PENANG’S Lorong Selamat is a makan place that needs no introduction. There are a few stalls on that part of the island which serve decent char koay teow.
Some of the notable stall owners there put up a good show, donning safety goggles and gloves to fry their noodles.
Now, here in the Klang Valley, the Lorong Selamat namesake is also one of the best char koay teow stalls in Subang Jaya.
Since shifting from Setapak to the area five years ago, I have been a regular at a char koay teow stall in Lam Hing Leong coffee shop at Jalan USJ 14/1L.
Managed by an elderly couple, the stall is one of the busiest makan stalls in the neighbourhood.
The owner, who is affectionately known as “Uncle Jimmy”, can be seen meticulously garnishing the noodles with chee yau char (deep-fried pork fat) while his wife does all the cooking.
At RM4.50 a plate, the price may seem to some Penangites to be way over the top, but I would say the pricing is reasonable.
The char koay teow comes with the standard ingredients, like koo chai (chives), taugeh (bean sprouts), lap cheong (Chinese sausage), cockles and two medium-sized shrimps.
My usual order would be the char koay teow - mee with extra taugeh and noodles.
This mammoth serving costs about RM5 per plate, but I can hardly complain.
Why? Because it tastes good, especially with the chee yau char thrown in; eating Uncle Jimmy’s char koay teow is an experience in itself.
Throw in an extra ringgit, and you will get a nice hot cup of Kopi-o. The service at this family-owned coffee shop is also pretty decent.
Apart from Uncle Jimmy’s stall, there are other makan places here.
Noteworthy are the keeng-chai fun (economy noodles) and nasi lemak stall located next to Jimmy’s.
The coffee shop opens from 7am to 3pm daily, except Sundays. At night, a tai chou (stir-fried) stall takes over.
Well, before you take the plunge, let me remind you that Jimmy’s char koay teow is fried one plate at a time, so be patient.
The best time to eat here is from 9am to 11am.
And, for you gearheads out there, the lat-long coordinates for Lam Hing Leong coffee shop are: 03 02 324 N, 101 35 356 E.