While char kuih teow gets all the fame, I believe Penang Hokkien mee, or what the rest of Malaysia usually refers to as Prawn Mee, is the true number one hawker dish in Penang. You can find prawn mee being offered in probably over 90% of kopitiam on the island (figure pluck straight out of the sky).
On the island, one of the most famous breakfast prawn mee spots must be Swee Kong kopitiam at Pulau Tikus. We had the opportunity to get the very last bowl from this popular stall a few weeks ago after the trip up for UTOP trail run event.
Swee Kong kopitiam is located at Pulau Tikus right next to the wet market and directly opposite the police station. Parking around the area can be a bit challenging but not impossible. Do keep in mind that the stall usually sells out by around 9am so get yourself there early!
As for the prawn mee itself, visually it isn’t very exciting, but for what it lacks in visual appeal, the prawn mee excels in what matters most – taste. The combination of sliced pork, prawns, bean sprouts, and generous amount of fried shallots works superbly with the very thick prawn shell infused broth. I liked mine with a mix of yellow noodle and meehun, perfection.
If you’re a fan of prawn mee, this place is a must-visit.
Kedai Kopi Swee Kong
317, Jalan Burma,
10350 George Town, Penang
GPS: 5.430541, 100.31268
Hours: 6 am to 9 am, Closed on Thursdays