My latest food outing had me patronizing the Char Koay Kak stall which is located along the bustling Air Itam main road, in front of Suiwah Supermarket. There is an upbeat vibe to this road with so many hawker food stalls around – the tasty fried buns and tantalizing Assam Laksa.

Thanks to my readers for recommending this Char Koay Kak to me at my Kedai Kopi Wah Meng post :)

Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by

The Koay Kak, also known as rice cakes, are fried in a huge flat work in thick black sauce together with several different types of ingredients – garlic, eggs, bean sprouts and pieces of chye por (preserved vegetable). Even though using that few similar ingredients, every stall in Penang serves Char Koay Kak with slight variation in taste.

Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by

The pieces of koay kak are stir-fried with oil, chye por and dark soy sauce. After a few quick stirs, bean sprouts are added in followed by the chili paste which gives the dish a tinge of spiciness. All the ingredients combined well, adding in flavor to the flavorless koay kak. I personally like the texture which is slightly chewy and not as hard in comparison to other stalls.

The Char Koay Kak is made robust with the adding in of an egg. Chicken egg is often used but some customers prefer to have a duck egg instead as it further enhanced the aroma and taste of the Char Koay Kak.

Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by

The Char Koay Kak is only for takeaways and is wrapped up in a cone shaped lined with banana leaf.

Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by

It won’t be difficult finding this Char Koay Kak stall with the noticeable smoke and aroma wafting around that busy part of the road. The stall is usually surrounded with people, all waiting for their takeaways of this salty, savory Char Koay Kak.

Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by

Besides the Char Koay Kak, this main road is lined up with many other food stalls. Do try out the neighboring Tong-sui stall. This stall is also one of the local favorite and sells a variety of sweet soups. We ended picking up a few packets of it, the green bean soup and the peanut soup. Both were excellent and great to enjoyed after the Char Koay Kak meal!

Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by

Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by Char Koay Kak & Tong-sui in Air Itam, Penang by

Delicious sweet tong-sui to top off the Char Koay Kak!

Click here for the Map Location of the two hawker stalls!

Char Koay Kak & Tong-Sui stall (infront of Suiwah Supermarket)
Jalan Air Itam

Business Hour : Evening till late in the night

GPS Coordinates : N05 24.054   E100 16.693

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17 comments so far


I love it when a lot of egg is added. Yums! :D

CK Lam Reply:

Me too!. A friend recommended to have it with chicken and duck egg. Sounds delicious but have yet to try.

June 20th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I like the one on Lorong Macalister as well, if not for the daunting wait.

June 20th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Oh! My fav Char Koay Kak :D

June 20th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

This 2 place is my top fav hang out for quick supper ….

June 20th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

wow did I saw duck egg! awesome, got my favourite desserts! wow! what a bonus! ;)

June 20th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

yummy yummy, mouth watering looking at that…

June 21st, 2010 at 11:12 am

Very delicious dessert, i like the bi ko moi.

CK Lam Reply:

Yet to try their bi ko moi. Will tah pau the next round.

June 21st, 2010 at 11:39 am

argh…miss tor tau jin teng..very long time dint eat it already, with yau char kuih..


June 21st, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I like CCKat with lots of chai poh and beansprout.

June 21st, 2010 at 3:49 pm

aiyoh…how to kam fei this week ah! hehehe…love the fried koay kak, delicious !

June 21st, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I remember during courting time, hubby brought me to Ayer Itam for supper. Used to have a stall that next to a corner coffee shop along the main road of Ayer Itam, that one not too bad, but I can’t recall which stall already. Guess is time to go back. :)

CK Lam Reply:

There are plenty hawker food to try out in this area. Hope you find one that you like.

June 21st, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I hope you guys tried out the Hokkien Char further down from thr… there’s one food court opposite air itam laksa… the hokkien char is the best in penang…

June 23rd, 2010 at 4:48 pm
alvin chan

penang char koay kak ho chiaK!!!

June 26th, 2010 at 11:58 am

Been visited Penang last weekend, but miss out this place.Aiyak…will remember to try this in near future.

June 28th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

thanks for sharing this, Lam.. often go penang and always ended up eating at the same old places..

June 28th, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Carole Tan

one of the best …… yummy

July 10th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

How late is late??? I am starving now… T.T

May 22nd, 2012 at 12:49 am

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