Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow is definitely one of the must eats when one visits Penang. And Penang is blessed with many places that serve really good Char Koay Teow, one of them being the famous (or rather ‘infamous’) Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow.

This place seems to be very popular amongst tourists. And sometimes I wonder if its the koay teow thats the crowd puller, or the infamous less than pleasant aunty who wears a red beret and safety glasses while frying her koay teow!

Recently, on a Saturday afternoon, which also happened to be a public holiday, I took a friend from out of town to Lorong Selamat because she had a craving for Char Koay Teow. And we proceeded to wait in line for almost 40 minutes before we could get our order!

The very very long queue…

Finally! Our Char Koay Teow…

This stall’s char koay teow is definitely tasty but most times I’d give it a miss because of the long wait under the hot sun. My favourite Char Koay Teow is still Ah Leng’s. 🙂

The Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow comes in 3 versions – RM5 for the normal version (without egg), Rm5.50 normal version with egg and RM7.50 big version with added prawns. Business hours approximately 11am-6pm, closed on Tuesdays.

And yes, the aunty is every bit like the description. She wears the red beret and the safety glasses. Doesn’t talk to anyone (you order with her assistant) and she continues frying plate after plate of char koay teow with utmost concentration! Just watching her makes me feel exhausted! And…a lil something else I noticed while waiting in line…our Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow aunty also wears Crocs Shoes!! Original one okay?! 🙂

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  1. yes most definitely Ah Leng is better! though its more expensive, but i still prefer Ah Leng’s! Don’t have to wait so long some more!

  2. I will NEVER..EVER..EVERRR eat Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow! no matter how good it is. Why you ask? heres my story… my uncle from KL ask me go tarpow Lorong Selamat koay teow for him…i ordered 2packets and proceeds to the kopitiam for a bowl of noodles,after 30mins…i went to the stall and see if its ready or not…the conversation goes something like this…’Aunty, my koay teow ready?’ i get no reaction from her. i ask again ‘Aunty, 30mins already i order 2packets,how long still i have to wait? she turn her heads up and say’I know…wait’. i go back to the kopitiam..ordered another drink and have a smoke…20mins later i got really p*ss off and go to the stall again. i ask.’how? are you giving other people first or you forgoten about mine?’ the L*nsi aunty said to me ‘ everybody can wait..you want to eat..you wait lar!’ I got TL, yell the aunty #%!!?&%$ kick her stall and go back home.Thats it for me.i dont really know why still soo many people goes there to eat? give her bisness someore treat us like sh*t.

  3. I fully agree with andrew and cozuni. The last time I went was a few years ago, where I vowed NEVER to go there again. It happened like this: I insisted on going there for char koay teow despite my bf’s protest about the long queue (coz the prawns were big, hehe). Telling myself that I can wait, I waited for 40 mins, eagerly eyeing the assistant whenever she walked past with plates after plates of koay teow. And whenever I reminded the assistant, she’d (without even looking at me) signaled with her hand to wait. Finally, the last straw was when a group of uncles walked into the shop and sat for not even 5 mins that the koay teows were served to them. I went right up to the frying aunty and demanded why I waited for 40 mins but still told to wait, while the other group got theirs so quickly. Then I added “they have money to pay you, and I don’t have is it??” in front of everyone present (ha-ha). The aunty looked flustered and mumbled something about getting confused with the orders, and then said she’d fry for me now. But I said “no need already” and left the &*)#$&#%$) place. So there!

  4. infact all the Penangites have boycott this char koay teow long long time ago.
    tourists are the one willing to queue up for such a service.

    there are lots of nice char koay teow in Penang.
    check it out!

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