Well well well, another Char Koay Teow post, but this Char Koay Teow is really special. It’s not the best nor it’s not the most popular one in Penang, but certainly it’s one of the most special Char Koay Teow in Penang, or maybe in the world. Besides, I highly doubt many people had the chance to try it due to it super unique opening time ——— 5.00 AM to 10.00 AM.
AND YES, you read it correctly, at 5.00 AM in the morning, they already start selling it, and stop selling at 10 AM. I was like in ZOMGWTF when Criz tell me this, eating Char Koay Teow at so damned early in the morning is just crazy and way too heavy for breakfast! Breakfast is supposed to be something light, healthy yet full, and not something that the total calorie intake will be 1/2 of you should have for the whole day!
We almost went there at 4.30am, but in the end I delay it till 6AM. When we reach there, the uncle already fried many plates of Char Koay Teow already. Criz told me that this Char Koay Teow stall fried a lot for factories workers, hence he had to open business so early so that the workers got something to eat during their breakfast break, which explains why he start selling so early. This stall also use charcoal to fried, which gives better burnt smell to the Char Koay Teow.
Besides Char Koay Teow, they also had fried mee as the option.
Fried Rice is available here too. The fried rice is so so to me only as it’s a bit too sticky to my liking. 6.0/10
And finally, back to the Char Koay Teow. The Char Koay Teow here is by far the cheapest in tow. For a normal plate, it’s only RM2.80, and for those who opt for extra prawns, it’s only RM3.80! Where in hell can you find such cheap Char Koay Teow these days? Especially if you compare to those crazy RM9.00 per plate version.
Although the prawns here are not as big as Ah Leng and Lorong Selamat, but the freshness is there, and they gives more prawns to compensate the smaller size, at a way way way WAY cheaper price! One can also opt for using duck egg at extra RM0.50 only! The Koay Teow here is also not as oily as most another place, as it’s a bit drier than others. Although it’s healthier, but I prefer oilier version more.
1 might ask, at such cheap price, the Char Koay Teow good or not ar? Well, all I can say is, I personally still love both Ah Leng and Lorong Selamat more, but this doesn’t means this one is bad. Besides, it might not look reddish and spicy (as I had ask for extra spicy), but it’s really spicy. 7.5/10
However, if you were to ask me to come and eat here again at 6AM, then it’s no way man. I will come at 8.30 AM, but 6AM is just too early for such a heavy meal.
Finally, thanks to Criz again for bringing me to this place. Looking forward for you to bring me eat eat again in the near future! Thanks Ya!
Total Damage: RM3.80 for Char Koay Teow
Operating Hours: 5.00 AM to 10.00 AM (Closed on Monday)
Location: Cecil Street, Penang