“Ya Ka Koay Teow Thng” is a family owned business. It is the only “Koay Teow Thng” shop that makes its own homemade fish ball and minced meat “Koay Teow Thng”,. This specialty store has the recipe that was pass down for 4 generations in Penang. “Ya Ka Keh” is literally translated to mean “the road under the coconut tree” in Hokkien language (a local dialect). The locals relate “Ya Ka Keh” to Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling/Pitt Street.
What is so special about the Koay Teow Thng?
1. The explosive Sea Water Eel Fish ball
It is a family owned recipe that was passed on for 4 generations. The recipe only uses high quality fresh ingredients to make the fish ball, and there were no chemical used during the process. Although demand for the fish ball has gone higher each year, only the process of skinning and grinding the eels uses machine as the Lim’s Family wants to maintain the high quality of the fishball. The other process was done using their own hands. This reason “Ya Ka Koay Teow Thng’s” fish ball comes with an explosive natural sweetness.
2. “Bak Cho” (minced pork)
The minced pork has been smashed continuously until it gets a fine, smooth and bouncy texture. After that, the minced pork is showered over and over again with hot broth until it is cooked. The mince pork got sold out very fast daily as only limited amount of mince pork are produced everyday due to the limited capacity of the Lim’s Family.
The broth is boiled using whole duck, whole chicken and pork bones for hours during the wee hours in the morning.
4. Homemade soy-chilli sauce
The sauce is specially made from garlic that were freshly peeled every day, chillies, soy sauce and some secret recipe that is said to be able to enhance the taste of the fish ball and minced meat.
5. Other Ingredients
The pork cracklings are freshly made every day and high graded dark soy sauce is used for the dry koay teow.
The “Koay Teow Thng” was reasonably priced. The price has never gone up much despite the increasing cost of the raw materials. The Lim Family decided to bear all the cost as a practical way to show appreciation to their loyal customers and playing a small part in reducing the living cost of the white collars in Penang.
Other products offered by the shop
The lady boss loves to bake, upholding the same values of the Lim Family, she uses the best quality ingredient and sell them at the most reasonable price.
Some of the customers’ favourites are:
1. Egg Tart
2. Coconut Tart
3. Hup Toh Soh
Tips: The Tarts and Hup Toh Soh are sold at a limited quantity every day.