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This taiping oyster omelette has a bit of a personal back story. About ten years ago, the then gf of mine and I went on a trip up north, and on the way back to KL we stopped by Taiping for a bit of touristy sightseeing, night safari at the Taiping Zoo (definitely worth it even at 2019), and of course, dinner.

Taman Tasik Food Centre, Taiping
Taman Tasik Food Centre, Taiping

With Taman Tasik Food Centre located a very short distance away from the entrance of Taiping Zoo, it made for a perfect refuel stop for the night.

So that was the last time I had a taste of this version of oyster omelette, until a couple weeks ago when I re-visit, 10 years after the first time.

Needless to stay, I was pretty excited to be able to rekindle with this long lost taste.

prawn omelette or oyster omelette, take your pick
prawn omelette or oyster omelette, take your pick

Oyster omelette in Taiping (or maybe just this particular stall?) is quite different from the version served in Penang or KL. The version on the Pearl of the Orient is usually a little more oily and more runny, while this particular Taiping version has a firmer consistency, almost in 30% prawn fritter, 70% usual oyster omelette.

bitter gourd soup to go with our fried dish
bitter gourd soup to go with our fried dish

If you enjoy a less runny texture, this version should satisfy. While it does not top my favorite oyster omelette in Penang, the different experience it brings definitely makes it a worthy candidate should you look for dinner/supper spot at Taiping.

love its crispy texture, even better if bigger oysters!
love its crispy texture, even better if bigger oysters!

Oh, we also supplement the oh chien with a bowl of bitter gourd soup, supposed to make the whole thing just a tad healthier, no?

map to taman tasik food centre, Taiping

Address:
Taman Tasik Food Centre
22, Jalan Maharajalela,
Taman Tasik Taiping,
34000 Taiping, Perak
GPS: 4.850994, 100.745754

I only have precious little memory of my late maternal grand parents. I remember tagging along with my late grandma to the wet market on most mornings. and after shopping, she would tapao a packet of my grandfather’s favorite oh chien (fried oyster).

Together with the day’s newspaper and coffee, that would often be a meal for the old man. He would then read the paper and update grandma on news, as she was illiterate.

the most glorious fried oyster (oh chien)
the most glorious fried oyster (oh chien)

While my grandparents have passed on some two decades ago, their favorite oh chien place at Kedai Kopi Seng Thor on Lebuh Carnarvon is still going strong.

It must be years since I last had the fried oyster here, so over the CNY break back in Penang, I took the opportunity to do just that.

Kedai Kopi Seng Thor at Lebuh Carnarvon
Kedai Kopi Seng Thor at Lebuh Carnarvon

By my observation (and most likely flawed), the dish is prepared in three steps – first starch & whatever concoction is placed on the frying pants; then eggs are added; finally, enough oysters for one serving is added and fried separately before being mixed together with the eggs, some cooking wine and fancy wok fire is involved too.

This way, the hawker can prepare 4-5 portions with one egg preparation stage, and at the same time ensuring the consistency as well as the number of oysters for each portion.

Three rounds of this was done before my dish was served thanks to the holiday crowd, but it was worth it.

the chili sauce is mixed with a bit of garlic too
the chili sauce is mixed with a bit of garlic too

The fried oyster was undoubtedly the best I’ve had, the omelette itself was so good even the oysters kinda became a bit of a second thought. The texture had a nice blend of crispiness with the familiar consistency of egg, and none of those sticky gooey half cooked starch that you sometimes find in less superior oh chien.

The taste too was spot on, and if you like it with a bit of kick, the chili sauce that came with is pure heaven.

The portion I had was RM 10, and I should have ordered more.

map to the best fried oyster in Penang

Address:
Kedai Kopi Seng Thor
160, Lebuh Carnarvon,
10100 Georgetown, Penang
GPS: 5.415495, 100.33468

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