Penang Hawker Food : Sin Wah Char Koay Teow & Kheng Pin Lor BakApril 3, 2009 | 13,800 views
Teo Chew Chai Koay from Kim Leng Kee @ 50 (or 60) cents each
Of course, the uncle manning the stall may have an attitude of his own. And his staff as well, for that matter. Ordering any number of plates of CKT will net you an intimidating glare, and grumbles about the estimated waiting time.
“Have to wait 20 minutes one. Still want or not?” … or when the crowd’s not so thin; “Half an hour wait one woh, very long. Do you still want to wait?” …. or when the crowd’s practically sitting on each other’s laps : “Either you starve to death and wait, or buzz off ordering something else lah!”
Of course, I made the last one up lah …. He has yet to attain the Gold Medal in “The Laws of Arrogance” yet, amongst the CKT community in Penang. But a bronze may be hanging from his neck, for all I care.
Nonsense aside (hehe, it’s Friday, so I’m a little off … understandable, right?), the CKT was bursting with ‘wok hei’ or ‘Breath of the Wok’ (sounds soooo much like a Kung Fu sequel wannabe), fried with high flames, and lots of crispy pork lards for extra cholesterol. And flavour, nonetheless. The prawns, squids, and cockles completed the package, earning top marks in my books. You can choose between chicken’s egg (RM3.50) or duck’s egg (RM4).
Let’s say you do not wish to smother your already glossy lips with the oily plate of artery-clogger, no frets. Solution’s at hand in the form of Teo Chew Chai Koay, with fillings of either yambeans, or kuchai (Chinese chives). But they DO pan-fry them before serving, hence if you wanna avoid the grease, hold them off.
Location : Pulau Tikus wet market, at night only. From town to Pulau Tikus using Jalan Burma, you’ll reach a police station on your RIGHT. Turn left into Jalan Moulmein, between two coffee shops (one’s named Kwai Lock, which I blogged before HERE on their Roti Babi), and you’ll reach a T-junction. The market’s to your right, but it’s a one way road, hence turn left and park anywhere you like.
The Rasa Malaysia food guide listed two stalls in Kheng Pin, in their recommendation. One being the Char Koay Teow stall, frying up a commendable storm with the fiery CKT, complete with the usual package sans the squids ala Sin Wah’s.
Staring right through ya !!! Who says Beggars Can’t Be Choosers?! (A scene at the Kuan Yin Temple on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling)