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Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条)
Operating Hours: Opens daily 8am - 2:30pm
Char Koay Teow or Char Kway Teow is one of Penang’s iconic street foods.
The basic ingredients of this dish consist of flat rice noodles, pork lards, waxed sausage slices, bean sprouts, chives, fresh cockles and prawns stir fried in soy sauce and chili paste.
Usually chicken or duck eggs is added to the dish, though you can also order one without eggs.
One of the distinctive differences in taste between the stalls in Penang is the “wok hei” (char aroma). This largely depends on how the char koay teow is fried.
While many stall owners has turned to a gas stove for the convenient, many of the traditional (and famous) ones are still using their ‘wok’ over charcoal fire.
Charcoal fire helps to achieve better “wok hei” which then infused into flat rice noodles. There’s also a special term for it in mandarin — 炭炒粿条 (Charcoal Char Koay Teow).
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