When I subscribe to Flavour Magazine, I was given a guidebook on hawker foods in Malaysia. Kedai Kopi Seng Thor Orh Chien or oyster omelet is featured in the book. I was reluctant to visit this old, oily, dirty, run down coffeeshop. However, after a few Penang food bloggers blogged about it, I decided to give it a shot.
As I said, the coffee shop is hot, with bad ventilation, dirty and oily. However, I can overlook that because I am a Penangite. We tend to turn a blind eye if the food is good.
The orh chien does not impress me or my hubby. He is not used to the strong smell of the chives or kuchai. Meanwhile, I found the floury part a bit turn off. You see, the style of making orh chien in this coffee shop is different from others. The man first fried a huge blob of eggs, flour and chives. Then, he removed this and put aside. When people order, he will take a blob of the omelet, add some tapioca flour mixture and the oysters and re-fried. The orh chien is therefore very crispy on the outside.
I was there for lunch and there aren’t many stalls opening. There is this lor bak push cart outside the coffee shop. The old man’s lor bak looks very authentic. However, hubby and I were there with only our small boy. So, we cannot sample too many things. I ordered the heh chee or prawn fritter and a piece of the century egg, meat paste wrapped with soya sheet. I believe this lorbak is worth a try because the heh chee is special. Solid yet crispy and not airy like others.
I think I am going back to Kedai Kopi Seng Thor again and again because of this instant cook koay teow th’ng. It is one of the nicest instant cook koay teow th’ng I have ever tasted. The soup has a nice sweetish taste minus the MSG flavour. Eventhough I am not a fan of instant cook koay teow thng, I am a fan of this stall. I will forget the dirty floor, the oily wall or the bad ventilation because of the wholesome, hearty koay teow thng with minced pork, fish balls, liver and nice smooth koay teow.
I have very weird taste buds. I like to eat things people ‘throw away’. When we eat curry mee as a family, my sons and husband will pile their pig’s blood and cockles into my bowl. When I eat the koay teow thng, he gave me all the livers. Eventhough everytime they gave me all these ‘toxic’ stuffs and I kept joking, “Hah….murdering me, give me liver cancer, issit?” I love to gobble these innards or discards.
Kedai Kopi Seng Thor is located at the corner of the Carnavon Street and Kimberley Street. Carnavon Street sells coffins. Kimberly Street sells mourning clothes and joss-sticks. Heh, that’s kind of sombre, isn’t it? But that’s Penang for you. Everything in a tiny island.