Penangites always love a proper plate of char kuih teow and would usually regards CKT prepared by non Penang Hokkien as a bit of suspect. So naturally, most of us probably won’t sample char kuih teow manned by a Malay operator, since it’s .. well, usually not at all similar to the “original” version in which we’re familiar with.
It’s a game of fire and showmanship
However, being a food writer, it is also very important to be open and be willing to try all sorts of food and dishes, including those that may looked to be going against my “cultural heritage”, a decision which brought me to many wonderful surprises and great experience, including this kuih teow basah stall at SS15 that I tried a short while ago.
The stall operates out of a van usually parked just outside the SS15 wet market on Jalan SS15/8a. There’ll be a few ad hoc tables set up right next it, comfort isn’t of any particular emphasis.
The cooking though, was a bit of a show, with flames threatening to blow up the entire operations, though any experienced hawker adventurer would find this a welcoming sight. And indeed it was!
simple looking kuih teow basah, but oh so delicious
The resulting plate of kuih teow was nothing like the type I’m familiar with, it came with kuih teow (of course), egg, bean sprout, cockles, and a couple prawns with shells still on. It was also really wet, and spicy in a way that’s different from what I’m used to, yet it was very delicious in its own way, with the sauce packing a strong sweet seafood flavor and the dish having its own “wok hei” if you will.
If you’re a fan of kuih teow, give this a try as well, you may be surprised.
Address: Kuih Teow Basah Food Truck Jalan SS15/8a (outside wet market) Subang Jaya, Selangor GPS:3.074237, 101.587796 Hours: night
As someone who were born in Penang, one of the most difficult thing I had to adjust to when moving to KL was the quality of char kuih teow. While most stalls around the Klang Valley has the name “Penang” slabbed on the signboard, decent plate of this Penang signature hawker dish is pretty hard to come by.
So over the years, it’s been one of my missions to note down the decent char kuih teow stalls, places I would go again and again whenever I need to fix my CKT cravings.
Tips: If you speak Penang Hokkien, always order using this awesome brand of dialect. It is my litmus test of Penang food authenticity.
So here are five CKT places you should check out, two of which are pork free versions.
Lot 10 Hutong duck egg char kuih teow
Surprisingly, one of the better char kuih teow stalls in found within a modern food court that is Lot 10 Hutong. While prices is slightly higher than from kopitiam stalls, you get a couple decent size prawns and pretty generous serving size. Cockles, Chinese sausage, and even lard is present in this dish.
By the way, always ask for duck egg as I find it enhance the taste of char kuih teow considerably. A plate costs slightly over RM 10, but you do get air conditioning and very hygienic setting.
Lot 10 Hutong CKT stall, Lower Ground Floor Lot 10 Shopping Mall, Jalan Bukit Bintang KL | Hours: Breakfast to Dinner
Char Kuih Teow at Kam Heong kopitiam, PJ State
For a plate of old school lard laden char kuih teow, nothing beats the CKT stall at Kam Heong kopitiam in PJ State. The kuih teow used here is slightly fatter, and lard usage is rather generous as well. The operator previously operated at the other end of the same row of shops, but has since taken over at this new location directly next to UOB bank.
You don’t get plus size prawns here, but prices are very reasonable at around RM 5-6 per plate.
CKT at Kam Heong kopitiam | 8 Jalan Tengah, Off Jalan Yong Shook Lin, Petaling Jay | Hours: Breakfast and Lunch
Robert CKT at Restaurant Say Huat
For those who went to University Malaya, Robert Char Kuih Teow needs no introduction. This is one of the most affordable good CKT you can find this side of Petaling Jaya (like most hawker foods in Seksyen 17 actually).
The dish is served on banana leave, with all classic CKT ingredients included.
Robert CKT | Restaurant Say Huat, 1083, Jalan 17/29, 46400 Selangor | Hours: Breakfast and Lunch
Restaurant Jamal Mohamed with Aunty Gemuk char kuih teow
The CKT here is a little more moist, consistent with most Malay style CKT. Very flavourful and easy to eat, one of my favorite pork free CKT ever.
Aunty Gemuk CKT | Restoran Jamal Mohamed, 24, Jalan SS5A/9, Kelana Jaya | Hours: all day
with cili padi and prawns in shells, Lau Wan CKT
Lau Wan Char Kuih Teow, previously operating at Restaurant Jaya and now at the food court in on Jalan SS 3/33, is another Malay style CKT worth checking out.
The prawns is cooked whole, and somewhat interestingly, there’s a side of cili padi and soya sauce on the side of this char kuih teow. It is wet, peppery, but rather delicious in a slightly different, not so typical CKT type of way. There’s plenty of “wok hei”, and definitely satisfying.
Lau Wan CKT | food court, Jalan SS 3/33, Kelana Jaya | Hours: morning to night