Kimberley Street Ah Seng Char Bee Hoon [Economy Fried Vermicelli]

What food can you buy with RM1.20 nowadays? I mean a dish. Besides nasi lemak that I can think of, let me introduce this famous food from Penang. It is called “CHAR BEE HOON” in Hokkien or fried vermicelli.

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It is a very simple dish where the yellow mee, rice vermicelli and koey teow were fried with cooking oil, sugar, dark soya sauce, soya sauce, bean sprouts and little bit of garlics. Each will be fried individually as it allow customer to choose their own combinations. The most common ones would be mixing yellow mee and rice vermicelli or called “Bee Hoon Mee” in Hokkien.

There are some fried condiments put on top like you can see in the picture is the deep fried bean curd skins and pickled chilis. There are sambal too which put below the bean curd skins. The bean curd skins were very crunchy.

The stall that I patron the most in Penang was Ah Seng Char Bee Hoon located opposite Bee Hooi Coffee Shop in Kimberley Street.

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The stall has a lot drive thru business!

The stall were operated by father and son. I patron them a lot since I am 16 years old till now. Whenever I go the uncle will know how I like my combination. Ah SENG! I respect you! SALUTE! for still remember my combination after 4 years no patron your CHAR BEE HOON. My favorite combination was mix all with extra pickled chilis and bean curd skins.

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By the way if you didn’t ask for extra bean curd skins, you only get like 5 to 6 pieces cause the raw materials ain’t cheap. It took a lot effort to fry it.

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My plate of 3 combo mix! This plate cost me RM2 with everything add in and big size

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Back to basic!

Too bad at the moment I went to Ah Seng’s shop, there are no peanut soup. If not, PERFECT companion for my CHAR BEE HOON.

Place: Ah Seng Char Bee Hoon

Location : Kimberley Street
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Business Hour : Late evening about 6.30pm onwards
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Food Type: Hawker Food
Price: RM1.20 for small, RM1.50 for Medium and RM2.00 for big
Payment Terms : Cash
Cleanliness Votes : 1/5
Food Votes : 4/5
Air Conditioned : No
Halal : NO cause fried with lard oil
Smoking and non smoking zone : No
Tax : None
Recommended Foods : Bee Hoon Mee

You can put in sweet sauce too.


  • May 8, 2009 - 9:43 pm | Permalink

    the best supper if hunger strike… 🙂

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    • May 10, 2009 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

      You are right! When I was young, my dad bought for us a lot.

  • May 8, 2009 - 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Visited this place too…still have the photos in the folder. The last time I visited, a Bangladeshi was frying the noodles under the supervision of the uncle.

    ck lams last blog post..Penang Hawker Food – Penang Curry Mee

    • May 10, 2009 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

      I see …. mostly I when I went there, the son is the one do the frying now. Bangla packing after Ah Seng put in the noodle.

  • May 8, 2009 - 11:45 pm | Permalink

    the bean curd skins is my absolute fav! and I cant find it in KL! ;(

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  • May 8, 2009 - 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I like this kind of char bee hoon lo.. cheap and simple.. But I don’t really like those fried been curd skin though 😛

  • May 9, 2009 - 3:45 am | Permalink

    Looks so good the the bean curd skin!

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  • May 9, 2009 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    like the char bee hoon with pickled green chillies.
    if it was fried by a Bangladeshi as CKLam wrote- a big no no.

    foodbins last blog post..TEOWCHEW CHENDUL-PENANG ROAD.

    • May 10, 2009 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

      I don’t mind as long as the owner is there to supervise when cooking. If the taste is out, no one will patron them again.

  • May 9, 2009 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    got peanut soup too? ok should pay them a visit when I am in that area. ^-^

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  • May 9, 2009 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

    RM1.20? So so so cheap! even I wans to buy nasi lemak with RM1.20 also hard to find nowadays

    Satisfyingtummys last blog post..Ban Chang Kueh (Chinese Pancake) ???

    • May 10, 2009 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

      Ya lor …. everything price increase. Morning nasi lemak I buy also RM1.60 already …. just rice, a lil bit of ikan bilis and 1 sunny side up egg.

  • May 10, 2009 - 10:54 am | Permalink

    Looks so water-mouthering! And the price…. unbelievable cheap.
    I love pickled chili, so perfect for fried bee hoon and noodles 🙂

    Selbys last blog post..Keripik Ubi (Sweet Potato Chips)

    • May 10, 2009 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

      Couldn’t agree more 😀 Economy not good need to look for cheap good food!

  • Wassenaar
    May 10, 2009 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Yes, the bean-curd skin is to die for. Any idea how it looks in raw form before deep frying? I’m sure is not the “lo-bak” skin type. I just bought a packet dry bean curd pack. Not sure if it is the right one. Any idea? BTW I live in NL.

    • May 10, 2009 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Yea … it is not the lo bak skin type … this is the sweet type which people use to stir fry together with vegetarian dishes.

      Wow! Visit my blog all the way from Netherlands. Thanks for dropping by 😀

  • May 10, 2009 - 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I want to eat “teik ah ki”..haha..

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  • May 11, 2009 - 6:52 pm | Permalink

    foodbin – No worries, I have tasted the char beehoon recently… still just as good even fried by the Bangladeshi cos the uncle is overseeing the whole frying process…no worries 🙂

    ck lams last blog post..Eccucino @ Prince Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

  • May 13, 2009 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

    walao… the texture of the kuay teow looks nice though!! =D hahah SLURRRRRPPPSSS*~

    andrews last blog post..Authentic Sarawakian Food – Rajah Brooke Cafe

  • May 13, 2009 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Quite a long time didn’t have economy bee hoon with crispy fried bean curd skin. It’s simple but yummy!

  • May 13, 2009 - 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I give u five! This stall fried mee and fried bee hoon are really good.

    carisos last blog post..Mr. Pot Coffee & Toast

  • June 9, 2009 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    There is a Char Bee Hoon stall in Jelutong Night Market too…

  • June 9, 2009 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    There is a Char Bee Hoon stall in Jelutong Night Market too…

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