Yes, we managed to track down the famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow, courtesy of Uncle Eng Choon who brought us around Penang island stuffing ourselves silly. We had this first thing in the morning, and we were quite excited on what was in store for us. This famous stall is situated along Jalan Dato Keramat and as you can see, even his sign board says his famous.
So famous that he even operates a stall at night in Air Itam. So those in Penang who is craving Ah Leng famous char koay teow at night can pop buy to Air Itam to grab a plate.
This uncle has been operating for many many years, and we were lucky that day that he was the one preparing our char koay teow. Sometimes he gets his workers to do the job, but today, we got the original goods
We went all out that day, and ‘ka lui’ (extra ingredients). So our plate of char kway teow consisted of 4 HUGE prawns, and 1 mantis prawn, sea hum and to top it all off, fried with duck egg. Oh, and need I mention that it was fried in pork lard. Yes, wipe that drool off your face, you can just imagine how good it tasted.
Honestly, we were just fascinated by how humongous the prawns were. Ok, above is a close up, but the size was pretty much there. It was huge, fresh and oh so succulent and we had four (4)!!! Plus the mantis prawn really brought a different flavour to the whole dish and the duck egg, added a depth to it. It had a slightly gamey taste to the whole dish. After this dish, we were just so contented. Sitting there, smiling to ourselves..it was that good. The price for a plate of ‘kah lui’ char kway teow was only RM9. Which sounds expensive, but after you break it down to the four huge prawns, duck eggs, mantis prawns, sea hump and pork lard…I think it’s definitely worth it. In KL this would easily come up to RM15 at least.
Love this place. Will come back again when we are down in Penang. Great food, great people and great food!! haha.
Ah Leng Char Kway Teow
Kafe Khoon Hiang
Jalan Dato Keramat
( I bet you will be able to find this on your GPS)