Ahh, finally, the super famous Char Koay Teow in Penang is here – Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow. This is possibly the most famous Char Koay Teow in Malaysia. Almost everyone who visit Penang will always ask their the local Penangties to bring them here for a plate of awesomeness Char Koay Teow. The aunty who fried the Char Koay Teow is also very famous, not only due to her attitude, but also because she wear a goggle when she is cooking.
However, although I know the Char Koay Teow here is good, I banned this place for many years ago. This is because most of the time I was there few years back, I need to queue up waiting the aunty frying, under the bloody hot sun! Besides, the queue is never short, and most of the time you need to queue up to 45 minutes or more! This is madness!
Until recently I had removed them from the ban list as they had shifted out to a new coffee shop – Kafe Heng Huat. Although there’s only 1 stall in this coffee shop, which is the Char Koay Teow, you can order other foods such as O-Chien, curry mee, rojak and many more from the coffee shops nearby to here. Well, actually some of the store waiter will be lurking inside the coffee shop and asked you will you want to order from them.
Ever since the Char Koay Teow moved to here, one no longer need to queue up for their koay teow, they can seat inside and wait for it. This is so much better, although the waiting time is still hell long (1 hour) if you come at the peak hour (around 2pm to 3pm).
Since I hate waiting, and also due to the coffee shop is small and too packed, making it way too hot and uncomfortable to sit and wait inside for long, I decided to came early at around 11am when they just start business. However, I notice something wrong when I was there. The aunty with goggle is missing! There’s someone frying the koay teow, but it’s definitely not her! However, since I am here, I still order it and thought, well maybe I just need to wait awhile for the real cook to appear.
However, this is not true! The mysterious cook took our order, and proceed to fried it for us! Only until she finish frying, the main cook appear, but it’s all too late. Only till then, I notice that the mysterious person who fried it is actually the assistant of the goggle aunty all this while. She is the one that took your order normally, while the main cook focus on frying only. Since she had been beside the main cook for so long, definitely she had learn a thing or two right?
Fortunately for us, yes, the assistant skill is good. The Char Koay Teow is not bad and was way above average than the normal one. 7.7/10
Since I am unhappy that I can’t taste the real cook skill, I decided to come back few days after this. This time, it was the real cook who is frying it. Notice the difference? Yea, it does looks redder and more appealing. However, that’s not just about it. Although the assistant skill is already good, but there’s still a huge difference in terms of skill between both of them. The real one got way more “wok hei”, and taste really really nice. This is a plate of awesome Char Koay Teow that will ask you to come back often! 9.3/10
This is the real cook, she ain’t wearing any goggle yet since it’s still early, but if you come late at around 2pm, you will definitely spot her wearing a huge yellow goggle. Well, unless she decided to change the color to red or something else.
The Ice Kacang here is consider ok ok only. Not enough ingredients la. Check out for the unrounded ugly pentagon bokeh too 6.0/10
Yet another shop in Penang that will charge people for not ordering drinks.
The rojak here is not bad too. I like this type of black sauce rojak more rather than those with too much prawn paste. 7.5/10
The Char Koay Teow stall, and the red wording down there initiates that you can order food from nearby stall to here.
Basically, the Char Koay Teow here is really good stuff. Awesome as I can say. Just come earlier and eat it during lunch time. Come at around 11.30am to 12.30pm for lunch, forget about having it during tea time and you shall enjoy a great awesome plate of true Penang Char Koay Teow, where the waiting time is very very short! Just remember, don’t come too early or your Char Koay Teow will be fried by the wrong person like my case! I am truly ashamed with it, sigh…..
Total Damage: RM9 per plate for extra prawns
Operating Hours: 11am to 5pm
Location: Lorong Selamat, Penang