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Many of us cannot deny that the best hawker food in this world are found in Penang, the pearl of the orient. While there are variety of offerings, I have decided to introduce you the most talked about penang dish of all – Char Kuih Teow.

There are two acclaimed Char Kuih Teow places in Penang and they are situated only about 1 kilometer from each other. The Macalister Road Sister’s Char Kuih Teow, also known as the 5-junction Char Kuih Teow, and the other that is situated at Lorong Selamat.

Personally I go for the one at Macalister Road simply for the fact that the Lorong Selamat aunty has been way too arrogant and over her head. You have to wait at the stall under the searing sun, sometimes up to half an hour, to serve yourself that plate of Char Kuih Teow. That is too much trouble I’m willing to spend just to save the stall owner RM 30 bucks hiring a helper a day.

Here’s a typical plate of Sister’s Kuih Teow. Served on a piece of banana leaf, with bean sprouts, egg, huge prawns, and topped with some awesome crab meat. Try some when you are in Penang next time!

Penang Char Kuih Teow
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Lorong Selamat Char Kuih Teow in Penang
Here’s Lorong Selamat’s stall, you can see those desperate dudes lining up under the sun to self-serve their kuih teow. I’m not doing that.

An interesting trivia: rumours have it that the sisters used to be “working girls” when they were young. Luck was on their side that when their bodies aren’t desirable anymore, their cooking skills came to the rescue.

Jalan Macalister (near Jalan Perak intersection)

GPS: 5.419351, 100.317407

Discuss : KY eats – Penang Char Kueh Teow

  1. […] So, next time when you go to Penang, remember that there are more than just laksa and char kuih teow. […]

  2. I really ANTI the Lorong Selamat CKT.. the lady has very bad attitude yet they CHAR the KUEY TEOW using a broken WOK..WTF !!!! BAN BAN

  3. […] Kueh Teow Soup (粿條汤) has always been one of my favorite Penang hawker offerings, other than the usual suspects such as Char Kueh Teow and Curry Mee. So I went over to the famous Kueh Teow Soup stall at Lebuh Armenian in Geogetown to satisfy my craving last weekend. […]

  4. […] The mee goreng here costs RM 2.50 a plate without egg and RM 3.00 with, a little pricey for Penang standard but worth the gastronomical satisfaction in my book. Next time you head to Penang, don’t just glut yourself with the usual char kueh teow, curry mee, and laksa, there’re alot of other awesome hawker offerings too. […]

  5. […] Three of the most well known hawker food originated from Penang are Char Kueh Teow, Asam Laksa, and of course, Prawn Mee (usually referred to as Hokkien mee up north). Of these three, Prawn Mee probably has the highest market penetration in Klang Valley. You could find plenty of hawker centers offering this dish, often claimed to be from Penang. […]

  6. […] When it comes to food in the historical town that is Melaka, there are a few items that you must never miss. Kinda like the Char Kueh Teow and Laksa in Penang, the must-eat items in Melaka are Satey Celup (video!), Chendol, Poh Piah, and of course, perhaps the most famous of all, the Chicken Rice Ball. […]

  7. […] Being a Penangite living in KL, one of the many hawker foods that we always miss is the famous Char Kueh Teow. When I first came down to this part of the country many years ago, this is the dish that I always avoid when fixing my stomach at various kopitiams. On the rare occasions that I gave it a try, the experience was usually quite horrid. […]

  8. […] I go back to Penang, there are a few hawker food that I usually do not miss. The char kueh teow, curry mee, mee goreng, and also kueh teow soup such as the one at Lebuh Armenian. The other dish […]

  9. Nov 21: I ate Penang Char Kueh Teow « Bottled Berry

    […] a bit online. I googled “penang char kueh teow” and found a recommendation from this post. Since this guy seems to be very pro at food reviews, Lemon and I decided that we couldn’t go […]

  10. […] Jon, Jun, and Wai Meng to the original version at Lorong Selamat even though I had once decided to not pay the old lady a visit anymore due to their extremely bad service while still operating at the other […]

  11. The crab meat and the banana leaf @ Sister’s does it for me.

  12. […] go back to Penang, the first meal that I usually seek out is a plate of awesome Char Kueh Teow. The Sister’s CKT used to be one of my favorites, but the standard there has unfortunately took a turn to the south […]

  13. Tham ciak

    KY you are right. I am a Penangnite and we all boycott the Lorong Selamat char koey teow. She is simply too arrogant, she likes to tell off customer by saying, “I want to wait then wait, else no need to eat” and when you order she will give you one angry look. Please do not repeat your order or she will rudely tell you off. Also do not ask when will you koey teow be ready she will angrily ignore you or scold you. This is too much, she doesn’t realise that its we all, the customers, that give her the business, if one day more and more customers are pissed off, then she will have no more business.

    Char koey teow at other places in Penang are equally or I confidently say, nicer. The taste of char koey teow in Penang are quite similar. Why do we have to be insulted by her.

  14. Tham ciak,
    her attitude seems to have changed for the better these days tho

  15. Hi there. Where could i find the best halal char koay teow somewhere around P.J? Thank you

  16. Agree, the aunty is quite rude.

    We went there recently and ignorantly ordered the char koay teow. We were then blatantly told off rudely that they won’t carry the plates to you and you have to queue up yourself. Had I known the attitude earlier, I would not come.

    But I have to admit the CKT was good but it is just too expensive.

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