Char Koay Teow 28
Besides Aunty Gemuk, Lau Wan is another pork-free Penang-style char koay teow in PJ. Apparently, his char koay teow is so good that it recently won The Star People's Food Awards for the best char koay teow category. In fact, it beat the runner-up by almost double the votes. With that in mind, I had to drop by and try it for myself.
James Bond is in PJ and he's undercovering as a Char Koay Teow seller! You can find him at WDS coffee shop next to Kayu Nasi Kandar in Chow Yang SS2, which was previously known as Ho Ho Sek. After the new owner took over, the coffee shop underwent a minor renovation and there's an air-conditioned eating section now.
Tian Fatt was my next stop for KL-style Char Koay Teow. Like Fei Lou's in Jinjang, fresh cockles are also available; though you need to be specific if that's what you want. Otherwise, you'd get a a normal looking CKT that doesn't distinguish itself from the rest.
Mali's Corner is probably the first restaurant to come to mind when Malay-style Char Koay Teow is mentioned in KL. It recently made the news for the wrong reason too.
If I counted correctly, there are at least 5 to 6 Penang Char Koay Teow stalls in SS2's Wai Sik Kai. 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.
Among my close friends, I am known to be extremely picky when it comes to Penang style Char Koay Teow. So when I say that I have found one that is the definitive version of this iconic dish that every Penangites in KL crave for, you just have to take my word for it.
Sisters Place, a kopitiam-like restaurant at Pacific Place in Ara Damansara is your next destination if you are serious about satisfying your craving for Penang Char Koay Teow. As a bonus, the Curry Mee is great too!