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Oh god, you're killing me! There used to be a stall selling this outside the gates of the Main Convent in Ipoh during my primary schooldays. It was the ultimate after-school treat, if you could afford it -- I remember relishing plastic-lined newspaper cones of the stuff (with extra chili) before "Computer Club," which was the cutting-edge extracurricular activity of the time. Part of the delight was the serving method -- those portable cones, out of which you would eat the koay kak with toothpicks.


It definitely looks good and greasy, but for some reason I can't see the egg anymore. :)

Nate @ House of Annie

Wow, that was a fast turnaround on a post! Breakfast this morning and posted this evening. Are we going to see more "realtime" posts on EatingAsia this year?


So interesting and delicious sounding! I hope 2010 is the year I'll be coming to Asia so I can enjoy some of the dishes you've written about! Happy New Year to you both!


I miss this food. T_T

the lacquer spoon

Greasy food is irresistible when I'm hungry...so, better sleep now ;)

Life 2.0

Happy New Years to both Robyn and Dave. Good wishes from the mitten state, we are headed to a nearby park to go sledding.



Rasa Malaysia

Gorgeous Robin. Happy New Year and more good eats in Asia, and especially in Penang. :)


What a delicious way to kick-start the new year!! I think I'll have the same for b'fast on our first day of 2010 as well.....except, there're no char kuih kak vendors around....not one single soul selling CKK here in Bay Area California!!! Urrgh, such torture! :-(
Thanks for the wonderful post! Heading off to Ranch99 (Asian grocery chain) to get the ingredients for CKK. Another 3 hours or so before my cravings can be satisfied.......


Happy new year!

awesome post, I really like the contraption he used to cut the cake into uniform chucks.

I always get daikon cake at dim sum, we also use to eat daikon cake for breakfast in taiwan, but often they are served by themselves, with a little soy and chili sauce (no sprouts or eggs).

I am with Jencrafted, making some from scratch might be a good way to kick off a new decade.


Wow that looks fabulous! I'd like some right now. :) Happy New Year!

Vincent Tan

Been awhile since I commented on your site Robyn... if you get a chance to go to Sarawak, there are both the savory and sweet versions. :)


Hi Preeta - Happy New Year! There's a vendor in George Town at night (on Carnavon Lane near Chulia, if anyone's curious) who serves it that way -- banana leaf rolled into a cone inside a piece of newspaper. But I think I've had my quota for at least 6 mos. ;-)

jodi- the egg is there in pieces, coated with oil and black soy, mingled with the radish cake

nate - ha ha. I could make that a resolution but I'd never keep it ... too hard to predict internet access when we're on the road, and too difficult to predict when I'll be too mired in deadlines to write when we're home. It would be nice though...

Hi Kalyn, thanks for stopping by. Do let us know if you're going to be in the region, we get around and you never know if our paths might cross!

Life - ah yes, the mitten state. Enjoy your snow!

Thanks Bee, same to you.

Albert and Jencrafted -- Ranch 99 in El Cerrito by chance? Good luck with your project.

Sook - tastes as good as it looks. Same to you!

Vincent - I'm intrigued by the sweet version! Thanks for stopping by and Happy 2010!

Prosti, lacquer spoon, thanks for your comments and happy new year!

550ml jar of faith @minchow

Yup CKK says celebration as good as a bottle of Moet, if not better! I like the one at the Anson Road market, haven't tried Chowrasta's but I think it's just snuck its way to the top of my NY resolutions. Happy New Year!


the dish is fabulously, grossly unhealthy - I love it!

A very Happy New Year to you and David and I look forward to being fed more outstanding food!

Carl Parkes

Thank you so much for all your great posts over the last year. I read them daily via my Bloglines RSS Reader. Thanks!


Oh yes! My favourite dish! Used to have the white version as a kid and still try to cook it from time to time at home. Happy New Year!


I will so hit the Chowrasta Mkt this summer when I visit. We used to call it "Char tow kuey" and I don't know why. The secret ingredients include garlic, finely chopped preserved radish, and well, not too secretive, a sprinkle of Chinese chives. Mum actually made some at home before and claims it is quite easy. It did taste almost authentic except for the lard chunks!

lili - pikeletandpie

Oh! I ate this kuih kak from this vendor when I was in Penang in November and loved it. I never managed to post about it and am glad to have been reminded of it again. I never saw the cutting of the radish cake, it was all cooked by the time I got there.
Thank you, and happy new year!

Eurasian Sensation

Carrot cake is pretty much the best thing ever. I find it interesting how it is almost the exact same recipe for char kway teow, except using the radish cake instead of noodles.

Looking forward to another year of great Eating Asia posts!


Nice post. This is one of my favorite dishes. My mom would take me to Petaling Street wet market near Madras cinema back in the 70s. There was a famous carrot cake hawker at the food stalls area. His carrot cake was good. He was always busy stir frying. The Laksa stall was also well known in that area. Madras cinema was said to be haunted and it was burnt down. It has been more than 20 years since I visited that market.


growing up in penang, grandma always took me to this market. this post just brought back a lot of memories


Hey this is my first time visiting your blog, great post! That food looks awesome, I wish I was there right now. Happy new year!

K L Chew

I really get depressed when visiting your blog, and drool like mad too. There's nothing like Penang food here in Muscat, Oman. Month or so ago, the Shangri-La Muscat had a Malaysian food week and they imported the Penang Shangri-La chef to cook some hawker delicacies. Like manna from heaven. He complained to me that they had to import almost all their foodstuff from Penang to Muscat because it was almost impossible to get the ingredients here. Oh, we had a passionate debate as to where was the best char kuey teow. He said the best he ever found was in Bukit Mertajam, near Butterworth. Any thoughts on that?


I'm so glad I read this post. I'm heading to Penang in June for a weekend and will be sure to check out this stall. I used to eat this for breakfast as a kid (not everyday of course), so this brings back lots of memories.

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