If I counted correctly, there are at least 5 to 6 Penang Char Koay Teow stalls in SS2‘s Wai Sik Kai. Believe me, I would love to try all of them to find out which stall fries the best CKT but I can only eat so much. So I let the customers decide and picked two of the busiest stalls in the food court for my little experiment.
First stall, No.8 Penang Fried Kueh Teow, which I already knew was quite good because I have already tried them a couple of times. A husband and wife team fries the noodles and yet they could barely cope with the amount of orders that kept pouring in.
One thing I notice about their frying style is that the ‘lap cheong’ is fried separately, and is used to garnish the CKT. The Bangladeshi worker who takes the order and sends the food is blur sotong and seems to find no joy in his work. Luckily the bosses are friendly and approachable.
I asked for extra toppings so this plate of CKT came with eight prawns and you can barely see the noodles underneath. Prawns are getting expensive recently so I was not surprised that it cost me RM10. I specifically asked them to omit the ‘lap cheong’ too because I think the smoky sweetness alters the CKT’s intended flavor.
Now you should probably know that the CKT here is at least decent and meets my expectations, otherwise I wouldn’t be ordering it again and again. The amount of ‘wok hei’ packed in the CKT is slightly lower than my favorites here and here, but it’s still delicious with a strong seafood flavor.
The other stall I chose was stall no.48 located right opposite stall no.8. I also asked for extra prawns and it cost the same @ RM10. The CKT had the same amount of prawns as no.8’s, but they are evidently bigger and more succulent.
You can also tell from the extra-charred appearance that it has more ‘wok hei’, but flavor wise it was a let down because there was a nagging sourish aftertaste. I suspect that was caused by the chili paste they use.
Penang White Curry Mee is also available in the food court at stall no.42 right by the exit. It’s not bad but I noticed there seems to be a quality control issue, as it tastes better on some days compared to others.
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