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While back in Penang for cheng beng last weekend, I also decided to try a char kuih teow place which I haven’t been before. After all, after having not lived in Penang for the past 18 years or so, there are many places that aren’t exactly new, but they are new to me.

A bit of Google-Fu and I ended up at Ah Leng char kuih teow at Kafe Khoon Hiang, located on Jalan Dato Keramat, between Penang Times Square and the old Stadium Bandaraya Pulau Pinang.

Update 22/7/2015: I’ve been informed that the stall has moved across the street

Ah Leng char kuih teow at Kafe Khoon Hiang
Ah Leng char kuih teow at Kafe Khoon Hiang

The kopitiam is just like any other in Penang, with an assortment of hawker stalls offering many local dishes. Situated right at the front of the shop, Ah Leng char kuih teow is their most prominent stall (by the way, Leng means “Dragon” in Hokkien)

A plate of “normal” char kuih teow is priced at RM 6, and RM 10.50 gets you one with “extras”. If you prefer duck egg instead of the usual chicken egg, chip in another RM 0.50.

glorious char kuih teow with extra ingredients - big prawns, mantis prawns, duck egg
glorious char kuih teow with extra ingredients – big prawns, mantis prawns, duck egg

Being a person who’s slightly weak when it comes to resisting temptations, I naturally went for broke and ordered a plate with duck egg and everything in it.

The result was RM 11.00 lighter on my wallet, but in return I had a plate of absolutely gorgeous char kuih teow that has four really huge prawns, duck egg, bean sprouts, chives, kuih teow, and another ingredient that’s pretty unique to Ah Leng – mantis prawns.

yep, these prawns are massive!
yep, these prawns are massive!

While this costs a bit more than your usual hawker dishes, the prawns were super juicy and fresh, and the kuih teow too had just enough wok-hei for my liking. If you discount all the ingredients, it’s still an above average plate of kuih teow, but with all these extras, man, I can have it pretty frequent!

If you’re in Penang looking for a plate of memorable char kuih teow to have but don’t want to go to Lorong Selamat, this is definitely a more than worthy alternative.

map to kafe khoon hiang, Jalan Dato Keramat

Ah Leng Char Kuih Teow
Kafe Khoon Hiang
358 Jalan Dato Keramat,
10150 Penang
GPS: 5.412985, 100.319595
Tel: 012-498 3962
Hours: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (closed on Thursdays)

Discuss : KY eats – Ah Leng Char Kuih Teow, Dato Keramat

  1. oooh, a little bit of calculation … you left penang exactly a year before i went to penang to spend three years studying there. i don’t think i ever checked out this ckt place either during my time there! 😀

  2. Have heard quite a lot abt this CKT. Esp abt their mantis prawns.

  3. Oh dear!

    Look at thoe juicy prawns! Definitely worth the 11bucks!

  4. Huge prawn!! But no cheap for a hawker fare :-p
    I think using duck egg is nice 😉

  5. worth the price but I hate it when it comes to WAIT T.T

    • Chenelle: at least the wait time wasn’t bad at all when I was there, only 5-10 mins. 😀

  6. My dad’s friend (from Penang) recommended this place to my family during our trip to Penang! It’s so far THE BESSSTTT out of all the CKT places we’ve been to. 😀
    Incredibly fragrant aroma and the delicious add-ons really make this CKT extraordinary.
    Reading your blog post made me drool. T___T

  7. hi KY, the gps should start with 100 instead of 101..

  8. By far the best CKT I have eaten in Penang!!!

  9. This CKT stall has moved to opposite. Might want to update a bit 🙂

  10. Sorry, this CKT doesn’t worth to visit, portion is small and expensive, the taste is just soso . doenst ranking in top 5 . if u come here, its better u visit lorong selamat or siam road CKT

    • Jay: “top 5” is subjective, Ah Leng offers a slightly different version that what siam road or lorong selamat offers, I love them all. haha.

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