Three of the most well known hawker food originated from Penang are Char Kueh Teow, Asam Laksa, and of course, Prawn Mee (usually referred to as Hokkien mee up north). Of these three, Prawn Mee probably has the highest market penetration in Klang Valley. You could find plenty of hawker centers offering this dish, often claimed to be from Penang.
the proper prawn mee (Penang Hokkien mee)
I have tried Prawn Mee from numerous locations around PJ and KL, including some of the more prominent stalls such as the stall at Chow Yang, SS2 and the “famous” stall at this kopitiam at PJ State. However, they usually turn out to be such disappointments, until this one day when I saw this mobile hawker stall selling Prawn Mee just outside my house. I took a bowl from the kitchen and ordered a bowl, that was more than a year back.
This is how prawn mee should taste like.
The Prawn Mee prepared by this old man was so good I kept thinking about it whenever I thought of this dish. Finally a couple weeks ago, when I was having the Pork Noodle near my house, I spotted this stall on the move, and quickly inquired the owner about the base location. Apparently the old man goes around the neighborhood at the area from around noon, and station at Kampung Chempaka from about 2-4pm daily.
Located at Kedai Kopi Hoonky, Kampung Chempaka
The Prawn Mee here has no special secret ingredients, just the usual noodle (and meehun, or kueh teow), kangkung, bean sprout, small prawn, boiled pork, and fried shallots in a rich prawn based soup. Sambal paste is added according to taste and preferred level of hotness. This stall made it just nice, tastes exactly like what anyone would expect when ordering Prawn Mee in Penang.
Of course, the old man speaks the Penang Hokkien, too.
The Prawn Mee is sold for RM 3.50 regular and RM 4.00 for the big portion.
Jalan PJU 1/4,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.116027, 101.598945