Penang Hawker Food: Curry Mee
There is a serious problem when it comes to living in the United States – the lack of choices when it comes to easily available food. Granted, one can pretty much eat anything they want in the U.S., but what I am talking about is food that you can get rather easily without having to drive your car, get into a restaurant, find a seat, browse the menu, and then order your food kind of convenience. I am talking about the readily accessible street food / hawker food of Malaysia.
Being thousands of miles away from home, I constantly dream, crave, and hungry for hawker food, especially those in Penang. I love almost every kind of hawker food but one of the favorites has got to be “Curry Mee.” Just the thought of it makes me really hungry…
Curry Mee is very popular in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s often referred to as “Laksa” or “Curry Laksa” elsewhere. It is a simple noodle soup that you can get anywhere in Penang. It’s basically a bowl of yellow noodles and bee-hoon (vermicelli) infused in rich and spicy coconut curry and served with solid pig’s blood (I know it sounds gross but they taste fine!), cockles, Tau Pok (fried tofu puff), shrimps, cuttlefish, fish cakes and/or fish balls. Curry Mee also comes with a spoonful of roasted chili paste. If you like your food hot and spicy, ask for more chili paste to kick it up a notch. I have so much satisfaction whenever I eat Curry Mee, it’s one of the most satisfying food in the world. The taste is simply divine.
Best Curry Mee in Penang:
- The stall near Lorong Hijau Lima in Green Lane. Morning only.
- The coffee shop at Lorong Seratus Tahun. Morning only.
- The stall at Counter Hall food court (right beside the roundabout). Afternoon only.
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