Chuan Kee Cafe @ Lorong Selamat, Penang

On 9/28/2010 08:54:00 PM
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For char kuey teow lovers and people living in Penang, you'll definitely know about Lorong Selamat. It was quite awhile since I've had the famous yet arrogant Lorong Selamat char kuey teow. However, we arrived early at about 10am and they weren't ready till 11am, so we decided to eat out in Chuan Kee Cafe first.

Chuan Kee Cafe is renowned for their infamous ice kacang and cendol since the 70s. Not only that, there are an array of independent hawker stalls around the cafe offering various popular Penang delicacies ranging from hokkien mee, pork noodles soup, chee cheong fun, oyster omelette, rojak and many more.

Cendol (RM 2.50), the ultimate thirst quencher for many, especially in the hot Penang weather. Squiggles of pandan flavoured cendol in thin coconut milk with smooth shaved ice and a lash of thick fragrant gula Melaka syrup, it was refreshingly good!

Hokkien prawn mee (RM 3), the signature dish of Penang, with noodles soaked in a fragrant prawn based soup made from both fresh prawn, dried shrimp and pork. It's the soup that makes the difference, the sweet prawny essence with the spicy chilly sauce definitely packs a kick!

Pork noodles soup, also known as kuay teow thng (RM 3.50), simple yet tummy-satisfying kuey teow soup with strips of tender pork meat, minced pork meat, pork liver and bouncy fish balls.

Prawn paste chee cheong fun (RM 2), silky smooth chee cheong fun covered in thick prawn paste sauce with a hint of sweetness and sprinkled in a cloud of sesame seeds.

Verdict: Most of the foods in Chuan Kee Cafe are reasonably good but might not be the best in Penang - but I did enjoy their cendol though! You might just want to give Chuan Kee a try if you ever given up waiting for your plate of char kuay teow next door.

82, Lorong Selamat,
10400 Pulau Pinang
Tel: 016-4534 865 (Mr. Lee Chee Chien)
Business Hours: Opens daily from 10am - 5pm. Closed on every Tuesdays.
Pork Free: No
GPS: 5.417302, 100.324989

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