Penang Food Stories (Chapter 2): Lam Ah Kopitiam – damn nice Beef Noodles & Oyster Omelette

“Gubak Kway Teow”, that’s what the Penangites call their Beef Kway Teow (flat Rice Noodles).  It seems that Penang had 2 famous Gubak Kway Teow outlets founded way back in the 1960s, one was at Victoria Street and the other’s at the junction of Beach Street (now Lebuh Pantai) and Acheen Street (now Lebuh Acheh).  The one formerly at Acheen Street has now moved to Lam Wah Kopitiam, at the junction of Lebuh Pantai and Lebuh Chulia (opposite the Lebuh Pantai fire station) where it has been operating since 1996.

beef ndls

That was precisely where I had a taste of the Gubak Kway Teow and absolutely loved it!  The stall is manned by a pretty young lass who donned white plastic gloves as she prepared the noodles.  She’s very meticulous, taking great care with each order.  She would blanch the thin slices of beef carefully, ensuring they are not overcooked – every slice of meat on my bowl of gubak kway teow was in the same shade of pink, tender and delicious.

bowl ndls

The tendons, tripe and other innards were executed perfectly with just the right level of succulence left in them.  The beef balls were bouncy and well flavoured.  The soup, oh my goodness, has been boiled for hours, lusciously beefy and bursting with the sweet bovine flavours, enhanced by chunks of white radish.

young lass


beef Collage

The beef and tripe were so good I couldn’t resist ordering another bowl of just those!

beef chap

In the same kopitiam is a Orh Chien (oyster omelette) stall which has now become my personal favourite in Penang.  I much prefer this to the famous “Seng Thor” stall.  The guy manning this stall, Mr Gan, took his time, slowly frying the oyster omelette to just the right level of done-ness.  I was told this was from that famous out in New World Park coffee shop.


The orh chien here is crispy at the edges, yet maintains a slight gooey-ness in the centre – just perfect!  The oysters are small (but I like them small anyway) and are packed with sweet freshness and I believe the tastiness of this orh chien lies in the secret sauces concocted by Mr Gan.

orh chien

oysters man Collage


Lam Ah Kopitiam
Junction of Lebuh Pantai
And Lebuh CHulia

Open 10.30am to 4.30pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays


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8 Responses to “Penang Food Stories (Chapter 2): Lam Ah Kopitiam – damn nice Beef Noodles & Oyster Omelette”

  1. Sean Eat Drink KL
    January 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    ooo, i studied in penang for three years, but i don’t think i ever visited this stall. looks like a nice gem on the island. love oyster omelet, and the thought of a ‘secret sauce’ to accompany it is quite thrilling 😀

    • Pureglutton
      January 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      This is a pretty popular kopitiam in Penang due to the 2 stalls mentioned :-)

  2. January 2, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    oo.. miss this but I am bookmarking this for CNY return to Pg… drooling at that awesome oh chien!! :)

    Happy New Year To You & Yr Family…

    • Pureglutton
      January 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      Yes, I love that orh chien too! Happy New Year to you :-)

  3. Connie
    January 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    for the sake of the oyster and beef noodle, shall we make a trip to Penang before Lester leaves for AU:)?

    • Pureglutton
      January 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      Sure, why not! When? 😛

  4. January 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I LOVE oysters..

    • Pureglutton
      January 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Yeah…food of love! :-)

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