Penang: Hawker Food

Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.

Eating is a major pastime in Penang. It’s no longer a matter of survival, as much as it is a form of recreation. Plus, there’s food at every turn of the corner so noone can possibly go hungry around here.

Just before visiting the signboard engraver, we stopped-over at Peace & Joy Coffee Shop for a quick lunch. Penang’s version of Curry Mee is very different from what we have here in Singapore — almost like a combination of curry noodles and laksa.

Cockles, pig-blood cubes and mint leaves all help to add texture and flavor to the dish. I loved the crunchiness of pig-blood cubes. It’s a pity they’re banned in Singapore.

We were so amused by the name One Tonne Mee that we ordered a plate (below), only to be disappointed with soft, soggy, tasteless noodles. Quick research revealed that this stall’s noodles used to be springy and slurpsome until its bosses decided to sell it away. Sigh.

We had better luck at the street hawker along Lebuh Chulia, near Lebuh Carnarvon. There were a few wanton mee stalls, so we went with the one beside a fruit juice stall. As a result, we were coerced into getting a cup of sugary juice. But the Wanton Mee (below) was so yummy, our only grouse was not ordering a second plate.

There’s a stretch of hawker stalls along Lebuh Kimberly dishing out cheap and hot meals well into the night. We also tried Teochew Niang Tofu & Minced Meat Noodles (below) somewhere near the jetties but they didn’t impress much.

Peace & Joy Coffee Shop (Curry Mee)
Along China Street, 10200 Penang
Open Tue-Sun: 7am-3pm

Chulia Street Hawker Food (Wanton Mee)
Along Lebuh Chulia, opposite Rainforest Bakery
Stalls open daily from around 6pm onwards

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