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Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow Expensive?

Read what Mr Jimmy Lee has to say about his Char Koay Teow...
Posted on 10.37pm Feb 29, 2008

Jimmy enjoying his trade....!! The controversial "Lorong Selamat" Char Koay Teow, located in Kedai Kopi Lam Hing Leong at USJ 14/1L, continues to be ever popular with many Subang Jayans. This, despite some forumers claiming his koay teow is overpriced.

To get to the bottom of this "controversy" once and for all, we decided to interview Mr Jimmy Lee, the other half of this husband and wife team. It was very difficult conducting this interview as the koay teow proved so popular and Jimmy was constantly pulled away by customers' constant orders.

Anyway, Jimmy and wife are from Lorong Selamat, Penang but they are not related to the famous Char Koay Teow in Penang in anyway.

"I come from Lorong Selamat, so I also have a right to call my stall by that name" joked Jimmy, who is always smiling and ever polite to all his customers.

"Some people say your koay teow is very expensive lah at RM4!" I told him.

"Where got expensive?" He retorted. "The Penang stall is selling his koay teow at RM5.50, you know? But the ingredients I put into my koay teow are worth a lot more than other stalls. You wait, I explain afterwards.." and off he went to attend to a few more customers. And I waited for him to return.

When he came back, he continued.."You look at my prawns. All big and fresh. I buy them personally from Selayang market every morning to ensure freshness and quality. You know each of my prawns cost about 40 sens?"

"And you like my towgeh (bean sprout), dont you? I use the Ipoh type quality which cost RM4 a bag! The normal towgeh costs only about RM2.70 a bag!!" he continued. "And my chili costs RM10 a bag. If I use the cheaper type, it will only cost me RM2.50 to 3.00 a bag! Some more, look at my koay teow....I use the fine Ipoh type which is not only more expensive but also more difficult to fry. It also requires a bit more preparation to prevent them from being stuck together."

"Finally, do you know the sausages I use cost about 10 sens a piece? How many char koay teow give you such quality sausages? So, now you know why I say my koay teow is not expensive?"

Ok...ok....Jimmy you win!! And thanks for the lesson on Penang Char Koay Teow. At least now I know what I am getting for my RM4 !! So the next time you have your koay teow here, dont think of the $$ you pay, think of the ingredients you get for your money.

And for your information, our very own Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow is open every day from about 7.30am to about 2.00pm, or as and when they run out of koay teow...obviously!! And most of the time it's before 2pm! They close on Sunday.