My choice…

Well, I wouldn’t say I had much of a choice. At 6.00 a.m., most of the coffee shops would be closed and at the few that may be open, if you’re lucky, you can get a hot drink and kampua mee as chances are they will tell you that the water has not started boiling yet so you will have to go some place else.

I decided to drop by here once again as this is the only one that starts real early and at 6.00 a.m., all the stalls, except the chu char (cook & fry) place at the back, would be in full swing, even the roti canai stall. That sure is a surprise as those people usually do not start so early.

Usually, I would order the sambal kway teow from this stall

Kopitiam Fantasy kway teow stall

…there as it has always been good, never fails to please – spicy with its lovely char (fry) fragrance plus the nice taste of the sambal and that is only RM4.00 a plate.

This time around, I wanted to try the Penang char kway teow (RM5.00)…

Kopitiam Fantasy char kway teow

…because I had that at the coffee shop across the road and it was really very good and had a whole lot of prawns but that was RM6.50 a plate. Unfortunately, when I ordered that, the lady said she did not have any prawns that morning. Oh dear! No prawns, no cockles, just lap cheong (Chinese sausage)? What kind of Penang char kway teow is that?

Nonetheless, I went ahead with my order as I couldn’t go any place else anyway and I was quite sure it would be all right especially with the lady’s super spicy chili dip…

Kopitiam Fantasy kway teow stall, chili dip

This is so good really and goes so well with whatever the lady dishes out. She said that it is a recipe handed down from her father – she used to help him make this when she was young.

The kway teow

Kopitiam Fantasy Penang char kway teow

…was pretty good but I think I would stick to the very much cheaper sambal kway teow here and if I want some very nice Penang char kway teow, I would go to the coffee shop across the road as it does have an edge over this prawnless one. Of course, that one is RM1.50 more expensive and it will have to be much later – I shall not be able to drop by there THIS early in the morning, that’s for sure!

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.