An old friend, Ah Eng, used to run the char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles) stall here and her business was so good that everything would be sold out by 9 something, before 10. One fine day, she felt that enough was enough and decided to call it a day – according to the son, my ex-student, her legs could not take it, standing there and frying her noodles, plate after plate, every day.

This very friendly and chatty lady…

Kopitiam Fantasy kway teow stall

…took over her stall and my missus did try her sambal kway teow once and she loved it – equal to Ah Eng’s, she said, a fitting successor.

Yes, they open very early in the morning and the other day, I decided that I could do with a change from the usual kampua mee breakfast and dropped by this coffee shop and much to my delight, it was open and the stalls were already in full swing.

I ordered the lady’s Penang char kway teow (RM5.00)…

Kopitiam Fantasy Penang char kway teow 1

…and it was really very good. Other than the one on top, there were 4 or 5 more prawns hidden underneath the noodles and she sure was very generous with her slices of lap cheong (Chinese sausage) and there were bits of pork in it as well. I wish she had cockles too but I guess I would just have to do without those.

I tapao-ed her sambal kway teow (RM4.00) for my missus and I loved her own-made chili dip…

Kopitiam Fantasy Penang char kway teow 2

…so much that I simply had to ask her for a bit and she willingly obliged. As she was eating what I had bought home for her, my missus asked where I bought the so-very-nice kway teow and she gave the chili dip her double thumbs up too. It was quite spicy but our threshold level is very high so we did not feel it that much.

Incidentally, the coffee (RM1.70) was great too and one thing’s for sure, I certainly would be dropping by there again…soon.

KOPITIAM FANTASY, otherwise popularly known as Tiam Tiam Lai (2.292435, 111.835066), is located among the shops in the Jalan Chew Siik Hiong area of shops behind the Rejang Medical Centre, facing Jalan Mahsuri.