Best char koay teow stalls in Penang

Come on, Penangites, tell me which is your favourite char koay teow stall in Penang?

char koay teow with prawns

My favourites are the one opposite Pulau Tikus Police Station which has squids and prawns. Of course, the photos are not according to the stalls I mentioned because LOL, all the CKT looks the same to me and I cannot recall which is which.

char koay teow

The night stall I like is the one in Kimberly street with mantis prawns. It goes well with the tong-sui.

char koay teow

Anyway, I am not keen on char koay teow ‘cos if I eat a whole plate, it makes me sick.

So, care to share the secret locations of your char koay teow places?

Please follow and like us:

Post Author: lilian

Used to be PenangFaces, now known as Food Haven, for all oink-oink foods

22 thoughts on “Best char koay teow stalls in Penang


    (March 20, 2007 - 3:46 am)

    My personal favourite would be the stall in China Street at night. It’s not very well known because the China Street area is pretty dead at night and only the Char Koay Teow stall and a few other stalls operate in the coffee shop at night.

    I like the former stall in Terengganu Road as well but that young man has since retired to help his mom’s stall at Swatow Lane. So now, i had to go all the way to Swatow Lane whenever i miss his Char Koay Teow.

    Mama Bok

    (March 20, 2007 - 5:14 am)

    CKT is one of my absolute favourites..!! i was in Penang many years ago.. but had a wimp as a travelling companion.. and not only did he get sick.. he was throwing up.. even with just a car ride.. Arrrgghhh..!! so me.. being nice and all.. i had to stay back at the hotel. .and kept him company.. 🙁
    What a waste.. and what a bummer..!! Never seen such a wimp.. in my life..!!

    Cindy Chin

    (March 20, 2007 - 10:12 am)

    Heard Lorong Selamat one very good, unfortunately due to their poor service and attitude, dont think I’ll encourage anyone to give it a try.

    Anyone try the CKT in mainland? Tmn Inderawasih & Bukit Mertajam one are pretty good.

    And another one along Anson Road (@ the road side) opposite formal EPF office, is good also. That one only operates at night. Fried with duck egg.


    (March 20, 2007 - 2:43 pm)

    cindy – I see the people queuing up, I oso lazy to bother about it. I like the one at Johor Road, not sure if we are talking about the same one? Duck egg memang best!

    mamabok – Aww…you missed the best we have to offer. Never mind, come to Penang and I will be your guide.

    jlshyang – Swatow lane! I think the blue plate is from Swatow Lane lah. So many prawns, best lah. But now they moved in or still stay outside?

    Giddy Tiger

    (March 20, 2007 - 3:24 pm)

    My favorite is also the shop in Pulau Tikus – not the one at the corner but the one facing Arcadia Florist. I’ve tried the regular chicken egg and also the duck egg version. Yum yum…:)

    The Lorong Selamt one is overpriced and over-eksyen. Don’t want to give them face.


    (March 21, 2007 - 12:25 am)

    malay’s char koay teow in BM town and another one opposite tmn hwa seng.


    (March 21, 2007 - 3:31 pm)

    That i’m not sure lo, haven’t gone back to Penang since the Swatow Lane food court was opened. Will check it out soon! I desperately need my food therapy session!!!

    K Sin

    (March 23, 2007 - 5:00 pm)

    i dun really fancy CKT either but my personal favourite the one near Lam Wah Ee Hospital. Its on the same row with RHB Bank.


    (March 23, 2007 - 8:31 pm)

    My personal favourite CKT stall is in kopitiam Asia somewhere near the air itam roundabout and Beside the primary school KONG MENG PUSAT.


    (March 24, 2007 - 3:29 pm)

    My favourite is the morning stall at Super Tanker in Lip Sin…just opposite the Lip Sin market. It serves small portion and cost RM2.70 per plate.


    (March 24, 2007 - 9:15 pm)

    hmm… fav stall is at New Lane….not that I luv to eat CKT but if I wanna have CKT i prefer that stall lor….Batu Lanchang Market oso not bad wat


    (March 26, 2007 - 2:51 pm)

    My favorite CKT of all time is the stall on 7th Street (Chit Tiao Lor in hokkien). I only go to swatow lane when the fave one is already closed for the day.


    (March 26, 2007 - 3:39 pm)

    me also the one opp the PT police station – wif duck egg…YUmmY!

    Only thing is that coffee shop got no bb chair, so have to balance my son in one hand and eatng CKT with the other.

    winson tan

    (April 11, 2007 - 12:27 am)

    in my opinion, i certainly like the CKT during the night at the jelutong market. The CKT is still being cooked with charcoal. This is the best. The stall is directly the desert van named “MAK TOU YOU”. TRY IT OUT!!!! it is my personal nice


    (April 20, 2007 - 3:05 pm)

    I have a few fav for CKT
    1) Opp the Pulau Tikus Police Station
    At nite, they are located at the Pulau Tikus market near by the lok lok stall & the “tong sui” stall

    2) Coffee shop next to Sheraton Hotel
    I esp like the CKT with sambal sotong add on seperately…yum!! yum!! reminds me of the good old days at SXI when the CKT there was top notch

    3) Another one is at Fettes Park Fatty Loh chicken rice coffee shop… the CKT is only sold at nite


    (November 1, 2007 - 4:48 pm)

    My personal favourite CKT stall is in kopitiam that infront of HONALULU near beside Jalan Dato Keramat ,after ESSO petrol station.We call Penang Famous (AH Leng Car Koay Teow ).Contact H/P: 0124983962.Only open stall on morning half day.You can order for extra add seafood.


    (July 30, 2008 - 8:59 am)

    My favourites are the one opposite Pulau Tikus Police Station which has squids and prawns. Of course, the photos are not according to the stalls I mentioned because LOL, all the CKT looks the same to me and I cannot recall which is which.

    come on guys.. the shop called sin hwa kedai kopi, i’m operating it now. the shop got 35+ years of history already since my grandfather start operating it. the biz got up and down because of different cooker, but the most famous time was my father time ( ah hoe char koay teow ). but if now u come to sin hwa char koay teow, i won’t dissapoint u. so, please come and try it out, thanks. operating hours from 10.30am – 5.30pm everyday.

    Henry C

    (February 17, 2009 - 5:28 pm)

    For me still prefer the one near Air Itam roundabout ASIA Cafe. Available from 7am to 12noon must try before to Kek Lok Si Temple.


    (March 15, 2009 - 3:22 pm)

    Let me share with you of my incident of Lrg Selamat CKT.

    It was a rainy day I took my SIN friends to makan the AUNTY CKT. I ordered 6 plates and 18 takeaways..She asked me to que up?? HELLO?? Under the rain?? I was so pissed off that I went over to the Uncle CKT ( oopsite ) He was so humble that he even brought the takeaways right to my table!!

    I so pissed of with the lady. Being locals, I know where to get good ones..and I am more nasty than her.. Each time you order she won;t answer you of she’ll say half hour waiting “pua tiam cheng” \\

    So the next time I was there I ordered the UNCLE and HER CKT. No only my judge ment, Uncle one is much better. I did this very often to different groups of friends and they also said the same thing. Wether with lots of chilly or plain..So you try and you will know. The last time I did that was when Uncle retired and hand over to his son…SAME effect..Better than AUNTY and Cheaper by 50 cents!

    Recently, she has move further down and have her shop. Never in my life I see her ” chio” call off to customer to eat her CKT. The UNCLE son took over her last location and he is still as humble as before..

    henry C

    (March 16, 2009 - 12:12 am)

    Jasmine.. I agree with your comment…Me and my group of friend also complain

    about her ATTITUDE problem …. don’t support AUNTY CKY. Opposite UNCLE HUMBLE

    CKY is more better than AUNTY Chou Koay Tiow.

    Food Critic

    (December 26, 2009 - 3:40 pm)

    Lorong Selamat’s Mdm Soon’s (with the red hat) CKT is not only over priced, but nowadays more oily and of late she has been charring her CKT and her prawns are less fresh compared to her main competitors. Seems to cater to mostly non-Penangites as most of customers seem to be Singaporeans or KLites. Rule of thumb – if you order in Mandarin or Cantonese, price goes up by RM1. Thirty minute wait mandatory. She fries 2 plates at a time.

    Food Critic

    (December 26, 2009 - 3:48 pm)

    Mdm Soon’s CKT now dropped standard by so much that even Ah Seong’s (Wong Kin Soong) CKT in Seng Lee coffeeshop at Jalan Batai, KL is better than hers!. Ah Seong’s prawns are fresh and slightly chewy comparable with the best found in Penang and the aroma, freshness of ingredients and presentation is on par. Mdm Soon’s CKT has slightly stale prawns. She has lost so many Penangite customers and probably thinks tourists would not know any better. I was with a few Penang friends at her new coffeeshop a week ago and we could not finish her CKT as it was slightly burnt and swimming in oil/lard.

Comments are closed.