After delaying so many times, I finally went to Alma to try the Char Koay Teow (Malay style) that was highly recommended by some fellow BM readers. Let’s just say I could kick myself in the head for not trying it earlier because it was indeed a good one. Well recommended and thanks for the tip!
Luckily the location was easy to find thanks to a very notable landmark – Alma’s Wonderful Mini Market. While driving along Jalan Rozhan, I noticed a lot of smoke and flames emitting from stalls with many customers queuing. That was a clear hint for me that I have found the Char Koay Teow stall.
Anyway they are called Alma Char Koay Teow, consisting of a team of three chefs, a beverage stall, a cashier and a few waiters. It’s quite a big operation from what I could see, there are at least 15 tables scattered along the five foot way and road side, all being occupied. Business is doing really good for them.
Before I went I did a brief research and knew that their normal portion is really small so I went and order the big one @ RM3.50. And as you can see, the portion is really little considering I ordered a big one.. I think an average person would take only 5-6 mouthfuls to finish the whole plate lol.
But I didn’t really mind nor felt surprised with the portion because Char Koay Teow is well known to be small in portion regardless of the style – Chinese or Malay. It always leaves you with your cravings unsatisfied so you would come back for more. I should know better.
At first taste I felt it was a little salty. But after subsequent tastes it became more and more bearable until at one point it became addictive. The gravy was thick and full of flavor and the prawns were fresh. I honestly couldn’t get enough of it!
One thing I noticed about this type of Char Koay Teow is its unappetizing look. Many people are not willing to try because they feel turned off by its appearance. But believe me, once you tried a good one you will think differently, that’s for sure.
If compared with Ismal Char Koay Teow, I’d say both are equally good so only the location is a factor. People staying at Alma certainly wouldn’t travel all the way to BM town given that they already have an awesome one nearby.
But if you are looking for a fuller meal with more ingredients like prawns and cockles thrown in, then Ismal’s Char Koay Teow Special with fried egg @ RM5 would be the one to go for. An hour prior to posting this I got yet another good Char Koay Teow recommendation at Bandar Perda, which I think I will try it tomorrow lol.
Jalan Rozhan, Bukit Mertajam
Wikimapia location: Alma Char Koay Teow
GPS Coordinates: N5 19.912 E100 28.835