If there should be a most iconic food for Bukit Mertajam 大山脚, it would be none other than the noodles sold beside BM’s Pek Kong Cheng at the food court area. It has been given a lot of names from White Wantan Mee to Tok Tok Mee to Tokong Mee. Some even call it Hakka Mee.
However, most people I came across prefer to call it White Wantan Mee. I think this is because it’d sound more recognizable for the masses and also create curiosity for strangers of Bukit Mertajam. Now, wouldn’t you want to know how wantan mee looks and tastes like, in white?
If you knew my blog long enough, you’d know that I’ve blogged about this noodle in the past. But, I still feel that this awesome noodle is not getting enough exposure and popularity it deserves. Hence, another post dedicated to it again. Well, a BM Kia gotta do what he’s gotta do – to promote his hometown’s food.
Anyway, I’ve been enjoying the noodles here ever since I could remember. My siblings and I would follow mother to the market to do the weekly shopping. Then, enjoy a bowl or two here for breakfast. The price remained unchanged at RM2.50 since the last increment few years ago.
Only this can make me get up at 6.30am on a lazy Sunday morning, no matter how late I slept the night before lol. The ingredients used to prepare a delicious bowl include the noodles they make themselves, choy sam, char siew and wantan. Then, mixed with soya sauce and soup boiled using pig bones (I think). The taste is somewhere between Sarawak’s Kolo Mee and a very much less oily version of Hakka Noodle you could get in KL.
This is the uncle I’ve seen him preparing the noodles for more than 20 years. They rarely rest unless it’s public holiday, Chinese New Year or they are on a holiday to China. There are morning and noon sessions which are handled by a different cook.
Some people prefer the noon one but I prefer the one in the morning. There’s a slight difference in taste but the noodle’s presentation varies a lot. Since there are generally more customers in the mornings, the noodles’ preparation is more rushed.
Bukit Mertajam White Wantan Mee is located right next to the temple. If you are still unsure, I have put up an arrow in the photo pointing at the entrance to the stall.
GPS Coordinates: N5 21.847 E100 27.658