***Updated on November 2014 – Ah Leng Char Koay Teow has shifted opposite the road to Tong Hooi Coffee Shop on Dato Kramat Road, Penang
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 at 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 special plate (shown below) with big prawns, mantis prawns, cockles and duck egg, priced at RM9.50! The char koay teow was very well done, with the ingredients complimenting the noodles perfectly.
Interesting flavors and the satisfaction feeling with every mouthful
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 the plate of 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 stop 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 plate of char koay teow completed with large prawns and cockles is priced at RM9.00. Just look at the shot below; doesn’t it look delicious?
Everyone tucked in and most of them were happy with the sumptuous char koay teow. Lets refer to Dr Leslie Tay again for his verdict of the char koay teow 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 char koay teow 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.