Char Koay Teow @ Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa, Pulau Tikus

I could still remember my first time having the Char Koay Teow at Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa opposite the Pulau Tikus police station. It was particularly memorable due to the non-existant parking space (near to market) and the coffee shop was unusually stuffy with little ventilation. And of course, the Char Koay Teow is kind of special too, as it comes with squids and you have the option of ‘upgrading’ it to a duck egg version for extra 50 cents.

sin hwa ckt

Instead of relying on the seafood sweetness achieved by using huge prawns, Sin Hwa’s Char Koay Teow is red hot, which focuses more on wok hei and spiciness – the oomph factor. And not to mention cheaper too compared to those selling at a crazy price of RM7-RM10 per plate.

Well that was about 4-5 years ago when the old lady was still in charge of cooking. Now, a young man has taken over the wok and he is the grandson of the old lady who had decided to retire for good. You will still see her around though, taking orders and delivering the noodles at the coffee shop, or maybe even giving some pointers to her protege in training.

char-koay-teow

I would be naive to expect the Char Koay Teow to taste the same when it is fried by a different person who has less experience. Although it isn’t as delicious as I remembered, the overall flavor is still there. All he needs is more experience and I am sure he would be better in no time. Anyway, being a young man I am sure he has ideas of his own and hopefully he would improvise on the frying techniques and all, instead of just following his grandmother’s footsteps. Also, it is quite rare for someone so young to step up and continue the family business, moreover a hawker stall that is quite labor intensive.

kedai-kopi-sin-hwa

If you are not local, Siam Road Char Koay Teow is THE one to try. But if timing and directions are not in your favor then this is not too shabby lah, plus the waiting time is short when compared to the popular ones. The coffee shop is just next to Swee Kong Cafe, where you would find a rather busy Hokkien Mee (means Prawn noodles to Penangites) and Apom Manis in the morning.

Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa
Jalan Burma (Opposite Pulau Tikus Police Station)
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.834 E100 18.752

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I could still remember my first time having the Char Koay Teow at Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa opposite the Pulau Tikus police station. It was particularly memorable due to the non-existant parking space (near to market) and the coffee shop was unusually stuffy with little ventilation. And of course, the Char Koay Teow is kind of special too, as it comes with squids and you have the option of ‘upgrading’ it to a duck egg version for extra 50 cents.

sin hwa ckt

Instead of relying on the seafood sweetness achieved by using huge prawns, Sin Hwa’s Char Koay Teow is red hot, which focuses more on wok hei and spiciness – the oomph factor. And not to mention cheaper too compared to those selling at a crazy price of RM7-RM10 per plate.

Well that was about 4-5 years ago when the old lady was still in charge of cooking. Now, a young man has taken over the wok and he is the grandson of the old lady who had decided to retire for good. You will still see her around though, taking orders and delivering the noodles at the coffee shop, or maybe even giving some pointers to her protege in training.

char-koay-teow

I would be naive to expect the Char Koay Teow to taste the same when it is fried by a different person who has less experience. Although it isn’t as delicious as I remembered, the overall flavor is still there. All he needs is more experience and I am sure he would be better in no time. Anyway, being a young man I am sure he has ideas of his own and hopefully he would improvise on the frying techniques and all, instead of just following his grandmother’s footsteps. Also, it is quite rare for someone so young to step up and continue the family business, moreover a hawker stall that is quite labor intensive.

kedai-kopi-sin-hwa

If you are not local, Siam Road Char Koay Teow is THE one to try. But if timing and directions are not in your favor then this is not too shabby lah, plus the waiting time is short when compared to the popular ones. The coffee shop is just next to Swee Kong Cafe, where you would find a rather busy Hokkien Mee (means Prawn noodles to Penangites) and Apom Manis in the morning.

Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa
Jalan Burma (Opposite Pulau Tikus Police Station)
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.834 E100 18.752

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11 Comments on “Char Koay Teow @ Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa, Pulau Tikus

  1. Seems like no much different with others Char Koay Teow’s stall…^^,
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  2. Duck eggs with CKT! PHWOAR!
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  3. I have not tried the Siam Road’s one, but to me, this has to be the best there is. Compared to the other more famous ones.

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  4. When I was working at Pulau Tikus previously, this is one of my favourite char koay teow stall. Miss it quite much~ <3
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  5. Anonymous

    oi vkeong.. u work in ISCM kah? ASP.net? bwahaha

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    1. yeah but soon no longer there :)

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  6. JD

    Going up to Penang this weekend, maybe can give it a try! Looks yummeh!

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    1. hehe, the best is to hunt for the siam road one, seriously

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  7. The Char Koay Teow looks wonderfully delicious. When I am in the area one day.
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  8. I just came back from Penang. Enjoyed the char koay teow stall that I first bumped into along downtown Burmah road (too hungry, no time to search further)…and to my surprise, it was really good.

    I was somewhere nearby Pulau Tikus police station. Shucks, I have missed this post of yours, VKeong, if not, I would’ve tried the one you’ve mentioned above.
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  9. I should taste it before i die

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