Penang Hawker Food: Curry Mee
July 22nd, 2006 13 Comments

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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13 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Anonymous says:

    Some people might be scared away with the bloody clams but I love them! Nice blog, keep it coming! -Lily

  2. toniXe says:

    have u tried d KL version,with thick santan and with chicken slices and an xtra chilli sambal with 1/2 a small lime ?

    KL people I know don’t usually take pig blood !

  3. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Yes, I used to live in KL, so I have tried the KL version. But my Penang tougue still likes Penang’s version better…it’s less lemak. ;)

  4. Anonymous says:

    was in KL 2004,was disappointed with hawkers food(did’nt taste the same)only place that i enjoyed Malaysian food was at a place call(Little Penang)went there 2 eat almost for the 3 weeks i was there.–Mike;-)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well, speak of curry mee. I guess most people in Penang will agree with me that at Air Itam bridge, 60++ yrs old aunty’s curry mee is the best. She has been selling it since my father generations. It is special because she fried the cuttle fish with sambal belacan & it smells really Good, yummy. You can’t find it anywhere else in Penang/Malaysia. Calvin.

  6. kesum says:

    there a Lorong Seratus Tahun currymee in SS2 ,Petaling Jaya as well,just for those who don’t know yet.curry mee not bad.also have char koay teow ,lobak etc

  7. Jian says:

    Oh thats why the 60 year old aunty curry mee is special? A stall in Gurney drive also sells curry mee with those fried cuttlefish. Taste and smell pretty good. But a tad too spicy for me. hehe…I live in Penang but I dunno where is Lorong Seratus Tahun….Sad…And Counter Hall Food Court? May I know which roundabout you’re talking about?

    Haha I got into Curry Mee just recently. I luv coagulated pig’s blood. Lolz…

  8. The Cooking Ninja says:

    What is the worst craving you can have when one is pregnant and living overseas? Laksa ! :( Boy! I sure miss Singapore food and also Penang laksa.

  9. Kristalina says:

    Nice picture! Very pity that your didn’t post the recipe of this seducing soup! I like your blog. You totally have a new reader.

  10. Pete says:

    Penang Curry mee is still the best!

  11. Mimi says:

    totally agree with u that the best curry mee is near lorong hijau. been eating at that stall since i was a kid :)

  12. Jon Forti says:

    I haven’t been to Penang in many years, but still remember enjoying this dish with fond memories.

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