YEARS of effort perfecting his plate of char koay teow helped make Lau Wan the proud winner of The Star People’s Food Awards for the Best Char Koay Teow category.
His success story lies in his ingredients and the way of cooking it as well as consistency in the taste of his koay teow.
“I use koay teow and bean sprouts from Ipoh. The flat rice noodles there are known for its smoothness.
“Another ingredient is the homemade sauce, which is a mixture of soy sauce and fish sauce,” he said.
With a total of 51 endorsements, the eatery won the award for December with a staggering 271 votes on Metro Online Broadcast’s (MOB) website at www.mob.com.my
The other top contenders were Taman Melawis Char Kuey Teow (159 votes), Restoran Meng Kee’s Leong Kee Fried Kuey Teow (136 votes), Restoran Jamal Mohamed (96 votes), Say Huat Restaurant’s Robert’s Char Kuey Teow (82 votes), Ming Tien Food Court (56 votes), Restoran Kam Heong (21 votes), Restoran Yong Sheng (19 votes), Stall @ Lot 10 Hutong (16 votes) and Restoran KH 20 (11 votes).
Lau thanked his customers for their undivided support towards his eatery.
“I am very happy that I have won this award. I appreciate the support from my customers,” he said.
His achievements have come a long way since its humble beginnings.
Lau started off as a cook for sailors and continued to work as a lorry driver before venturing into the char koay teow business more than 30 years ago.
“Times were difficult back then and I could not make a living as a lorry driver. So I decided to open a koay teow stall.
“In the beginning, when I set up shop in Kelana Jaya in the 1980s, I tried the char koay teow cooked by other hawkers and learned from them before I could come up with my own recipe,” he said.
Now, he has moved to Lot 13, Medan Selera Wawasan, Jalan SS 3/33, Petaling Jaya
Jasmine Food Corporation Sdn Bhd district sales manager Akee Chew was present during a prize presentation to the winner.
Supervisor Maimun Hayon, who frequents Lau’s shop, said the char koay teow was delicious.
“The friend noodles has always been consistent and I like it a lot.
“I have been eating koay teow from this stall since Lau operated in Kelana Jaya and I will still frequent his stall even if he relocates,” she said.
The Star People’s Food Awards is a monthly contest that recognises the best streetfood in the Klang Valley.
Today is the last day to nominate your favourite nasi briyani eateries for this month’s category in The Star People’s Food Awards.
Voting for the nominated nasi briyani eateries will soon begin, starting from Jan 15 up until Jan 31.
This month, visit www.mob.com.my and nominate your favourite eateries for the next category, nasi briyani.
Those who nominate, vote or share the link on social media stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as hotel stays and dining vouchers.