Penang - Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee (咖喱麵)
This is the legendary Penang curry mee stall along Lorong Seratus Tahun, off MacAlister Road. So famous that it spawned a nationwide chain which bore the same name, but which otherwise, bore little resemblance to this original.
Penang-style curry mee is a mix of yellow Hokkien noodles and thin rice noodles ("bee hoon") and beansprouts, topped with cubes of coagulated pig's blood, cuttlefish, shrimps, tofu puffs & tiny cockles. The soup broth is thin & watery, typical of the old school curry noodles in Penang. Do *not* miss adding the special curry paste which comes in communal bowls, to be added according to one's preference - stirred into the soup, it gives the piquant aroma and flavours which characterise Penang curry mee. Over here at Lorong Seratus Tahun, they'd honed their recipe to a perfect mix of flavours and textures over 50 years and 3 generations. They are so famous, the street it stands on ("Lorong Seratus Tahun" is Malay for "100 Year Lane") is now synonymous with the curry noodle dish.
The half-century-old eatery is currently manned by the current generation of the originating Moey family: Kok Pheng, Kok Keng and Kok Kong. One of the best breakfasts I'd had for quite a while this morning.
Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee (咖喱麵)
50 Lorong Seratus Tahun
(corner with Nanning Street)
Tel: +6016-444 8881
(Open daily, except Thursday)
A couple of hightly-recommended food guides to Penang which specializes in famous/popular hawker stalls.
GUTTED - we left Penang 2 weeks ago and did not try this! What a shame. What stuck out for us was Tek Sen - which deserves its glowing reviews, a food market on padang kota (gurney), the best tandoori chicken and naan I have ever tasted (for 8RM! at Yasmeen) and stunning Indian banana leaf cuisine at Passions of Kerala I was not a fan of the Laksa - but apparently should have tried the coconut rather than the fish version....
Wish I'd read about this earlier! :(
Yasmeen is a true gem! We ate there so many times and regularly talk about how great it was - simple food but stunning. The chicken and naan are cooked in a tandoor oven at the front of the restaurant and then served on a platter with a small lime, red onion and a chilli and mint sauce - just divine!
I will admit I am not a tofu fan, but Tek Sen's is stunningly good - luckily we only had to wait around 5 mins for a table but by the time we left it was a 35min wait - very popular and rightly so!
Have you tried Passions of Kerala - again simple but great food and at very very good price! They serve ace Masala Tea too :)
I went to the Passions of Kerala (New World Park?) only once, but that must have been 4-5 years ago. I wasn't terribly bowled over by it - maybe because its offerings were more towards Tamil than the type of mild, subtle Keralan cooking I tried in restaurants like Karavalli in Bangalore (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/842973) or Ente Keralam in Chennai (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844751).
We just loved it. The homemade lime pickle was a perfect combination of spicy and sweet... The pepper and cumin pappadoms moreish...
We ended up meeting the owner (a fascinating man) and his son who is taking over the business (very personable and charming). We got to try specials not usually sold, one a sweet and light pumpkin curry with a light cardamom flavour and another fish dish (sorry I don't know the type of fish).
I will take a note of the two places in Bangalore and Chennai and save them in my "to-eat" list.