Sunday, 7 January 2018

Penang Food Galore: 2. Penang's Famous Hokkien Mee, Loh Mee and Wantan Mee

Hokkien Mee
Hokkien Mee means different things in different places in Malaysia. Klang Valley's version of Hokkien Mee is thick yellow noodles, stir fried in dark sauce and lard and optionally flavored with an assortment of other ingredients like meat, fish cake, prawns, etc. whereas Hokkien Mee in the northern states of Penang, Kedah and Perlis refers to prawn noodles in a soupy broth where prawn is the main flavour and main ingredient. Growing up in the northern states, the latter version of Hokkien Mee has found a place in my heart and its fragrance and flavor always bring back that rustic nostalgia. It is however, not very easy to find good prawn noodles in the Klang Valley where I am now residing. Eating at least one bowl of this noodle is thus a quintessential thing to do whenever I am in Penang.

Hokkien Mee can be found in every food court in Penang as this dish is a Penang hawker's specialty. It is also one of the most popular food eaten in Penang. Even though most Hokkien mee stalls fare above average, to get maximum satisfaction from a bowl of this noodle, you will need to seek out the top-rated vendors that sell it.
The best Hokkien Mee in Penang is said to be Granny's Hokkien Mee in Bayan Lepas but we didn't want to travel that far so we went for the #2 best. The stall is located at One Corner Café, @ No4, Jalan Bawasah, Georgetown. One Corner Cafe is a food court with many food vendors selling all the popular hawkers' food of Penang.
The wait to get our bowl of Hokkien Mee from this stall called "Super Hokkien Mee" needed a lot of patience. It has become a renowned brand in Penang and you can see many customers waiting to take away multiple packets of it. In the process of waiting you would have finished a few cups of coffee or tea but good things are often hard to get so we just had to be patient.
Ordinary in look but by just seeping a spoonful of the broth, we could immediately tell the difference between the Hokkien Mee at this stall and the ones at any Tom's, Dick's or Harry's stall. We'll sum up our review of this Hokkien Mee at Super Hokkien Mee stall as 'simply super'. We've decided to mark this stall as a 'Must-Eat" for our future trips to Penang and do remember to come early as the noodles sell out very fast. This happened during our visit in 2016. By noon it was already closed,...and we 😭😭😭 as we didn't get to eat it then.

Location: Super Hokkien Mee Stall
One Corner Cafe
No 2-4, Jalan Bawasah,
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesday
Note: Very often the noodles are sold out much earlier than the stipulated time.

Loh Mee
Another popular street food in Penang is the Loh Mee, a noodle dish that comes in thickened dark sauce and optionally topped with an assortment of ingredients like eggs, prawns, meat etc. 
Hock Seng Loh Mee which also operates from One Corner Cafe at Jalan Bawasah is one of the top rated Loh Mee stalls in Penang. Walking that far out from our hotel, we decided to eat both the Hokkien Mee and the Loh Mee at one go.
Deserving of its high ratings, the Loh Mee here is very tasty and is indeed one of the better ones in Penang. 

Hock Seng Loh Mee Stall, 
One Corner Cafe
No 2-4, Jalan Bawasah,
Opening Hours: 7.00 am to 2 pm everyday
The stall sells other things as well. 

Wantan Mee
We stumbled upon The Chulia Street Wan Tan Mee by chance in 2016 when we be staying in Chulia Court The Tavern. This hotel is just a few steps away from the night hawker's centre along Chulia Street. We loved it so much we came back for a second plate the following night not knowing then that the stall is a #1 rated Wan Tan Mee Stall in Penang. 
It is a modest looking stall without any name but it is easily identified as it is the only Wan Tan Mee stall in the night hawker's centre. The place is usually crowded and patrons often have to wait for an empty table. After a year and a half the Wan Tan Mee is still as tasty but a large plate of this noodle has risen RM0.20. It was RM4.50 then and it is RM4.70 now.The large portion is really large so it is well worth the money. I blogged about it before too, Click to view my previous review here Penang: Our Street Food Trail 2016

In Front Of Regent Furnishing Sdn Bhd
283, Chulia Street
Opening Hours: 6 pm to 10 pm , Everyday

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