Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow – Penang

Fried Koay Teow a.k.a Char Koay Teow is one of the best hawker delicacies in Penang. Penang is famous for its Char Koay Teow. You can easily spot a Char Koay Teow stall in any coffee shop, hawker center and also food court in Penang. It can be consider as a “MUST EAT” category for tourist and most of them would love it. Although I am born in Penang but I must admit that I am not a fan of Char Koay Teow. I didn’t specifically like it or dislike it.

A lot of people came to Penang and wanted to try good and nice Char Koay Teow. There are so many stalls in Penang but which one is the best? If you ask a local people, mostly they will tell you Lorong Selamat, Sister Char Koay Teow or Ah Leng Char Koay Teow. I didn’t like Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow because of the stall owner attitude. The Aunty is so damn snobbish and damn LANSI. Damn it !!!





If you would want to have good Char Koay Teow, I would suggest you to Famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow. Recently, Fly fm just awarded Ah Leng as the best Char Koay Teow in Malaysia. The stall is located opposite Honolulu Café which previously is Federal Cinema (Lian Bang Cinema). The stalls open from morning till afternoon around 2.30pm. I was there on the last weekend and I would say I enjoy it very much.

When ordering the uncle normally will ask you do you want a normal one or a special one? The special one cost RM8, but trust me is worth it. The special Char Koay Teow had additional big prawns and mantis prawn (Lai Niu Ha). To my understanding Ah Leng is the only one that had mantis in Char Koay Teow.







The Koay Teow are fried together with other ingredients to a perfect level. The Koay Teow, prawns and mantis are just nice, not over fried. You still can feel the juiciness and the crispy of the prawn. From the picture you can see that the prawn is really in XL size. The prawn is really mouthwatering and together with the koay teow it was just perfect. Ah Leng Char Koay Teow tasted very well because of mantis was added into it. The sweetness of the mantis had gone into the koay teow itself. When I order, I had asked for more chili to be added in, I love spicy food. I myself had eaten two plates and I really enjoy it very much.



Overall, I did enjoy my lunch very much over here. Although I dare not say that it was the best Char Koay Teow in Malaysia, but I would say it was one of the best in Penang. If you are in Penang, I highly recommend that you should try Ah Leng Char Koay Teow. It was a little expensive (RM 8) but to me it is worth because of the huge portion of prawn and mantis. I would definitely go back for it and will introduce to my outstation friends. Famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow, yummy !!!!

Makan King's ratings = 8.75 out of 10

Cheers,
-Wasabi King-

27 Comments:

Blogger WokandSpoon said...

Wow! I love your photos of chat kuay teow! It's one of my favourite dishes and it's never the same when I try to make it at home!

11:53 PM, September 04, 2007  
Blogger JiNG said...

hahaha.. i just ate that ah leng kueh tiaw last week... damn nice man... I heard got other stall also famous, but the tauke damn lansi and will scold ppl one if we ask him why so late... hahaha.. damn..

12:47 AM, September 05, 2007  
Anonymous Kew said...

Got any other landmark, dont know where is fedral cinema...

7:43 AM, September 05, 2007  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

ywokandspoon: Agree with you that it's never the same when we try to make one at home. Think we need more pratice... hehe

jing: I think the one that you refer should be Lorong selamat char koay teow.... i personally feel that the aunty is so damn lansi.... that's why i dont like to go there.

kew: The stall is located along Jalan Patani. Right after CDK there is a petrol station opposite and the stall is further down abit

9:05 AM, September 05, 2007  
Blogger teckiee said...

look at all the see ham! I like! The more the merrier.

3:25 PM, September 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coincidently there is another stall with mantis prawn also called Ah Leng (not sure if they learned from one another) as this stall is also quite well known, along Kimberly Street.

I've eaten at Sisters twice and Lorong Selamat twice (by force). Being from Penang I don't recommend either. Personal preference opposite Pulau Tikus police station and Penang Road near Ban Hin Bee (old school CKT).

3:37 PM, September 05, 2007  
Blogger Christy said...

Wow...RM8 for Char Koay Teow!!
I don't really like CKT, but your pics are really nice though:)
They seem to pretty generous about the prawns and mantis prawns
And you're right about Lorong Selamat,locals never recommend them!

8:19 AM, September 06, 2007  
Blogger KampungboyCitygal said...

arrghhh..i duno bout this place..alwiz go for sister's ckt..:(..i will definitely try ah leng next time

11:25 AM, September 06, 2007  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmmm next trip to penang..top of my list...

11:17 AM, September 07, 2007  
Anonymous ruby said...

man that looks so dam friggin good

1:35 PM, September 07, 2007  
Blogger HokLai said...

Ah Leng char kuew tiao so far the best i had in Penang. this evaluation include taste and also service level. the prawns are big if you order extra (keh liao or kar liu). Located at Jln Dato' Keramat opposite(across the street) of Honolulu Cafe. Its merely a humble stall selling impressive stuff, if you go to Lorong Selamat (the Sisters Stall), that is by far more famous but please be prepare to get "commented" if you dont want to queue or customize your order - that was it used to be, i dont know the condition now cos it was my first and last visit at Lorong Selamat there.

2:30 PM, September 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Lorong Selamat CKT Super Lansi... That aunty wearing over sized goggles to CKT.. and the best part is she asked the customers to queue in line all self service !! And the most DAMM thing is her wok is broken with a hole... forget about this stall.

Will try This Ahleng CKT soon.. Good work Makan Kings !

3:15 AM, September 12, 2007  
Anonymous shortcow said...

i can bet that the pix dun do justice to the actual taste. Definitely must try my next trip to Pg. Only one question, what abt the normal one? Cost? Some ppl might be allergic to prawns, who knows. To be fair, must try both mah!

12:58 PM, September 18, 2007  
Blogger New Kid on the Blog said...

do you know, with this post, lots of people circulating this CKT...
i think i've tried it before, but mine didn't keh liao/kar liu.

10:55 AM, September 19, 2007  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

teckiee - you like ham?? then I think you should also like lok lok...

anonymous - I had heard that as well, there is a stall in kimberly street, but that stall not that nice.

Christy, hoklai, anonymous - yeah, agree with you all that lorong selamat CKT is not nice and futhermore the stall owner is damn damn damn lansi. locals will never recommend that.

All - Thanks for supporting us, please continue to stay tune with us and the coming up post will be Penang best Hokkien mee ....

10:18 AM, September 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for all CKT lover, ah leng CKT closed on Thursday. So dissapointed, when I drop there on Thursday purposely want to try the CKT after the Makan Kings recomendation. Will try it next time.

2:50 PM, October 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Agree that Penang served good CKT...

But don`t forget that KL also have good CKT....
Recently I found a stall in Puchong at Pusat Bandar Puchong (Everyday Foodcourt). Doing very well in business...
The stall name is Redhot Fried Kuay Teow.

They not only selling Fried Kuay Teow. They also have very good Fried Rice. Exsample - Seafood Pineapple, Duck Egg Fried Rice, Original Pineapple Fried Rice and Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice.

I notice that in the weekday, they fry with two woks (3 worker)... and weekend with 3 woks (5 wrokers)... Sometimes, even 3 woks.. still got to wait... I can say.. WOW !!! soo many customers ....
Business start from 6 till midnight... I NEVER SEE THEY STOP FRYING...!!! Fry & fry & fry & fry....

The way how they fry are very fast.... 1 plate CKT less than 1 min....CArzy man.... How they do it ? See yourself....

HOW IS THE TASTE LIKE? Damm nice.... really looked Taste like Penang Style... I can say .... 8.5 /10.

Although worker in not local, but their standard are very good compare with other CKT stall..
I can say, They are well trained.

Another very impress thing to me is... this stall have it own fried kuay teow WEBSITE.
hahahahaaaaaa.....
check out this...

http://www.redhotckt.proboards55.com


Talking here is no point....

You should try yourself than you will know...

regards

12:30 PM, January 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wao... i luv Ah Leng CKT too! Ah Leng began his CKT life b4 since i was borned.. His former stall was at penang "Sia Boey", my parents were his fans since tat time.

9:36 PM, February 12, 2008  
Blogger mark said...

Makan King,

I am also from Penang and I don't like Lorong Selamat Char Keoy Teow! But I haven't tried the Ah Leng Char Koay Teow. Will do so when I go back next time. But RM8 is expensive....

7:04 AM, March 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hii! Anyone knows what time Ah Leng's stall open daily?? Been there once in the afternoon but it was closed...

10:56 AM, September 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes yes.. ah leng ckt is delicious but the one opposite the pulau tikus balai station is also delicious....recently taken over by a young men...his style is the best...the ckt taste delicious as well...not to mentioned his father was once nicknamed the koay teow king b4 he retired...try that one also...

10:41 AM, September 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it halal??? or is it 'serve no pork'??

10:47 PM, July 28, 2009  
Blogger Cmarison said...

The "Ah Leng" char koay teow on Dato Keramat used to be at Kimberly Street but they sold that stall together with the name to the new owner before moving. So, don't be fooled by the one on Kimberly Street. They might have the same name but it's totally different. The one in Dato Keramat is the original one.

4:15 AM, December 17, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think Ah Leng char koay teow is nice, there is nothing special and the koey teow is too wet. Will give it a 3/10. Still prefer the one in Pulau Tikus.

11:00 AM, December 29, 2009  
Anonymous Julius Lim said...

Tried it. Best Fried Kuay Teow. Love the prawns, the spice. The fact that it is not oliy makes you feel less guilty when you want 2 plates for yourself! One thing to note...you need to wait at least 20 minutes for your kuay teow. enjoy

11:08 PM, July 10, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post!

www.penangfoodmap.com

6:30 PM, July 04, 2012  
Blogger Enqvist said...

it is so delicious...Taste...iest

11:23 AM, July 13, 2012  

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