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A little while ago one of Haze’s aunt from Kepong, who is quite a foodie herself, introduced us to Restoran Penang Corner at Jalan Kepong Baru, just a stone’s throw away from the popular KTZ dessert store.

Restoran Penang Corner at Kepong
Restoran Penang Corner at Kepong

The restaurant is more like a road side food court with several stalls than an actual “restaurant” if you will. While there is a roof above you, the “walls” consists of iron grills. That being said, the whole set up is more than sufficient for its purpose, which is to serve authentic Penang style hawker fare.

Penang style curry mee, with coagulated pork blood
Penang style curry mee, with coagulated pork blood

I was here for the curry mee, and to be perfectly honest, while it is not as good as the version at Restoran Okay at SS2 or Sun Sea at OUG, it was still sorta decent.

There’s coagulated blood, the chili paste has a strong fragrant from fried shallots, and those cuttlefish and half-raw cockles were great. My only complain is that they replaced good old fashion prawn with meatballs. A bit of sacrilege I thought, otherwise a decent version.

Penang Hokkien mee, or popularly referred to as prawn mee
Penang Hokkien mee, or popularly referred to as prawn mee

The prawn mee has a decent base, but yet again there is a bit of a mismatch in the ingredients served.

The soup, chili paste, fried shallots, bean sprout, pork, and eggs were on point, but I thought there should be kangkung instead of fish paste. There should be no fish paste in Hokkien mee. Throw away the fish paste and this is a decent bowl worthy of being called Penang prawn mee.

Penang char kuih teow, with almost-raw cockles
Penang char kuih teow, with almost-raw cockles

Then there’s the char kuih teow, and luckily over here they got the ingredients all right. There’s prawn, chives, cockles, bean sprouts, lap cheong, and even some lard. I actually quite enjoy the almost-raw cockles placed on top of the dish, if you want it more cooked, simply bake the cockles within the pile of kuih teow for an extra minute.

Over all I found the food in this place to be more than decent except for a few quirks which probably may not irk non Penangites much. I’ll be trying their kuih teow soup next time I’m there.

map to restoran penang corner, kepong

Address:
Restoran Penang Corner
Jalan Kepong Baru, Kepong
52100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.206880, 101.644220

Those of you who have followed this blog or my Instagram/FB channels for a while know that I’m quite a big fan of Penang Curry Mee, whenever I see any place that claims to offer them, I’ll give it a try.

Curry Mee at Tong Fong restaurant, PJ Seapark
Curry Mee at Tong Fong restaurant, PJ Seapark

So when Haze pointed out to me that there’s this stall offering Penang Curry Mee at Tong Fong kopitiam at Seapark while we were buying battery for the car, it became the de facto lunch choice for that day.

Tong Fong kopitiam is situated right behind KFC at Seapark, other than the rather popular beef noodle, there weren’t many hawker stalls worth mentioning, until this one.

coagulated pork blood and raw cockles, the most important ingredients
coagulated pork blood and raw cockles, the most important ingredients

To be perfectly honest, this stall does not offer 100% pure Penang Curry Mee. While having coagulated pork blood, cockles (two of the most important ingredients), cuttlefish, tofupok, and mint leaves, it lacks prawns, and comes with a few pieces of shredded chicken as well as some green beans. So in terms of ingredients, it was about 80% Penang, 20% KL, a bit of a mixed marriage.

there's no prawns in this curry mee, but I'm not complaining
there’s no prawns in this curry mee, but I’m not complaining

The good thing though is that it works, the broth was rather fragrant, and the sambal, while a tad on the oilier side, provided a pretty good kick. I can excuse the lack of prawn in this case.

If you can wake up before 9 am, Restaurant Okay’s version may still be a bit better, but this place serves till lunch, and I sure hope the stall stays.

map to restaurant Tong Fong, Seapark

Address:
Tong Fong restaurant
Jalan 21/17,
Seapark,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS3.110142, 101.621673
Hoursbreakfast and lunch

Some of you who has been following this site for a while know that I have a certain soft spot for coagulated pork blood, pork kidney, and bitter gourd, so when I found out that there’s a stall that happens to offer all these ingredients in one dish, I just had to try it.

The said stall is the appropriately named Bitter Gourd Soup with Rice/Mee, located at the right side of the popular food court if you’re going in from the main entrance. of Taman Megah Ming Tien

Bitter Gourd with mixed pork soup stall at Ming Tien food court
Bitter Gourd with mixed pork soup stall at Ming Tien food court

The formula here is pretty simple, choose from the various (mostly) pork ingredients and the operator will boil them together with bitter gourd soup, you can then consume your loot with rice or your choice of noodle.

Among the ingredients to choose from are intestine, coagulated blood, pork slices, fried pork skin, kidney, liver, fuchuk (soya skin), tofu, meat balls, fish balls, and fish cakes.

you can have it with rice or various types of noodle
you can have it with rice or various types of noodle

I usually gets a bit carried away when ordering from here. My typical bowl of bitter gourd soup includes at least blood, kidney, tofu, meat, pork skin, and sometimes more. You should always attack the kidney/liver first as they may tend to get overcooked if being left too long. I would like the coagulated blood here to be slightly softer, but that’s just nitpicking.

I love it, all the essential nutrients and satisfaction for my blood thirstiness
I love it, all the essential nutrients and satisfaction for my blood thirstiness

A bowl of bitter gourd soup here goes from just above RM 6 to over RM 10 depending on what you put inside. Worth it? Yes!

The stall operates till pretty late at night.

map to ming tien food court

Address:
Ming Tien Hawker Center
Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

It is very common for a dish famous in one area to be offered in another part of the country with slightly altered ingredients. This is usually done due to availability, or sometimes just to better suit the local taste.

For Penang hawker dishes in Klang Valley, curry mee is perhaps the one dish that is affected the most. The ingredients used is sometimes so different from the version up North you wonder why they still share the same name.

Anyway, for the true Penang curry mee lovers, here are four places where Penang curry mee is offered with one crucial ingredient (to me, the most important ingredient) to unite them all – coagulated pork blood.

Curry Mee with coagulated pork blood
Penang curry mee at Restaurant Okay, PJ SS2

The father and son stall at Restaurant Okay, SS2 operates from about 7:30am and usually sells out in a little over two hours. There’s prawn, blood, cockles, cuttle fish, and very fragrant sambal paste. There’s always a couple tables filled with Penangites seated right next to the stall on weekday mornings, I join them from time to time.

Address:
Restaurant Okay
2, Jalan SS2/10,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
(at the other end of the same row of shop houses comprising KAYU)
GPS3.115084, 101.616390
Hours: 7:30 am to 9:30 am, off Mondays

coagulated pork blood, prawns, cockles, cuttle fish, tofupok, yes!
Curry mee at Sun Sea kopitiam, OUG

Closer to KL, the version of Penang curry mee at Sun Sea kopitiam in OUG is also legit. It comes with all the essential ingredients with those slightly charred chilli paste. I also love the way they leave the cockles just ever slightly cooked.

Address:
Restaurant Sun Sea
Jalan Hujan Rahmat,
Overseas Union Garden,
58200 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.073945, 101.673234
Hours: daily till around noon+

curry mee from Penang One, Puchong
curry mee from Penang One, Puchong

For those who are willing to pay a bit more for air conditioned dining environment, Penang One offers curry mee all the way from Pulau Tikus Keong’s curry mee stall in Penang. The cuttle fish used here is the darker version closer to one you find in mee goreng mamak, and there’s long bean, mint leaves, and even bunga kantan thrown in. Definitely worth the extra RM 2-3 they charge over kopitiam versions.

Address:
Penang One at Puchong
G2, Jalan Puteri 2/6,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong, Selangor

GPS: 3.023883, 101.617950
Tel: 03-8052 0181
Hours: 9.30am – 9.30pm daily

Address:
Penang One at Kota Damansara
16-1, Jalan PJU5/7,
Dataran Sunway,
47810 Kota Damansara, PJ
GPS: 3.152335, 101.594404
Tel: 03-6151 1083
Hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm daily

Penang white curry mee at Mayiang Jaya cafe, PJ
Penang white curry mee at Mayiang Jaya cafe, PJ

The Penang white curry mee stall at Mayiang Jaya Cafe is one of my latest discovery in this category. All the essential ingredients is presence except prawns. Mint leaves and long beans sort of make up for it I guess, I always ask for more pork blood here. It is perhaps the weaker version among the four, but still one that manage to satisfy my cravings.

Address:
Mayiang Jaya cafe
28, Jalan SS26/4,
Taman Mayang Jaya,
Petaling Jaya 47301 Selangor

GPS: 3.116374, 101.604224
Hours: breakfast and lunch

As someone from Penang staying in Klang Valley, we always look out for a good bowl of curry mee. Unlike char kuih teow which is now pretty popular pretty much everywhere, curry mee is a bit of a different case.

See, the problem is, there’s already a version of curry mee (often called curry laksa) in KL that are quite similar yet different from the Penang version in terms of ingredients and sometimes, the soup base itself.

Update 5/5/2015: unfortunately this stall has ceased operation

Mayiang Jaya cafe at Taman Mayang, behind Lincoln College (old Lim KoK Wing)
Mayiang Jaya cafe at Taman Mayang, behind Lincoln College (old Lim KoK Wing)

While both versions usually have santan (coconut milk) as the base of the curry mee soup, the Klang Valley version is usually closer to curry chicken in taste, while the Penang version is more bare, relying only on santan and the usually more superior and fragrant chilly paste. As for ingredients, KL version usually has curry chicken, while the Northern counterpart completes the bowl with seafood.

this bowl of Penang white Curry Mee is legit
this bowl of Penang white Curry Mee is legit

So far I’ve only had less than a handful of good Penang curry mee in KL, so I was more than happy to discover a relatively new stall at Mayiang Jaya cafe here at Taman Mayang in PJ claiming to offer Penang “White” curry mee.

The curry mee turned out to be legit. It came with coagulated pork blood (my favorite!), cuttle fish, cockles, long bean, tofupok, mint leaves, bean sprout, and pretty decent fragrant chilli paste as well. You can choose between mee hun, mee, or a mixture of both as your choice of carbo.

yeap, there's cuttle fish, and even coagulated pork blood
yeap, there’s cuttle fish, and even coagulated pork blood

For RM 5.50, this was a pretty decent bowl of Penang curry mee, even though one crucial ingredient, prawns, is lacking. I would not hesitate to have this curry mee again.

Hours are from breakfast to lunch, so this is definitely the place to go if you can’t wake up early enough for the SS2 Restaurant Okay’s version (which is slightly superior). If you’re a fan of Penang curry mee, this version at PJ is definitely worth checking out.

map to Mayiang Jaya cafe

Address:
28, Jalan SS26/4,
Taman Mayang Jaya,
Petaling Jaya
 47301 Selangor
GPS: 3.116374, 101.604224
Hours: breakfast and lunch