Penang Char Kway Teow

As far as Penang specialty is concerned, Char Kway Teow is no doubt one of the local favorite. Mention "Char Kway Teow" (Fried Kway Teow) and Penangites will definitely know where to find the best one in town. I remember that 10 years back, a plate of delicious fried Kway Teow just cost about 80 cents but today the cost
can easily fetch up to $3 or sometimes $5 for added prawns or some others ingredients.

A flat rice noodles, crunchy bean sprouts, handful of kuchai, seeham (cockles-optional), prawns, blend together with some good black soya sauce, egg and a huge dollop of chili (optional - but recommended) cooked in a fiery heat wok is a perfect combination that makes the delicious and aromatic Penang Fried Kway
Teow. It makes your mouth drool everytime you catch a whiff of it - No Kidding!

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Fried Kway Teow is sold in almost every part of Penang from hotel, restaurant and up to hawker stalls. There are so many good "Char Kway Teow" in Penang that causes, making a decision on where to eat becomes a hot debate. It will be impossible to list which one is the best as every Kway Teow sellers has their own personal secret and touch when they work their culinary skills in the hot fiery wok heat. Perhaps the most original and natural taste can be achieved if the sellers uses charcoal to fried instead of gas.

Put cholesterol control aside (for the time being) if you want to try out this delicious dish. Some of the friend whom I knew prepared to go all the way to Air Itam or Tanjung Bungah just for a plate of Fried Kway Teow even when he lives miles and miles away. This proved that Penang Fried Kway Teow has the distinctive taste that can hook and brings the loyalty of customer.

Perak road market has the reputation for cheap and excellent hawker food and of course the delicious Penang Fried Kway Teow. Others favorite place frequent by locals include Macalister lane, Lorong Selamat and Jones road at Pulau Tikus. If you do not know where or how to find a good Penang Fried Kway Teow, visit the famous Gurney Drive. Tucked away amidst the numerous hawker stalls of the famous food paradise of Penang, Gurney Drive has long been the favorite place for locals and tourist to get the taste of a true blue Penang food.

One of the Penang Fried Kway Teow sellers in Pulau Tikus that I knew has been frying for more that 20 years. The humble and quiet Mr. Lee has been in the business since 1990s inherited from his late father. His daily routine started the moments he opens his stalls at 9am to 5:30pm when he finished. He weave his magic hand across the heated wok that sometimes filled with fire, flipping and frying your favorite Fried Kway Teow that so aromatic and fragrant that a single plate might never be enough.

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