A coffee shop at the junction of Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) sells kick ass beef soup koay teow. You can easily find the shop, it is situated directly opposite the fire station. And another thing is, it is run by a pretty young lady. This is quite rare in my opinion, as most beef soup koay teow stalls are run by men usually. The smallest bowl starts from RM7, which is one or two ringgit more expensive compared to the rest. But you won’t mind paying a bit extra for the best, right? I know I won’t.
What I ordered was a medium one, koay teow only with additional beef meat balls specially requested @ RM10. I don’t know how many beef meat balls are usually given but there were 6 in mine lol. The normal meat balls are made using ground beef but if you are lucky you might get some which are made from beef tendons. Those are my favorite because they are more tangy. The other things I like are the tendons, tripe (soft jelly texture, nice) and thinly sliced beef which are cooked by quickly dipping them in the boiling soup. I usually discard the liver though.. it tastes bitter.
We split some of the koay teow to another smaller bowl to share it. Now you can see the koay teow clearer and the slightly pinkish beef slices. They are really goooood. Oh I forgot to mention the chili sauce, no gu bak koay teow is complete without it. You must add it, the more the better lol. And since the soup is sooooo tasty you might finish it faster than the koay teow. So, what to do? Simply request more from the boss and you will get more soup, free! Isn’t that great?
And this is the pretty lady boss I mentioned earlier. Doesn’t she look cute wearing the apron with cow cartoons? And selling beef soup koay teow somemore lol. The signboard still writes Lebuh Acheh (formerly known as Acheen Street) “Gu Bak Koay Teow”, which is the place this stall originated from.
Finished with a cup of iced white coffee, syok ah. This is definitely the place for the best beef soup koay teow in Penang. You will regret if you didn’t try, no joke. And most Penangites refer this as the one “opposite balai bomba”, so you know which one they are talking about now.