I’d posted about this famous Siam Road Char Koay Teow spot in a separate thread earlier ([Penang] Char Kway Teow Showdown), but thought that the famous eatery - rated No. 14 in at the World Street Food Congress 2017’s of Top 50 Street Food in the World (organised by Makansutra Singapore) deserves its own thread to facilitate any online search for it.
Queues at Siam Road Char Koay Teow can stretch to between 1-2 hours during the weekends.
77-year-old Mr Tan Chooi Hong aka Old Man Char Koay Teow at Siam Road is now operating at 82 Siam Road (his old location was down the street at 110 Siam Road). He’s assisted by his son, 53-year-old Tan Kean Huat, who takes the orders, collects payments and serves the customers.
I avoided the crowd by being there at 11.30am, half an hour before his opening time at 12 noon. The crowd started appearing just past noon and the place was packed soon after.
Mr Tan’s char koay teow (RM6.50 per plate) still tasted as good as I remembered: the flat rice noodles properly seared till fragrant, seasoned with Mr Tan’s own secret blend of sauces and condiments, garlic, chili paste, and lots of pork lard. Beansprouts, chives, egg, a few thin slivers of Chinese waxed sausage, some cockles and a couple of fresh de-shelled shrimps were thrown in to complete his famous dish. His version is as traditional as they come.
Siam Road Char Koay Teow
82 Siam Road
10400 George Town
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12 noon -5pm. Closed on Sunday & Monday.