Is Penang’s Street Food Fading Away?

loading 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.


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