One of my favorite hawker foods from Penang not called char kueh teow would be prawn mee and loh mee. While the those two dishes are related (as served by places such as Mee Yoke), classic Penang loh mee actually do differs from prawn mee in several ways.

loh mee at Penang
a bowl of classic loh mee in an old school kopitiam

The most obvious distinction between loh mee and prawn mee would be the soup. Instead of prawn shell and pork based soup, the soup for loh mee is a gooey broth made from starch and beaten eggs. The chili paste/sauce used for loh mee too is often more fluid, and vinegared garlic is often available as another condiment to add to the taste. Hard boiled egg and pork too are standard with loh mee.

One of my favorite loh mee stalls in Penang would be at Hai Beng kopitiam located just right next to the Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng) in Penang.

Loh Mee with pork skin, instestine, and hard boiled egg
pork skin, intestine, hard boiled egg, fried shallots, prawns. yums!

The loh mee here is a s classic as you can get. I love mine with pork skin, meat, and intestine to go with the standard ingredients of hard boiled egg, boiled prawns (prawn mee style), fried shallots, bean sprouts, noodle and mee hun. A good dosage of vinegared garlic and chili paste is essential too.

The smooth texture of the soup combined with the taste of pork and complexity added from the condiments makes it a very satisfying breakfast or late afternoon dish especially if you pair it with a good old fashion Penang black iced coffee.

Hai Beng Kopitiam, map
Hai Beng Kopitiam is located next to Kuan Ying Ting (Goddess of Mercy Temple)

The loh mee goes for RM 3.50 (small), and RM 5.00 (big). Of course, extra charges for extra ingredients. If I remember correctly, the bowl I had was something like RM 4.50?

Now I’m really hungry.

Address:
Hai Beng Kopitiam
Lorong Stewart,
10200 Penang

GPS: 5.418358,100.338548

Loh Mee at Hai Beng kopitiam, Penang
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29 thoughts on “Loh Mee at Hai Beng kopitiam, Penang

  • August 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm
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    CAMWHOREEEEE ANGLEEEEEE!!!

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  • August 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm
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    Honestly I never learn to appreciate loh mee. I find the starch horrifying…

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  • August 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm
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    Mellissa,
    😛

    ShaolinTiger,
    Yessss, slurpsss

    eiling,
    They’re lovely! very ze nais!

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  • August 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm
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    wow this is very close to the loh mee i miss back home. I can never find this dish anywhere i melb and i miss it dearly. 🙁

    the more vicious the gravy the better. ahhhh.

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  • August 5, 2009 at 1:47 pm
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    i mean viscous, not vicious. >.<

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  • August 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm
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    Looks good, with pig’s intestines? Does it have the same taste as Mee Suah ah?

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  • August 5, 2009 at 2:30 pm
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    dude you tried the black vinegar Loh Mee at Carnarvon Street? It’s out of this world…

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  • August 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm
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    Never tried this before but it sure looks good!

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  • August 5, 2009 at 3:01 pm
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    Cruxie Faye,
    Hahhaa vicious would be funny 😛

    babe_kl,
    Thanks! 😀

    JD,
    Different taste I’m afraid. 🙂

    michaelooi,
    ooo I shall try then!

    precious Pea,
    yesss yum yum yum

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  • August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm
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    Loh mee + chicken feet. Yummy … Wondering when i can eat that !!!

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  • August 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm
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    yeah, i saw this, with newspaper cuttings/food guide articles pasted all over.
    but never tempted to try, since loh mee not my fav. dunno lah … the gooey starchy gravy a bit uninviting.

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  • August 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm
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    OMG man……..

    Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn hungry now

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  • August 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm
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    JC,
    Ooo yesss chicken feet’s always nice!

    J2Kfm,
    Gooey but very nice!

    SK,
    Chill! 😀

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  • August 6, 2009 at 3:46 am
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    I luv Loh mee too!
    Thks to babe’s comment i knw where to get mah fix in kay-el!!

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  • August 6, 2009 at 9:10 am
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    Tey Cindy,
    TYPO! :X

    thenomadGourmand,
    Yes, I shall try that too! 😉

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  • August 6, 2009 at 9:16 am
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    eh, the soup texture looks nice…
    didnt know pg got such stall even though me from pg..palia me~

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  • August 6, 2009 at 9:53 am
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    Hmm…we have this “lu mien” in Sibu too, very starchy dish, also seem to taste the same but with no chilli and very thick Hokkien mee style noodles.

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  • August 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm
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    taufulou,
    Hahaha now you do! 😀

    Huai Bin,
    oOO interesting, I’m still quite noob when it comes to Sarawakian hawker foods.

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  • August 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm
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    It’s the same thing, I wager, except it doesn’t have chilli and it uses different noodles. Damn I should have tapau kampua for you, and see your verdict. It’s damn good noodles.

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  • August 6, 2009 at 11:22 pm
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    I’ve got to try all these “drooling” meals when I return to Malaysia! Can’t wait!

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  • August 6, 2009 at 11:55 pm
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    hey you should try their chicken feet there as well. its awesome. 😀 i go to that particular place every time i visit penang 🙂

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  • August 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm
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    need to pray before makan or not since beside kuan im teng.

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  • August 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm
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    Huai Bin,
    or find one in KL! 😀

    Kiran,
    Make it happen! 😉

    waicheen,
    Nice, shall do that!

    Myhorng,
    Only if you sinned!

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  • August 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm
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    KY try to mix with garlic sos, is awesome.

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  • August 18, 2009 at 11:58 am
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    JC,
    Oh yess definitely!

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