bookmark_borderIn Penang – Hokkien Mee, Farlim

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)

bookmark_border顺利虾面 Soon Lee Prawn Mee, Jalan Ipoh

After this session, my hunt for good prawn mee in Klang Valley has brought me to this place. I got to know of this stall via this post moons ago and have been longing to try it ever since. It took quite awhile to arrive and locate this place as it is located deep end of Jalan Ipoh, somewhat really close to Kepong.

Soon Lee Prawn Mee, Jalan Ipoh

To get a parking spot at this area is akin to get a spot at Mid Valley during peak hours. It is either you have to walk far or park illegally turn circles until you found one. The other challenge is to locate this particular stall as it is embedded in a sea of hawker stalls along the road. But fret not as photos of celebrities plastered all over the stall scream out loud that you have arrived at the right stall.

Soon Lee Prawn Mee, Jalan Ipoh

From various posts I read, there will be stream of customers during peak hours. And because of this, my friend and I were there around 6PM with little customers at the stall – even after we left around 645PM, there were still empty tables. Maybe it was due to rainy day, I don’t know.

Prawn Mee / Hokkien Mee

While there was normal portion, we went for the grand big stuff; ie. prawn mee with extra (big) prawns which costs RM10.50. The bowl of noodles arrived with two fresh prawns. Beneath them were smaller halved prawns, sliced pork, fried shallots, kangkung (water convolvulus / water spinach), bean sprouts and noodles. Whilst I wished for it to be ‘heavier taste’, the broth was okay; bit murky and slightly spicy with hints of prawn essence. I added a couple spoons of their homemade chilli paste to turn up a notch.

Char Kuey Teow / Fried Kuey Teow

Apart from prawn mee, we ordered a portion of fried kuey teow (RM5) from the same stall. I do not know what got into me as I subconsciously ordered yellow & flat noodles as opposed to flat noodles (kuey teow) only. Despite its existence of wok hei (breath of wok) and generous amount of bean sprouts, the taste was somewhat lacking. Perhaps, I am too spoilt used to this one that any other char kuey teow doesn’t make the cut.

Prawn Mee / Hokkien Mee

So… is it worth the time to arrive here for a bowl of prawn mee. Maybe… if there aren’t any good ones during the night. Is it worth paying RM10 for the big prawns? Maybe not. Just stick to the normal ones.

Address :
Jalan Batu Ambar,
Off Jalan Ipoh,
Taman Kok Lian,
51200 Kuala Lumpur.

GPS Coordinates : 3.202659, 101.672639

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