Tag / pork skin
On my last trip back to Penang, I caught up with my sister for late lunch, and since she is a lot more well versed with Penang food than me (not having stayed on the island the past 20 years), I naturally asked her to suggest a place.
We ended up at Hai Beng kopitiam for some good old fashion Hainan Lor Mee (卤面)
Hai Beng kopitiam at Pulau Tikus, Penang
Situated at the junction of Jones Road and Burma Road, Hai Beng kopitiam is a typical Chinese run coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch with a variety of hawker stalls, including the lor mee and a Malay nasi kandar stall which is rather popular (another post on another day).
Parking isn’t too hard to come by, and with plenty of trees around the premise, the restaurant is rather comfortable too.
plenty of extra ingredients for your choosing
The Lor Mee has been around since the independence of the country, and offers many add ons if you crave for extra porky goodness. This includes lor bak (卤肉), pig’s ear, 3-layer pork, pork knuckle, intestine, and so forth.
wholesome loh mee, we added some pork skin
For lunch, we ordered lor mee with pork skin. It comes with the usual ingredients of noodle and meehun, bean sprouts, pork slices, hard boiled eggs, and those thick, flavorful gravy. Splash some home made chili sauce and fresh garlic paste and you have a bowl of awesome hawker delights worthy of instagram, and your stomach.
Unlike most hawker stalls that offers lor mee in conjunction with Hokkien mee (also known as prawn mee), this stall specialized only on lor mee, all for RM 4 (small), and RM 5.50 (big). Of course, you pay a bit more for additional ingredients.
Now, I need to find a good version in KL.
Hainan Lor Mee
Kedai Kopi Hai Beng
Jones Road & Burma Road, Penang
Inflation is as unavoidable as death and taxes, and as most things, there are always silver linings to be found. For example, while at Imbi Market this morning weighing my breakfast options, I found a fresh new sign on the nasi lemak stall that I never noticed – a new price list for 1/1/2014.
Ann Nasi Lemak at Imbi Market
And it was only by looking at the price list that I realized they actually offer non-halal nasi lemak - with pork, and most interestingly, pork skin curry too!
So I immediately ordered a portion of nasi lemak with pork skin curry (RM 5), which comes with fragrant santan rice, salted peanuts and anchovies, half an egg, a few slices of cucumber, sambal, and a rather generous portion of pork skin curry.
nasi lemak with curry pork skin, what more can you I ask for
And boy it was a very satisfying breakfast indeed. The curry was flavorful, the rice fragrant, and pork skin did not disappoint at all with its perfect texture. I cleared the plate pretty fast.
A glass of cold Ah Weng Koh Hainanese Tea made for perfect companion as well.
I cleared the plate within minutes, yums
Other than pork skin curry, Ann’s Nasi Lemak also offers nasi lemak with pork (RM 6), with curry chicken drumstick (RM 7), with anchovies (RM 4), with sambal cockles (RM 5), with sambal squid (RM 6), economy meehun or mee (RM 2.30), and glutinous rice (RM 3.50). Of course, you can always add additional ingredients to make up your personal version of breakfast for champions.
Other non-halal nasi lemak includes the one at Segambut Hoi Kee kopitiam and 6 to 10 Nasi Lemak and Grill.
Ann Nasi Lemak
Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)
Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.14340, 101.71664
Tel: 016-364 5959
Hours: breakfast and brunch
I’m a curry mee lover, but I am bias, I almost usually only love the Penang style curry mee, you know, those with coagulated pork blood, prawns, and sea hum. My favorite Penang style curry mee at Klang Valley is the one at Restaurant Okay, SS2.
note: This kopitiam is now a restaurant, no more hawker stalls
The KL/Ipoh style curry mee has always been playing second fiddle, and to me, almost always an inferior dish… until I tried this one from Blue & White kopitiam just behind Fahrenheit 88.
check out those cockles and chicken
The stall wasn’t a particularly busy one either, but I ordered a bowl of curry mee just to give it a try earlier this week. The lady asked if I wanted cockles, I told her yes. Cockles aren’t the healthiest seafood, but I like mine almost raw, I like them juicy, and that’s exactly how they serve cockles here, and in abundance too!
deep fried pork skin too, yums
The RM 5 bowl of goodness also comes with a few pieces of deep fried pork skin, another heart attack inducing agent that I can never resist – very yummy. The broth is of course, curry chicken based, and the were ample amount of chicken pieces too.
A few pieces of tofupok and some long beans made up the rest of the ingredients, it was a hearty meal and one that was way above my expectations. Revisit, I shall!
petai and (very small) prawns at the “siu chau” stall
By the way, the “siu chau” (小炒) stall at the same kopitiam also serves pretty good petai prawn that goes for RM 7 or so with an extra egg. It’s a bit spicy, and for sure will leave your pee smelling like petai for the next 2 days.
Blue White Teow Chew Porridge Kopitiam
Jalan Gading, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.14622, 101.71415