Old Green House restaurant (老青屋) is a popular place among Penangites to have Hokkien Mee (or Prawn Noodle in other Malaysian states) either as dinner or supper. Although the noodle is also available in the morning at another ‘day shift’ stall, most of the working people only have the opportunity to savor it after working hours in the evenings. There is also a saying that they are actually catering to the group of late night goers, who crave for a bowl of hot noodle after partying into the night.
Besides being tasty, another reason it is popular is because you can ‘keh liao’ (request extra toppings) like roast pork, meat balls, braised egg, Chinese sausage, chicken feet, shrimps and etc. For those who are game enough to try, even pork intestines and pork skin are available too.
A small bowl costs RM3.50 for the normal yellow noodle and bihun order, while Cintan Mee and ‘La Mian’ are slightly more expensive at RM4 for the same portion. Any requested ‘keh liao’ will be calculated at RM1 each. I don’t know if there’s a limit to the number of ‘liao’ you can add because I usually add two at most. Affordability is a huge factor for me.
If you are unsure, my recommended choice of among the many toppings go to none other than Prawn Mee’s very own original toppings like shrimp (portion given is good, great to have while slurping up the remaining soup), pork ribs (no meat given by default and the ribs are flavorful) and the braised egg (it is simply tastier).
Toppings aside, fresh and prawny but not stinky soup is the key ingredient to a good bowl of Har Mee while the chili paste provides the “Wow!” factor. And I am glad to report that these two requirements are nicely met.
However I do need to mention that the soup has more of a sweet than spicy flavor even with large amount of chili paste, which is why I like it. I am not really a fan of any Har Mee that emphasizes the spicy flavor (eg Swee Kong’s at Pulau Tikus)
Some other popular hawker fare worth trying here include the Curry Mee and the steamed chicken from the chicken porridge stall. If you are unsure how to get here, just look for the coffee shop directly opposite Him Heang building (where you buy Tambun biscuits and stuff)
Old Green House Restaurant (老青屋)
223 Burma Road
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.421 E100 19.261
Business hours: 8pm to 4am (Closed on Sundays)