Alma Char Koay Teow @ Bukit Mertajam

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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!

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

Alma Char Koay Teow
Jalan Rozhan, Bukit Mertajam
Wikimapia location: Alma Char Koay Teow
GPS Coordinates: N5 19.912 E100 28.835

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Here in Kota Kinabalu, all the CKT I have tried – blek!!! This one, I see the big fire = ” super wok hei”, the very oily goodness and do you have to zoom the prawns and cockles so big wan? Make me hungry even though I have eaten two sets of sandwiches. Envy you West Malaysian folks. CKT is one of my top comfort food.

  2. I see the big fire=”super wok hei”. I see the very oily gravy= “lemak goodness” Do you have to zoom the prawns and cockles so big wan? Make me hungry even though I have just eaten 2 sets of sandwiches. CKT is one of my top comfort food. I envy you West Malaysian folks.


  3. Wan:

    Here in Kota Kinabalu, all the CKT I have tried – blek!!! This one, I see the big fire = ” super wok hei”, the very oily goodness and do you have to zoom the prawns and cockles so big wan? Make me hungry even though I have eaten two sets of sandwiches. Envy you West Malaysian folks. CKT is one of my top comfort food.

    I agreed with you! Still in search of the best CKT in KK.

    I would love to try this type of CKT too. It looks delicious.

  4. ooo i’ve been wanting to try this for ages!! i miss this style of CKT (used to have it at one of the mamak stalls near my college and they claimed they were selling Pg CKT :P)
    ok lah this year i must really go over to the mainland for food hunt :P

  5. They fried with big fire off the wok may look cool but may bad for our health and also the tiny black carbon from the Kuali can be seen all over the CKT……maybe they didnt wash the wok often as it can cause CANCER!

  6. the one opposite post office no longer “tasty”.

    well, other than alma, you may try the one at Kota Permai, BM. way nicer and juicy :) at least 2 plates every time i visit :)

  7. just tried it yesterday, its a really long drive from sp to there, as the road is very small, especially bkt minyak there…..

    but heck, it was nice!! as in dammed nice :D

  8. this type of kueh teow is like hor fun…is not char kueh teow…different..who wanna eat so wet type of char kueh teow..they all dont have taste..whey must we follow

    • hi Anon, based on your reply I am guessing you haven’t try it before. It tastes good. Waaaay better than those Char Koay Teow in Melaka/Singapore that tastes sweet!

  9. They kuah is good in taste but their prawn taste is very terrible as you can taste their prawn which is totally not clean at all, which turns me off.

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