Beef koay teow (Beef noodles, or “Gu Bak Koay Teow” in the Penang Hokkien dialect) is probably not the most popular dish in Penang, as most Penang Chinese do not eat beef, due to religious reason (Buddhists typically do not consume beef). However, for those who like beef koay teow, there are a number of places in Penang worth visiting.
Kafe ST Loo, located on Carnavon Street (Lebuh Carnavon) serves one of the best beef koay teow on Penang Island. The stall was previously on Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia), before relocating to the present shop. The full address of Kafe ST Loo is: 156, Lebuh Carnavon, 10100 Georgetown, Penang.
The beef koay teow is served in a bowl of soup, although you can also order a dry bowl of noodles with the soup served separately. The main ingredients found in the soup are beef, beef meat balls, intestines (for folks who are adventurous), and bean sprouts. The soup has a strong beef flavour, and the beef is nicely cooked. Here’s a picture of a mouth-watering bowl of Penang beef koay teow at Kafe ST Loo:
The shop also has a stall selling “Oh Chien” / fried oyster omelette. The fried oyster omelette served here is quite decent. Customers typically order it as an add-on, while dining at Kafe ST Loo.
Here is the location of Kafe ST Loo in Google Maps: