Hokkien Mee (or Prawn Mee) is one of my must-eat dishes whenever I have a chance to go back to Penang. The aroma of that spicy prawn stock soup, the crunchiness of kangkung, bean sprouts and fried shallots, the spicy chili paste, the prawns, the slices of pork, and the morning commotion always bring back memories from yesteryear.
Hokkien Mee with wantan noodle
I did just that earlier this month when I was back for a friend’s wedding.
This particular stall has been in operation for seemingly forever, I remember ordering from them when I was in primary school, and that was quite a while ago (no prize for guessing it right). Today, they are located at the Mt. Eskerin morning wet market. The same market my mom works, and Horng’s family runs a coffee stall.
Louis, Horng, and I have known each other for two dozen years =/
The stall sells both Hokkien Mee and Wantan Mee, something that is not very common in Penang as most hawkers here only specialize in one dish. To be frank, I don’t care much about most wantan mee in Penang, this one included; however, the side benefit here is that we get to order Hokkien mee with wantan noodle instead of the usual vermicelli and yellow noodle.
The combination is not just a novelty but actually tasted very nice, the smoothness and springiness of wantan noodle works well with the spiciness of the prawn stock soup, presenting a strange yet familiar taste. Kinda like meeting a half brother you never knew existed, or something like that.
At Horng’s family coffee stall (5001 kopi stall), you can order the pretty unique Haw Flakes drinks (山楂水). It is a drink I haven’t come across anywhere else, tasted just like, well, the liquid version of Haw Flakes. Very refreshing and cooling for the throat. Give it a try!
Mount Eskerin wet market
Tanjung Tokong, Penang