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As we finish slurpping our bowl dry at Bark Thong Hokkien Mee this morning, we can’t help but think of you guys from the Internet.
Just like many Penangites, we have definitely tasted enough bowls of these yummylicious from young to old, from breakfast to dinner or even supper.
Being one of the most vital element in a good bowl of Penang Hokkien Mee, the preparation steps for this broth are not to be taken lightly.
And with hundreds of stalls selling Hokkien Mee in Penang, a good amount of efforts must be poured in to prepare the best possible broth to stand out from the crowds.
We have so far visited many good places and decided to put together a list of the best hokkien mee in Penang.
Let’s have a look at what we found!
Note: List is in no particular order; we will continue to update this post when we found something worth mentioning to you.
Best Hokkien Prawn Mee in Penang
1. Bark Thong Hokkien Mee at Burma Road
Known to many as the Sin Wah Kopitiam Hokkien Mee, the famous Bark Thong Prawn noodle has moved its stall to the Shark Food Court (previously Parma Hawker Center) located at Burma Road, opposite Shell petrol station.
The strong flavoured prawn soup will get you all drenched in sweats even before mixing in the chili paste.
Bark Thong Hokkien Mee (木通福建面)
Operating Hours: Opens daily 7am - 12pm, Close on Friday
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2. Green House Hokkien Mee at Burma Road
Ask any Penangites, most of them will recommend you to check out the Old Green House Hokkien Mee. That bowl of spicy sweet prawn broth will help you remember how Penang tasted like.
Rich, sweet and spicy prawn broth with a lot of addons to go with.
Green House Hokkien Mee (青屋虾面)
Operating Hours: Open daily 9am - 3:30am, Close on Sunday
Old Green House Hokkien Mee (老青屋虾面)
Operating Hours: Open daily 6pm - 2:30am, Close on Sunday
3. 888 Hokkien Mee at Lebuh Presgrave Hawker Center
You'll see this famous 888 Hokkien Mee when you pass by the junction between Lebuh Presgrave and McNair Street. The stall is located just right outside the 'food center' made up by a combinations of multiple coffee shop along the street.
Their thick flavourful prawn broth will keep you coming back for more.
888 Hokkien Mee (三条路888福建面)
Operating Hours: Open daily 4:30pm - 11:30pm, Close on Thursday
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888 Hokkien Mee at Jalan Mahsuri Bayan Baru (888福建面)
Operating Hours: Open daily 5pm - 12pm, Close on Thursday
4. Claypot Hokkien Mee at T&T Prawn Noodle House
Yep! You read that right and we didn't use a wrong photo! This place located at Lorong Selamat serves their Hokkien mee (Penang Prawn Noodle) in a claypot. It keeps the broth and noodles warm. And there are also options to have it served with maggie mee, pan mee or deep-fried yee mee.
Though it may sound a little fancy, their prawn broth are definitely as authentic as you can find.
T&T Prawn Mee
Operating Hours: Open daily 7:30am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm, Close on Wednesday
Facebook: T&T Prawn Mee
5. Bridge Street (C.Y Choy Road) Hokkien Mee
This hokkien mee stall located at the Beach Street area has been around for more than 50 years. The soup here are slightly clearer and it doesn't have that spiciness you usually find at other prawn noodle stalls. But it was really sweet and tasty. Request for as much chili paste as you please if you're a chili person.
The clear soup here is prepared with generous amount of pork bones and fresh prawns.
CY Choy Road Hokkien Mee (桥头福建虾面)
Operating Hours: Open daily 7am - 2:30pm, Close on Monday
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6. Ah Mei Hokkien Mee at New Cathay Coffee Shop
This famous Hokkien Mee stall tucked inside the busy New Cathay Kopitiam along Burma Road (Pulau Tikus) has been making waves not only in Penang. She's also been invited to Singapore to share her tasty bowls of Penang's iconic Prawn Noodle Soup. Her stall starts the busy day as early as 7am with crowds rushing in to get a taste of her prawn noodle just before heading to work.
Be sure to get here early to avoid the hassle of nabbing an empty seat.
Ah Mei Hokkien Mee (新国泰福建虾面)
Operating Hours: Open daily 7am - 1pm, Close on Sunday
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Penang Hokkien Mee, (also called Prawn Noodle outside of Penang) is a spicy soup-based noodle (a mix of yellow noodle and vermicelli).
This is a very different version of fried “Hokkien Mee” you can find in Klang Valley, which closely resembles to “Hokkien Char” in Penang.
This is considered a popular dish in Penang; it can be consumed any time from breakfast to dinner or even supper.
The soup is the most vital element when it comes to a good bowl of Hokkien mee.
Boiled with prawn shells, pork bones and chill paste for several hours, the soup has slight spiciness that is just nice with prawn sweetness and pork flavors.
It is then served with garnishes like sliced hard-boiled eggs, pork slices, de-shelled shrimps, water spinach (kangkung), beansprouts, fried onions and a dollop of chili paste.
Upons years of refinements, many stalls in Penang also started offering “addons” like roasted pork belly, pork ribs and fish balls for extra charges.
Heads up! When it comes to food and experience, opinions varies from person to person. So please take ours with a pinch of salt.
Photo credit: @2xmunchkins