Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Best Wantan Mee in Penang

While the world is abuzz with the news that Penang is rated by Lonely Planet as the top destination for foodies, it is time to share my favourite and the best wantan mee in Penang as proclaimed by yours truly.

Wantan mee is a simple hawker dish found in many places around the world but the Penang version of wantan mee has a much darker colour sauce and is commonly served as dry noodles (kon lou). ‘Wantan’ is the local spelling for wonton and ‘mee’ is the local word for noodles. Consisting of springy egg noodles in a specially made sauce, wantan mee is served with a few wantan, Chinese mustard green and a few slices of char siew (barbeque pork).

A plate of wantan mee @ RM3.30
The best wantan mee in Penang can be found at *drumroll* CHULIA STREET. The famous wantan mee stall which is located in front of a furniture shop (Regent Furniture) is one which I proclaim to be the best. The noodles are springy and the sauce is fragrant with sesame oil and lard with just the right amount of sweetness and saltiness. The combination is just heavenly. The garnishing is also quite generous here. Sometimes, wantan mee in Penang is served with two pathetic pieces of char siew and almost non existent wontons.

It is so good that I had about 8 plates of them over the summer holidays last year; sacrificing my 'no-supper' diet.

The famous wantan mee stall!
TIP: the aunty with white hair doesn't usually reply to anyone so it is best to order from the younger lady and guy who serves the noodle

Just like any other popular and famous hawker stalls, be ready for a rather harsh treatment. The seller does not write down orders so take the initiative to remind them if your noodles haven’t been served after a long wait.

Opens from about 7.30 pm and closed on Mondays.

The stall is marked with the blue pin
The stall is located on Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia) facing the main road with seats available in the alleyway around the area. Parking is extremely difficult and there are illegal parking attendants who would approach the drivers for some parking fee. Though the usually don’t state a fix amount, it is best just to give them some spare change to prevent anything happening to your car.

Food rating: 10/10
Service rating: 7/10

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