[Penang, Malaysia] Char koay teow from ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐˜„๐—ฎ, Burmah Road

Mdm Neo Suan Kee had first started the legendary ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐˜„๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜„ in Pulau Tikus back in 1960. Back then, her rendition of the fried rice noodle dish was unique in the sense that she incorporated squid rings, besides the usual prawns, cockles and Chinese waxed sausages.

Mdm Neo has given up the frying duties to her grandson, Jon Chong Wei Tuck, 37, nowadays.

Not content with sitting around idle, the very sociable octogenarian still busied herself by preparing beverage orders for Sin Hwaโ€™s customers.

๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐˜„๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜„ remains one of the best-tasting around - itโ€™s moister and less greasy than most other renditions in town.

๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐˜„๐—ฎโ€™s location on Burmah Road is pretty strategic - only 3 minutesโ€™ walk from the Pulau Tikus market. Itโ€™s across the road from the Pulau Tikus police station.

Another one of Mdm Neoโ€™s sons, Chong Yee Chye, runs the Sin Hwa char koay teow stall at the Pulau Tikus Market evening food court. Itโ€™s one of the most popular stalls in town and, pre-COVID days, could entail up to an hourโ€™s wait!

Address
Sin Hwa Coffee Shop
329, Burmah Road, 10350 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 17-426 0903
Operating hours: 8am - 5pm daily

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Market stall in Lima
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