Oh Chien varies from different states in Malaysia. In Sitiawan, the oyster omelette is fried till the egg batter is golden brown, crispy and fluffy, and eaten with Kampung Koh chilli sauce.
In Malacca, Penang and Muar, the oh chien is moist with crisp edges. But each slightly different from the other. I personally like the Penang and Muar version better than Malacca, but rif would argue otherwise.
Anyway, my regular oh chien place in Penang is the stall at Kedai Kopi Bee San in Ayer Itam. But during my recent trip to the island, I asked Penang boys Ken and Bok to take me for oh chien at Kedai Kopi Seng Thor on Lebuh Carnarvon.
The place is crowded during weekends, and we waited quite long for the oh chien. In between the wait, I tucked into two meat buns and this plate of fried wantan. If you’re on a diet, oh chien isn’t something you should eat, especially this oh chien.
Cooked with a lot of oil, it was rather oily. Oh Chien is greasy in general, but this one was oilier than the norm. The oysters were lightly cooked so they still popped in the mouth, while the egg batter was crisp around the edges with a fluffy-gooey centre.
The accompanying chilli sauce with some garlic was quite good, and helped offset (although barely) the greasiness of the omelette. Not bad, but I suggest you share this as your cholesterol level will surely skyrocket.
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Food: 7/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Good oh chien, but also quite oily. Not for the faint hearted.
Kedai Kopi Seng Thor
160, Lebuh Carnarvon,
10100 Georgetown, Penang
GPS Coordinates: N 5 24.915 E 100 20.084