tools of the trade, uncle does it a litte differently here
The last time, I was around the Petaling Jaya old town area having a quick dinner at Heng Kee bak kut teh, I noticed this particular stall selling char kuey teow. Located right across from the busy (but not impressive) bak kut teh stall, I was drawn to how the uncle was frying his noodles - with a very short metal spatula. It also looked promising as people were hanging around waiting for him to fry the rice noodles. A little curious as always, I vowed to go back to sample those oily charred noodles. My first attempt on a Wednesday met with failure as they were closed but I struck lucky last Friday, after work.
my very satisfying plate of noodles
I patiently waited for my plate of noodles (about 20-30 minutes). For some waiting can be tortue especially if your tummy is rumbling so order a snack from the roast/stewed duck stall or the economy rice stall in the same shop. The people who sat in front, obviously were newbies to the stall, as they could be seen harassing one half of the stall owners, asking where's their char kuey teow before settling down for a quick appetizer from the duck stall.
Luckily my plate of char kuey teow came quickly after that or else, I'll be complaining too. Full of wok hei (the breath of the wok), the noodles weren't too oily or wet, just the way I like it. I asked for an addition of cockles, hence you see loads of them mixed in the noodles, chinese chives, bean sprouts, egg and prawns. A quick chat with the couple revealed that they're actually the same people who also do business at the corner coffeeshop opposite the market. Seems he has been frying noodles for almost 20 years, hence he is used to the shorter spatula (easier to control, the wife tells me) and he uses the fan to control the fire. Now, I know where to get my char kuey teow fix at night, when the cravings hit. For bigger pictures, see the Flickr set.
Char Kuey Teow Stall
Restoran Soon Leong
Petaling Jaya Old Town
(Non Halal. The stall is open from 7 to 11pm. Closed on Mondays and Thursdays. This place is located at the same coffeeshop, Cumi & Ciki had blogged about on the Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun. Teckiee also blogged about the chicken noodle soup here. Follow the Google Map to this place. It is further down from the Ipoh white coffee. From Assunta hospital, if you are coming from Federal Highway, make a 9'o clock turn, go straight and hit the traffic lights. Go straight and take first left, you will pass an Ipoh White coffee. The stall is on the same row after Ipoh White Coffee and before Heng Kee bak kut teh.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.