Kampung Malaysian – Char Kway Teow

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There’s only so much a Peckish Kiwi can take. Holding one’s resolve while beholding Sassy Earl Grey’s Flaky Spiral Malaysian Curry Puffs is one matter, but I cannot be expected to stay strong against those and Bonding Tool’s Char Kway Teow photos. Lucky for me Ponsonby Food Court is home to Kampung Malaysian and is handy to work. Chicken Char Kway Teow ($11.50) and a spring roll and curry puff ($1.50 each) coming my way.

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I’m sorry to say I can’t recommend the curry puffs to you. Stare at curry puffs done the SEG Way and let your appetite dream rather than be shattered on the reality that is these. The flavour fell flatter than a rubbery pancake for me, not doing much more than what peas and potatoes would ordinarily do for me with a bit of curry powder added. The spring roll was better, but in a carrot and vermicelli sort of way that you’ve probably had many times before, possibly from the Chinese before that is their neighbour (and possibly does spring rolls better, and probably those little curry triangles too, which would be a step up from the curry puff).

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Happily, I do not have the same problem with the Char Kway Teow. I’ve seen a couple of bloggers talk about the merits between this dish and a Pad See Eew. For me I think I prefer the sauce on this one, but enjoy the bigger serving of vegetables that is typical of Pad See Eew in Auckland. This Char Kway Teow unfortunately didn’t come with those yummy sausages, but I didn’t care. It also didn’t come as takeaway like I ordered, (I don’t know what it is with this establishment. No matter who the management is, they seem to have trouble making my takeaway orders to go) and I still didn’t care. I take joy in flat noodles regardless, but when they’re sticky with savoury soy and garlic, chirpy with sweet flocks of scrambled egg, and feisty with a solid without leaving a hefty bruise chilli kick, I’ll take my joy with a nice side serve of stomach rubbing.

For good noodle flavour and spice without the usual annoying Western palate training wheels, these guys are a good option at the Williamson Ave end of Ponsonby Road.

17 thoughts on “Kampung Malaysian – Char Kway Teow

  1. but when they’re sticky with savoury soy and garlic, chirpy with sweet flocks of scrambled egg, and feisty with a solid without leaving a hefty bruise chilli kick

    My fave sentence of all. Yes, it is a ritual to pick out the line that most moved me in each of your post. #youdon’tminddoyou? #causeifyoudojustsaytheword hashtags have taken over my life. I think this calls for an intervention?

    Love the photos of char kway teow! Also my fave! Every time I am back in Malaysia I always ask to go to this one stall that cooks it over a flaming charcoal fire and let me tell you. Oh my Goodness. So, so, so good. Gah.

    Sad to hear about your curry puffs…but you’re right! Any that don’t possess a spiral-like characteristic or crumble into your mouth cannot pass itself off as a curry puff! (Or curry kok as we call it).

    Yay! Malaysian food! So glad you’re not afraid to step inside an Msian restaurant anymore. High ten!

    And a takeaway place that screws up orders to go? What? I cannot comprehend.

    1. Haha, this Malaysian place was safe because it was in a food court. So easier to blend in with the rest of the punters away from Malaysian mothers’ narrowed eyes. Mrs P was surprised at the puff verdict. I think it’s the first time I’ve screwed up my nose at a curry puff ever. I

  2. I’ve never tried it (and now I feel like I’m missing something.) Whenever I go to Sawatdy I order the coconut soup and the spicy tofu. They are SO good…must be flexible. Must try something new…I’ll keep saying it.

  3. Gosh what memories! I haven’t had that since I lived in South East Asia! I loved it, thank goodness I forgot about it (until now) cos I’ve never seen it in any oriental restaurant here…

    1. Wow, really? When I think about what we’re missing here, we don’t have a lot of African cuisines, and Polish and other Eastern European restaurants can be few and far between. Still, I can imagine not having Malaysian Restaurants around.

  4. Oh yummmm! I also take immense joy in flat noodles. Sticky with garlic and soy and eggs. YES! Oh wow. Yum. Now I’m craving noodles.

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