This is something that I like but can’t find them sold just anywhere. In Penang, there is a nice shop located in Butterworth and I think is the only one around.
I am referring to the prawns laden koay teow soup with bits of chicken. Koay teow is a flat noodle made from rice flour. A little bit like fettucine but very much softer. The soup has some chives added.
The koay teow must be accompanied with even more prawns in wantan. Wantan is prawns wrapped with wheat flour skin. I think not many shop sells this kind of prawn koay teow (or referred as hor fun by Ipoh and KL people?) because of the high price of prawns. Moreover, it takes some skill to boil the soup which musn’t be too overpowering with the pungent smell of prawns or it can be a big turn-off.
Usually, shops selling this koay teow, sell steamed (boiled) chicken too. What I don’t like about chicken served this way is the loads of oyster sauce poured over the chicken. Normally, we ask the shop not to put any oyster sauce (but forgot to mention yesterday) because the taste of the prawns is already very heavy on the taste buds. Coupled with oyster sauce, you need to drink lots of Chinese tea to clear the mouth from its oily and strong seafood taste.
Guess what the business card says?
World Famous Ipoh Hor Fan, Fresh Prawn Wan Tan & Chicken Rice.
Wow, world famous! Hahaha.
Anyway, I don’t know if the shop is world famous but for a lost Penangite to stumble upon it, it has to be a little famous.
The contact (since I have the business card with me):
No. 11, Jalan Barat
Off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Other outlets :
1) Time Square Lot 03 104
2) No. 21, Jalan Hang Lekir, Kuala Lumpur