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Koay Chiap, or braised duck noodle/porridge (鸭粥粿汁), is one of the lesser known Penang hawker dishes that is almost impossible to find outside Penang. (if anyone found one in KL, do let me know).

In fact, even in Penang itself, there are probably less than 10 stalls offering this unique dish, and it is not getting any more popular these days either. This is mostly due to the ingredients making up koay chiap, but incidentally, is also the very reason I love it so much.

lebuh kimberley koay chiap
lebuh kimberley koay chiap

As the name suggests, instead of normal noodle, koay chiap uses “koay”, the same substance with koay teow, but in a thicker, almost pan-mee style form. The “chiap” refers to juice, or a mixture of ingredients mainly made up from duck.

koay chiap goes well with the sweet peanut soup
koay chiap goes well with the sweet peanut soup

In a bowl of proper koay chiap there’s duck meat, skin, intestine, blood, and braised duck egg. All immersed in a light herbal soup used to braised the duck. The dish is often served with a special chili sauce, but sometimes with chili padi too (like the koay chap at ayer itam)

this makes me a happy camper
this makes me a happy camper

The koay chiap at Lebuh Kimberley is as good as they come. It has everything that’s supposed to be in a bowl of koay chiap for RM 6, and unlike most hawker dishes in Penang, this one really fills you up. The meat are properly braised and soup isn’t bitter or overly flavored either. Best of all, the coagulated duck blood was simply superb.

I love it with a serving of sweet peanut soup (RM 1.30) to counter the meaty taste.

If you are in Penang and already had your fair share of laksa, curry mee, and char kuih teow, it is time to try something slightly out of the comfort zone, no?

Oh, while you’re at Lebuh Kimberley, check out this braised chicken feet place too.

map to Lebuh Kimberley koay chap stall

Address:
Lebuh Kimberley (just before the food court)
Georgetown, Penang
GPS: 5.416537, 100.322473
Operating Hours: 6:30pm – 11:30pm, close on Thursdays

koay chiap

Discuss : KY eats – Koay Chiap at Lebuh Kimberley, Penang

  1. ooh, my fave! but haven’t eaten this for a while!

  2. Alan Lau

    there are lots of koay chap stalls in kuching

  3. why’s it not available in KL?! whyyy? there has to be enough duck-lovers in this city to sustain at least two dozen koay chiap stalls! :D

  4. Kueh chap in Kuching is oink oink based and not duck and i think more flavourful. :razz: You must come and try one of these days.

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