Prawn mee, or Hokkien mee as we call it in Penang, is undoubtedly one of the most popular hawker dishes on the island, you would find it in almost every kopitiam or hawker centers, and being someone who hailed from Penang, it is of course one of my favorite street food dishes.
wantan mee and prawn mee stall at Mt Eskerine market
Prawn mee often comes with yellow noodle, meehun, or a combination of both (my usual go-to). However, if you find yourself on the island, there’s one special stall that offers a unique concoction you don’t find anywhere else – wantan mee in prawn mee soup & ingredients.
The reason they can do this is simple, this stall at Mount Erskine morning market offers both wantan mee and prawn mee. In fact, the first time I had this was probably some 30 odd years ago, operated by the current seller’s parents then (I assume).
wantan mee with hokkien mee soup
I like this unique combination not for novelty sake, but the thin type of wantan mee soak up the flavors of prawn noodle soup very well and offers great texture. Try it, after all, how can you say no for only RM 4 per?
Enjoy and stay safe!
Address: Mt. Erskin Morning Market
Jalan Mt. Erskine, Tg. Tokong, Penang GPS:5.4484813, 100.3013870 Operating Hours: 11am to 4pm
Several weeks ago I found myself at Desa Park City at Yee Hou’s place, with the boy promising that he’d bring me to one of the better wantan mee stalls around the area – Ming Kee Wan Tan Mee at Taman Bukit Maluri.
Ming Kee Wan Tan Mee, Taman Bukit Maluri
The restaurant is located at the heart of the small township, basically surrounded by the busy morning market. If you go on a weekends, expect to spend some time in getting your car parked, but you’d also be rewarded by the energy and joy of the market, with fresh produce and freshly slaughtered meat for your picking, all at rather reasonable prices too.
The restaurant itself has a single stall set up straight out of the 80s, with the operators probably still wearing the same cloths and enthusiasm from a few decades ago, when TV had a dial, and you’re interrupted by Berita Malam Ini in the middle of your favorite CNY movies.
chicken feet, or curry chicken? Take your pick
Anyway, the stall offers wantan mee in a few different options – the classic chasiu & wantan, curry chicken, or chicken feet. The latter two being the recommended options, so that’s what I tried.
Curry broth was thick and flavorful, with a healthy portion of chicken drumstick too, but if you eat chicken feet at all, the version here is definitely one of the better ones I had this part of Klang Valley, they’re soft, tender, and almost melt in your mouth, no teeth required!
the “sui kao”, or dumpling, is proper delicious too
Sui Kaw here is proper delicious as well, and I’d definitely asked for more pork cracklings the next time I’m there, and yeap I’d wan to go there again.
I’m a bit of a fan of wantan mee, after all, it is one of the first “good” hawker dishes I tried when first moved to Klang Valley from Penang. Quality of wantan mee here in Central Peninsular Malaysia is like char kuih teow in Penang, you don’t often get disappointed.
That being said, there are those that stands out from the crowd, and if you find yourself in Klang, this particular nameless wantan mee stall is the one that definitely deserves some attention.
Update 6/4/2019: They’ve moved to Lorong Raja Bot nearby
nameless wantan mee stall at Jalan Gelugor, Klang town
The wantan mee stall is located along Jalan Gelugor in the heart of Klang town, just a stone’s throw away from the relatively famous sei ngan chai bak kut teh “restaurant”. The whole place consists of poorly erected zinc roof and furnished with plastic chairs and tables with a dining temperature that’s at least 5 Celsius hotter than being directly under the sun.
Yet, it is always packed.
glorious wantan mee, I ordered extra wantan
But if you have an appetite for good wantan mee, order a plate, and with some patience, you’ll get to see it in front of you in about 30-45 minutes, just as when you’ve lost a whole KG of sweat by sitting there.
I had mine with extra wantan that is served in a soup, and well, it was worth it!
the wantan is what make this place special
The noodle is fine yet springy, soaking up those perfectly balanced sauce that carries a hint of lard. The wantan is something else, they’re rather small but packs a punch in flavor, most likely due to the marinade/seasoning in the meat and that they’re made fresh almost just before serving.
The charsiu isn’t the strong point here, but forgivable considering how good everything else tasted.
I think I’ll be willing to revisit despite the crowd and the heat.
Remember the awesome tilapia wantan mee at Rawang I posted on this blog not long ago? Well, that was actually the second plate of wantan mee in two days when we visited Serendah several weeks ago, this was the first – at Yee Kee kopitiam in the sleepy town of Serendah.
Wantan Mee at Yee Kee Kopitiam, Serendah
Yee Kee kopitiam is perhaps the busiest spot in the whole of Serendah in any given mornings. The corner coffee shop is usually packed with people, and offers quite a number of different hawker delights. The biggest of these stalls though, has got to be the one offering wantan mee.
While many wantan mee places in Klang Valley offers char siu (bbq pork), wantan, chicken feet, and even hakka fried pork, few can rival the variety of additional ingredients offered here. There’s fried tofu skin, curry chicken with potato, long bean, pork, cabbage, fish paste, and even chicken drum sticks.
The result is a meal that can often last you through lunch. I really do like it with those extra vegetable options as well, most other places only offers meat based additional ingredients.
If you find yourself looking for breakfast options near Rawang or Serendah, this is definitely a place worth checking out.
Over the X’mas and New Year holiday, we went to a friend’s place in Serendah for an overnight excursion and a little bit of R&R, and of course, one of the agendas is to try some of the more unique foods in the area.
So the next morning, we went to R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee to try this rather unique dish only available here.
The restaurant is located in a residential area just a few minutes away from Rawang town center. Seating area is semi-alfresco, with a roof, no walls, and plenty of ceiling fans to keep you somewhat comfortable. While there are quite a few dishes to choose from the menu, the star here is the tilapia.
we ordered all six types of tilapia wantan mee
There are six choices to choose from, and you can have them with rice, or in their unique wantan mee style. We chose the latter and tried all six flavors.
Each dish is priced at RM 13.50 comes with a portion of wantan mee and a small tilapia that’s either steamed of deep fried. The flavors are:
金针 golden mushroom – classic with steamed tilapia, enoki, garlic, & ginger
酱蒸 bean sauce – brown bean sauce with deep fried tilapia
干煎 deep fried – self explanatory, with some chili too
油滑 classic oiled – steamed with soya sauce & oil, plenty of fried garlic
the chicken wings pretty good too
The wantan mee was rather good, the fish tasted fresh and flavorful regardless of the preparation method, and the different sauces were all spot on, including the tomyam flavor (usually lacking in Chinese shops). Go for the deep fried version if you struggle with fish bones, otherwise the steamed version gives you slightly more flavors.
Additionally, we also had some chicken wings (RM 3.50 each) to “supplement” the meal. They were pretty good too, crunchy on the outside, juicy inside, with good belacan taste infused.
If you are looking for something special, this is definitely worth checking out.
Address: Restoran R Cheng Fei Zhou Yu Wantan Mee No. E-13, Jalan LKS 5, Kampung Lee Kim Sai, 48000 Rawang Selangor GPS: 3.309852, 101.577027 Tel: 012-304 5671, 016-983 4888