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8 Best Char Kuey Teow in Penang

Updated: May 2, 2019

Char Kuey Teow

Penang’s most famous street food is no doubt, Char Kuey Teow. It’s beloved by both locals and tourist. It’s a staple meal in Penang, no dish symbolizes Penang better than Char Kuey Teow. Perhaps Assam Laksa, but hey it’s all about Char Kuey Teow now.

It’s a simple dish, made of flat rice noodles, soy sauce, egg/duck egg, bean sprouts, chives, cockles, prawns, and other secret ingredients that each chef adds to make their Char Kuey Teow the best.

Also, we can’t forget the ‘Char’ or ‘wok hei’ from the sizzling hot wok. It’s not the same without it!

Now, which is our favourite Char Kuey Teows?

1. Tiger Char Kuey Teow

Tiger Char Kuey Teow @timeoutpenang

One of the pioneers that made Char Kuey Teow famous in Penang. The owner’s nickname is “Ah Hor” which translates to Tiger in Hokkien. No doubt, like the way Char Kuey Teow is made, fierce.

Induced with it’s ‘wok hei’ along with juicy plump prawns, Tiger Char Kuey Teow serves one of the best.

Unlike some Char Kuey Teow places which are expensive. Their prices are justified.

There is no doubt this is a strong contender to the position of Char Kuey Teow King of Penang.

Be prepared, it’s always packed during the weekends!

Address: Kafe ST Loo, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town 10450, Penang.

Operating Hour: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Daily)

2. Ah Leng Char Kuey Teow

Ah Leng Char Kuey Teow @themaggywang

You know they are good when there are multiple branches of the same stall. Each plate comes with 2 large prawns. If you fancy yourself some juicy plump prawns, Ah Leng’s got your back with mantis prawns as well.

Besides it’s smoky “wok hei”, Ah Leng’s has a great kick to their spice flavour. It’s a balance of sweetness and umami.

Some say that the stall at Ayer Itam with Ah Leng is better, but there is no doubt his children at Jalan Dato Keramat are good as well. The next generation of Ah Leng Char Kuey Teow is in good hands.

Address 1: Lorong Zoo 6, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang

Address 2: Jalan Dato Keramat, Kampung Makam, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)

3. Siam Road Char Kuey Teow

Siam Road Char Kuey Teow @weisheen

Another serious contender, some even crown this the King of Penang Char Kuey Teow. Based on their long queue, there is no doubt they are good.

Operated by a father and son team, Siam Road Char Kuey Teow is renowned internationally . Placing 14th in the World Street Food Congress 2017 in Manila. They are that good.

The elderly uncle cooks over a wood-fired wok that gives it the smokiness that we crave in our Char Kuey Teow.

No more just a food cart, they serve you delicious charcoal-flamed Char Kuey Teow in a shop along the same Siam Road.

Expect at least an hour wait during peak hours.

Address: 82, Jalan Siam, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Sundays&Mondays)

4. Cecil Market Char Kuey Teow

Cecil Market Char Kuey Teow @pgnoms

Tucked in Cecil Market lies a charcoal-flamed duck egg Char Kuey Teow stall. The friendly uncle who cooks the Kuey Teow also uses charcoal to make his Char Kuey Teow, the ‘wok hei’ along with the charcoal makes his Kuey Teow especially aromatic.

There’s not much to say about it, it’s just good old fashion Char Kuey Teow that satisfies your tummy!

Address: 40-48, Lebuh Cecil, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.Operating Hour: (Market) 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Daily)

5. Sister's Char Kuey Teow

Sister's Char Kuey Teow @chrisninowi

Wok-fried Kuey Teow topped with shreds of fresh crabmeat. Ain’t that something different? Only at Sister’s Char Kuey Teow.

The shredded crabmeat gives a unique sweetness to the dish. If you want a kick of spiciness, they give a generous amount of their freshly grounded chilli paste.

While the sister’s have retired, the younger generation is still doing good work in feeding the masses with their signature Char Kuey Teow

Address: 185, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 11400 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

6. Sany Char Kuey Teow

Sany Char Kuey Teow @soadah85

Most people are sceptical about halal Char Kuey Teow, without pork lard, it does not feel the same. And yet, Sany’s Char Kuey Teow proves it all wrong. It’s the best halal Char Kuey Teow in Penang!

Sany Char Kuey Teow ain’t just halal Char Kuey Teow, it’s also a wet version of it. As they commonly call it, ‘Char Kuey Teow Basah’.

They are no stingy with their prawns as well, big and juicy!

Address: 4, Lorong Mahsuri 2, Bayan Baru, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)

7. New Cathay Kopitiam Char Kuey Teow

New Cathay Kopitiam Char Kuey Teow @kevin_n_lim

New Cathay Kopitiam is one of the best local breakfast places in Penang. Their Char Kuey Teow is pretty good.

What else can we say? We’ve pretty much described how Char Kuey Teow is like, it’s lip-smacking good.

Visit before 2 pm, they only serve until lunch!

Address: 425, Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (Closed on Sundays)

8. Bukit Mertajam Duck Egg Char Kuey Teow

Bukit Mertajam Char Kuey Teow @thatjames

Their Char Kuey Teow is famous for their use of duck egg in the form of a fried egg! Then again, many Char Kuey Teow stalls are using duck eggs these days. But hey, it’s what got them famous.

Representing that not only the island has good food. It’s so popular that they have a franchise store on the island, however, it’s not as good as the original.

If you are willing to cross the bridge to get some good Kuey Teow, go ahead!

Address: Jalan Pasar, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)


Of course, there are more Char Kuey Teow stalls out there that are good, these are just 8 of our favourite Char Kuey Teow places.

But most of us can agree, if a stall labels itself as “Penang Famous Char Kuey Teow”, it’s not good.

Tell us what you think is the best Char Kuey Teow below in the comments!

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