You can't be in Penang and not eating the iconic Char Koay Teow so well known by the world. This dish is the reason many people travel from miles away; to indulge themselves in a plate of sinful and oily meal that make tummies scream happiness.
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Char Kuey Teow, a beautiful combination of silky smooth flat rice noodles, chili, pork lards, eggs and the "wok hei" that can't be seen but only be tasted.
But they are not all created equal.
You can almost find char koay teow wherever you are in Penang.
So how do you know if you're going to enjoy a good plate of this magical dish?
Or end up wasting another of your cheat day quota?
We had the same struggles just like you.
So, we scoured through Penang to find the best char koay teow.
While we're at it, we also created a list just for you; a list that we know won't disappoint.
Let's get started!
Note: List is in no particular order; we will continue to update this post when we found something worth mentioning to you.
Best Char Koay Teow in Penang
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow at Dato Keramat
The son of the famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow runs the show here from morning till noon. The place serves a slightly wet version of Penang char koay teow, fried with a lot of pork lards.
Silky smooth and extra creamy with duck egg upgrade
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow at Air Itam
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow serves a slightly wet version of Penang CKT. Expect addons like prawns, juicy cockles, and mantis shrimp to bring things up a notch
Bouncy prawns and extra creamy duck eggs are probably the best reason to keep you coming back.
Duck Egg Char Koay Teow at Gottlieb Road
This stall opposite of the (Peng Hwa) Penang Chinese Girl's school fries up some really nice char koay teow; especially the duck egg version. It is creamy, full of aroma and comes with juicy prawns and plump cockles. We feel that the stall is really worth mentioning as it is really good and not really receiving enough limelight.
For extra creaminess, we again recommend you to ask for a duck egg upgrade!
Ah Soon Char Koay Teow at Hillside
If you're craving for a good plate of char koay teow, you definitely don't want to miss this stall in Tanjung Bunga. Ah Soon Char Koay Teow has been around for a long time and is very well-known among the students in the Tar College students in Lembah Permai area.
The is the best char koay teow in Tanjung Bunga!
Char Koay Teow at Siam Road
The famous Siam Road Char Koay Teow stall, now operates its business at a new address along Siam Road. And as far as we can remember, his CKT still tastes as good as it used to be from the old location at 110, Siam Road.
The average wait time here is about one and a half hour, but we're going to tell you it's worth it!
Tiger Char Koay Teow at Carnarvon Street
Tiger Char Koay Teow at Ping Hooi Cafe is well-recommended by Penangites. You can expect a plate of char koay teow fueled by a lot of wok hei here!
The duck egg version is a must try!
That completes our list of the Top 5 Best Char Koay Teow in Penang.
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