Penang Authentic Delicacies – Banana Leaf Penang Char Kuey Teow
There are several versions of char kway teow in Southeast Asia, but the best and my favourite version is from Penang. Ask any Penangite, or anyone you know, to name a few of the must-try dishes in Penang, and char kway teow will probably be the first thing that comes out of their mouths. If you’ve tried fantastic char kway teow in Penang(eg: Penang’s famous char koay teow by Uncle Tan at Siam Road), you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. “Char kway teow” is spelt differently in different regions, and Penangites usually spell theirs as “char koay/kuey teow”.
Penang Authentic Delicacies’ signature dish is none other than the Penang Char Kuey Teow ($3/$5). Enveloped in a fragrant piece of banana leaf are thin rice noodles, two fresh prawns, sausages, beansprouts, a few clams, pork lard and eggs. As we unwrapped the banana leaf, I was surprised by how the pile of food didn’t fall apart, and still held its shape. At the same time, the fragrant charred aroma made my mouth water.
As Penang char kuey teow is not cooked with dark soy sauce like the Singaporean version, most of its flavour comes from the ingredients. The intensity of wok hei also plays a big part in the taste of the noodles. Unfortunately, the wok hei present in this plate of char kuey teow was rather mild. However, I liked that the kuey teow was springy, and did not stick together. It also wasn’t dry, nor too oily.
Penang’s local char kuey teow has definitely raised the bar for me, and it seems difficult to find one that can rival Penang’s version in Singapore.
We also tried the Penang Ah Gong Mee Sua Pork Soup ($4). It comprises mee sua, minced pork cake, sliced pork meat, pork balls, pig’s tongue, and a light and sweet broth. The sliced pork meat was really tender, and the minced pork cake was very tasty. However, the pig’s tongue was too thin and crumbled apart easily.
The stall is currently manned by a third-generation hawker who holds his grandfather’s culinary philosophy close to his heart. His grandfather started this business in 1962! Let us know if you like what they have to offer!
Penang Authentic Delicacies
Address: 505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #01-111, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am to 8pm
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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