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Penang Food Trail – Battle of the Char Kway Teow

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Our food hunt has ventured beyond local land and into the heart of Penang! Together with our lovely Penang hosts, we were on a 2D1N food trail! And this food adventured commenced the moment we stepped out of Penang International Airport. First stop – the battle of the Penang Char Kway Teow 炒粿条!

Ah Leng Char Kway Teow @ Datuk Keramat Road

Ah Leng Char Kway Teow @ Datuk Keramat Road

Ah Leng Char Kway Teow

Ah Leng Char Kway Teow

The first contestant in the battle of Penang Char Kway Teow is the famous Ah Leng Char Kway Teow located at the corner of Jalan Dunlop and Jalan Dato Keramat. There are a few differences between the Penang and Singapore versions of Char Kway Teow.
1) The Penang version does not use sweet black sauce
2) There’s only kway teow (flat white rice noodles) in the Penang version; no yellow noodles!

Ah Leng’s Char Kway Teow is really great! It is fried in batches of 2 plates at a time to ensure tip top standard and consistency. The prawns were rather huge, very fresh, succulent and juicy. The Char Kway Teow wasn’t overly oily and it was sufficiently spicy enough to whet our appetites. Compare this to any Char Kway Teow stall in Singapore, we’ll definitely choose Ah Leng’s.

 

Sisters Char Kway Teow at McAlister Rd

Sisters Char Kway Teow at McAlister Rd

Sisters Char Kway Teow

Sisters Char Kway Teow

 

The second contestant – Sisters Char Kway Teow at Lam Heng Coffee Shop, McAlister Road. One look at the plate of Char Kway Teow and you would notice the extra toppings of crab meat. However, this extra crab meat topping did nothing to accentuate the taste of the char kway teow. In fact, the crab meat had little or no taste at all. The prawns were not fresh as well and were not succulent. The kway teow, on the other hand, was slightly more salty but less spicy. It was also more oily than Ah Leng’s.

The winner of the Penang Char Kway Teow Battle: Ah Leng’s Char Kway Teow!

On a side note, at Lam Heng Coffee Shop, we tried the Nutmeg drink and Sisters’ Yam Cake.

Nutmeg Drink

Nutmeg Drink

Yam Cake

Yam Cake

We’ve never tried Nutmeg drink before, so it was a rather refreshing experience. The nutmeg taste wasn’t too strong, nothing too special about it, but something which we can’t find in Singapore. The Yam Cake was quite unique too, as it had toppings of dried shrimps! I love dried shrimps! Little chewy savoury shrimps – I love the taste, I love the savoury smell too. They were also quite generous with the yam, we could see huge chunks of yam everywhere.

 

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Written by foodphd

March 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

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