My Trip to Penang – Char Kway Teow & Hokkien Mee

So a while before I came to Brunei, I took a small trip to Penang, to get out of the city, away from the traffic and see a bit of nice scenery (and eat loads of nice food of course).

So I drove down, the traffic wasn’t too bad, and arrived during fairly nice weather.

Of course the first thing I did after finding somewhere to stay was go and find some food!

I heard there were some good places down Gurney, so I went to check it out.

I ended up munching down some Char Kway Teow (which was very good):

Some Wan Tan Mee (which was very much just “ok”), I’ve had better in KL:

And some ‘Hokkien Mee’, which to my surprise turned out to be what we call in KL Prawn Mee.

Which was good, I had some better on other days though, which I’ll post about later 😉

Round 2, 3, 4…and more eating continued soon 🙂

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20 Responses to My Trip to Penang – Char Kway Teow & Hokkien Mee

  1. Gulengz December 6, 2005 at 7:45 pm #

    Woah… Watch out… for oily stuff…

  2. Avatar December 6, 2005 at 7:56 pm #

    Dude! You need to go to correct places for correct food! Not all good food can be found in Gurney!

  3. KY December 6, 2005 at 8:04 pm #

    Wantan mee is one of the very few hawker food that’s better in KL than Penang.

  4. kathlyno December 6, 2005 at 9:04 pm #

    Gurney is for tourist lar. goto McAllister Road for one of the best hawker fare. they even use Maggi mee instead of the usual yellow noodles for Hokkien mee *yummy*

  5. Mooiness December 6, 2005 at 10:36 pm #

    Penang food is the best!

    WanTan Mee – depends on where you go and some places make them different to what you’d get in KL.

    And yes Gurney is touristy – should go to Pulau Tikus. 🙂

    Thanks for making me drool!

  6. Shin0bu December 6, 2005 at 10:55 pm #

    eeeww… wantan mee in Penang is REAL bad… they use that red dyed “char siew” instead of the proper roasted 1s you find in KL/PJ. Oh, and yeah, hokkien mee in Penang is Prawn Mee while “hokkien char” in Penang is SOMETHING like the hokkien mee in PJ/KL.

  7. victor December 6, 2005 at 11:28 pm #

    go kuching man.. since you go to Brunei so often. It’s just 4 or 5 hrs drive down. HEhe.. Kuching got lotsa nice food

  8. Shan December 6, 2005 at 11:40 pm #

    Damn that Kway Teow looks good. Sabah’s got some interesting chinese and local food, but for the most part the food in West Malaysia (esp for Malay/Mamak) is better.

  9. Four Petal Flower December 7, 2005 at 3:17 pm #

    what?! Did you have ALL three of them in one go??

  10. whey December 7, 2005 at 5:20 pm #

    mmm… nice food :p

    wow… did you eat all three dishes by yourself? Huge appetite !! :d

  11. ShaolinTiger December 7, 2005 at 8:38 pm #

    Yeah why not, they aren’t big portions and I had just drive all the way from KL haha

    Maybe I had a bit of help 😀

  12. ShaolinTiger December 7, 2005 at 8:39 pm #

    Yeah I have to agree, the wantan mee in KL is 100x better in general than in Penang.

  13. ShaolinTiger December 7, 2005 at 8:40 pm #

    I eat at Pulau Tikus too, it’s not the only place to eat 😉

    There’s a great restaurant in Onestop, more about that later tho..

  14. ShaolinTiger December 7, 2005 at 8:45 pm #

    Locals go to certain places in Gurney too, depends which you are talking about.

    Mcallister is mostly for tourists too 😉

    You should try Jalan Burma.

  15. Golfey December 9, 2005 at 12:06 am #

    For good wantan mee in Penang, you have to check out this stall at Jalan Besi (off Jalan Masjid Negeri, or ex-Green Lane).

    Aiseh.. the guy’s wantan mee is my perennial favorite. But agree that generally, KL/PJ has better wantan mee.

    Singapore wantan mee sucks. THey kill is with chilli sauce

  16. formerlyfrombrunei December 10, 2005 at 12:11 pm #

    had totally given up on wantan mee in penang until i tasted the one from this stall on the junction of lorong selamat and macalister road. learnt from d hawker dat his style of wantan mee was different from the rest because he learnt it while he was in HK. his noodles are finer, the wantan are bigger and not the wrinkled little fried things you get elsewhere in penang, and its got a thick sticky sauce all over instead of d black watery ones elsewhere in penang. biggest surprise? its not as well-known as it should be! most of my penangite friends didnt even know about this particular stall! everytime someone visits from brunei, this is one of the first places i bring them to.

  17. zheff December 13, 2005 at 12:35 am #

    wanton mee is mainly a cantonese cuisine thats why its great in KL. penang serves mainly more hokkien style food? lor bak…and nonya food as well. yummy

  18. racheal December 19, 2005 at 12:06 pm #

    I hate you. Why you have to entice poor m’sian students studying abroad by posting pictures like that??!!

    *drool* *drool* *drool*

  19. kurt May 31, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    Did you eat all those in one seating? LOL. The best char koay teow is in Lorong Selamat, off Jln Burma. During weekend, you might have to queue for 30 minutes.

  20. ShaolinTiger May 31, 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    kurt: I have a big appetite 😛 And don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs la, the CKT you are talking about I blogged about 2 years ago Lorong Selemat Char Kway Teow.

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