Eating Char Koay Teow has become essential for tourists who visit Penang. If you tell your friends that you have visited Penang but never tasted Char Koay Teow here, they will raise an eyebrow at you. The feeling is like you visited Paris but never seen Eiffel Tower.
Back to the topic, there are so many stalls of Char Koay Teow in Penang and some are too commercialized and the one that I am going to mention today is the famous Char Koay Teow in Pulau Tikus, Burma Road.
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According to the local news paper that publish about the story of this stall, it says the stall has been operating for more than 20 years and it’s located in front of Sin Hwa Coffee Shop. The owner is a middle aged lady, her name is Ah Lian. This is one of the stalls that will add duck egg to the char koay teow as an add-on order.
After reading this newspaper and without any hesitation, I ordered a plate of Char Koay Teow with duck egg. However, this Char Koay Teow only came to me after 20 minutes due to popular demand and she has forgotten my order.
Check out the close-up of this Char Koay Teow, there are only some egg white and no egg yolk on my plate and when I confirmed with her again she claims this is the add-on with duck egg.
Anyway, after the long-wait I should have felt hungry and anything that goes into my mouth will be more delicious compared to normal circumstances. However after tasting this “Famous” Char Koay Teow, it gives me the feeling like it’s just another stall of char koay teow by the road side. May be her stall is too famous and popular further more she needs to cope with so many orders at one time and miss out some ingredients? Anyway, I am quite disappointed on this highly-expected dish.