Finally, after more than 12 months of searching around in KL ... I finally found a 100% authentic Penang fried koay teow at, perhaps unsurprisingly, Hutong Lot 10. The relatively new Chua Brothers Penang Fried Koay Teow stall was located in a quiet, inconspicuous corner, away from the more famous (but disappointing) Soong Kee Beef Noodles, Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Noodles and Hon Kee Fish Porridge stalls.
Unlike the grossly over-rated and undeservingly busy Little Penang Cafe which served up a "halal" version of Penang fried koay teow (pork-less fried koay teow is like a meatless burger), Chua Brothers' version was deliciously flavored with pork lard, and fragrant with "wok hei". The large prawns used here were not as fresh as those one would find in the versions on the island of Penang itself, where only the freshest ingredients would do. But then, this *is* KL, so my expectations had to be tempered. But the cockles used were plump & sweet, the beansprouts fresh & crunchy and well-plucked, the Chinese sausages aromatic, and the koay teow noodles fine and smooth-textured. It was truly the best version I'd found outside of Penang - the aroma and taste here was 100% Penang.
Prices are high though - RM9.35 for the version with chicken egg, and a ringgit higher for the one using fresh duck's egg, which imparts a richer flavor to the fried koay teow.
Chua Brothers Penang Fried Koay Teow
Hutong, LG Floor,
Lot 10 Shopping Centre
50 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2782 3840