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Beef Noodles and Oh Chien, Lam Ah Coffeeshop

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Oh Chien Stall

When rif and I were in Penang a week ago, we went on an oh chien frenzy, eating as much oyster omelette as we could possibly stomach. Stumbled across the oh chien stall at the junction of Chulia Street on our last day, and I remembered Ken telling me the stall is pretty popular.

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Oh chien with garlic chilli sauce

Ordered a large plate (RM10) to try and I liked it better than the version at Seng Thor. The egg batter is crispy – almost like fritters, while the oysters were justly cooked, moist and bursting with flavour. This was delicious with the garlic chilli sauce provided. I almost got a second plate but stopped short because I also placed an order for a bowl of beef noodles.

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Crispy egg batter and plump oysters

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Busy coffeeshop

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Beef noodle stall

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Beefy goodness

Also a popular feature at Lam Ah Coffeeshop, the soup stock is made from bones, innards and meat, and served with kuay teow. A bowl doesn’t come cheap – you’re looking at RM7 per small portion and RM8 for a large one.

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Tasty stock

This is said to be the best beef noodles in Penang and it was pretty tasty. Each bowl comes topped with tender beef slices, tripe and meatballs, and garnished with coriander leaves and fried garlic. The soup packed flavour from the ingredients, while the coriander helped cut through the richness of the broth.

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Tender beef slices

That said, don’t expect the soup to be incredibly beefy because it is not. Think of it as a very flavourful “pho”; it tasted that way to me. 😉

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Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Both the oh chien and beef noodles were commendable.

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Junction of Chulia Street

Lam Ah Coffeeshop
194 Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai)
Junction with Chulia Street (Across from the fire station)
Georgetown, 10300 Penang.
GPS Coordinates: N 5 24.925 E 100 20.367

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