Now you don’t have to go as far as Bukit Mertajam to enjoy the famous Malay Char Koay Teow (Koay Teow Basah) that I highly recommend, because I found a stall in Puchong selling it which tastes almost the same. At least 90% similar.
And it’s good to know they are not just using the name Bukit Mertajam for publicity purposes, because according to the owner they are indeed my fellow BM kias. Thanks to my friend staying in Puchong who discovered it and eventually recommended it to me knowing that I am from BM as well. There is no better candidate than me to verify the authenticity hehe.
The Char Koay Teow stall is called Joe Char Koay Teow and can be found at Puchong Prima. Although the stall looks like they are already open from 6pm onwards, the cooking won’t happen until at least 7pm. Trust me on this because I went there early and spent 45 minutes waiting for them to get ready lol.
A plate costs RM3.50 and comes with at least three prawns of satisfactory sizes and freshness, with some cockles and very little koay teow. So little that after finishing a plate you confirm won’t feel a thing lol. But, I wouldn’t mind the small portion because it tasted really good.
Compared to the one at BM, the main differences I noticed in the Char Koay Teow here were the gravy, which was much thicker and had much lesser amount of cockles. I think the ingredients here are more costly so I won’t blame them for that, RM3.50 is still a justified price to me.
This is not the average plate of CKT ok. My friend doesn’t eat prawns so he gave me all of his. Lucky me! I felt I was eating Char Udang more lol.
Joe Char Koay Teow Bukit Mertajam is recommended if you are curious to know how the Malay Char Koay Teow at BM tastes like, but not yet ready to travel all the way north just to try it.
Directions: From LDP, turn into Puchong Prima and proceed straight. Take the 12 o’clock turning at the first roundabout and you will reach another roundabout. Take the 9 o’clock turning at the second roundabout and proceed along Persiaran Puchong Permai until you see OTK Supermarket. The stall is a corner one in front of the supermarket, facing the main road (via Wikimapia)