Everyone in Penang will know this spot – the famous beef noodles stall of "Acheen Street" fame (founded in the 1960s) - it moved to its current location at Lam Ah Coffeeshop, 194 Beach Street (opposite the fire station) in 1996.
The stall-owner/chef extraordinaire is Ms Loo Seow Theng, friendly, vivacious, attractive, and who could cook up the meanest bowl of beef noodles in Penang!
The beef soup stock is made from slow-boiling meat, bones & innards till they are tender. Great stuff! A typical bowl of beef koay teow will consist of beef shin, tendons, tripe & meatballs, garnished with crisp-fried garlic and fresh, chopped coriander leaves.
Another must-not-miss dish at Lam Ah is the oyster omelette (“oh-chian”) from the other stall. The version here is quite unique - the stall-owner meticulously prepares his oh-chien using a two-step process: first he fries an ultra-crispy part-crepe/part-omelette using eggs & a tapioca starch mixture.
Then, he stir-fries tiny fresh oyster in a strong chilli-bean-paste gravy mixture separately, after which he'll then pour over the crispy egg omelette-crepe and served immediately. Best in the world!
Lam Ah Coffeeshop
194 Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai)
Junction with Chulia Street (Across from the fire station)
Georgetown, 10300 Penang