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Traditional Charcoal Char Koay Teow, Georgetown – Distinguished and Nostalgic Food

Penang’s Char Koay Teow is one of its kind that cannot be found else where. It is a unique and marvelous food that is so different from other food around the world. If Penang’s Char Koay Teow has been selected as the second best street food , no other street food dare to be ranked as no. 1. The skill and the taste will be even much appreciated if that char koay teow is cooked using charcoal stove as it is not easy to prepare. Usually most of the stalls prepare with pressure gas stove.


It is not easy to cook char koay teow in a charcoal stove as this requires precise controlling of the fire and constant tossing of the koay teow. One of the stalls that still prepare this kind of distinguished char koay teow is the mobile stall located opposite of Syarikat Pinang at Siam Road. The stall is just at the junction of Anson Road and Siam Road.



The uncle has been running the stall of charcoal char koay teow for decades. Now with the help of his son, they still keep serving their customers the taste of the previous days when the pressure gas stove was not introduced.


The consistency of the uncle who fries the koay teow making each plate of char koay teow a perfect one. From adding the ingredients and sauces to the controlling of charcoal fire, each of the step is so precise and never ending.


The fanning of the charcoal stove with a manual fan to make the fire hot enough to fry the koay teow.


Each plate of char koay teow consists of koay teow, shrimps, chives, bean sprouts, Chinese sausages, clams and egg.


The koay teow was a bit wet compared to those fried with regular pressure gas stove. However, the koay teow was packed with aroma of wok and charcoal . The taste of the char koay teow is very well-balanced.


The price of the Charcoal Char Koay Teow: Small – RM3.70, Small with Egg – RM4.50, Big – RM5.50.


Overall, I am not a big fan of Char Koay Teow, yet I really get attracted by the char koay teow of this stall. The owner of this stall really brings back the old memories of Penang char koay teow. It is not easy to find a parking space here and no matter what time you order the char koay teow, you will have to wait for at least 20 minutes. However, this is worth the wait as this is an extinct Penang food.

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Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Pork Free
Credit Card
Private Room
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 3:00pm – 8:30pm (Close on Sunday)
Contact: –
Address: Mobile stall that located at the junction of Anson road and Siam Road.
GPS: 5° 41′ 55.01″ N, 100° 32′ 02.92″ E

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2 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. That was one awesome food in Penang! There are many new cafes and restaurant in Penang opening up! Hope to see review from you =)

    1. SHERLYN on February 19th, 2014 at 12:31 pm
  2. Haha, it’s along the same “grandmaster” circle as Ah Leng’s. :-)


    Ho Chiak

    2. Penang Ho Chiak on December 30th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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