[Penang] Duckmeat "Koay Teow Th'ng" on Malay Street

Duck-meat “koay teow th’ng” is one of Penang’s most popular hawker food options. Good duck-meat “koay teow th’ng” abounds in George Town, and this one on Malay Street, nearer the end with Carnarvon Street, has its own loyal clientele.

Wait time was 30 minutes this morning. Dozens of customers walked in and just mentioned their orders to the busy hawker who hardly looked up from his constant blanching of noodles and ladling of soups, but yet could remember the exact orders from each and every customer with his amazing memory.

Our order were two bowls of the “koay teow th’ng” - Teochew-style flat white rice noodles in a light, piquant pork-and-duck-flavoured soup, topped with tender slices of duck-meat, pig’s intestines and force-meat fish-balls (another Teochew staple), topped with golden-fried garlic, chopped fresh coriander & garlic oil.

We also ordered an extra bowl of the bouncy-textured fishballs in soup.

The family at the table next to us ordered the works:

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