Tiger Char Koay Teow @ Carnavon Street, Georgetown
Hopped into Ken‘s car and we were brought to Ping Hooi Coffee Shop (槟园茶室) which marked the beginning of our breakfast food hunting journey on my second day at Penang.
I’ve text messaged Ken for a meetup arrangement once my Penang trip was confirmed. I really appreciated that he managed to bring us around despite his tight schedule. Thank you again!
Our first stop was this Tiger Char Koay Teow which nestled in Ping Hooi Coffee Shop at Carnavon Street.
Being one of the iconic hawker food at The Pearl of the Orient, Char Koay Teow (CKT) can be found at every nook and cranny in the state. Your Penang trip will never complete without trying a plate of this popular fried flat noodles.
The place was in in full swing on Sunday morning circa 10.00am and we were lucky to secure the last table or else we might need to wait table for hours according to Ken. We placed our order and wait patiently for our food to be served. There are other foods available in the coffee shop too such as prawn noodle (known as Hokkien Mee in Penang), Lor Bak and etc.
CKT with extra prawns (RM 12.00)
Adding extra ingredients for CKT (usually prawns) seem like very common at Penang. As per suggested by Ken, we had ours with extra prawns but normal version which is not so “premium” also available here such as without egg (RM 5.00), with chicken egg (RM 5.50) & with duck egg (RM 6.00)
Topped with six sizable fresh prawns, it was indeed a sight to behold for a plate of CTK, hehe ^__*
Brimming with anticipations, we had our first slurp of the fragrantly fried flat noodles (koay teow). Oh my, it was totally different with what I’ve had at Klang Valley! The wok hei was intensely pronounced with bursting soy sauce flavour. The bean sprouts, chives, cockles and egg heighten the level of scrumptious-ness. A plate of unpretentious fried noodle that embodied in full flavors and fragrance glory!
Verdict: Highly recommended unequivocally but portion was remarkably small for a single portion. I believe there are also other great CKT within the state and please stay tune for the second CKT we had!
Tiger Chao Koay Teow
Ping Hooi Coffee Shop
179, Carnavon Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.
Business hour: 8.00am till 2.30pm daily