Is Penang’s Street Food Fading Away?

By Nicholas Chong

April 2019 FEATURE
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Siam Road char koay teow's Tan Chooi Hong.
When the beloved Siam Road char koay teow “uncle” – as Tan Chooi Hong is fondly known – was rumoured to have retired last June, many Penangites were devastated.For decades, Uncle Tan’s dish had captivated the taste buds of many a customer. It even made its way onto the world map in 2017 when it was ranked 14th in the Top 50 World Street Food Masters listed by the World Street Food Congress.Fortunately, the rumours that Uncle Tan was throwing...

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Nicholas Chong

is a board game enthusiast, novice magician, martial arts practitioner, and laksa fanatic. He claims to know all the best laksa spots in Penang.