Our Penang trip starts with eating Penang’s local food at Kedai Kopi New Cathay (新國泰茶室). Once we reached Penang, dropped our luggages and took bath at our homestay Havara Place), we walked to Kedai Kopi New Cathay for local food. This hawker food restaurant is introduced by our homestay owner since it is his favourite place for delicious local Penang food and also within walking distance from our bungalow homestay.
Penang Hawker Food – Char Kuey Teow
Come to Penang must eat Penang Char Kuey Teow, right? The Char Kuey Teow here at Kedai Kopi New Cathay has big fresh prawns as shown in the photo above. One of the best Char Kuey Teow I ever ate, but I have not eaten other Char Kuey Teow here in Penang. Most of my dates with Char Kuey Teow were in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur stalls only.
Cockles (siham) spotted. A must have optional item in your Char Kuey Teow. When I’m chewing my Char Kuey Teow, it is always exciting to spot some siham swimming between the kuey teow and the crunchy bean sprouts. If it is delicious, I will hunt for them manually and eat all of them before continue eating the rest of the kuey teow.
This is the stall where I ordered my Char Kuey Teow. As you can see here the stall also sells other fried dishes such as Fried Rice, Fried Bee Hoon and Fried Noodle. First time I see Fried Bee Tai Bak, not sure what is it. A quick Googling shows something that looks like Lou Shu Fun and a Wikipedia link shows they are actually the same. They share the same name called Silver Needle Noodles. Interesting.
Char Kueh Kak or radish cake or fried rice cake is one of my favourite hawker food in morning market (pasar pagi) and night market (pasar malam). The Char Kueh Kak here is delicious as expected since the auntie is frying non-stop. The egg, rice cake and bean sprout are fried and blended so well together until you can taste egg in the rice cake, taste bean sprout in the rice cake and taste rice cake in the egg. Well, you know what I am trying to describe.
Auntie frying Char Kueh Kak non-stop at her stall. Not so many customers here and we still can find a table without queuing like the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul and the Ayer Itam Assam Laksa which I will blog soon.
Delicious Apom Manis
Besides the fried stuff, we also try this Penang Famous Apom Manis. This is also something new to me. The outer part is so crispy and the middle part is creamy. There were many people queuing for this Apom Manis.
The Apom Manis is cooked on charcoal. No wonder so delicious.
The Sai Ram Penang Apom Manis stall, operating since 1974. Wow, that is like 30 years plus of experience. You can order 6 pieces set for RM 4.00 or RM 0.80 for a piece. You can also order with egg on top.
Next is the Penang Ah Mei Hokkien Prawn Mee. Personally I prefer my prawn noodle soup to taste stronger than this one. This prawn mee tasted lighter than other prawn mee I have eaten, especially the one at Choon Prawn Mee House, Sea Park Petaling Jaya.
The Penang Ah Mei Hokkien Prawn Mee stall. These two friendly looking uncles wondering why I keep shooting photos?
Other Food Stalls in Kedai Kopi New Cathay
Kedai Kopi New Cathay also has Koay Chiap and pan cake stall. We are too full to try them all. Perhaps on our next visit to Penang.
Curry noodle stall, maybe next time too.
The exterior of Kedai Kopi New Cathay. According to the locals, the this coffee shop is busy in the morning and lunch time. We reached here quite late so there were not many customers already.
Kedai Kopi New Cathay,
425, Jalan Burma,
Georgetown, 10350 Georgetown,
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 16-452 1378
Next, let’s go to Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.