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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Line Clear and Siam Road Char Koay Teow make it into world’s Top 50
World famous: Chooi Hong frying char koay teow at his stall as a line of people wait patiently for their food.
The Line Clear Nasi Kandar Restaurant did not know that its fare is rated the
ninth best street food in the world until told by reporters.
Siam Road Char Koay Teow hawker Tan Chooi Hong, 76, know that his fried noodles
are ranked 14th on that list.
told, he didn’t even have time to say a word because a long line of customers
was queuing at his stall.
proprietor Sahubar Ali Mohd Hanibah welcomed the international recognition and
said it was unexpected.
“We have preserved
our family recipes and we are glad these have gained us such status,” he said
at his shop in Penang Road yesterday.
taking a break from frying up plate after plate of char koay teow, Chooi
Hong with his son and helper Kean Huat, 52, expressed surprise that their
little stall beat so many others worldwide.
“We are so
glad to be recognised globally,” said the older man.
eateries have given Penangites fresh bragging rights after making it into the
World Street Food Top 50list at the World Street Food Congress 2017 in
Manila, the Philippines, held from May 31 to June 4.
was described as: “Arguably the most famous Nasi Kandar stall in Malaysia. They
occupy a side lane, not even a stall, with their selection of masala fried
chicken, fish head curry, lamb, prawn sambal, eggs, spicy greens, etc, all
lined up along the wall in stainless steel pans, you just devour them with
rice. Turnover is very high and they are very loud and friendly, as are the
Char Koay Teow was described as: “The classic travelling food cart on four
wheels. He cooks it over a perfected-over-the-decades wood-fired wok and the
smokey appeal is the reason for the lines wherever he drags his char koay
teow cart to.”
food outlets in Malaysia made it to the list.
Fauzi Nasi Kerabu, Terengganu (ranking 23); Donald & Lily Nyonya Mee Siam,
Melaka (34); Guan Heong Biscuit Shop, Ipoh (36); and Jalan Kuli Satay, Melaka
list are Singapore’s Hill Street Tai Wah Bak Chor Mee; Franklin’s BBQ in the
United States; and Thailand’s Che Paek Pu Ob Voon Sen (baked crab with glass
the congress’ official website, the hawkers were evaluated according to the
grade of ingredients, food preparation, hygiene level, adaptability,
consistency and confidence, as well as the quality and flavour of their food.
were selected by a panel of widely travelled food commentators, writers,
celebrities and professionals,” it said.
The congress is held to address pressing points of culinary
street food culture and features dialogues, a jamboree and awards.