Famous Penang Charcoal-Fried Char Koay Teow @ Lengkok Burma, Penang


Description
Craving for a really good plate of Penang Char Koay Teow (CKT)?  You can find CKT in almost any hawker place (street stalls) in Penang but this place has the best CKT  and is a must-go, if you are a CKT fan.   The location is quite hidden and more commonly known to only the local residents.   This uncle has been operating his CKT stall in the same spot for the last 20+ years, and is still using a charcoal stove and frying in small portion at a time to ensure that the Koay Teows (flat noodles) are properly fried.   His CKT is always served on a banana leaf which enhances the aroma.   The wait can sometimes take a while but his CKT is worth waiting for.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 4/5
Service: 2/5
Ambience: 2/5

Handcrafted “Dim Sum”@ Jin Yi Restaurant Dim Sum, 3054 Jalan Kampung Baru, Taman Kljang , Bukit Mertajam

Description
A “family-run” dim-sum restaurant that is worth a visit. The first thing that struck me when I walked into the restaurant was the cleanliness of the place which is a rarity in such kind of set-up.

According to the owner, Mr. Ooi, the dim-sums are handmade by his son. My favourites were the eggplant, “ha-kaw”and deep fried yam fritter. Although the dim-sum selection was not extraordinary, the taste and texture of the dough, dumpling skin and filling were pretty well done and tasted good.  They have the original dim sum taste👍🏻. I would definitely have to go back to check out the other selections, and I recommend that you too give this place a try.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 4/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

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Famous Penang “Lor Mee” @ Restaurant Joo Huat, Perak Road, Penang

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Description 

A hawker favourite that can taste quite different depending on which stall you end up with in Penang.   In my opinion, this stall serves one of the better ones, if you like the thick starch and five-spice aroma.  A common breakfast choice for the local Penang-ites, this place is well patronized during its operating hours from 7am till 4.30pm (closed on Thursdays).  The recipe is owned by a Mr Lim who operates his stall in this very same area since two decades ago. With his expanding business, especially in the take-out orders, Mr Lim added 10 hired help to ensure speed and customer satisfaction .  Apart from the basic “Lor Mee” order than can come in different bowl sizes, customers can ask for other add-ons at an increased price.  The order is usually served quite speedily.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 4/5

Hawker (Street Food) Selection @ Dee Yee Restaurant, Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam

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Description

A good selection of street food can be found here. The seating overflowed to the streets and people were waiting patiently for a table.  My first thought was “the food must be pretty decent to have such a crowd”.

I had the chance to taste the claypot chicken rice and fried koay teow (fried flat noodle) which were pretty good.  The M Chef Western stall appeared to be a popular choice with the crowd from my observation.   There were a couple of other stalls that attracted my attention, in particular the 表哥 chicken rice, but those would have to wait until I return the next time.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 3/5
Pricing: 2/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

Seafood (Chinese & Thai Cuisine) @ Restaurant Sin Hai Ting, Chai Leng Park, Perai

Description

A “kopitiam-concept’ restaurant.  The menu has a variety of local Chinese and Thai cuisine.  Good size food portion and reasonably priced.  A fairly good place for family lunch/dinner.  The crowd is usually at night.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 3/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 2/5

Penang Chicken Rice @ Lee Chicken Rice Stall, Lorong Leandro’s (corner Kopitiam), Pulau Tikus, Penang

Description

When I want something simple, chicken rice always comes to mind.  Of all that I have tried in Penang, this place serves one of the best and the cheapest.  The chicken is tender and the special home-made recipe chili sauce completes the taste.  The owner is generous with his sauces.  Just ask and he will happily give you endless refill.

Overall Rating: 4/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 5/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

Noodles & Porridge @ Kedai Kopi Tien Heng Heng, Taman Desa Damai, Bukit Mertajam, Penang

Description

A perfect place to cater to different tastebuds – tomyam, clear soup, and all sorts. For the cili-hot lovers, you even get to choose your level of spiciness.  Everything is up for pick according to your personal preference; noodle, soup, ingredients.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: (self-service)