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Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow
July 20
17:03 2014

The ever fragant, garlicky and rich Penang Char Koay Teow holds a revered place in the hearts of foodies all over Malaysia. Around the world you can find Char Koay eateries bearing the totle ‘Penang Char Koay Teow’ in hopes of trying to woo in customers based on the promise of a morsel of Penang’s famous street food.

The secret behind a plate of heavenly Char Koay Teow relies on the heat of the wok: the higher heat, the tastier the koay teow. The flat rice noodles are fried in an iron cast wok over very high heat to be able to achieve a slightly charred and smoky aroma. Oil is added into the wok followed by a small amount of minced garlic and fresh prawns. Noodles are added in, followed by a dash of seasoned soy sauce, bean sprouts, egg and chives. The last ingredient is the cockles. Some outlets include crunchy bits of lard and slices of pork sausage in their Char Koay Teow, so look out for the halal sign before making your order. With big prawns, each plate costs from RM5.00 to RM9.00.

  • Hock Leong Yen Cafe
    No. 56, Lebuh China, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang (Google Map)
    Business hour: 9am-5pm
    Contact: +604-261 0673
  • Kafe Heng Huat
    No. 108, Lorong Selamat,Georgetown, 10400 Pulau Pinang(Google Map)
    Business hour: 11:30am-6pm
  • Ho Ping Cafe
    211 Jalan Penang (at Lrg Kg Malabar), 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang(Google Map)
    Business hour: 8:30am-9:30pm
  • Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Koeng
    Lebuh Kimberly(Google Map)
    Business hour: 6pm-12:30am
  • Restoran Bee Hooi
    415 Jalan Burma, 10350 Pulau Pinang (Google Map)
    Business hour: 6pm-12am


  • Pulau Tikus Night Market
    Jalan Pasar (Google Map)
    Business hour: 6pm-11pm
  • Kafe Khoon Hiang
    No 1, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150, George Town, Pulau Pinang (Google Map)
    Business hour: 8:30am-2:30pm
    Contact: +6012-498 3962
  • Gerai Makanan & Minuman Long Beach
    98A, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang (Google Map)
    Business hour: 7pm-1am
  • Stall at Roadside
    Near intersection of Anson road and Siam road (Google Map)
    Business hour: 3:00pm till finish (Closed on Monday)


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