Whether you’re a tourist visiting Penang or a Penangite, there’s probably a high chance you’ve came cross one of Penang’s most famous char koay teow stalls, Ah Leng Char Koay Teow located along Jalan Dato Keramat. Started in 1979, Teoh Koon Leng spent 43 years dishing up Penang’s iconic street food, char koay teow, with finesse. Sadly, Koon Leng or better known as Ah Leng, has passed away at the age of 82.
In an interview with Ah Leng’s granddaughter in Oriental Daily, she shared that her grandfather first had no appetite to eat before developing a high fever on Christmas Day. Later, his condition took a turn for the worse where he was sent to the hospital and diagnosed with dengue fever.
Social media platforms have been flooded with messages and Facebook postings overflowing with words of solace, thanking him for his amazing cooking. Even former Finance Minister of Malaysia, Lim Guan Eng, shared his condolences: “Condolences on the sudden passing of 82-year Ah Leng, one of the top Penang char koay teow maestros. Sorely missed by your customers in your shop in Zoo Road. I will miss it too. Rest in peace.”
Ah Leng Char Kway Teow is known for their duck egg char kway teow which gives the noodles a distinct creaminess and their succulent jumbo sized prawns. The stall is currently helmed by the second generation, his daughter, Chye Hong. Please note that Ah Leng Char Koay Teow is temporarily closed and you can check out their Facebook page to find out when the stall will be operational again.
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