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There’s always been one and only important mission whenever I am in Penang – to eat as much as possible. So in between late lunch and dinner, I slotted in another meal.

My initial plan was to find the famous mee sotong at Esplanade, but it was already closed by 5 p.m. Feeling a bit adventurous, I parked my car near Jalan Kapitan Keling in the older part of Penang town and got on my foot to search for something to eat.

Update 30/3/2017: it’s reported by a reader that this stall is no longer in operation

kedai makan fok kee, penang
kedai makanan Fok Kee, and old school kopitiam

Quite a few old school kopitiams are already closed by this time of the day since this area is not known to be famous for tourists when it comes to food, then I walked by Fok Kee kopitiam and saw that they have this interesting item by the name of Taiwan Fish Maw noodle, I just had to try it.

I had absolutely no clue how this was going to turn out.

fish maw noodle with pork
pork skin, liver, tofu, and minced meat too

I sat down, order a bowl of fish maw noodle and a glass of nutmeg juice (I don’t know if you can find this outside penang, grated nutmeg and sour plum, I love it!).

The chef went to work, and a few minutes later I was presented by this big bowl of “noodle” that, frankly, looked a bit weird. But thank goodness the taste was actually quite delicious, if not just a bit different from your usual hawker food.

fish maw noodle and nutmeg juice
fish maw noodle and nutmeg juice, yums!

The “noodle” is actually made from fish paste (like those you get at steamboats) shaped into long strands then deep fried. Soup is half way between loh mee and clear soup in terms of consistency, and the served with vegetable, tofu, minced pork, liver, and pork skin.

The combination was actually quite good, and goes especially well with pickled chili padi. I wouldn’t say this is a must-have if you’re heading to Penang for vacation, but it  was definitely worth the RM 3 or RM 3.50 that I had to pay, have your char kueh teow, laksa, and other must-haves first, and if you want to try something different, this wouldn’t be a bad choice.

map to fook kee restaurant, Penang

Kedai Makan Fok Kee
Jalan Kaptian Keling,
10200 Penang

GPS: 5.417741, 100.338333

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This is the pork noodle stall that I love to hate, the source of minor traffic jam to the main entrance of the housing area where I stay. The thing is, the noodle is actually pretty good, if you can wait.

SS3 Pork Noodle
over a dozen bowls at a time

A bowl of pork noodle comes with sliced pork, intestine, slices of liver, minced pork, and some vegetables with your choice of noodle (kueh teow, mee, or mee hun). The clear soup is cooked with the pork, and the everything is spiced up with sprinkles of Chinese preserved vegetable, salt, and pepper. Topping everything off (and I always ask for more) is the super unhealthy but ultra tasty fried pork lard.

The end result is instant gastronomical satisfaction, especially if you are a guy that loves pork. The soup is just right, the meat tastes good, it all goes well with some soya sauce and chili padi provided. The intestine though, requires some hardcore chewing, but interestingly one of my friends like it that way.

SS3 Pork Noodle
add some fried pork lard.. *slurps*

At around RM 4.00 per bowl, the pork noodle is slightly more pricey than the usual rate, but within the acceptable range. Expect to wait for more than half an hour during weekends though. The old man cooks over a dozen bowls at each go but takes probably close to 10 minutes per round, never sacrificing quality for speed. The wait isn’t as bad during weekdays non-lunch hours.

SS3 Pork Noodle
you can walk there from the LRT station

The pork noodle stall doesn’t start serving before 9am and usually operates until about 2 something in the afternoon. The restaurant is just a normal kopitiam at the same row of shop houses with the SS3 post office. About 2 minute’s walk from the Taman Bahagia LRT station.
you can walk to this place from the LRT station

Lorong SS3/59E
Petaling Jaya
47300 Selangor

GPS: 3.109577, 101.611776