My good friend from Taman Perling told me that there was a Penang char kway teow legend who used to serve his popular char kway teow in Kim Ling 金岭 coffee shop. People in Taman Perling know this Penang fried kway teow stall in Kim Ling coffee shop as the Number One in town. The char kway teow legend was so popular, he had to fry his kway teow non stop from opening at 7:00am till the stall closes at 2:00pm. I didn't have a chance to enjoy this legendary Penang char kway teow as the char kway teow legend had passed away.
Today, this stall is still going strong with the legend's wife at the wok.
Business continued to be brisk - the wok and spatula were clanging incessantly in the background as I was enjoying my Penang fried kway teow.
Every plate of char kway teow was individually fried, no matter how busy. No cost and time saving bulk frying compromises, here.
RM4. No frills, just taste and flavour.
I don't know how this char kway teow tasted like in the legend's heydays, but I enjoyed what I had today. The kway teow was fried with a tasty delicately salty and sweet blended savoury sauce. The kway teow was soft and tender with subtle hints of fragrant charredness.
I always asked for extra bean sprouts (taugeh) with my fried kway teow, and the lady boss did a great job of frying the bean sprouts, keeping them crunchy, fresh, sweet and juicy.
The two juicy prawns were sweet and fresh enough, though somehow, I didn't get any cockles in my plate today ;P Shall remember to ask for them the next time :)
My empty plate at the end. Indulgently cleaned and not too oily, as you can see :)
Kim Ling 金岭 is a good coffee shop for people travelling in groups as there is something for everyone. There are many stalls at Kim Ling serving a wide variety of hawker fare including pork organ soup 猪杂汤, kway teow kia (kway chap), yong tau foo, vegetarian food 素食, you char kway, chicken rice, chee cheong fun, mixed vegetable rice 经济饭菜, and more. Kim Ling also has an air conditioned section for people who like having their meals in the cool J.
The hawker stalls at Kim Ling open from 7:00am to about 2:00pm. In the evening, a zhi char stall takes over.
Restaurant name: Penang Fried Kway Teow @ Kim Ling 金岭 Coffee Shop
Address: 19, Jalan Simbang, Taman Perling, Johor Bahru
Hours: Hawker stalls operate from 7:00am to 2:00pm (Closed on alternate Wednesdays)
Date visited: 13 July 2012