There are abundance of good hokkien mee (prawn mee) in Penang. And they are mostly available during day time, i.e. for breakfast, brunch and lunch. But when it comes to dinner, I hardly know any of it. The one I always go to is at Old Greenhouse at Burma Road. It’s available at night till midnight – pretty good for late night supper.

Farlim Hokkien Mee, Penang

But on my previous holiday in Penang, I found another one which suits my tastebuds. It is quite far from the city and navigating through the heavy traffic in the island calls for much patience.

Farlim Hokkien Mee, Penang

Parking may be proved challenging but we got ours instantly, by the roadside. The stall is located at one of those flats with few tables and chairs decked out al-fresco style with full view of traffic. The menu is simple; either hokkien mee or loh mee. There are plenty of add-ons (with surcharges) such as pork ribs, roast pork, pork balls, pork intestines and etc. The list of add-ons is plastered on the wall for easier reference although I think it serves no purpose since most hungry customers know what they gonna order by the time they reached.

Farlim Hokkien Mee, Penang

I ordered mine topped with pork ribs, roast pork and intestines. It came in rather large porcelain bowl with all the works swimming in the fiery hot-looking broth. They’re pretty generous with the ingredients, I would say. The stall owner was more than happy to add more chilli oil to one of the bowls for more oomph.

Farlim Hokkien Mee, Penang

Though it may not be as tasty as the one at Burma Road, this somehow did make the grade. The prawn-infused porky stock was hearty and spicy – though not a tongue-numbing rate. The crispy skin roast pork was good while the pork ribs was tender with its meat fell off easily. I didn’t really like the intestines as they weren’t clean thoroughly.

My bowl of noodles costs RM8.50 due to the add-ons. It would be pricey for some, but judging by the ingredients and taste, I would not mind going back again for more!

Address :
Farlim Hokkien Mee (near Shell petrol station)
Jalan Semarak Api,
11500 Air Itam, Penang.

GPS Coordinates : 5.387616, 100.284406

Business hours : 5PM – 1100PM (Closed on Sundays)

The recent long weekend/holiday came at the right time. It was perfect period to rest, recuperate and rejuvenate. It was also a good time to explore new places and try new things and food. For me, I did the latter as I was eager to try this place; Map’s which is located in Bandar Sunway.

Map's, Bandar Sunway

I was eager because 1) they serve breakfast at early hours and 2) they serve porky breakfast at ungodly hours on weekends. As I usually have a habit (and I blaming it on my biological clock) to wake up early even on weekends and holidays, I like places/restaurants/cafe like this as I know the mass crowd hasn’t woken up yet let alone crowding the restaurant/cafe.

Map's, Banday Sunway

The place was relatively quiet when we were there. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised as it was closed to 9AM on a Sunday when we arrived and there were ample of parking lots outside. The service was prompt; simple, straightforward menu was shown and orders were taken within 10 minutes.

Iced Hazelnut Cappuccino and Hazelnut Milk

The drinks arrived first; Iced Hazelnut Cappuccino (RM10) and cold Hazelnut Milk (RM8). I liked that they asked beforehand whether I would like my cold coffee to be sweeten in which I gladly said yes. Served in a tall glass with chocolate swirls, it was filled with cubes of coffee and milk. The overall taste was pleasant and mildly sweet yet the presence of coffee shots was there. The milk, on the other hand, was refreshing; easy to drink with subtle taste of the flavoured syrup.

Porky Pancakes by Map's, Bandar Sunway

Two breakfast meals were chosen on that day. Their Porky Pancakes (RM15) was served first. The presentation was simple and clean. It was multi layer of goodness; egg, pork bacons, roasted potatoes and pancakes. The sight of wobbly sunny side egg was enough to get my appetite kicking in full gear. The mixture of savoury bacons coupled with the sweetness of maple syrup worked well while the creamy liquid of egg yolk brought together the crispy, fluffy cubed potatoes and pancakes.

Breakfast In Bed by Map's, Bandar Sunway

The Breakfast In Bed (RM19) came within minutes after the pancakes. Beneath the pork bacons were cocktail sausages and roasted potatoes while on the sides were nicely cooked egg on large crispy toast, baked beans and sautéed mushrooms. The platter itself was decent. I liked the toast with the egg though I wished there were two eggs instead of one.

Gula Melaka Cotton Cheese Cake by Map's, Bandar Sunway

To complete a wholesome meal, dessert is a must regardless of the time. And Gula Melaka Cotton Cheese Cake (RM11) we ordered. The size was bigger than I thought it would be and with that, it was worth the price. Layers of gula melaka, mild cheese concoction and desiccated coconuts complemented each other though the taste of each component was rather subtle and it wasn’t overly sweet.

Overall, the experience was satisfactory. I got what I wanted; a good meal in a quiet ambiance on a quiet weekend. I got to give credits to them for executing/cooking the eggs perfectly. With this, my list of porky places has grown, so… yay!

9, Jalan PJS 11/2,
Bandar Sunway,
46150 Petaling Jaya.

GPS Coordinates : 3.072574, 101.602261

Business Hours: 830AM – 6PM (Wednesday – Monday)