Taiping Char Kuey Teow with Fishballs @ Larut Matang Food CourtOctober 28, 2010 | 5,966 views
Sorry people, I can only manage a short post today. (*Are you thanking the heavens above?!!) Life’s kind of hectic lately, and I have been giving much thought to life, the challenges and the ripple effects. So much so that I was perpetually deep in thoughts recently and ended up exiting at the wrong exit on the highway!!! Huh …… I could use a break right now.
Fried Kuey Teow with a difference. Only in Taiping, folks. Wet Char Kuey Teow with fishballs and Char Siew (barbecued pork) @ RM3.00/USD1 per plate
A safe place for breakfast in Taiping; the wettest town in peninsular Malaysia, has to be the Larut Matang Food Court on Jalan Panggung Wayang in town centre. I wrote about the breakfast experience once way back in 2008; when we first started getting knee-deep into our jobs; travelling at breakneck pace and frequency yet loving every minute of it.
How life has changed (or has it?) since then ……
Stall No 78 – Taiping Style of wet Char Kuey Teow (CKT) with fish balls. Don’t dismiss the notion of combining flat rice noodles, fish balls and slices of lean Char Siew yet, for this stall whips up a rather tasty version (albeit slightly too greasy)
Truth is; I still do not know what to order here. Yes, pathetic me. When life gives you a plethora of choices, your mind tends to play tricks on you. And indecisiveness kicks in. Then contemplation, comparison and even condemnation takes over.
But I believe most of the folks here go for the tried and tested hawker fares like Char Kuey Teow, Chee Cheong Fun (here’s a post on another famous Taiping Chee Cheong Fun, but not from this food court), noodle soups, Nyonya kuih, and some light bites like the rarely heard of “Chai Tou Kueh”.
A bowl of Koay Teow Th’ng with a difference again. You get patties of minced pork, prawns, fish cakes, fish balls, pig’s tripes and even lettuce in the mix. (RM3.20/USD1.10)
Crisp on the thin layer outside, with a soft, almost mushy centre; this Fried Radish cake is served with a reddish sweet sauce not unlike the ‘tim cheong’ for Chee Cheong Fun. (RM0.40/USD0.13 each)
Still not an avid fan (yet) of Taiping style of Char Kuey Teow, as opposed to Penang’s, this plate of cholesterol-laden goodness from Stall No 78 actually did manage to impress somewhat. Wetter than the Northern version, with generous cuts of lean char siew and fish balls, there was this very moreish flavour to the noodles; not sure from the aromatic ‘wok hei’ or the addition of MSG, but I did not feel much thirst thereafter. If only the noodles were not swimming in oil ……
The ‘Chai Tou Kueh’ makes great light snack to go along with the mains, or eaten on their own to start the day with. Never seen any other sauce served with the fried radish cakes (lor bak gou) other than the sweet sauce (‘tim cheong’). By the way, NO plates given. Only wrapped in a layer of newspapers lined with some blotting papers.
Maybe next time we will settle for a piece of roti canai, a serving of nasi lemak, or even a cup of teh tarik from the HALAL end of the food court.
“HAPPY WEEKEND PEOPLE !!!”
LARUT MATANG FOOD COURT
Jalan Panggung Wayang
34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
E100 44′ 25.8″ N4 50′ 58.8″
Google Map to Larut Matang Food Court