If you are tired of eating the same old Penang Assam Laksa at all the already renowned places in the island, there is an alternative.
In Jawi (a small town in the mainland side of Penang) there is a famous laksa stall called Wan Li Laksa, or more commonly known as Jawi Laksa. Located next to Jawi’s Tua Pek Kong temple, it is a favorite with the locals as well as the neighboring towns.
As much as I wanted to show the laksa from the original stall, I was just too lazy to drive all the way to Jawi just to have a bowl of it. Another reason is because Wan Li Laksa has a branch in Taman Mutiara, Bukit Mertajam, which is just 5 min away from my house. So why travel so far for the same thing lol. Continue reading
Remember Swee Guan Hokkien Mee at Geylang Lorong 29 that I didn’t get to try because it wasn’t open yet when I went there the last time? Because of that we had to try the one at VivoCity’s food court instead, which was something regretful for me.
Well since I am working in Singapore now I have plenty of opportunities to make another visit, and I did that just last week. I was 100% sure it would be open at night, and I was right.
I went with my colleague, who claimed that he has never tried any Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee in Singapore before despite working here for almost 2 years. His reason was simple, it didn’t look appealing or appetizing enough to him. But still, I managed to convince him to give it a try because this is one of the food you must try in Singapore.
Although there weren’t many customers when we arrived, it still took quite some time for the Hokkien Mee to arrive. Shown here is the smallest portion available at an affordable $3 only. Two medium sized prawns, some squid and a dollop of sambal accompanied the noodle.
Taste wise, as expected it was a lot better than the one I had at VivoCity previously. It was simply much flavorful, appetizing and had more ‘wok hei’, something important in any fried rice or noodle to distinguish between the good and normal ones.
As I know there are two versions of Curry Mee around. One uses slightly sweet and savory coconut milk mainly as the soup base with chili supplied separately, commonly found in Penang.
Another version, which is more common in KL/Ipoh and other places is prepared with curry soup topped with curry chicken resulting in a thicker and spicy broth even without the addition of chili.
If you are a Northern person you would probably dislike the Southern version, and vice versa. It’s a love or hate thing from what I see. Some people claim that since the noodle dish is called Curry Mee, it’s only appropriate that the soup is curry based. Well, me being a lover of both versions, I have to admit I prefer the Northern style more.
Bee Tin Curry Mee at Butterworth is the perfect example of a typical Penang Curry Mee. The soup is a white concoction made mainly of coconut milk, and tastes a little sweet and light on its own.