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Penang Street Food

Posted by on Jun 7th, 2007
Filed Under: Food, Penang

Penang Char Kway Teow

Penang Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow (Char Kuay Teow )literally “fried flat noodles”, is basically flat rice noodles with prawns, cockles, egg, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, and chili paste fried over very high heat. Sometimes, slices of Chinese sausage are added. The best Char Koay Teow is usually fried with pork lard, which gives that extra aroma to the dish.

The version of Penang Char Kway Teow is sometimes added with duck’s eggs (for richer taste) and crab meat (for sweetness).

Where to get it:

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang (if you cannot find the stall, just ask for Ah Meng Cantonment Road Char Koay Teow)

Seri Bahari Road Char Koay Teow: Kedai Kopi Kheng Pin, Jalan Penang. Located in Kedai Kopi Kheng Pin, this Penang char koay teow stall is one of the few which serves the fare upon request with duck egg and on a banana leave (which is said to enhance the taste).

The traditional i.e. genuine stuff is to be found at Lau Hio Hnui (Kampong Sireh, Lengkok Burma) where the stall is located among others catering for office workers. The kuay teow is fried slowly over a charcoal fire.

Lor Bak

Lor Bak or meat rolls are wrapped in beancurd skin and deep fried to perfection. Lor Bak are usually served with two dipping sauces in Penang: chili sauce and a starchy sauce flavored with five-spice powder and eggs.

“Penang Lor Bak” stalls can be found everywhere in Malaysia but you have to come to Penang for a taste of the real thing with the full range of ingredients including boiled octopus, pig’s ears, Heh chih (prawn fritters), Tau kua (bean cake), Hard-boiled eggs, Century eggs with pickled ginger and more.

Where to get it:

Café Kheng Pin
80 Penang Road
Business hours: 7 am – 3 pm.
Closed on Monday.

Padang Brown Hawker Center
The junction of Perak Road & Anson Road
10400 Penang
Business Hours: 2 – 6:30 pm

Hawker Center at Batu Lanchang afternoon market
Business hours: 3pm to 6:30 pm.

Stall at Taman Free School Hawker Center
Business hours: 3pm to 6pm

New Lane Hawker Juction
Macalister Road
10400 Penang
Business hours: 6 pm to midnight

Lor Bak at Genting Coffeeshop
Lorong Delima Enam, Island Glades
Address: Genting Restaurant, Lorong Delima Enam, Island Glades, 11700 Penang
Business hours: 2pm to 6.30pm

Lor Bak at Kek Seng Coffeeshop
Jalan Penang, Penang
Address: 384, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang
Business hours: 11am to 4.30pm

Jalan Seri Bahari Loh Bak Stall
Jalan Penang, Penang
Address: Kedai Kopi Kheng Pin, 80-82, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang (at the junction of Jalan Seri Bahari and Jalan Penang)
Business hours: 7am to 2.30pm

Penang Hokkien MeePenang Hokkien Mee

Penangites say Hokkien Mee they mean Hae Mee (prawn mee) which is soup based, elsewhere the term identifies the fried variety.

It is a dish of egg noodles and rice noodles in a prawn-based soup, which is made from both fresh shrimp and dried prawns, as well as pork or chicken, served with, kangkung (morning glory), taugeh (bean sprouts), sliced pork and sliced prawns).

Where to get it:

Hokkien Mee at Seng Thor Coffeeshop
Lebuh Carnarvon, Penang
Address: Seng Thor Coffeeshop, 160, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100 Penang
Business hours: 7am to noon

Kedai Kopi Classic Hokkien Mee
Jalan Perak, Penang
Address: Kedai Kopi Classic, 126, Jalan Perak, 10150 Penang
Business hours: 8am to 11am

Penang Curry MeePenang Curry Mee

Even in Penang itself, the version of curry mee varies from place to place. However, the ingredients remain mainly the same – mee (vermicelli), bee hoon (Yellow noodles) and bean sprouts cooked in a light curry soup containing peeled prawns, shelled cockles, jiu hu (squid) and tau pok (deep fried tofu). The chili sauce and the gravy are usually the differentiating factors.

Penang Curry Mee is unlike Curry Mee / Curry Laksa served elsewhere in Malaysia; the broth is usually lighter as less coconut milk is used.

Where to get it:

Penang Curry Mee at Kwai Lock Coffeeshop
Jalan Burma, Penang
Address: 295B, Jalan Burma, 10350 Penang
Business hours: 7.30am to noon

55 Lorong Seratus Tahun
10400 Penang

Restoran Bee Hooi
415 Jalan Burma,
Pulau Tikus,
10350 Penang

Chneh Hoo
Chneh hoo “literally raw fish in Hokkien” is a Chinese style rojak is a mixture of finely and freshly sliced cucumber and mengkuang, heh chee or prawn fritters, tau kua, cucur and jellyfish topped up with two sauces; a sweet potato sauce and a chili sauce.

Where to get it:

Hawker Center at Batu Lanchang Afternoon market

Taman Free School Hawker Center

Chneh Hoo (Chinese pasembor) at Padang Brown
Padang Brown Hawker Centre, Penang
Address: Padang Brown Hawker Centre (at the junction of Jalan Perak and Jalan Anson), 10400 Penang
Business hours: 2pm to 7pm

Lor Mee
Lor mee (mee and bee hoon, served with thick prawn-based gravy, a dollop of chili sauce, sliced pork and half a boiled egg). For extras, you may add pork skin, pork intestines, chicken feet and mushrooms.

Where to get it:

Lor Mee at Kedai Kopi Hai Beng
Lebuh Pitt, Penang
Address: 32, Lebuh Pitt, 10200 Penang
Business hours: 7am to 5pm

Assam Laksa
Assam laksa (rice noodles accompanied by a thick tangy spicy and sour fish broth gravy that contains meshed fish meat — usually of the mackerel family; the garnishing for this dish includes mint leaves, cucumber, pineapple, freshly-cut onions, Chinese lettuce, red chili and pink ginger buds called bunga kantan). A spoonful of Hae Ko (a dark and thick prawn paste) brings out the essence of this ever popular Nyonya creation.

Where to get it:

Laksa Air Itam (DEFINITE MUST TRY)
Jalan Pasar (beside the Air Itam market)
Air Itam, 11500 Penang
Business hours: 12 noon to 9pm

Kek Seng Coffee Shop
382-384 Jalan Penang
10000 Penang
Business hours: 11am to 4.30pm

Sa Chew Restaurant
37B Jalan Cantonment
10250 Penang

Penang Chee Cheong Fun
Penang Chee Cheong Fun literally “rolled flat noodles that look like intestines” is steamed rice rolls served with prawn paste, which is the black coloured sauce you see, oil and sesame seeds (sometimes with chilli).

Where to get it:

New Lane Hawker Juction
Macalister Road
10400 Penang
Business hour: 6 pm to midnight

Loh Eng Hoo Coffee Shop
84 Lorong Selamat
10400 Penang.
11:30 am to 6:30 pm

Oh Chien
Oh Chien, ‘Oh’ means oyster and Chien means fried in Hokkien, is a Hokkien dish wherein oysters are fried with batter, eggs, chili and spices (fried omelette with fresh oysters).

Where to get it:

Fried Oysters at Kedai Kopi Bee San
Air Itam, Penang
Address: 584, Jalan Air Itam, 11500 Penang
Business hours: 7pm to midnight

Seng Thor Coffee Shop
160 Carnavon Street
Open 1 pm – 6 pm

Lam Mee
In Hokkien, the term lam mee means “noodles with some liquid poured over”.
The gravy is usually a thick soup cooked with starch, eggs, pork and prawns.
Taugeh (bean sprouts) are also served with the dish that could be garnished with coriander leaves, fried sliced shallots and cut chili.

Where to get it:

Lam Mee at Veron Cafe
Island Glades, Penang
Address: 2D, Lorong Delima Enam, Island Glades, 11700 Penang
Business hours: 7.30am to 11am

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2 Responses »

  1. There is a hawker selling Fish Head Bee Hoon at (Corner shophouse cafe)New Lane, Penang. The Bee Hoon and the Fish Flesh is very nice. If eat with sambal is more delicious.

    Sin Yin Nam Coffee Shop
    43, New Lane(Macalister Road)
    Open 8.30 pm – 2pm
    Closed on Wednesday

  2. If you really love CKT very much, you should try this place… Everyday Foodcourt at Pusat Bandar Puchong…

    The stall name is Redhot Char Kuay Teow. They open from 6pm.

    The taste was really like Original Penang Style. They also selling very good fried rice…

    You may try thier Duck Egg fried Kuay Teow….I love it very much with chili…

    Sometime you will see thier Indo worker fry. At first thought not to eat if Indon worker fry…
    But my friend told me that still taste very good indon worker fry…… hahahahaaa
    Wah I can say… Not only Malaysia Boleh..
    Indon pun Boleh… LOL.

    My suggestion to you is…

    Mesti Cuba / Must Try….
    and you will love it…

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