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Honestly, who doesn’t love this simple bowl of warm, soup-based meal, especially in the morning or a cold rainy day?
Besides all the spicy dishes we can find in Penang, this simple bowl of koay teow soup is usually our go to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
While it looked so simple on the outside, a lot of works are put into preparing the broth that pleasures your picky palates so well.
And there are just so many variations of Koay Teow Thng you can find in Penang!
Broth cooked on the spot with minced pork (that are actually like KL zhu yuk fan), duck meat koay teow soup with coagulated duck blood, chicken broth or even fish balls made of eels, you name it, there’s probably a stall that sells it.
But with so many choices and so little space in your tummy, where should you start looking?
We’ve been eating Koay Teow Thng for the past weeks and here’s a list of the best koay teow thng in Penang.
Let’s check it out below!
Note: List is in no particular order; we will continue to update this post when we found something worth mentioning to you.
Best Koay Teow Thng in Penang
1. Koay Teow Th'ng at Sri Nibong Cafe
This three decades old stall has been passed down and run by the next generation, and it still tastes as good as it used to be! Expect a lot of flavours and sweetness when you're slurping down this bowl of warm soup.
The flavours from the fried pork lards, enormous amount of minced meat and egg yolk will keep you coming back for more.
Koay Teow Th'ng (天桥下粿条汤)
Operating Hours: Opens daily 6:30am - 3pm, 7pm - 10pm, close on Monday
2. Loh Kei Duck Meat Koay Teow Th'ng at Jalan Perak
Having been in business since the 1980s, Loh Kei Duck Meat Koay Teow Th'ng has long garnered a huge crowd of loyal eaters around Penang. In fact, this place is well-known for as one of the best Koay Teow Soup in Penang. The soup here is extremely sweet and addictive without MSG added.
Come earlier to avoid disappointments! They are sold out quite early!
Loh Kei Duck Meat Koay Teow Th'ng (罗记鸭肉粿條汤)
Operating Hours: Open daily 7:30am - 12pm, Close on Thursday
3. Uncle Koay Teow Th'ng at Lebuh Cintra
If we must really put a ranking for the best koay teow thng in Penang, this stall would be the number one on our list. And it is probably one of the best kept secret among the locals.
Initially, we plan to keep this as a secret to ourself just like everyone else who knows this place. But then ok la, since we love you guys as much as the good foods!
Lebuh Cintra Uncle 粿条汤
Operating Hours: Open daily 7:30am - 10:30am, Close on Tuesday
4. Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th'ng at Cecil Street Market
Seriously, who doesn't love a bowl of hot broth to warm your tummy in the morning. Especially those that are really sweet and flavourful like this stall here at Cecil Street Market. The famous duck meat koay teow th'ng here is always crowded with picky palates from morning till evening.
Order a side of duck drumstick and you won't regret for its tender-soft and juicy meats.
Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th'ng (南来鸭肉粿条汤,七条路)
Operating Hours: Open daily 7:30am - 7pm, Close on Wednesday
5. Pitt Street Koay Teow Th'ng at Carnarvon
Yeah we too find it slightly confusing when we write about this place. Pitt Street Koay Teow Th'ng at Carnarvon Street. Well, they moved from Pitt Street and the name remained. And so are the qualities you can expect from this well-known KTT stall.
Though they are well-known for their eel fish balls, we find the handmade pork fillets are the real star here!
Pitt Street Koay Teow Th'ng (椰脚粿条汤)
Operating Hours: Open daily 8am - 2pm, 8am - 1pm Sunday, Close on Monday
Now that you know where to look when you want a bowl of tummy warming koay teow thng.
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Koay Teow Th’ng or koay teow soup is a popular soup based dish in Penang.
Like the name implies, this soup dish usually consist of koay teow (flat rice noodles); though many places offer a variety of noodles to the mix.
There are also many variations of soup base being offered throughout the Penang island.
For example, some hawker stalls in Penang serve their Koay Teow Thng as cook-on-the-spot basis. Which the broth are usually cooked with minced pork in a pot of pork stocks. This is quite closely similar to the Zhu Yuk Fan (猪肉粉) you can find in KL.
While there are also many places that offers the variations of soup base prepared with duck, chicken or plain pork broth.
Most of the Koay Teow Thng stalls in Penang will also have the option for addons like extra plate of sliced duck meats, beansprouts, and coagulated duck blood (for the duck based broth), sliced chicken meats and vegetables (for the chicken based broth) and so on.
This used to be a soup dish that are consumed during breakfast, or for those who fell sick during the old days.
But as with most other foods you find in Penang, Koay Teow Th’ng can be taken be it day, night or even for supper.
Apart from that, most younger generations also tend to use KTT as a short name for Koay Teow Th’ng.
Heads up! When it comes to food and experience, opinions varies from person to person. So please take ours with a pinch of salt.
Photo credit: @WJS86