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Siam Road, George Town, Penang

Siam Road, within the heart of George Town, is said to have one of the best char kuey teow on Penang Island.

Siam Road is a short road off Dato' Keramat Road within the George Town city centre. It connects Dato' Keramat Road to the south with Anson Road to the north.

Siam Road sign, George Town, Penang

Siam Road sign

The road, as with the surrounding area, came into being in the early 20th. century, when George Town was expanding westwards. It is lined with double-storey townhouses, most of which are now put to use for commercial purposes.

Siam Road is also famous for its char kuey teow stall, located near the northern junction with Anson Road. Said to be one of the best within Penang Island, the stall attracts hordes of locals and foreigners alike, who, more often than not, have to wait over 20 minutes before being served with a delicious plate of freshly fried dish.

Etymology

As its name implies, Siam Road was named after the Kingdom of Siam, the predecessor to the modern Kingdom of Thailand. It is one of the few roads within George Town to be named after countries, and deservedly so, due to the geographical proximity between Thailand and Penang, as well as close historical and cultural ties.

History

Siam Road has been in existence since at least the early 20th. century, when George Town was expanding westwards out of Penang Road.

Subsequently, double-storey townhouses were built along both sides of the road. Most of these houses have now been converted for commercial use.

Siam Road char kuey teow stall, George Town, Penang

The famous char kuey teow stall at Siam Road.

Food

A char kuey teow stall near the junction between Siam Road and Anson Road serves among the best char kuey teow on Penang Island. Opening at 1500 hours daily (except Mondays), the stall attracts a steady stream of locals and tourists alike, and the resulting queue would quickly fill up the Hock Ban Hin Cafe opposite the stall. Queuing for 20 to 30 minutes for a plate of freshly fried char kuey teow is the norm.

Siam Road char kuey teow, George Town, Penang

A close-up of the Siam Road char kuey teow.

Contrary to the usual practice, the char kuey teow here is fried with a somewhat traditional method, using charcoal fire instead of a gas stove. It gained popularity in recent years and has even attracted the attention of Martin Yan, a famous Hong Kong chef, who visited the stall in 2015.

Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.28 Komtar State Assemblyman : Teh Lai Heng (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

P.049 Tanjong Member of Parliament : Ng Wei Aik (Democratic Action Party)

References

  1. http://www.penang-traveltips.com/siam-road.htm
  2. http://www.timeout.com/penang/restaurants-and-cafes/siam-road-char-koay-teow
  3. http://www.vkeong.com/siam-road-jalan-siam-charcoal-char-koay-teow/

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