One of the stars of Penang hawker fare is the char koay teow, a stir-fried flat rice noodle dish. Mr Tan has been frying his char koay teow for many years at Jalan Siam, near the Jalan Anson junction. He’s practically an institution as he’s one of the few remaining hawkers using charcoal instead of gas. Customers place their orders and walk over to the corner coffeeshop for a usual 30-minute wait. But it’s well worth it, as the flavour of the charred noodles steeped in the sweetness of lap cheong (waxed sausage) and prawns, coated with lard and tempered with spring onions and beansprouts is really a taste of old Penang.
Mr Tan operates from Tuesday to Sunday, from 3pm to 7pm or whenever he runs out of noodles.
Siam Road Char Koay Teow
Jalan Siam, 10400 Penang
Opening hours: 3pm to 7pm (Tuesday – Sunday)