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Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng vs Sin Hwa Char Koay Teow @ Jalan Burmah, Penang
Let’s top all off with a duel between two of the most prominent noodles stalls in all of Penang; situated within a stone’s throw from each other. Both in Penang, and both on Jalan Burmah. Albeit the Bangkok Lane’s Mee Goreng is usually recognized as the indomitable "Indian Mee Goreng of Bangkok Lane", for the sole reason that the stall faces the lane (Lorong Bangkok) rather than the main road. And on the opposite side of the road we have Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa that houses a single stall selling Char Koay Teow for breakfast-lunch-tea break and has been in love by CKT-aficionados who make their annual pilgrimages to Penang.

Seng Lee Coffee Shop
Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng @ Seng Lee Coffee Shop

Seng Lee Coffee Shop
Sin Hwa Char Koay Teow - The Famous CKT Opposite of Pulau Tikus Polica Station

Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng is legendary. People from all walks of life and from everywhere patronize this mecca of Mee Goreng since more than half a century ago. In fact, Mahboob’s incomparable brand of Mee Goreng has been around since 80 years ago! Do taste this plate of piping hot Mee Goreng with lots of chewy, toothsome cuttlefish, potatoes, eggs, bean sprouts and moistened with lots of their signature reddish sweet potato gravy, chili sauce and tomato sauce.

Seng Lee Coffee Shop, Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng
Sin Hwa Char Koay Teow - The Famous CKT Opposite of Pulau Tikus Polica Station

I prefer my Mee Goreng dry and brimming with the aroma from all the frying; with a slight tinge of smokiness from the heated wok. But Bangkok Lane’s version is moist, with ladles of the terrifyingly blood-red gravies scooped onto the wok and fried with much ease.

Seng Lee Coffee Shop, Bangkok Lane Indian Mee Goreng

After all, 80 years of handling the wok can either mean two things: Flawless, skillfully cooked masterpiece, a lop-sided, extra muscular right arm. His side working team were all busy handling the wok. With one hand frantically tossing, stir-frying and ladling the sauces/ingredients into the wok, the other hand would be consistently gripping the handle of the wok and turning the wok in a clockwise/anti-clockwise manner. This is probably another one of their secrets to creating an end-product that’s worshipped and much-relished.

Seng Lee Coffee Shop

A hearty plate of Char Koay Teow with the right level of spiciness, fried with much heat of the wok; licked by the flames, and plump, succulent prawns and cockles to complete the ensemble. About a 100 metres away is this barely-there coffee shop named Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa, more popularly known as the famous Char Koay Teow opposite of Pulau Tikus police station.

Seng Lee Coffee Shop, Char Koay Teow

You can browse at the prices and say your prayers for a plate of extras and everything won’t cost you anything near to the amount charged by the goggled ladies of Lorong Selamat.

We finally succumbed and gave Sin Hwa a try. The shop may not look like your exact tourist haunt. Simple coffee shop with minimal decor, and no snaking queues in front of the premise, you’d be forgiven for flicking this off as just another random coffee shop. If not for the various write-ups in the media about this place.

Seng Lee Coffee Shop

For close to 40 years, Sin Hwa Coffee Shop’s CKT has been wowing the crowd, especially the locals. Not as glitzy as say, the Lorong Selamat’s exorbitantly-priced version, or Sister’s on Macalister Road. But one mouthful of the expertly-fried Char Koay Teow revealed the secrets within. Fried with lard, with ample and proportionate amounts of prawns, squids, cockles, bean sprouts and Chinese chives, as well as a choice of either chicken or duck egg, I tucked into my plate with no breaks in between.

Seng Lee Coffee Shop

And there you have it, two of the many good eats on Jalan Burmah in Penang. Damn, thinking about these make me crave uncontrollably.

Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng @ Seng Lee Coffee Shop
270, Jalan Burmah,
Penang, Malaysia.

Telephone : 6016-485 7859
Business hours : 8.00am – 6.30pm.
Closed on Mondays.

Char Koay Teow @ Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa
329, Jalan Burmah (opposite Pulau Tikus police station)
Penang, Malaysia.

Telephone : 604-228 0140, 6017-426 0903, 6012-439 6114 (Ah May)
Business hours : 8.30am – 5.00pm
Closed on Thursdays.
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