffee shops including the Ah Cheng Café, Kim Hee Coffee Shop, Lai Lai Café and the 88 Café, aside from the makeshift stalls.
At night, one of the most popular eating places is at the corner shop along Jalan Penaga facing Jalan Ipoh selling the Chinese sweet dessert, mat tou yau. Favourite stalls are those selling Nasi Kandar, Char Bee Hoon, Popiah and the Herbal Chicken Noodle.
This 45-year old market was last renovated in 2012 by the Penang Island Municipal Council. The upgrading works started in June 2011 and was finished in February 2012. They were carried out in 5 phases which included the new fencing surrounding the market, the installation of water piping and wiring and the upgrading of the market’s façade and entryway. Renovation costed more than RM800,000. The Jelutong Market was upgraded almost at the same time as the Pulau Tikus Market, as part of the Government’s efforts to uplift the wet markets in Penang.
In 2014, the Jelutong market was furnished with a Bio-Regen Instant Food Conversion Unit, equipment used to turn food waste into liquid and pipe them into holding tanks. Being the fourth market in Penang to have such machine, the project was part of the government’s zero waste campaign.
How to get to Jelutong Market?
You may take any of the Rapid Penang Buses that pass by Jalan Jelutong including Bus No 11, 301, 302, 303, 401 or 704. Alight at the Jelutong Market bus stop, near the post office and 7-Eleven Convenience Store. You will need to walk towards Lebuhraya Jelutong and then to Lorong Ipoh.
If you are going by car, you will need to park along Lebuhraya Jelutong or Jalan Jelutong. It is almost impossible to find parking near the market especially on weekends.
Nearby Sights and Properties
• Bukit Dumbar Park
• Squash Rackets Association of Penang
Pasar Awam Jelutong
Address: Jalan Penaga 11600 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia