Char Koay Kak is a popular street food in Penang—though less popular than the esteemed Penang char koay teow, we assure you that it is worth a try. Save the trip to Penang because we found 168 Penang CKK in Johor Bahru, which is situated right beside KSL City Mall. You are very welcome!
168 Penang Char Koay Kak is one of the stalls you’d easily walk past without sparing much thought about—largely due to how shabby it looks from the outside—but trust us when we say that this is one street stall in Johor Bahru you ought to try!
The food at 168 Penang CKK is as authentic as it can get with the owner of this humble eatery hailing from Penang himself. Where quality and authenticity is concerned, you’d be pleased to hear that he gets his ingredients directly from Penang and uses the traditional recipe that is passed down from generations to generations.
Just the aroma from the stir-frying will be enough to whet your appetite. Served fresh and piping hot, you can expect generous portions of bean sprouts, eggs and vegetables fried together with the steamed rice cakes.
Digging in, every mouthful that we had brimmed with prominent wok hei—a testament of the cook’s dedication and skill; both of which are crucial components needed to produce a wok that promises complex and charred flavours with every fry—and we love how the caramelisation gave the rice cakes a smoky fragrance which complemented the sweetness and the slight spiciness of the sauce so well.
Upon biting down, we were blown away by the soft and fluffy texture of the steamed rice cakes. Having it together with the bean sprouts and eggs only served to elevate the dish further.
If you happen to be in the area, 168 Penang CCK will be your best bet for cheap, authentic and delectable char koay kak.
168 Penang Char Koay Kak is located right beside KSL City Mall.