While Penang is synonymous with char kuih teow, laksa, and curry mee, one of the least talked about awesome hawker food from the island has got to be mee goreng. Sure, you can find mee goreng just about anywhere in Malaysia at 24 hour mamak stores, but once you had it in Penang, you’d think that you life has been a lie.
mee goreng stall at Tanjung Bungah, Penang
When it comes to mee goreng, one of my favorites is the little unassuming stall parked at the Yok Fong kopitiam in Tanjung Bungah where the old Hin Bus station used to be, or about half way from Tanjung Tokong to Batu Feringghi.
just a squeeze of limau lipis is all you need
The mee goreng here is manned by Indian stall owner who is actually not the “original” owner, but thank goodness the trick of the trade isn’t lost to this next generation operator.
A plate cost RM 5 and comes with the usual fritter, squid, potato, egg, bean sprout, and a bit of greens. If you want it hot, ask for more “cabai”. Squeeze the limau lipis just right before you dig in for that extra umph. The noodle is very wet in comparison to the usual versions, so much so you can eat it with a spoon.
we ended up ordering another plate
If you’re in Penang and crave for something slightly out of the usual hawker fare, this is one to try out. Also, this would be suitable to bring your Muslim friends along.
Mee Goreng at Yok Fong Kopitiam
Jalan Chan Siew Teong
Tanjung Bungah, Penang
GPS: 5.465812, 100.279872
Last weekend when we went to Penang for a bit of a gluttony affair, our first stop was at Tanjung Bungah for a plate of mee goreng. That stall did not open for business, so we turned our heads to the Goreng Pisang stall opposite.
Goreng Pisang stall at Tanjung Bungah, Penang
The place did not bring about any special recollection until my sister commented on instagram about a piece of childhood memory we share.
See, back when we were kids, dad will take us to Teluk Bahang for picnic and “korek siput” session by the beach almost every weekends. This goreng pisang stall then served as sort of a half way point where we would tapao some snacks to be eaten later in the morning. Thinking back, this was almost 30 years ago, and I’m really glad that the same stall still exists and operating well by the original owner’s son, now in a van instead of tricycle.
my favorite fried nian gau
Anyway, my favorite from here is their fried “nian gao” (RM 1.50). It is basically a slice of nian gao (Chinese New Year’s cake) sandwiched in between slices of sweet potato and yam. When eat hot, the nian gao is in a half liquid state, together with the sweetness of yam and potato covered in the crunchy batter that is just ever so slightly salty, it is awesome!
They also serve goreng pisang (fried banana), cempedak, kuih kodok, ubi keladi, ubi kayu, kuih bakul, ubi keledek, and kacang hijau.
For fried nian gao in KL, check out the stall at Mei Sin kopitiam, Imbi.
Jalan Chan Siew Teong
& Jalan Tanjung Bungah
Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Penang
GPS: 5.465935, 100.279724
Hours: morning to afternoon