Yau Char Kwai/You Tiao is one of those simple snacks people enjoy eating, especially with porridge. It is a long strip of dough, deep-fried until golden brown and commonly made in a pair. I used to love eating it as a kid, simply because I could tear it into two. That said, I would rather eat ham chim peng as it contains sweet red bean filling.
rif and I discovered Te Chang You Tiau Wang in September 2009 – this was subsequently featured in my StarMetro column. Since it was mentioned briefly, I thought it was only fair that I did a proper write-up on this place. Te Chang You Tiau Wang is located along the main road in Paya Terubong. Getting there is pretty easy – drive past Air Itam and you will see the you tiau stall on your right as you enter Paya Terubong.
What we love about this place is the “out of the box” way of preparing you tiau/yau char kwai. The crullers are longer and larger than usual – 14” to be exact. For some reason, the you tiau here is lighter and crispier. I reckon it might be because I ate this on the spot.
While the plain crullers were good, I liked the ma keok (black and white sesame twins) better. It was fluffy yet bread-like, with a mild sweetness and a fragrant aroma from the sesame seeds. Priced at RM2 for three pieces, it was pretty good value for money.
The chicken floss + mayonnaise you tiao (RM3.20) was tasty, especially when eaten hot. They didn’t stinge on the chicken floss and the mayonnaise gave it a satisfying finish. Simple yet tasty, I reckon this was like a Chinese version of Subway.
Food: 6/10 (I’m not sure if it’s pork-free or not. Please call to check.)
Verdict: An interesting way of eating fried crullers. Don’t forget to try the ma keok.
11060 Penang, Malaysia.
016-433 7301 (Mr. TH Tan)
Opens: 1.00 pm – 8.30 pm (Closed Alternate Tuesdays)
GPS Coordinates: N 5 23.657 E 100 16.587