Best Char Kuey Teow in Penang

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It’s fragrant, it’s greasy, it’s scrumptious and it’s oily. That’s a plate of Char Kuey Teow (fried flat noodles) for you. A comfort food that is well-loved by both locals and tourists. Not forgetting, it’s also one of Penang’s most famous street food. The ingredients are pretty standard: it’s either chicken or duck egg, flat noodles, soy sauce, bean sprouts, chives, cockles and prawns. But what makes Penang char kuey teow such a beloved favourite is the way the dish being stir-fried in a wok over a high heat. It’s commonly served over a slice of banana leaf to seizure the desired wok _hei aroma that complements the overall dish. Where in Penang? Keep scrolling.

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    Kimberly Street Char Koay TeowNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Located just outside Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong along Kimberley Street, this famous stall is widely revered for its char kuey teow mixed with mantis prawns. The char kuey teow itself is full of wok hei and blessed with a distinctively fragrant taste thanks to the use of a duck egg. Of course, the additional ingredients of succulent mantis and regular prawns helps enhance the richness of the char kuey teow flavour. Also, the employment of bean sprouts and chives add a nice textural contrast to the greasy yet tasty dish. So join the beeline and bloat your tummy! 

    Tips

    The stall tends to get crowded, especially during dinner and supper time.

    Things to expect

    The extra flavour of the char kuey teow actually comes from the same oil used earlier to fry the prawns.

    Best with

    Add more mantis prawns.

    Price

    RM3.50 to RM7.20

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    Kimberley Street Char Koay Teow View restaurant

    86, Lebuh Kimberley, 10100, George Town, Penang
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    05:30PM—12:00AM
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    Ah Leng Char Koay TeowNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    This tourist-friendly spot is famous for its char kuey teow. The bustling stall is commonly thrown in with raining orders but fret not, there are no cutbacks in quality. Both regular and special renditions are available. Come on, with so much hype, not opting for the special CKT would be insane, as it comes with a generous mix of big prawns and mantis prawns. While chicken egg is often used to stir-fry the dish, you can request for duck egg at an additional charge. After all, frying with duck egg helps make the char kuey teow tastier.

    Tips

    The stall is situated in front of Restoran Tong Hooi (opposite Kafe Khoon Hiang).

    Things to expect

    Despite its good taste, the portion of the char kuey teow is rather small.

    Best with

    Herbal tea

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM11.50

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    Ah Leng Char Koay Teow View restaurant

    Tong Hooi Cafe, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150, George Town, Penang
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    0124983962

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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    09:30AM—03:30PM
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    Lorong Selamat Char Koay TeowNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Perhaps the most popular char kuey teow stall that is located along Lorong Selamat. Why so famous? Of course, the flavours are spectacular and the aunty with a red hat is said to be pretty rude, especially if you’re upset with the waiting time. The lady cook uses a charcoal stove to stir-fry the dish, which gives the char kuey teow a rightful whiff of woodsy fragrance. Furthermore, you’ll find three pieces of fresh and huge prawns interlaced with cockles, noodles, bean sprouts and eggs. So all your patience will be paid off with an exemplary CKT.

    Tips

    The stall is located in front of Kafe Heng Huat.

    Things to expect

    For about RM10 or so, the char kuey teow is admittedly pricey for a place like Penang.

    Best with

    Sotong Kangkung

    Price

    RM8.50 to RM11.00

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    Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow View restaurant

    108, Lorong Selamat, 10400, George Town, Penang
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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—06:00PM
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    Tiger Char Koay TeowNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Whether you go for the standard char kuey teow with chicken egg or the more delectable variation with duck egg, this fried flat noodle dish is just as flavoursome. Then there’s the juicy and fresh big prawn, which complements well with the fragrant char kuey teow. A common rule adhered by the patrons here is to add more prawns for that extra oomph! Six plump and juicy prawns to be precise. Despite scoring in terms of taste, the portion is rather small. If you’re really hungry, opt for the big serving. 

    Tips

    Look out for the stall, which has Ernest Zacharevic’s sketch drawing of a horse.

    Things to expect

    A popular char kuey teow stall among the locals and tourists.

    Best with

    Lor Bak

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM6.00

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    Tiger Char Koay Teow View restaurant

    179, Carnavon Street, 10300, George Town, Penang
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    0164580926

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    08:00AM—02:30PM
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    Duck Egg Char Koay Teow @ Mei Le HwaNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    If there’s one duck egg char kuey teow you’re looking for, then the stall at Mei Le Hwa Restaurant should be your next go-to list. Just like any good CKT joint out there, expect a never-ending crowd. What makes them so special? Well, Ah Heng, the stall owner prepares the noodles over a charcoal fire. His mastery of fire control and quick frying skills is sure to grab your attention. The CKT was sinfully delicious and was packed with wok hei. Also, make sure you request for an additional fried duck egg. It really helps enhance the overall flavour.

    Tips

    Waiting time is inevitable, but it’s worth all the trouble.

    Things to expect

    Cheap, yet tasty duck egg char kuey teow.

    Best with

    Herbal tea

    Price

    RM3.50 to RM4.00

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    Duck Egg Char Koay Teow @ Mei Le Hwa View restaurant

    Jalan Kampung Baru, 14000, Bukit Mertajam, Penang
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    08:00PM—01:00AM
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    Sg. Dua Char Koay Teow (Telur Ayam Di Basuh)Halal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Unlike the usual dry version of Penang’s char kuey teow, Sg. Dua Char Koay Teow at Butterworth offers an alternative “wet” variation. For the uninitiated, the “wet” version refers to the gravy-based char kuey teow. The key here is the gravy that marries the whole dish together with spicy and savoury flavours. In fact, even with the normal serving, they are never skimp with the prawns and cockles. However, many do order the special version to multiply the amount of seafood goodness on the plate. Best enjoyed with pickled chillies. 

    Tips

    Their “Telur Ayam Di Basuh” tagline is actually referring to the chicken eggs being washed before the cooking begins.

    Things to expect

    You need to walk further, since there is no proper parking space available.

    Best with

    Teh “O” Ais Limau

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM5.50

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    Sg. Dua Char Koay Teow (Telur Ayam Di Basuh) View restaurant

    Jalan Sungai Dua, 13800, Butterworth, Penang
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    05:00PM—03:00AM
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    Char Koay Teow (Stall 107) @ Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

    Gurney Drive may be one of the most overrated place in Penang, but there is still a particular stall that serves pretty decent good Char Kuay Teow. Known as Stall 107, their version of the Char Kuey Teow is fragrantly fried to cater to so many customers, especially tourists. Customers can choose from either the normal chicken egg or something a little more luxurious like the duck egg. Accompanied by a generous amount of beansprouts, each plate is truly a delight on its own. It may not have been the best in the city, but it certainly is pretty good.

    Tips

    Cash only. Zones are divided, so you can't order a drink from a different place. Instead, you'll have to place an order from the person who is in that zone.

    Things to expect

    A night-market-style dining.

    Best with

    Soft drinks.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM10.00

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    Gurney Drive Hawker Center View restaurant

    172, Solok Gurney 1, George Town, Jelutong, 10250, Gurney Drive, Penang
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    05:00PM—01:00AM
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    Kampung Jawa Char Koay TeowNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    A favourite eating spot among many workers in Bayan Baru’s WaHong Café, this famous stall serves awesome plates of char kuey teow. It comes with two big prawns and just so you know, you might be surprised the way the dish is presented on the plate. Call it an artistic style if you must, the char kuey teow is purposefully cramped into one side while leaving the other side of the plate empty. What the gimmicks may be, the flavours are spot on. Be warned, you’ve got to get in early during lunch hours, or wait patientely to nab an empty table. 

    Tips

    Look out for the stall located next to Kampung Jawa Public Bank.

    Things to expect

    Breakfast and lunch hours often packed with working people nearby.

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM6.00

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    Kampung Jawa Char Koay Teow View restaurant

    5, Lorong Kampung Jawa, 11900, Bayan Baru, Penang
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    06:00AM—02:00PM
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    Sisters Char Kuay Teow  @ Lam Heng Café, Macalister RdNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Known to many of those whom have been living in Penang for decades, the Sisters Char Kuay Teow have been in business for a really long time. The secret to making the tastiest Char Kuay Teow has been passed down for generations, and its only job is to maintain the same standards it used to have many years back. The dish is fried to a light orange-hint together with a generous amount of bean sprouts, prawns as well as with some eggs. Additionally, shreds of crabmeat are added and everything is cooked perfectly! Having a bite here will make you reminiscence the good ol’ days.

    Tips

    Cash only.

    Things to expect

    A LOOONG queue.

    Best with

    Cold soft drinks or tea.

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM12.00

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    Sister's Char Kuey Teow (姐妹炒粿条) @ Lam Heng Cafe View restaurant

    185, Jalan Macalister, 10400, George Town, Penang
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    044223542

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    08:30AM—04:00PM
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    Siam Road Char Koay TeowNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Considered the pioneer for charcoal-fried Kuay Teow as well as one of its main factor of attraction, this humble stall at Siam Road has gotten quite a number of locals and tourists, queuing for it. An elderly uncle, and probably the creator is the only one that mans the store, whipping out delicious plates of Char Kuey Teow accompanied by a handful of medium-sized prawns and Chinese sausages. Finding the stall wouldn't be easy, so just spot the one with the longest queue and you're most probably at the right line. There's also a coffeeshop by the name Hock Ban Hin nearby therefore to ease your consumption time.

    Tips

    Cash only.

    Things to expect

    A really long queue.

    Best with

    Iced coffee.

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM12.00

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    Siam Road Char Koay Teow View restaurant

    47-49, Jalan Siam, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10400, George Town, Penang
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    Every day
    03:00PM—11:00PM
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