Saturday, May 31, 2008

Char Koay Teow in Penang

Today I'm going to introduce you - Lorong Selamat's Char Koay Teow. I bet most of you guys have heard of Lorong Selamat in Penang. For a better view of what's inside a plate of char koay teow,

Char Kway Teow (Char Kuay Teow )literally “fried flat noodles”, is basically flat rice noodles with prawns, cockles, egg, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, and chili paste fried over very high heat. Sometimes, slices of Chinese sausage are added. The best Char Koay Teow is usually fried with pork lard, which gives that extra aroma to the dish.

The version of Penang Char Kway Teow is sometimes added with duck’s eggs (for richer taste) and crab meat (for sweetness).

Penang = Char Koay Teow + Lorong Selamat
Let me start of with Lorong Selamat's Char Koay Teow. On Thursday (May 29th), the 3 of us - Me, Chern Ta & Graeme went for a plate of Lorong Selamat's Char Koay Teow for brunch after visiting and touring the famous Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

Last time, the famous Char Koay Teow in Lorong Selamat is under another coffee shop. However, later on, the Char Koay Teow lady boss realises the profits that she's able to make if she owns a coffee shop herself. (meaning, not only she earns her char koay teow money, but also for drinks too). Then, tadaa! Her own coffee shop - Kafe Heng Huat!
If you were to go to Lorong Selamat, there's about 3-5 coffee shops just beside each other and also opposite each other. All selling almost the same food. Do not get confused people, over the best Char Koay Teow. It's at Kafe Heng Huat at the corner.

Why? It's simple : We recognise the aunty Char Koay Teow's famous goggles and hat.

Us 3 ordered a plate of Char Koay Teow each alongside with chinese herbal tea. A normal plate of Char Koay Teow is RM6 and the portion is little but the prawns are XL in size (3 prawns). It's pricey though, but it's good cause it has the fragrant aroma that you can't find it in any other plates of Char Koay Teow.

Char Koay Teow without chilli. Both chilli and non-chilli is deliciously delicious!

Compare the plate of Char Koay Teow with the one in SA? It puts the Char Koay Teow from SA in disgrace! LOL

PS: This is a non-halal dish

All the above are char koay teow fried with chicken eggs. There's a few famous stalls in Penang that fries char koay teow with duck eggs (they say it enhances the taste). I'll try it out soon & let you people know bout it aight!

foodie - Rachael Lim 002

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