Penang is always known for its hawker food and around Ayer Itam area which is well know for their morning market for all the neighbors to buy fresh ingredient to cook or even supplies to restaurant which makes them one of the big market in Penang. I did write about a famous elderly selling classic curry mee in the market, click here. Around the area there are many hawker which are famous tag along the morning market, one which is in particular was one of my friends favourite Kueh Chap stall is in this Wah Meng Kopitiam that host also variety of food.
Do not have a proper sign for it as the main entrance are all covered up with busy hawker stalls.
instead the signage are hidden inside .. which is next to a TOTO store. .
In the early morning, this coffee shop is pack with lots of people..not to mention during public holidays or long weekend.
Then they have this nasi kandar stall infront of them . .
selling Roti Canai next to it which is done fresh while ordering . .
and here comes my thin fluffy roti Kosong as its not bad just that the curry gravy is quite watery which turns it to be quite disappointing for RM 0.70 per piece, no complain.
Then I saw this uncle stall for Char Koey Teow frying non stop, yet I have tried. . .
and Char Kueh Kak also . .
This is the famous Kueh Chap which my friend is talking about and we waited for bout 25 minutes for it ..
It is one of my favorite and its very hard to find in KL.
and according to some explanation that I found over Google, this is actually a Teochew dish that started off during Ming Dynasty, which previously known as Ding Bian Cuo (鼎邊挫) or Ding Bian Hu (鼎邊糊), being translated as Wok-side Cooking or Wok-side Frying. Read more at javewu.
Kueh Chap is a word from Hokkien language and can be found in a few states like Penang, Johor, Kuching and Singapore. In Penang we utilise the whole duck including the spare parts of it like innards, blood, intestine to add it in and some other states they used pork.
This is the classic bowl of Penang version Kueh Chap ((flat broad rice sheets))
which is filled with kueh a texture similar like flat big koey teow type to cook along and add in all the duck parts in it like braised duck meat, bean curd, congealed blood, hard-boiled egg and innards of intestines and liver. Then top with fried garlic oil on top to bring the extra kick in it. The soup is black in colour that its boil along with the duck and aromatic, yet I find it a bit salty after finishing the whole bowl, i still prefer mine to have it in thicker soup base which is located at Kimberly street that I didnt blog bout it, then overall it is still quite satisfying to have it in early morning.
-= Ka Ching =-
Food Rating 7/10 quite good ah . . -stamped-
–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-
Kedai Kopi Wah Meng
612 Jalan Air Itam
11500 Air Itam
Business Hour : 7am – Noon
GPS Coordinates : N5 24.010 E100 16.682
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