I have a little history with this most awesome mee sotong stall.
Although born and bred on the beautiful island of Penang, I haven’t stayed there since after high school, so this particular mee sotong stall wasn’t in my vocabulary. I had originally heard about it from Horng instead.
The very first time I tried to have it, I went to the wrong food court at the other side of the ocean front and had myself a disappointing mee goreng. The stall was closed for during my second visit, and on the third try, which should be a charm, ended up with the whole place being cordoned off due to Cup Prix motor racing.
mee sotong at Padang Kota Lama, Penang
Two years later, this is the story of my fourth visit, and unfortunately, it doesn’t provide a further cases of schadenfreude, I simply had the best mee sotong (or if you prefer, mee goreng) ever!
The stall is located within the food court directly next to Fort Cornwallis, a stone’s throw away from Penang Jetty.
As you step into the food court, the mee sotong stall is hard to miss, it is the busiest stall.
glorious mee sotong, spicy and addictive
A plate of mee sotong costs between RM 4 to RM 6, and the photo above illustrate the RM 4 version. The dish is very wet, and comes with your usual mee goreng ingredients, but with plenty of squid in really spicy, sweet, and awesomely delicious sauce.
It was so good I wanted to have it again the very next day, the only thing stopping me is the long drive back to KL and the knowledge that my stomach will probably protest. The idea of stopping at every other rest area to visit the toilet wasn’t a very welcoming one.
mee sotong goes well with coconut shake with vanilla ice cream
By the way, the spicy mee sotong goes best with a glass of icy cold coconut shake with vanilla ice cream from the mamak stall right next to the one selling mee sotong. A combination perfect for each other, that milky vanilla ice cream really does control the spiciness a little bit.
So next time when you go to Penang, try this out!
Food Court at Padang Kota Lama
Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah
GPS: 5.42078, 100.34434