I am a fan of Penang Char Koay Teow & based on my research prior to the trip, there’s a Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) stall in Georgetown that’s highly recommended. So after putting down our luggage at Chulia Mansion, we asked the friendly staff for directions to Tiger & tried making our way there. Alas, we somehow got lost along the way & almost couldn’t make it in time before the stall closed at about 2pm!
Located at the junction of Lebuh Carnavon & Lebuh Melayu, we finally reached Kafe Ping Hooi where Tiger Char Koay Teow is, slightly after 1pm. Fortunately the plate of stir-fried rice noodles was still available although the uncle at the stall mentioned they were closing soon. We ordered a plate of Char Koay Teow with Duck Egg (MYR6.50/ S$2.20) to share.
The Char Koay Teow may not look much different from the others, but it was really delicious, fragrantly fried with lots of “wok-hei” flavour! We suspected the use of duck egg made the delectable plate even more fragrant. It didn’t leave a very greasy feel too. Much better than the one we had from an unknown stall in Pulau Tikus the previous day!
As it was our first proper meal of the day, we felt like eating more & my friend went to order the Penang Loh Bak (五香卤肉) from one of the stalls in the kafe as she thought it looked quite appetizing.
This stall may not look as eye-catching as Tiger, but its five-spiced pork rolls wrapped in tofu skin, prawn fritters, beancurd & battered fish were really yummy. The accompanying chilli & dark sauces were great complement to the dish too. Our plate above costed MYR8 (S$2.70) for 4 items, a surprisingly reasonable price to pay (because it’s usually quite expensive to eat Loh Bak in Singapore). We ordered the 4 items based on the owner’s recommendation, & definitely didn’t regret the choice, as they were crisply fried & simply delicious! Thanks to my friend for spotting this hidden gem. 🙂
Due to the hot afternoon sun, we ordered an Iced Penang White Coffee each to cool ourselves off down from the hot food. The coffee was just average, & my friend commented it paled in comparison to the one she drank at Seng Lee Cafe in Pulau Tikus the previous day. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed ourselves with the great lunch to start our day in Georgetown. In case you need the address of Kafe Ping Hooi for navigation purpose, here you go: