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Currently, the best and most consistent Curry Mee in Bukit Mertajam for me has got to be the Penang Curry Mee stall at Mutiara Coffee Shop, Taman Mutiara. For Curry Mee enthusiasts, this could very well be the hidden gem you have been looking for, as I feel it is even better than many famous Curry Mee in Penang island. If you trust my recommendations thus far, you will not be disappointed in this one as well.
Hawker food in towns residing on the Seberang Perai area usually taste different from those found on the island because they are often adjusted have a local flavor, or what we call 风味 in Chinese to reflect the town’s uniqueness.
Toppings aside, the typical Penang Curry Mee usually tastes sweet due to the amount of sugar the hawkers put into the soup. The soup looks pale and milky as well until the chili paste is mixed in. But in BM most of our Curry Mee is flavored more towards saltiness and the soup is already cooked together with chili oil for a more reddish look.
Anyway, the main reason I am recommending this Curry Mee is because of the special chili paste. The noodles already taste great on its own but with the addition of the chili paste, the soup is enriched and its flavor is taken to a whole new level packed with fragrance of Indian spices. The self-invented chili paste is made by grinding traditional Indian spice and local chili together, then cooked on a slow fire for two hours. This process requires constant stirring to prevent the chili paste from getting burnt.
There was an article on Guang Ming Daily not long ago recommending good food in Bukit Mertajam and one of them is 碧姨咖喱面 – Kampung Aston Curry Mee. It was the only food in the list that I neither heard nor tried before. So I had to actually call the owner of the coffee shop to know the location of this stall lol. Luckily the contact number was provided in the said article.
And given that I agree with the writer on his recommendations (in fact I blogged all of them before except for this one), I was quite excited to know there is a new place for me to discover. If you are interested with the food in BM, the article is a good reference because it is quite updated and accurate.
Pik Yee’s (碧姨) curry mee is different from the Penang variant of curry mee in the sense that her recipe does not rely much on santan (coconut milk) but more on Indian curry spices instead for the flavor. This gives the soup a thinner consistency and a slightly salty taste instead. A normal serving costs RM2.50 while a bigger bowl or with added ingredients would cost RM3. And I specially requested for more pork blood cubes.
This Curry Mee stall at Taman Sri Kijang is listed in malfreemap’s food directory and was also recommended in the forums. I went to try it this morning out of curiosity. Unfortunately it turned out it was a very bad Curry Mee that I will never touch again lol. This made me wonder if I tried the wrong one. But this is the only Curry Mee stall I saw in the area, hmm.
Anyway, besides the same ol’ ingredients it also had deep fried bean curd sheets, which is not commonly found in the traditional Curry Mee. The soup was bland tasting and the chili paste was not able to complement the Curry Mee at all. I only had a few taste and decided to discard it totally. No point elaborating further. If I were to give it a rating, it would be at most 3/10.
Taman Sri Kijang Curry Mee
Restoran Mika, Bukit Mertajam
GPS Coordinates: N5 19.286 E100 28.347
Taman Sri Rambai’s night hawker center used to be the place to go for one of the best Penang Curry Mee in Bukit Mertajam. It has always been a favorite of mine and I never fail to have a bowl whenever I go back.
However during my last visit I noticed some changes that I didn’t like. For example the prawns are now served with shells and they were not as fresh as they used to be. They tasted like the reared types instead of those caught from the sea. The sweet, succulent prawns that added much points to the curry mee is no longer an attractive factor. If you’re a long customer of this curry mee stall you will definitely know what I mean.