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!
Table Of Contents:
- Best Char Kuey Teow In Georgetown
- Best Char Kuey Teow In Bayan Lepas (Halal)
- Best Char Kuey Teow In Bukit Mertajam
11 Best Char Kuey Teow In Penang
Best Char Kuey Teow In Georgetown
1. Siam Road Charcoal Char Koay Teow
Fancy having Penang famous food for lunch?
If you don’t mind queuing outside, that is! The almost-octogenarian man behind the wok is uncle Tan!
His char koay teow certainly isn’t lacking any “wok hei” (that slightly burnt flavor)! Nor is it expensive!
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!
Especially busy during lunch hour, this family business shows no sign of slowing down!
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!
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!
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!
For ~RM7, you can have a delicious meal with succulent prawns, duck egg, cockles, spicy sambal and even char siew in the mix!
5. Left-handed Char Koay Teow
The original location was by one best known cendol in Penang:
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!
6. Ah Soon Char Koay Teow
Under the shade of umbrellas and a tree, this outdoor café once started as a humble roadside stall.
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!
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!
This simpler rendition of the classic Penang char kuey teow is wok-fried with chicken or duck eggs!
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!
Pickled chili adds a hint of sour to the overall spiciness!
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.
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!
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.
One fine example is this char kuey teow with fried duck egg, a generous helping of small prawns and sufficient wok hei!
It is supposedly the best in Bukit Mertajam so be prepared to wait for it.
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)!
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)!
Getting Around Penang With A Penang Food Tour
Penang has just too much good food to pass on!
If you would like some local insight on what to eat, where to go and even how best to order:
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- Comfortable transport (MPV or van)
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- Knowledgeable guides from Penang
- Pick up from your hotel or anywhere else in Penang (drop off too)
We can arrange tours in Ipoh, Taiping and Cameron Highlands too!
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!