Noodles off the beaten track
THERE is a roadside stall selling char koay teow in Jalan Pasir Pendamar in Teluk Intan, Perak, which is worth checking out.
I came to know about it through my cycling buddy Patric Yee who showed me a blog about the place.
We were part of a cycling group that made a night stop in Teluk Intan recently to check out the good food offered in this riverine town.
Yee said the stall opened at 10pm and was located in Jalan Pasir Pendamar.
It took me a while to locate the place and as we cycled toward Glutton Square on the outskirts of town, I found a stall (N04 01.685 E101 00.945) with a steady line of customers queuing up for fried noodles.
Based on a picture in the blog, it was the stall we were looking for.
Upon closer observation, I saw that the stall owner was cooking char koay teow over a charcoal stove.
?Fuah! Where got such thing anymore in the Klang Valley! This is amazing,? I told Yee.
The stall was manned by an old-timer with his wife and teenage son.
People queued patiently as they waited for their supper to be cooked and packed.
We found a table beneath the streetlights and parked ourselves there.
A plate of char koay teow with cockles costs RM3.50. If you don?t want the shellfish, it is substituted with sliced Chinese sausages.
To cool your system, you can order a glass of iced sugarcane tea at an additional cost of RM1.
On quality, I would say that the char koay teow was a bit salty for my taste, but the generous portion and freshness of the cockles made up for the stall?s shortcomings.
So, on the Samo-scale, I would rate Jalan Pasir Pendamar?s char koay teow at 4.5 out of 10.
This makan place opens only after dark, so, if you plan to give it a try, it is advisable for you to spend a night in Teluk Intan where cheap accommodation is aplenty.
There is another roadside char koay teow stall in town that came highly-recommended by another cycling buddy Chris Wong.
I do have plans to give it a try on my follow-up cycling trip to this town.