Raja Uda Famous Kwong Wah Tom Yam Noodles @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang!
*Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 2*
Finally, KayaButter get our chance to taste the famous tom yam noodle in Raja Uda. We have been seeing a lot of this tom yam noodles in Instagram and Facebook. Actually there are two stalls in Raja Uda that are famous for tom yam noodles. We are actually looking for the tom yam soup that are thicker and hotter but we get to Kwong Wah Tom Yam Noodle or some write it as Kwang Wah or Kwong Hwa which is just after the Petronas petrol station and besides Kwong Wah Primary School. The other famous tom yam noodles is at Joo Seng Cafe which KayaButter hope to try next time.
Here are some photos for you to see so that you can recognise the stall easier. If you are driving from Chain Ferry or Mak Mandin, then look out for the stall on your left. You will see Petronas first and then Kwong Wah Primary School and then the stall. If you are coming from Bagan Ajam or Sungai Dua exit, then you will not see Petronas 1st, just be on the lookout at your right side for these familiar shops.
Do try not to sit inside as it will be rather stuffy and hot as there is no ventilation at all. Luckily we managed to get a table outside the coffee shop. Look at the crowd and how many tables still do not get their order. That’s how famous this tom yam stall is. KayaButter heard that the average waiting time is 1 hour++ per table.
KayaButter never seen tomyam noodles that come with eggs! Awesome! 🙂
One of the reason for the long waiting hours is that the stall operator cooks your order individual to ensure the quality of their tom yam noodles!
See the number of gas tanks there are! That’s how good their business is. 🙂
One of their main attraction is the amount of add-ons that you can choose from. There are fish balls, hams, prawns, fried fish meat, cheese filled fish cakes, crab meat sticks and so on. One can mistaken this stall as selling yoong tau hu. 🙂
And luckily their order system is rather systematic. All your ingredients/add-ons will be put on a small plate and given a color code. Then the person who cooks the tom yam will go according to the plates. And oh ya, you can choose clear soup if you don’t like tom yam. Besides that, you can choose your kind of noodles such as maggie, thick noodles and vermicelli and also rice.
This is the clear soup noodles. The soup is sweet and tasty. Good!
Tom Yam Maggie
The total cost is around RM20++ but below RM25 including the four herbal teas that we ordered. A very reasonable price indeed. Look at the amount of the ingredients that we add on. We ordered our favorite fried fish. The fish is well fried. Crispy and soft inside. Kaya’s only complain is that it is not as crispy as the one KayaButter had for our fish meat bee hoon at Air Itam.. No wonder so many people are willing to wait.
Our verdict? The tom yam maggie soup is decent and definitely one of the best in Penang. It is a much toned down version of the Thai tom yam soup that we had at other places. It is not fiery red and very sour and spicy. It is also slightly sweet. For those who cannot take too strong tom yam, this will be a very good choice! And the variety of ingredients to choose from is definitely a winner. KayaButter find that consumers love add-ons. The hawker food might be average but if they can choose add-ons, the business will be brisk. Oh ya, KayaButter loves the cheese fish cake! Super awesome! 🙂 The only turn off is the long waiting hour. If you are OK with that, go ahead and give it a try! My advice to you should you go is to bring a deck of card or Monopoly Deal and play while you wait or please charge your smartphone to the fullest or bring powerbank. The wait will be long.
Raja Uda Famous Kwong Wah Tom Yam Noodles
Besides SRJK (C) Kwong Wah Primary School
7121, Jalan Raja Uda,
12300 Butterworth, Penang.
Contact No: 012-574 2696
Wednesdays – Mondays
Closed on Tuesdays
6:30PM – 2:00AM