Best Char Kuey Teow In Penang

You can’t say you’ve been to Penang if you’ve never tried one of these best char kuey teow in Penang!

True, this noodle dish may not look like much. But done right, they are rich in flavor!

Prepare to have your taste buds delighted! These famous char kuey teow stalls in Penang have been in business for years. And for excellent reasons!

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11 Best Char Kuey Teow In Penang

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1. Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow

Fancy having Penang famous food for lunch?

The Famous Mouth Watering Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow In Penang
The Famous Mouth Watering Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow In Penang – photo credits to crappysotong (Instagram)

If you don’t mind queuing outside, that is! The almost-octogenarian man behind the wok is uncle Tan!

Uncle Tan At His Stall (Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow)
Uncle Tan At His Stall (Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow) – photo credits to crappysotong (Instagram)

His char koay teow certainly isn’t lacking any “wok hei” (that slightly burnt flavor)! Nor is it expensive!

Note:

  • There’s more seating area since the renovation in 2018
  • Shorter queue after 1:30pm

Location: 82, Jalan Siam, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12–7pm, Closed On Sunday & Monday

2. Ah Leng Char Koay Teow

Go all out with the extra special char koay teow at this stall! With large fresh prawns, creamy duck eggs and bits of crispy deep-fried pork fat!

Ah Leng Char Koay Teow
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow – photo credits to chasing320 (Instagram)

Especially busy during lunch hour, this family business shows no sign of slowing down!

Location: Jalan Dato Keramat, Kampung Makam, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily 10:30am–3:30pm, Closed On Wednesdays

Contact: +6012 498 3962

They have another stall in the evening at Ayer Itam, close to Kek Lok Si temple. And that famous Penang assam laksa stall (in the same area):

Location: Lorong Zoo 6, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily 5–10pm, Closed On Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Contact: +6012 498 3962

3. Tiger Char Koay Teow

Tiger Char Koay Teow opens early so if you can stop by here for a local Penang breakfast!

Choose between duck eggs or chicken eggs for your plate of char kuey teow!

Tiger Char Koay Teow In Penang
Tiger Char Koay Teow In Penang – photo credits to cweizhi (Instagram)

Although you won’t have to wait long once you get your order in:

This char kuey teow (with wok hei) tastes quite average compared to the rest!

Note: Try the lobak stall while you are here!

Location: 179, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily 7:30am–2pm

Contact: +6016 458 0926

4. Ah Shen Presgrave St Famous Duck Egg Char Koay Teow

Ah Shen Presgrave St Famous Duck Egg Char Koay Teow may well be the best char kuey teow you can find in Penang at night!

Ah Shen Presgrave St Famous Duck Egg Char Koay Teow
Ah Shen Presgrave St Famous Duck Egg Char Koay Teow – photo is from the official Facebook Page

For ~RM7, you can have a delicious meal with succulent prawns, duck egg, cockles, spicy sambal and even char siew in the mix!

Note: Taste is a bit unconventional

Location: 67b, Lebuh Presgrave, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily 3–11pm

Contact: +6018 223 8810

5. Left-handed Char Koay Teow

The original location was by one best known cendol in Penang:

Close Up Of The Char Koay Teow From The Left-handed Char Koay Teow Stall
Close Up Of The Char Koay Teow From The Left-handed Char Koay Teow Stall – photo credits to jkcultrip (Instagram)

But now, the owner has his own restaurant! His flavorful char koay teow is pork-free and stir fried with cockles, egg, bean sprouts, chives and prawns!

Note: You can get cendol at this restaurant too!

Location: 79-G-11, Ivory tower, Kampung Jawa Baru, Off, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily 11am–9pm, Closed On Wednesdays

Contact: +6019 394 9185

6. Ah Soon Char Koay Teow

Under the shade of umbrellas and a tree, this outdoor café once started as a humble roadside stall.

Ah Soon Char Koay Teow Stall
Ah Soon Char Koay Teow Stall – photo credits to devyd_tan (Instagram)

Students from the nearby college come here to eat this yummy char kuey teow!

Ingredients include fresh plump prawns, pork lard, bean sprouts, slivers of Chinese sausage and cockles!

Location: 24, Jalan Sungai Kelian, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily 11am–6pm, Closed On Tuesdays

Contact: +6012 455 0382

7. Chulia Street Char Keow Teow

If you’re cruising Chulia Street, keep an eye out for the Chulia Street Char Keow Teow stall! And their telltale queue!

The Chulia Street Char Kuey Teow Stall
The Chulia Street Char Kuey Teow Stall – photo credits to this website hirogosomewhere

This simpler rendition of the classic Penang char kuey teow is wok-fried with chicken or duck eggs!

Note: Quality drops if there’re too many people

Location: Chulia Street, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily 6–10pm

Best Char Kuey Teow In Bayan Lepas (Halal)

8. Char Kuey Teow Parit / Longkang

The halal version of the best char kuey teow in Penang is served in prawn sauce (it’s also called char kuey teow basah). With a Sunnyside up on top!

Halal Char Kuey Teow In Penang (Parit Longkang Stall)
Halal Char Kuey Teow In Penang (Parit Longkang Stall) – photo credits to easteryeoh (Instagram)

Pickled chili adds a hint of sour to the overall spiciness!

Late Night Dining At The Char Kuey Teow Parit_Longkang Stall
Late Night Dining At The Char Kuey Teow Parit_Longkang Stall – photo credits to sabillahmohd (Instagram)
Note: You’ll only find this open-air stall open late at night!

Location: Jalan Mahsuri, Bandar Bayan Baru, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8:30pm–5am, Closed On Sunday & Monday

9. Sany Char Koay Teow

Another halal char kuey teow you can try is at this open-air food court by the Penang Snake Temple.

Gravy Loaded Sany Char Koay Teow
Gravy Loaded Sany Char Koay Teow – photo credits to mamacergas (Instagram)

The special sauce is sold separately if you can’t get enough of it! Egg and thick prawn broth lend a watery texture to this unique char kuey teow!

Note: Portions run small

Location: 4, Lorong Mahsuri 2, Bayan Baru, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily 6:30pm–3am, Closed On Tuesdays

Contact: +6012 470 9355

Best Char Kuey Teow In Bukit Mertajam

10. Duck Egg Char Koay Teow (鸭蛋炒粿条)

You can still find great char kuey teow over on the mainland.

Roadside Stall Of The Best Duck Egg Char Koay Teow In Bukit Mertajam
Roadside Stall Of The Best Duck Egg Char Koay Teow In Bukit Mertajam – photo credits to charis.ching (Instagram)

One fine example is this char kuey teow with fried duck egg, a generous helping of small prawns and sufficient wok hei!

Best Duck Egg Char Koay Teow In Bukit Mertajam
Best Duck Egg Char Koay Teow In Bukit Mertajam – photo credits to yimengmy (Instagram)

It is supposedly the best in Bukit Mertajam so be prepared to wait for it.

Note: This is a modest roadside stall

Location: Jalan Pasar, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily 7pm–12am

11. Duck Egg Char Koay Teow (阿兴鸭蛋炒粿条)

While the previous duck egg char kuey teow is delicious, this one has a better environment. Inside Mei Le Hwa coffee shop (美麗華海鮮餐室)!

Duck Egg Char Koay Teow With Sunnyside Up Egg
Duck Egg Char Koay Teow With Sunnyside Up Egg – photo credits to foodibeaucoup (Instagram)

The char kuey teow is fried with duck egg. And you can request for it to be topped with a duck egg Sunnyside up too (Hor Pao Tan)!

Note: Waiting time expected. The sifu (master chef) can whip up a serious fireworks display with his frying skills!

Location: 2418, 1856, Jalan Kulim, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: Daily 8pm–1am, Closed On Thursdays

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Conclusion

Don’t leave without trying the best char kuey teow in Penang! After all, it’s one of the dishes that Penang is most famous for!

Perhaps the secret is the skill of the chef, a charcoal fire, or a special ingredient like duck eggs or homemade sambal! Regardless, you can find char kuey teow at literally any hour in Penang!

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