Penang Chinese food – Mee?
There are so many different kinds of Penang Chinese food. But when you see a menu, you will see the word mee a lot. Mee means noodle in Malaysia. Now l will be your Penang Chinese food guide and show Mee world to you!
Char Kway Teow
Char Kway Teow is a stir-fried noodle dish. It’s one of the most famous Penang Chinese food! My friend told me it’s super delicious, so my expectation for Char Kway Teow was pretty high. I was so excited to try it!
Was my expectation too high? I didn’t like it that much. It was too greasy for me. Char Kway Teow is like noodles soaked into oil. It has almost no vegetables except for some beansprout.
I don’t recommend you eat it if you care a lot about health. But, I think it doesn’t hurt to try at least once for the experience! Who knows? You will really like this devil’s dish…….!
Penang Asam Laksa
Penang Laksa (Asam Laksa) got 7th place on the World’s best foods by CNN Go in 2011. It is a must-try noodle soup for whoever visits Penang!
It’s a sour fish soup made with mackerel, tamarind, galangal, and lemongrass. It’s served with lettuce, sliced onions, pineapple pieces, and mint on the top.
It’s a good mixture of sourness, saltiness, sweetness, and spiciness! I like it even though I’m not a huge fan of seafood. I want everyone to try it at least once!
- Where to eat: There are two famous places to eat Penang Laksa. One is on Lebuh Keng Kwee and another(Ayer Itam Laksa) is in Air Itam.
Wonton is one of my favorite on Penang Chinese food list. Wonton is a small dumpling filled with prawn (sometimes with minced pork).
I like to eat wontons in a soup with clear chicken broth, and I also enjoy wontons with noodles in oyster sauce! Let’s find out what’s your favorite type of Wonton dishes!
Wonton Mee is a dish with noodles in a oyster sauce served with sliced char siu, green vegetables, chopped chilies, and deep-fried wontons (small dumplings).
Sometimes, a small bowl of Wonton soup is served with Wonton Mee. It’s so good and relatively a small dish, Wonton Mee will disappear after a few minutes!
- Where to eat: It’s on Lebuh Chulia. Click here to see the location on the map.
Wonton Soup is literally a soup with cute small wontons. Koreans and Chinese like to eat hot soup even in Summer. We believe we fight heat with heat! After a hot bowl of Wonton soup, I’m ready to fight against heat again!
Penang Curry Mee is a curry noodle soup with coconut milk in it. It’s a bit sweet, salty, and spicy. It is served with fish cake, a prawn and mint leaves on the top. I found it was quite delicious. I think you should try it! 🙂
- Price: RM 5
- Where to eat: There are many food stalls to try. Look for Penang Curry Mee on Lebuh Kimberly.
Penang Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee)
As you see in the picture above, it is a thin noodle soup with pork, hard-boiled egg, fish cake balls, and some prawns. The red sauce in a spoon is Sambal, which makes the soup a bit spicier. Penang Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee) is a savory dish which is similar to Korean soup, so I liked it very much.
If you are a big fan of a savory soup, you should definitely go for it!
Duck Kway Chap
Duck Kway Chap is a braised duck soup. The most interesting thing about this soup is the special noodles. The noodles in Duck Kway Chap are very thick and they are rolled. The noodles in Duck Kway Chap absorbed the soup. This soup is very salty from soy sauce.
Unlike my friend who took me to Kimberly Restaurant, I didn’t like the taste at all. It’s too salty, and I could taste internal organs of duck even though I asked them not to put in organs.
It’s up to you whether you try Duck Kway Chap.
- Price: RM 8
- Where to eat: Restoran Kimberly – It has been serving Duck Kway Chap for three decades already and it’s the most famous Duck Kway Chap restaurant.
Lor Mee is a Hokkien noodle dish. It uses a starchy gravy sauce and a thick yellow noodles. You eat the noodles with vinegar garlic chilly sauce on the top and mix them together. Can’t imagine what it taste like right? It’s sour and spicy a bit.
The dark gravy sauce was too heavy for me. I have to tell you this… It was okay for once, but I don’t feel like eating it again. But the restaurant was full of people, so I guess it must be a real popular dish in Penang. I think you should give Lor Mee a chance at least once.
- Tip: I recommend you try Char Kway Teow, Penang Laksa, Wonton Mee if you don’t have enough time to try every mee or enough space in your belly! 😉
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How was my honest Penang Chinese food guide about noddles? Have you tried noodles in Penang on my honest Penang Chinese food list? Tell me what was your experience like! I can’t wait to hear from you. 🙂