A friend tipped me off to a coffee shop serving hand-pulled noodles on the busy Macalister Road. This fairly new stall offers freshly hand-pulled noodles (la mian) and koay teow th’ng. Other specialties include homemade prawn wanton and fish balls.

The owner Mr Loh starts his day by making the hand-pulled noodles at the kitchen. The hand-pulled noodles have a certain tenderness and texture, which is greatly distinct from mass made noodles. The noodle is available in two sizes – either thick rounded or string-thin. Mr Loh quoted that the texture and mouth feel of the noodles are as important as flavor!

We had several varieties, starting with the spicy “ma la” noodle, which is the highlight in 173. Mr Loh had the hand-pulled noodles dipped in boiling water. The blanched fine noodle is served with black sauce with a dollop of chili-red paste (also handmade), a Sichuan specialty with heat of chilies and numbing Sichuan peppercorns.

Priced at RM3.50, the dish comes with pieces of BBQ pork (char siew), chicken, fish balls, vegetables and aromatic chili paste. With the right thickness and nice chewy bite, the noodles absorbed every drop of robust flavor from the spicy and tingly chili paste. For those who prefer less spicy, be sure to inform Mr Loh.

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I ordered a bowl of thick rounded noodle with soup at RM2.80. Mr Loh added toppings of mushroom, fish balls, chicken and minced meat. On the whole, the soup was flavorful and sweet. The noodles, again, was equally excellent, with the same chewy texture and soft center.

Other options included the koay teow th’ng and the dried koay teow (RM2.80). The latter was served tossed with black sauce and complemented with reasonable servings of chicken, fish balls and minced meat.

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Thick rounded ramen with soup and dried koay teow


We ordered additional prawn wantons and fish balls, both served in light broth. Quite plump in size, the wanton comes with a nice filling of fresh prawns. Meanwhile, the fish ball with its springy bite is best dipped in soy sauce with chili padi. “I used only Mackerel for the fish balls and I make fresh batches of them” says Mr Loh.

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Prawn wanton and fish ball cost RM0.40 each


Besides hearty bowls of noodles, wantons and fishballs, 173 also offers Hainan chicken rice (RM3.70), blanched vegetables (from RM3 to RM5) and braised meat which is a mix of pork, chicken feet, egg and bean curd. I would come back another day for this interesting braised dish.

Other selections of meats include white chicken, siew bak and charred BBQ pork (char siew). Plain noodles are offered to go with the meats which are served with a garlicky chilli dipping sauce.

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Mixed meat platter of BBQ pork (char siew) and white chicken

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Smoked pork and simmering braised meat



173 Ramen Restaurant is another great place for a quick and tasty meal. It is hard to miss this place which is opposite Loh Guan Lye Specialist Centre and a few doors away from the Sister’s Char Koay Teow. Click here for the Map Location. Business hours are from 8am to 5pm daily.

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173 Ramen Restaurant
173 Macalister Road
10400 Penang

Tel: 2263835

* Many thanks to Ong for laying on this invitation.

* This is a reproduction of my article published in New Straits Times


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8 comments so far


very homey noodles, i like this.

CK Lam Reply:

There are not many places selling hand-pulled noodles in Penang.

December 1st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Nothing quite like hand-pulled noodles – they just have a better bite, don’t you agree? :D

CK Lam Reply:

Sure has a better bite and the taste is different too :)

December 1st, 2011 at 6:42 pm
Pg food lover

Open for breakfast or lunch??

CK Lam Reply:

The time is stated in the post…it is open from 8am to 5pm daily.

December 5th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

What exactly is a hand pulled noodle? Thats a new one on me.

CK Lam Reply:

The noodle is made by the owner, from the dough and gradually pulling it into strands by hand.

December 14th, 2011 at 10:30 am

went to try this today. Indeed it was good ! We had ramen with stock, wanton mee, fish ball soup , yum . And the price is considered cheap for the size of the servings and the amount and quality of the toppings. Will definitely go back. They opened everyday till 3pm Thanks, CK

CK Lam Reply:

Glad you found the place :)

December 16th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Just visit their shop yesterday.. enjoy having the hand pulled ramen and the fish ball soup.. love the fish ball soup so muchiee~ never expect the price is that cheap.. thanks for recommend ^^

CK Lam Reply:

You are most welcome :)

December 20th, 2011 at 6:13 pm
Ice T

where’s the exact location? any landmark?

CK Lam Reply:

Do read the whole article. The landmark, location and the map is all included.

February 16th, 2012 at 10:56 am
Danyelle Franciosa

What a great looking foods, I love the Chinese barbecue meats it taste good. Anyway, love to try this at home is there any recipe of this?

March 2nd, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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