Category: Char Koay Teow

Penang Char Koay Teow @ Top Kitchen, Taman Bukit Maluri

I am not sure what happened but the nice Penang Char Koay Teow stall at Kepong Baru had a change of hands. Sad to say, the quality is quite terrible now. But I guess every cloud has a silver lining, because I just discovered another Penang CKT that is not only great and authentic, it tastes even better!

Char-Koay-Teow

Top Kitchen is manned by a team of family who hails from Butterworth and they used to operate a restaurant at Bandar Menjalara. However, due to the stress of managing a restaurant, the boss who is also the main cook decided to relocate to Taman Bukit Maluri and operate a hawker stall instead. I know I have been blogging a lot about Kepong food but given so many hidden gems to uncover in this town, I see no reason to look further currently.

I am not sure what happened but the nice Penang Char Koay Teow stall at Kepong Baru had a change of hands. Sad to say, t...

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OId Cathay Cinema Char Koay Teow @ Jalan Ali, Muar

Coming from Penang myself I have ridiculously high standards when it comes to Char Koay Teow. But it also means I might be biased when judging Char Koay Teow from other states. In the Southern parts of Malaysia like Melaka, Johor and Singapore, Char Koay Teow is fried to appear dark but the overall concept remains the same since both ‘wok hei’ and lard are important aspects of a good plate of CKT. I feel that comparing the northern and southern CKT is like comparing nasi goreng cina with nasi goreng kampung – they are similar but not the same.

Char-Koay-Teow

In Muar, Char Koay Teow is usually fried together with yellow noodle and is given a nice twist where the locally beloved otak-otak could be added (RM1 for 2 pieces) as additional topping. Frankly speaking this is more of a gimmick than adding any real taste into the dish. Since it is only RM1, I figured why not?

Coming from Penang myself I have ridiculously high standards when it comes to Char Koay Teow. But it also means I might...

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Penang Auntie (Big Prawn) Char Koay Teow @ Restoran Lok Chee Keong, Bukit Mertajam

It is quite rare to find decent Penang Island style Char Koay Teow in Bukit Mertajam. If you are wondering what is the Penang Island style, there are two main characteristics that define it – fiery red and topped with large prawns. In my humble hometown, CKT is usually fried with more dark soya sauce and normal sized seafood, hence darker in color and cheaper in price too.

Char-Koay-Teow

Last weekend I spotted a stall that bears an interesting sign “Penang Auntie (Big Prawn) Char Koay Teow” It got me curious and I returned the next morning to give it a try. Besides chicken egg, you could opt for the duck egg version if you want for an extra 50 cents. If you ask me, that little extra is kind of justified since duck egg is larger in size and imparts additional fragrance to the dish as well.

It is quite rare to find decent Penang Island style Char Koay Teow in Bukit Mertajam. If you are wondering what is the P...

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RM12 ‘Keh Liao’ Char Koay Teow @ Bee Hooi Coffee Garden, Penang

Just when I thought Char Koay Teow in Penang wouldn’t get more expensive, I stumbled upon one that sells a ‘keh liao‘ (added ingredients) version that has a price tag of RM12 while the normal version is RM5.50. FYI, the most expensive Char Koay Teow I ever had prior to this was at Ah Leng that cost RM10. And coincidentally, this stall at Bee Hooi Coffee Garden along Kimberley Street is where Ah Leng used to operate before he moved to his current location.

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Even though I knew the noodles would have a tough time competing with the caliber of Siam Road‘s, the curiosity got the better of me. I simply had to see for myself how this could top Ah Leng’s. So after I placed my order and sat down, I paid close attention to the cooking.
And just as I had predicted, the extra cost goes into having much bigger prawns and having an extra ingredient – mantis shrimps. There weren’t any cockles, which is weird so my only guess is that it was hard to get any supply during CNY.

Just when I thought Char Koay Teow in Penang wouldn't get more expensive, I stumbled upon one that sells a 'keh liao' (a...

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