It is simple, quick and more importantly, tasty meal.
Some of us like the dry version, which are either dressed with dark soy sauce or starchy gravy; while others prefer theirs served in a bowl of hot broth.
Whether is it the soup version or the dry version, we love them both!
That is why, we decided to share with you a list of the best wantan mee places in Penang.
Next time when you need to get your cravings fixed, there will always be a place that won’t disappoint.
So let’s check them out!
Note: List is in no particular order; we will continue to update this post when we found something worth mentioning to you.
Best Wan Tan Mee in Penang
1. Weng Kei Wantan Mee at Carnarvon Street
Weng Kei has been around for quite a few years. We chanced upon this place when we were strolling around Carnarvon street. This is by far one of the best roasted pork you can find in Penang. The charsiew is super tender and juicy. Their wantan mee (which is custom made according their recipes) is a heaven made match for the roasted meats. We can't remember how many times we find ourselve coming back to this place over and over for breakfast.
Ask for slightly 'fatter' charsiew if you prefer more tender and juiciness
Weng Kei Roasted Meat (荣记烧腊)
Operating Hours: Open daily 7:30am - 2:30pm, Close on Wednesday
Facebook: Weng Kei Roasted Meat (荣记烧腊)
2. Ah Hock Wantan Mee at Lebuh Melayu
There's this small wantan mee stall sheltered right beside the junction of Lebuh Melayu and Lorong Toh Aka that's been getting a lot of praises over the years. The unpretentious owner, Ah Hock, has been serving his specialty wan tan mee here for three decades.
The sambal is a must to go with the specialty wantan mee!
Ah Hock Wantan Mee
Operating Hours: Open daily 12:30pm - 5:30pm, Close on Weekends
3. Wantan Mee at Argyll Road
This famous Penang wantan mee located at Argyll Road has been moving around between Tai Wah and Chee Meng cafe. It has finally settled down at Chee Meng cafe. Whether you like soup or dried wantan mee, this has to be one of the best you can find in Penang.
They have the sweetest broth that we tasted so far!
Chee Meng Cafe Wantan Mee (明园茶室云吞面)
Operating Hours: Open daily 7am - 2pm, Close on Tuesday
4. Hong Kee Bamboo Wantan Mee at Campbell Street
Hong Kee Wantan Mee is quite well-known throughout Penang island. When it comes to an insanely good bowl of Cantonese noodle dish, the people at Hong Kee are very serious about the quality. The 弹牙-ness (springiness) of this Hong Kong style bamboo-pressed egg noodles has been taken to a whole new level.
This is a MUST EAT place in Penang if you're craving for a good bowl of Wantan Mee!
Hong Kee Bamboo Wantan Mee (鴻記竹昇雲吞面)
Operating Hours: Open daily 8:30am - 10pm, Close on Wednesday
Facebook: Hong Kee Bamboo Wantan Mee (鴻記竹昇雲吞面)
5. Wan Tan Mee House at Pulau Tikus
This Wantan Mee House located at Pulau Tikus (opposite of police station) serves their wantan mee just like what you'd normally get; with an additional dressing of starchy egg-gravy on your noodles. If you like spicy foods, do request for their sambal. We like how well it compliments the noodles here.
The deep fried wantan is one of the highlight that you must try.
Wantan Mee House
Operating Hours: Open daily 7am - 3:30pm, Close on Thursday
Wantan Mee has always been the favourite of many in Malaysia as a simple, quick and tasty meal.
This Cantonese noodle dish is sometimes called ‘Tok Tok Mee’ in certain states of Malaysia.
It can be served dried with a separate bowl of hot soup and wantan (dumplings) or in soup form where the noodles, soup, and dumplings in the same bowl.
Though it looks like a simple dish; there are many elements that lies within a good bowl of Wantan Mee.
First, to ensure the noodles are served springy and smooth, it has to be boiled in hot water for a right amount of time, just enough to get it cooked.
Then it’s taken out and put into a cold water bath that basically introduce some temperature shock to make them springy. And off again into the hot boiling water so that it can be served hot.
Garnishes like spring onions, leafy vegetables, wonton, and charsiew slices are then added into a bowl together with the springy noodles before soup (usually prepared from dried flounder) are poured in to serve.
As for the dried version; a watery based soy sauce and sesame oil are mixed together with the noodles and the same garnishes like meat dumplings, leafy vegetables, and charsiew slices are placed in together. Spring onions are then topped to further enhance its flavors.
Heads up! When it comes to food and experience, opinions varies from person to person. So please take ours with a pinch of salt.
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