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Last weekend when we went back to Penang for a friend’s wedding & Haze‘s art exhibition finale, we took the opportunity to meet up with mom for good old fashion street hawker food. The destination of choice was mom’s new favorite char kuih teow place – No. 5 Char Koay Teow at Macalister Road, Penang.

no 5 char kuih teow at Macalister Road
no 5 char kuih teow at Macalister Road

No. 5 char kuih teow shares the same premise with a mixed rice place right at the corner of Macalister Road and Lorong Kinta. It is a perfectly walk-able distance from Komtar, and just a stone’s throw away from the famous New Lane street hawker center.

There are two versions of char kuih teow here, normal for RM 5.50, and big prawn + mantis prawn version for RM 9.50. You can’t go wrong with either version, both comes with cockles, Chinese sausage, bean sprout, chives, egg, and served on a sheet of banana leaf.

wet & packed with goodness, check out the prawns too
wet & packed with goodness, check out the prawns too

The ckt has plenty good wok hei with prawns & kuih teow just ever so slightly charred to perfection, the egg is purposely prepared to a slightly runny consistency giving it that moist and flavorful finish that we really love. This is really becoming my favorite ckt in Penang right now.

normal vs big prawn and mantis prawn version
normal vs big prawn and mantis prawn version

The normal version is served with plenty decent size prawns, with the RM 9.50 version really push it up a notch with huge tiger prawn & bits of mantis prawn throw in the mix. You can’t go wrong with either one.

If you’re a ckt fan, you owe it to yourself to give this a try. Waiting time can be a bit long even when customer volume isn’t particularly high.

map to No. 5 Char Kuih Teow in Penang

No. 5 Char Kuih Teow
104 E, Jalan Macalister,
10400 George Town, Penang
GPS: 5.415535, 100.325867
Hours: 930 am to 730 pm

Discuss : KY eats – No. 5 Char Kuih Teow, Penang

  1. Looks delicious and good price. Too bad I am 10000 miles away.

  2. Vickie

    KY, would you call this dish the Chinese Pad Thai without peanut? I like this dish
    and try to see SouthEast restaurant for it or get recipe on google for it.

    • Vickie: never thought of it that way but that’s surprisingly apt description, tho there’s chili paste and cockles in char kuih teow that you won’t find in pad thai.

      • kekeke rosberg

        Whaatt?? Oi, this is insulting to #cktcommunity and #malaysia… keke. Is like calling beef rendang “curry with brown sauce” or nasi lemak “mixed rice”… lol. Next time I will call McDonalds “Croc’s” or KFC “Fried Chicken with lots of salt and MSG” ROFL #foodfight #ww3 #trumpdrump #alternativenames

  3. I like the look of those big juicy prawns.

  4. Ah, so the stall name is no. 5…I thought this was no. 5 on your best Penang CKT list….wakakakaka! ;D

  5. The prawns are huge even is just normal version!

  6. That looks really good! I would not go for the mantis prawn, not really a fan of those.

  7. kekeke rosberg

    With post like these, it is really really hard to beat my food pr0n addiction o_O #foodie #ckt #instagram

  8. Thank you for sharing. You are a great ambassador for Penang!

  9. Work Visa Canada

    wow, I’m craving for pawns right now it looks pretty delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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