Penang Char Kuey Teow
Are you looking to have authentic Penang Char Kuey Teow (Malaysian version of stir fried dry flat noodles) in Setapak, north east outskirt of Kuala Lumpur ? There is this Penang couple who has been operating a night stall selling Penang Char Kuey Teow (PCKT) for over 30 years in Setapak. They used to operate from a popular hawker centre at Taman P Ramlee, Setapak between 1980s and 1990s but then moved to Jalan Prima Setapak, Setapak from 2000s.
Business hours are from 4:30pm till 11:45pm (usually sold out before they close for business). Their stall is located inside Restoran Wan Yee, a corner Chinese coffee shop on Jalan Prima Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Hint : The shop is across the Setapak Wet Market (Pasar Jalan Genting Kelang).
I have been having their Penang Char Kuey Teow (PCKT) since 1980s. My wife and my in-laws who are from Penang rank this PCKT as good as those popular ones found in Penang.
The norm, is just to order the Flat Rice noodles (Kuey Teow). But for me, I prefer to request as combo of Flat Rice noodles with Yellow Thin Wheat noodles (Yellow Mee). The condiments come with boiled beans sprouts, cockles, 2 pieces of shrimps and egg. The PCKT is priced at RM5.00 for small and RM6.00 for large.
I usually order the Large combo serving (minus cockles ,shrimps & chillies- see the featured image), which is sufficient for 2 person. Because of the shrimps and cockles omission, the price is reduced to RM5.70. Cockles is an acquired taste which I simply did not enjoy. Shrimps triggers eczema in me.
It is interesting to watch the PCKT stall owner work his magic on the wok. He spends less than a minute end to end, putting together a plate of PCKT, because he is very quick on the stir frying and flipping the noodles on the wok and that you will not see any trace of burnt noodles on your PCKT.
As I write this post, my mind is telling me to head out for supper afterwards for my usual large serving of PCKT.
My next post will cover, Kuala Lumpur style Chinese Curry Laksa located at the next block of shophouses not far from this PCKT stall.