The Singaporean food hunters of the Canon Singapore Photography & Food Trip in Penang had the craving for the island’s best Char Koay Teow and went all out to try it! The first stop for the day was the famed Ah Leng Char Koay Teow. This famous stall is located in Kafe Khoon Hiang with its frontage facing Dato Kramat road and its side to Dunlop Road.
Prices at the stall ranges from the regular plate that goes for RM5, to this plate (shown below) with big prawns, mantis prawns and cockles fried with duck egg that cost RM9.50! This CKT was very well done, the ingredients complimenting the noodles perfectly.
Interesting flavors and the satisfaction feeling with every bite
Char Koay Teow with large prawns are relatively commonly found in many places, however this is only place that I have come across that has mantis prawns too. Indeed a very good addition, the sweet taste of both prawns combines well and is the main attraction to this Char Koay Teow.
The mixture of soy sauce and a bit of oyster sauce balanced perfectly, giving the noodles a very pungent taste. Ah Leng also made it a point to throw in plenty of ku chai, which unfortunately many other stalls have already omitted. Furthermore, the cockles was done just right…still a bit juicy and not overcooked.
So, what is our Singaporean friends’ verdict of this CKT? Ah Leng version of Penang Char Koay Teow has the two thumbs up from our Singapore friends; they were pretty happy with the find.
Quoting Dr Leslie Tay:
...This is the best plate of Char Kway Teow I have ever eaten. The Kway Teow had completely absorbed the flavour of the Sea Prawns and Mantis Shrimp so that every mouthful was like eating super umami Keropok flavoured Kway Teow.
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow
Kafe Khoon Hiang
Jalan Dato Kramat/Jalan Dunlop (facing Honolulu Club)
Closed on Thursday
Business Hours : 8am – 2pm
GPS Coordinates: N5 24′ 46.4″ E100 19′ 09.9″
The next Char Koay Teow stall was at Kafe Heng Huat in Lorong Selamat. The lady owner can be recognized easily as she wears a huge goggle. She has recently shifted to this new coffee shop of her own, from its old premises which is a few doors down the road.
The aunty deep in concentration; preparing all our orders.
The egg goes in, completing the frying process!
The prices of this plate of CKT is RM9.00 which is complete with large prawns and cockles. Just look at the shot below; doesn’t it look real delicious?
Everyone tucked in for the food and most of them were happy with the sumptuous Char Koay Teow. Lets refer to Dr Leslie Tay again for his verdict of the CKT at this place:
The end product is a Char Kway Teow that was lively, smooth and infused with the umami flavour of the prawns. The Kway Teow also has that elusive Wok Hei and savoury flavour which is often missing in Singapore.
You could find this wonderful CKT at :
Kafe Heng Huat
108 Lorong Selamat
GPS Coordinates: N 5 25′ 02.0″ E 100 19′ 29.7″
It would be nice to hear your view/verdict on these two Char Koay Teow…
***Updated on November 2010 - The taste of the Char Koay Teow from Ah Leng stall was not up to my expectation. Ah Leng himself was not around and the cooking was done by his assistant.
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