When it comes to Penang hawker food, I believe wantan mee is not going to be even top 5 for most people. Off top of my head it’ll usually come after char kuih teow, laksa, curry mee, prawn mee, kuih teow th’ng, and more.
However, if you’re heading up to Penang for a food trip (what kinda other trip would you have to Penang anyway?), this Chulia Street wantan mee stall is definitely worth checking out.
The Chulia Street night hawker center is located at the junction of Carnarvon Street & Chulia Street, and actually on Carnarvon street. There’s just tables by the road side and no roof overhead, if it rains, there is however, a kopitiam right at the corner.
The wantan mee stall is located closer to the junction and would be one of the busiest stalls, you can’t miss it.
The wantan mee operates via self-served style, and there’s usually a queue on weekends. Queue moves quite fast thanks to the speed of the operators at this stall, so don’t be discouraged even if it looks a bit intimidating.
The wantan mee (RM 6) comes with deep fried wantan, boiled wantan, chasiu, vegetable, noodle (of course..), pickled chili, and plenty of fried lard. You can also ask for their home made sambal belacan if you like it with a kick.
While it may not look particularly special, and indeed the chasiu is pretty uninspiring if you compared to some of the bests in KL (Penang chasiu certainly has room for improvement), this wantan mee has a sauce that’s just right, noodle with the perfect texture, wantan that bursts in your mouth with the taste you’d expect, and most importantly, plenty of lard that made it all so delicious.
It’s now in my list of must-visit in Penang, maybe it should be yours too.
Wantan Mee Stall
Chulia Street Hawker Food
Junction of Carnavon St.
& Chulia Street, Georgetown, Penang
GPS: 5.418212, 100.336417