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Creative Chee Chong Fan

Chee Chong Fan

CCF in front of Seow Fong Lye coffee shop in Macalister Lane

Many stalls in Penang are getting creative with their chee cheong fun. C.K. LAM checks out what makes the grade.
CHEE cheong fun, hand-cut steamed flat rice noodle rolls without any filling, is a popular snack in Penang. Many stalls around town sell it, but the taste and texture vary.

The rice noodles are mostly sourced from the suppliers — some have a springy texture, others slightly chewy — and they usually come drizzled in three basic sauces: sweet sauce (tee cheou), shrimp paste (hae ko) and chilli sauce, along with a dash of oil and toasted sesame seeds.

The shrimp paste variety is Penang’s specialty. I prefer mine with shrimp paste and chilli sauce.

Among the more popular stalls selling chee cheong fun is the one in Genting Cafe, near Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Hamid Khan, in Island Glades. Its shrimp paste variety has good depth of flavour. A small serving cost RM1.70.

Genting Cafe

Island Glades
Business hours: Breakfast till late lunch

Another favourite stall sits in front of the Seow Fong Lye Cafe in Macalister Lane. Its chee cheong fun has a firmer texture, finished off with the three sauces and plenty of sesame seeds. The shrimp paste option is thick and gooey, with a strong savoury flavour.
Stall outside Seow Fong Lye Cafe

94C Macalister Lane
Business hours: 7.30am-12.30pm
GPS co-ordinates : N05.41680 E100.32894
The stall beside the coffeeshop at the junction of Jalan Kuala Kangsar/Lebuh Kimberley is also a good choice. Its bite-sized chee cheong fun is topped with a spoonful of the sweet sauce, shrimp paste and chilli sauce. The flavour of the shrimp paste is a bit bland compared to the stall in front of Seow Fong Lye Cafe, though.
Instead of having chee cheong fun with the heavy sauce, you can opt for one served with just a dash of oil, aromatic soya sauce and sesame seeds. It’s simply delicious! It’s RM1.50 for two rolls, and RM2.20 for three.
Stall at junction of Jalan Kuala Kangsar/Lebuh Kimberley
Business hours: 7.30am-11.30am
GPS co-ordinates: N05.416896 E100.331761

Then there’s Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong. Its chee cheong fun is doused with a balanced mix of sweet sauce, shrimp paste and chilli sauce. The shrimp paste is rich and flavourful, though slightly watery. Also try the aromatic chilli sauce variety — it has an appealingly thick texture and great taste. A small serving for RM1.40.
Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong
Corner of Lebuh Cintra/Lebuh Kimberley
Business hours: Early evening till night
GPS co-ordinates: N05.416457 E100.332732

For curry chee cheong fun, go to the stall opposite Traders Hotel (formerly Shangri-La Hotel) in Magazine Road. It comes in well-balanced, flavourful curry soup with cubes of pig blood, cuttlefish, fried taufu and cockles and is garnished with mint leaves.
Stall opposite Traders Hotel
Magazine Road
Business hours: Lunch till evening
GPS co-ordinates: N05.413708 E100.329266

Chee cheong fun is given a new twist at Kuta Bali Cafe in Ayer Itam — served deep-fried with fillings of crab stick with mayonnaise dip. This version is fairly new in Penang.
Kuta Bali Cafe
Desa Permata Sport Complex
Lintang Paya Terubong 1
Ayer Itam
Paya Terubong
Business hours: Evening till late night
GPS co-ordinates: N0523.460 E10016.569

The chicken curry chee cheong fun in Cintra Street comes with tender pieces of chicken drumstick and soft potato. The spicy flavour and the strong hint of coconut milk in the gravy make it a delicious dish. It goes for RM3.50.
Stall opposite Sun Yoon Kee Seafood Restaurant
Cintra Street
Business hours: Afternoon till early evening
GPS co-ordinates: N05.418247 E100.333649


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