Most visitors to Penang, especially those from the other states in Malaysia and Singapore will always make compulsory stop at the stalls at Lorong Selamat and/or Sister's. This not only drove up prices at these stalls but cause the standard to drop. Imagine one of them even cooks like 10 servings at a time to coup with the orders. The koay teow is hardly cook and definitely does not have the aroma of a truly well cooked char koay teow. Some lesser know stalls still cook one serving at a time and with real fire from a charcoal stove. The koay teow is well separated by the continuous stirring of the ladle and heat and time bring out the fragrant aromatics from slightly burnt soya sauce, garlic, chilli, lard and koay teow.
Have a few stalls to recommend:-
- Jln Air Itam, the last coffee shop on the left just before the roundabout for the train ride up Penang Hill. A chinese type coffee shop but runs by an Indian. This place also very famous for mee goreng and mee rebus (in the afternoon). Char Koay Teow is sold in the morning. (Google Map : 5.405429,100.283407)
- Corner of Siam Road and Anson Road. This roadside cart stall only start in the afternoon, 3 pm would be a good time. Sitting is available in the coffee shop right at the corner on opposite side ofthe road. (Google Map : 5.415463,100.320293)
- Lorong Kampung Jawa, Bayan Baru. This stall located at the corner coffee shop, two doors from Public Bank, is a favorite for morning breakfast for many of the electronics factory workers in Bayan Baru (Google Map : 5.327574,100.294479)
- Jln Dato Keramat, in a coffee shop just opposite the old Federal Cinema. On google map it is corner of Jalan Dunlop and Jalan Dato Keramat. The stall name is Ah Leng. (Google Map: 5.412905,100.319526)