Delicious Penang Street Food
Whenever someone mentions Penang street food, I am always up for a taste. Growing up from the island, it’s only fair to be a bit bias when it comes to Penang food, especially street food. A few weeks back, when I first saw a plate of Char Kway Teow on a few foodies’ FB page, I was practically salivating. And the best part of this was that these foodies had it in Klang. It looked so good and it certainly had me yearning for it. At times I am quite a picky eater. I usually prefer Char Kway Teow from Penang as there is a different taste to the dish compared to the ones here in this city. So it’s hardly an order I would call for unless it says Penang Char Kway Teow.
So when I was told that Angcle Peoh is serving up Penang street food in his little café in Bukit Tinggi, Klang, some of us foodies snagged an invite to try out what Angcle Peoh has to offer in his humble café. With anything or anyone in life, there is always a story behind the existence. With Uncle Peoh, it was poverty that had him growing up helping his mom who makes a living to support his six siblings by selling homemade Fried Bee Hoon and Asam Laksa during 1950s. Starting from lugging a rattan basket with ingredients for her ware on a 4km journey each day to Ayer Itam in Penang, Uncle Peoh who was only seven years old then, help his mom on often because it is a truly hard and physical job.
While other kids grew up with education, Uncle Peoh decided to drop out of school at the age of 14 years old to assist his mom full time. The life-changing decision was hard but he has never regretted it as it was crucial for his family’s survival and also to lift his mom’s burden. Soon, business improved and Uncle Peoh and his family was able to purchase a bicycle which made the journey better and easier. Then later on, they could afford more and business took off when their Asam Laksa became one of the most popular Asam Laksa stall in Ayer Itam.
Fast forward to current, Uncle Peoh has decided to semi-retired now and lives in Klang with his daughter and son-in-law. Forever grateful to his mom for always striving to give him everything, he hopes to continue his family’s legacy of their Asam Laksa through the help of his daughter and son-in-law. Angcle Peoh was then born with the combination of the Ang family name and the word uncle. At Angcle Peoh, it is not just Asam Laksa one can savor but a list of other classic Penang street food.
That said, we visited Angcle Peoh one Sunday for lunch and looks like word sure got out fast as the crowd filled in the café real quick! The simple no-frill café was comfortable. Walls are plastered with Angcle Peoh’s history and menu. The dining room was spacious and set with tables made for small or big crowds. It was cool and comfortable for a quick bite of street food. There is an open kitchen in front of the café where the noodles are whipped up plus a small al fresco area for dining.
The menu is a large two-sided laminated card. It does seemed to have quite a good list of street food available together with drinks though I saw most diners came specifically for his Asam Laksa and Char Kway Teow. With our orders locked in and beverages served, service is brisk and courteous. Uncle Peoh together with his family is seen running around as fast as they can together with some helpers in serving up the dishes. Generally diners do not linger so just wait a few minutes and tables would be freed up pretty quick.
Our Hot Honey Lemon (RM3.80), Winter Melon with Sea Coconut Basil Seed (RM4.90) and Passion Fruit with Basil Seed Popping Jelly (RM4.90) was pretty decent and satisfying.
Lunch took off with a great start of Pork Noodle Soup (RM6.90). Though I ordered this for my little fella, hub and I enjoyed this so much, we had to reorder another bowl because we kept stealing bites of this from the little fella bowl! The Pork Noodle really evoked home cooked comfort. Good porky broth with simple yellow noodles and smooth kway teow noodles topped with tender sliced pork, homemade pork meatballs, pork liver and topped with fried garlic and spring onions. It’s a hearty bowl of soothing flavours!
I never expected to enjoy the Prawn Mee (RM6.90) since I thought it wasn’t their main signature but I did. It’s got decent prawn stock that is nicely flavoured. The other essentials were there as well such as the pork slice, egg, prawn, kangkung, fried shallots and the noodles. It’s a decent bowl with good prawn essence balancing up other spice flavours.
The Curry Mee (RM6.90) looked rich and red at sight but it is not as spicy as it looks. Penang style curry mee has a light sweet coconut stock with delicate hints of spice paste and it needs the heavy pungent chili sauce and oil to give it its signature curry mee style. This one was mediocre at best as it was not quite the same as the Penang style or the KL style here. I would say it’s somewhere in between Penang and KL style. That said, it’s good to try this yourself as you may enjoy the style of this curry mee at Angcle Peoh.
The Fried Kway Teow with Duck Egg (RM8.90) is as good as it looks. This is pretty near perfect to the Penang flavours. Good hit of breathe of wok in the kway teow. Nice spicy savory with hint of sweetness in flavours. Lots of crunchy beansprouts, chives, cockles and prawns in the noodles. We had this with duck egg which is more prominent in eggy flavour but you can also order the chicken egg version. Extra points goes to the banana leaf as it added a nice aroma to the dish. Faultless and pretty darn good!
Asam Laksa (RM6.90) is what we came for and sure enough, it is super yum and addictive! The laksa broth is sourish and moreish and filled with loads of fish flakes. It also has a good balance of herbs, spices and aromatics in the broth. Laksa rice noodles, shredded pineapple, onions, cucumber, mint leaves, torch ginger bud, chili and a heavy lashing of their special shrimp paste sauce (har koh) summed up the bowl. The har koh is a tad sweeter than I like but luckily the broth is so tangy and piquant that it balanced out the sweetness of the har koh.
The har koh is specially made to a secret recipe for Angcle Peoh so it explains the sweetness. Uncle Peoh is bent on making sure his mom’s recipe is just as before and this is how they have been serving up the flavours for years. I find myself polishing off this bowl happily. No laksa gravy was left… only pure satisfaction of a darn good bowl of Penang Asam Laksa!!
Make sure to order this and sharing is NOT recommended… hehehe!
Rojak (RM6.00) was the only dish that didn’t work for me. It went well with others but I found it a tad too watery in the har koh sauce and again here, it was a tad too sweet. I love the super pungent heavy har koh where it literally sticks to the cuts of fruits type. The rojak has good cuts of mango, cucumber, jicama, pineapple, crunchy fried dough and crushed peanuts.
Our lunch ended with Ais Kacang (RM5.00) and Cendol (RM5.00). Both were decent and good enough to cool us down after all that bowls of hot soupy noodles. I prefer the Cendol better than the Ais Kacang just as a matter of taste preference.
I wished Angcle Peoh was located nearer to my home. It’s going to be tough to get my regular fix of Asam Laksa and Char Kway Teow. Maybe one day they might open a branch near my place if I am lucky. Service is brisk and decent. Prices are very affordable and definitely good value for money. Visit Angcle Peoh for a delicious taste of Penang street food in KL… and yes, make sure to order their Asam Laksa and Char Kway Teow ok!
42, Lorong Batu Nilam 21B,
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2,
41200 Klang, Selangor D.E.
Tel: +6017 – 936 2223
Business Hour: Mon – Sun: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm