Siam Road (Jalan Siam) Charcoal Char Koay Teow

The Char Koay Teow stall along Siam Road, Penang has gotta be one of the best in town. And a good thing about it is you won’t be charged exorbitantly for a plate of Char Koay Teow – something that is supposed to be cheap and affordable but is fast becoming a gourmet priced food just because of huge prawns. But err, if you are a health conscious person you probably need not read any further lol.

char-koay-teow

Here, my requirements for a delicious plate of Char Koay Teow are fulfilled with flying colors – ingredients are pleasantly fresh, a lot of lard is used (just look at the size of the lard cube), cooked on charcoal flame and brimming with ‘wok hei’. The hardworking uncle would continuously add fresh charcoal into the stove and fan it vigorously to maintain the heat when frying. And to the long debate on whether charcoal flame makes food taste better and in this case produce better ‘wok hei’, I can attest and say “yes, it does”.

Let me explain. This is a conclusion after interviewing so many Char Koay Teow sellers regarding this topic with my personal experience included. While gas flame does produce ‘wok hei’ it doesn’t do the job as good as charcoal because of the heat dispersion. Gas produced flame is only strongest at its peak while charcoal is all-around strong. So besides just cooking and charring the food surface, charcoal flame is able to impart warmth into the food itself hence making it more aromatic and delicious. Just think of BBQ food as an example and you will know what I mean.

siam-road-char-koay-teow

A plate of ‘keh liao’ Char Koay Teow is RM4.20 and comes with just extra prawns, cockles and ‘lap cheong’. Nothing fancy is added, just pure original Char Koay Teow ingredients. Although there’s nothing wrong with being crazy enough to have your Char Koay Teow squatting at the road side under the hot sun, it is better to enjoy it at the coffee shop opposite. It’s perfectly ok, the coffee shop’s boss would even welcome you lol.

char-koay-teow-jalan-siam

OK the uncle neither wants to be bothered with questions nor wished to be photographed up close so I didn’t do any of it. So let me warn you that you would be chased away if you are spotted with dSLR lol.

siam-road

Anyway, I just know they have been running the stall at this location for more than 30 years after I talked to the assistant. Other than that I know nuts. But honestly we just need to know that this is a great Char Koay Teow not to be missed, and that alone is more than enough information.

Siam Road (Jalan Siam) Char Koay Teow
End of Siam Road
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.925 E100 19.219
Business hours: 3pm to 11pm (Closed on Mondays)
Note: Stall will shift to somewhere at Anson Road after 8pm

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The Char Koay Teow stall along Siam Road, Penang has gotta be one of the best in town. And a good thing about it is you won’t be charged exorbitantly for a plate of Char Koay Teow – something that is supposed to be cheap and affordable but is fast becoming a gourmet priced food just because of huge prawns. But err, if you are a health conscious person you probably need not read any further lol.

char-koay-teow

Here, my requirements for a delicious plate of Char Koay Teow are fulfilled with flying colors – ingredients are pleasantly fresh, a lot of lard is used (just look at the size of the lard cube), cooked on charcoal flame and brimming with ‘wok hei’. The hardworking uncle would continuously add fresh charcoal into the stove and fan it vigorously to maintain the heat when frying. And to the long debate on whether charcoal flame makes food taste better and in this case produce better ‘wok hei’, I can attest and say “yes, it does”.

Let me explain. This is a conclusion after interviewing so many Char Koay Teow sellers regarding this topic with my personal experience included. While gas flame does produce ‘wok hei’ it doesn’t do the job as good as charcoal because of the heat dispersion. Gas produced flame is only strongest at its peak while charcoal is all-around strong. So besides just cooking and charring the food surface, charcoal flame is able to impart warmth into the food itself hence making it more aromatic and delicious. Just think of BBQ food as an example and you will know what I mean.

siam-road-char-koay-teow

A plate of ‘keh liao’ Char Koay Teow is RM4.20 and comes with just extra prawns, cockles and ‘lap cheong’. Nothing fancy is added, just pure original Char Koay Teow ingredients. Although there’s nothing wrong with being crazy enough to have your Char Koay Teow squatting at the road side under the hot sun, it is better to enjoy it at the coffee shop opposite. It’s perfectly ok, the coffee shop’s boss would even welcome you lol.

char-koay-teow-jalan-siam

OK the uncle neither wants to be bothered with questions nor wished to be photographed up close so I didn’t do any of it. So let me warn you that you would be chased away if you are spotted with dSLR lol.

siam-road

Anyway, I just know they have been running the stall at this location for more than 30 years after I talked to the assistant. Other than that I know nuts. But honestly we just need to know that this is a great Char Koay Teow not to be missed, and that alone is more than enough information.

Siam Road (Jalan Siam) Char Koay Teow
End of Siam Road
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.925 E100 19.219
Business hours: 3pm to 11pm (Closed on Mondays)
Note: Stall will shift to somewhere at Anson Road after 8pm

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17 Comments on “Siam Road (Jalan Siam) Charcoal Char Koay Teow

  1. wow~

    seriously go back need to try out.. have not eaten a nice 1 for quite some time d~
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  2. No idea where is this Siam Road, but if at night selling at Anson Road, then I have an idea. A reader once mentioned to me about this no-frills classic CKT.
    Seldom can we find lap cheong in CKT nowadays.
    .-= J2Kfm´s last blog ..Of “Er-Hu”- Prawn Crackers -amp the Crabs that Never Came =-.

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  3. To answer J2Kfm, this stall used to be in Anson Road, only later years moved to Siam Road.
    One of the best CKT in town. :)
    .-= NKOTB´s last blog ..Zipangu =-.

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  4. It does looks good to me, vkeong, you’re making us very tempted to go Penang =]
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  5. I agree with you. It is one of the best CKT in town. And I just had it few days ago. Hehe.
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  6. lol thanks for the advice of “chasing away if holding DSLR close” :D
    .-= samlee860407´s last blog ..Sin Hwa Char Koay Teow @ Penang =-.

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  7. Claire

    OMG I love your blog :P I used to eat this all the time!!! Now every time I go back to Penang I’m usually too late in the evening to eat (well, mostly because I’ll have to go home for dinner :P )

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  8. Derek

    I searched this stall today at da same location but uncle was not there?? Is he retired?

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    1. I am sure he is not retired yet. Maybe you went at a wrong time? He’s only open from 3-4pm onwards

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  9. CH

    Agree, this is the best CKT in Penang IMHO! Uncle now only sells till 7pm on Siam Road. He no longer moves to Anson road at night, think he is getting old needs some rest :-)
    CH´s last blog post ..My Travel Blog

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  10. ahpooki

    oh man, i grew up eating this man’s ckt almost everyday. i used to stay at no 108 siam road, like right across from where he used to park his stall on anson road..hehe. i should go and see this uncle again one day.. i miss his ckt..the best !!

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  11. Spartacus

    Just went last weekend, yep, awesome CKT indeed, probably the best I’ve ever had in Penang. Price damn cheap compared to rip-off places like Lorong Selamat. Clarified with uncle’s assistant, they sell from 3pm till 8pm.

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  12. I had no luck with this CKT stall….last year i went on a Sat, couldn’t find it. Went on a Sun, not opened. Just a few days ago…not opened again because it was Mon i think…sigh :(
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  15. I guess we’re lucky coz we managed to get a few shots with dslr and he was cool with it hahah! Taste was pretty nice, definitely one of the better ones in Penang.
    Awesome Penang´s last blog post ..Chinese Food: 4 Awesome Penang Char Kway Teows!

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  16. I have just completed the review for this stall… this is one of the best CKT in Penang.

    Wong, BestPenangFood.com
    Wong Pow Long´s last blog post ..Siam Road Char Koay Teow Review

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