Carnavon Street : Kedai Kopi Seng Thor

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.

orh chien

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.

lor bak

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.

instant cook koay teow thng

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.

instant cooked koay teow thng

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.

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9 thoughts on “Carnavon Street : Kedai Kopi Seng Thor


    (January 1, 2009 - 7:23 pm)

    Hmm… I like to eat spare parts too. Happy New Year! Hehe~


    (January 1, 2009 - 9:28 pm)

    Lilian, I always eat this type of koay teow th’ng at this coffee shop near Pulau Tikus market. I always ask for ‘semua mahu’ and I like that the liver is sliced thinly. Next time I think I will ‘keh liau’.

    The place is clean and decent. Don’t know the name but it’s the one with the bowler Adrian Ang’s photo on the wall. I think he must be the son of the owner.

    I have always liked koey teow th’ng since I was small. My mom used to take me to a stall situated at the end of the lane next to Jual Murah. I always have extra fishballs.

    (And this reminds me of a fishball joke ……. A foreigner was seeing fishballs for the first time and commented .. ‘Wow the fishes in Malaysia must be huge… look at the size of their balls!)


    (January 1, 2009 - 10:21 pm)

    No wonder the last pic of koay teow teng has so many livers in it !


    (January 2, 2009 - 12:47 am)

    I think this kedai is the one supposedly known for its lor mee. Never liked the oh chien. Anyway I’d head for the corner coffee shop (don’t know name) across the road where it’s koay teow thng, fried kuay teow and loh bak are my usual breakfast fare whenever I’m back in Penang.


    (January 2, 2009 - 9:07 pm)

    Cannot tahan oredi! This morning I ate koey teow th’ng!


    (January 3, 2009 - 1:47 am)

    yes… they serve the best KTT in town.. no doubts… at all


    (January 3, 2009 - 8:37 pm)


    dont marah me again ah!!!

    i ask in 5x you kick me so i ask for your favour here okey!

    u help me la… i want to surprise my ahbang with cup cake on his birthday…

    u know any good ones ah….?


    (January 6, 2009 - 8:08 am)

    Hi,check out the oh chien at bee san,boundary road,Air itam.Its our all time favourite oh chien stall.

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