When I knew I’d be returning to Malaysia for a few weeks, one of my first thoughts was, “OMG, food!” Instantly I ran through a mental checklist of Malaysian dishes I was craving and would have to devour once back. Topping that list is my all-time favourite, Penang Char Kuey Teow — affectionately shortened to CKT — classic Malaysian hawker fare and a must-eat on your bucket list.
(Seriously, if you’re in Malaysia and you want to eat real Malaysian food, do yourself a favour and make sure you get a plate of authentic Char Kuey Teow from a hawker stall. None of that overpriced hotel crap, please, and never ever think of eating at McDonald’s when you’re in the food haven that is Malaysia. When you taste the food here, you’ll understand why Malaysians are so passionate, proud and protective of Malaysian cuisine.)
I usually get my fix from Robert’s stall at Kim Wah Restaurant in Damansara Utama, but my friend suggested we eat at another Robert’s — this time at Say Huat Restaurant in Section 17 [1083, Jalan 17/29].
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lt was delicious and probably one of the best CKT I’ve had outside of Penang (hard to beat the original!). The only complaint was that it was a little bit on the wet / soggy side… could’ve used more intense heat that comes from wok cooking (known as wok hei).
Still, I savoured every delicious mouthful, knowing full well that Robert’s CKT is better than any Char Kuey Teow you’ll get outside of Malaysia, sadly.
Want to try it for yourself? Robert’s hawker stall at Say Huat in Section 17 operates daily from 11am to 10pm. How’s that for dedication? Seeing how popular his food is, he probably makes as much as your average white-collar worker.