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Kuay Teow Th’ng at Kedai Makanan Kim Lee

I’m not a big fan of kuay teow th’ng because the soup is often bland – I like my food to be packed with flavour. Like porridge, I often refer to kuay teow soup as food for the sick because that’s what I eat when I’m not well.


But the kuay teow th’ng at Kim Lee Coffee Shop in Penang left a good impression on me. Manned by a man named “Ah Hai”, this humble stall is located at the front of the shop. Ah Hai takes care of everything – preparation, cooking and serving customers.


From a glance, the noodles looked plain. But try a spoonful and you’ll find it’s anything but. The rice noodles were smooth and silky, while the soup was well flavoured with a good aroma from the fried garlic and pork lard on top. I was told Ah Hai boils the soup with pork ribs and white turnip to achieve such flavour.

Shredded chicken and duck gave the noodles a good bite, and to be honest, a bowl wasn’t enough. I was tempted to order another one but Ken stopped me as he wanted me to try the chee cheong fun down the road. Next trip!


Oh, don’t bother trying this otak otak outside the coffeeshop. We gave in when the aunty pestered us to try her “Best Otak Otak in Penang”. It was far from the best. Save your money and order another bowl of kuay teow th’ng.



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Koay Teow Th’ng
Kedai Makanan Kim Lee
(behind Hong Leong Bank Jalan Burma)
Lorong Macalister, Penang
Business hours: 7.30am to 3pm

12 Responses

  1. Ooo, kuey teow tng is one of those things I’ll skip too usually. Though i wonder if we’re in the minority or majority, since I know of a whole bunch of people who enjoy it, especially in my family 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I think we’re the majority. Young people ma… 😛

  2. kuey teow th’ng so difficult to find in klang valley tho..

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes it is. I haven’t found a good one in Klang Valley. Let me know if you have!

  3. The only reason I skip kuey teow th’ng is because of the portion. It’s not really as satisfying as hokkien mee. 😛

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Lol!! That’s why I must eat TWO bowls. 😉

  4. Same! I usually avoid it like the plague unless I’m sick. LOL.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahaha! But I think this one is good. Worth a try.

  5. “I often refer to kuay teow soup as food for the sick because that’s what I eat when I’m not well.” <— hahaha….same thought! Whenever mum cooks something like this…we will make sure there are chilis!

    Pic. No.3 looks delicious…although it look plain..but with that generous amount of fried pork lard..i'm sure the soup will be tasty edi.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahaha…me too me too! My mum was so upset when I do that. 😛

  6. Tania

    My favourite Kuay Teow Th’ng in Penang! They make the fishballs themselves from scratch 🙂 Next time, do try the one in Sunshine Square Food Court, it’s a more meaty version but it can rival this.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks Tania! Will look out for that. 🙂

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