Thursday, November 01, 2007

My Favorite Penang Hawker Food – Part One

If you were to ask me, what are my favorite hawker foods in Penang, I will need at least half a day to finish telling you, because in Penang there are just too many good foods around. Don’t think that all of you will have half day to spend on listening to me…..hehe. Today I am going narrow down my favorite list to Top 3 Hawker food that I like in Penang. I had been forcing myself to vote for the Top 3. It was a difficult move, but I had done it. The Top 3 hawker foods are, Hokkien Mee, Mee Goreng and Koay Teow Thng. If you are a frequent traveler to Penang, all this food should be familiar to you. This post I am going to introduce Penang Best Hokkie Mee, Penang Best Mee Goreng and Penang Best Koay Teow Thng. All these 3 stalls are located in different places, how I wish I can unite them and place them under one roof.

Penang Best Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee is one of the best hawker delicacies in Penang, in Penang you can find Hokkien Mee during breakfast, lunch, dinner and even supper time. Hokkien mee is an all day hawker food where you can find it anytime you want. Hokkien Mee also known as Prawn mee in some other state, for example in KL, it was known as Prawn Mee. The soup of Hokkien mee were cook using prawn head, prawn shell and pork’s backbone, that is why some places called Prawn mee. I have absolutely no idea why it was called “Hokkien Mee”, maybe it was originated by Hokkien people.

This stall is very famous in Penang, the stall name is “Super Hokkien Mee” and a few months back this stall had moved to One Corner Café which located behind Penang Plaza (FIMA) Burmah Road. Before moving, this Hokkien mee stall was located at Ragoon Road, just behind previous Lai-Lai Burmah supermarket. The stall opens at 8 am in the morning and around 10.15 am all will be sold out. A lot of people will go before 8 am to do booking. The last time when I was there I waited 1 hour and 45 minutes for the Hokkien mee. So be prepared, if you plan to go to have a try.

The Hokkien Mee is really nice, the chili based soup was thick enough and you can taste the sweetness of the prawn and the pork’s backbone. I think they spend a lot of time preparing for the soup. For Hokkien mee, the soup plays to most important role. If the soup is good, the mee is good and vice versa. Unlike other stalls that can “Kar Liu”, this stall doesn’t have any fancy add-on. Over here, they only serve standard Hokkien Mee with standard ingredients. There are 3 sizes of them, small, medium and large. The one in the picture was a large portion. As I like spicy food, usually I will have additional chilies and deep fried onion.


Overall, I would vote this stall as the best Hokkien Mee in Penang. I really like it very much, however I don’t like to wait every time when I was there, but what to do? All the nice and famous food sure a lot of people will go after it. So usually when I order, I will order additional one to take away so that I can eat in the afternoon…… hehehe. Trust me, you have to try it.

Makan King's ratings = 8.888888 out of 10

-Wasabi King-


Anonymous Anonymous said...

in singapore, usually hokkien mee is the fried version. this type of soup ones, we call it prawn mee.
guess it's cultural difference...
anyway, it looks delicious!

11:20 AM, November 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wah, wait so long for a bowl of mee? I prefer to visit those that are slightly not that nice but doen't need to wait so long..

2:44 PM, November 01, 2007  
Blogger Hojiak said...

yeah...i like it too..but i think they were better before they moved...don't u think so? anyway, i still drool for it now..hehehe

8:56 PM, November 01, 2007  
Blogger Christina Kim said...

Wow...that was a really long wait!! Then it must be good; as my Mum always say, If there's a lot of ppl and willing to wait for the particular food in Penang, that place's good:D

9:54 AM, November 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chm, I like the Singapore fried Hookien Mee very much, I tried at the wat Ang Mo Kiew Hawker center before togther with the Fish Head "Lo" it's good.
I hate all the Penang Hokkien Mee because of the pork smell, it smells very "Pig" le

11:45 AM, November 06, 2007  
Blogger Yatie said...

I know it's not halal but looks so yummy, where can i find best prawn mee/hokien mee in KL (halal version)

2:52 PM, November 09, 2007  
Blogger KY said...

wahh looks quite best, i should try when i go back to penang. :D

12:13 AM, November 16, 2007  
Blogger TechSmacker said...

the best prawn mee ever is not in Penang. It's in Sungai Petani way up in Kedah. I'm not sure what the name of the shop is called but if you're driving down whatsisname road where there's Central Square Mall (that's in Sg. Petani Selatan) and the mall's to your right, you'' eventually come to a building which looks like a recpetion hall, kinda old fashioned. There's a car repair shop next to it so you wouldn't miss it. The prawn mee man cooks his prawn stock with spare ribs and it is OUT OF THIS WORLD. The noodles are also served with deep fried salted pork bits on top. Really really fragrant. My family and I finish the noodles down to the very last drop of soup in the bowls. True story that.

10:13 AM, November 16, 2007  
Blogger IguanaKia said...

Hi,found your blog in google search blog. Interesting.
I am a newbie blogger here. Just wondering if we could exchange link in our blogs (to help me out a little bit...)
My blog:

4:46 PM, November 20, 2007  
Blogger cKaMz said...

hahahahaa looks so good so good.. i'm studying overseas now.. lookin at these bowls of prawn mee makes me wanna cry.. i wanna eat them so badly.. wat more they look SO SO GOOD.. i wanna go penang now!! ahaha..

4:57 PM, November 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I say there was a place in KL which serves authentic and good Penang hawker food, run by Penangnites and sold AT PEnang prices, would you go for a try?

11:52 PM, January 12, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

looks heavenly...wish i could get tis in hong kong. the malaysia restaurant near my office Ah-Suckssssssss

2:55 PM, February 29, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should ask for the extra pork lard. The uncle won't give you if you don't ask for it.

Check it out how the super crunchy pork lard looks like.

6:18 PM, April 09, 2008  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home