Sunday, March 28, 2010

Penang - Batu Maung - Hokkien Mee

Type: Non-Halal
Location: Batu Maung

Price: RM2.20 (Small) | RM2.50 (Medium) | RM2.80 (Big), extra order depends on the price charge

Stall Operation: 0645 - 1400 (wet market)
Contact: 012 494 3551 / 016 473 9819

Parking convenience:
Fair (suggest you to be there at 1100-1130; otherwise you hardly find a parking place after 1200)
Hygiene: Fair (for me, I'm already used to the environment inside wet market)

Any one who works in FTZ area will know Batu Maung area, especially near the primary school, there are many shops offering lunch.

From Hilir Sg Kluang Satu, turn to Lintang Bayan Lepas 3, go all the way straight until almost reach Pentamaster on your left, turn right into Lintang Bayan Lepas 6. Go straight until T-junction. Turn left and follow the road (you will cross very small bridge) till you meet another T-junction in front of you (Jalan Baru Batu Maung). Turn left and drive straight until you see a primary school on your left. The stall is beside the road of Tingkat Batu Maung. The location is exactly same with my previous post on Batu Maung Char Kuey Teow.

More prawn fragrant


Busy operation
Busy operation

Auntie still camera shy...

Another 20 years veteran of cooking Hokkien mee. My personal preference is more on prawn fragrant. I almost will visit this stall within a week or two weeks. Kinda addicted :-) I know I will control the possible high cholesterol. Thanks for your inner mumbling and kind intention :-)

Maggi noodles option, but I still prefer the yellow noodles taste better :-)
Maggi noodles option (from Soh PJ)

Hokkien Mee

We are indeed serious!
Master Soh in action
Soh PJ (Master Soh)

Rob in action

In fact, few months ago, I informed auntie (the stall owner) - I will bring camera to hunt photos. I think she thought - this fellow must be kidding. Ended up I brought another two "kaki" to enjoy the hunting moment - Rob & PJ. Three of "tam-chiak" fellas brought out our arsenal to capture like mad on food porn :-P

Wet market environment
Batu Maung wet market (from Soh PJ)

Addictive or mad?
Addictive = mad?

For the soup base, you can check out the differences in between prawn fragrant and meat fragrant. I personally prefer more prawn fragrant because when they cook the soup base, they won't throw everything into the soup to cook, even after the soup base already cooked, they don't put the extra material into the soup to enhance the sweetness.

Who is this? Intruder!!!
Who is this?

You can also learn up to observe and taste the differences. If meat fragrant, check out the possible extra order like meat ball, "fan-cheong" and etc will cook as well. I managed to get this insider information because I have one sifu explained the tricks on cooking :-) Share the trick here? No way :-P I prefer face-to-face sharing :-)

Oh not wrong channel to post this picture - you can get it from the kopitiam taukeh. Nasi lemak also tempting over there :-P
Nasi Lemak (from another stall)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Penang - Padang Kota Lama - Mee Sotong

Type: Halal
Location: Beside Fort Cornwallis (Explanade or Padang Kota Lama)
Price: Small - RM3.50 | Big - RM5.00 (price added depending on order)

Contact: Mr Shahrulhameed Syed Muhamed - 013 431 9384
Stall Operation: 1200 - 1500 (Monday to Saturday)

Parking convenience:
Good (there is a big parking space beside the local food court)

Hygiene: Fair (Just watch out sometimes the crows will stop by above your head, watch out "boom")


If you come from Jetty direction, take 12-o-clock direction at the roundabout where you can see the clock tower as well. Another 10-15 meters distant, check out the turn right opportunity - you are ready to enter the car park beside the famous Fort Cornwallis.

If you come from High Court direction, the green field is on your left. After the green field - please get ready to turn left, the car park is on your left. Before you near the car park entrance, you can see the food court is on your left as well.

When entering the food court, I only see crowds. I don't even have a chance to talk to the owner. Only able to get near the stall and make my order with hand signal plus little instruction. The worker and owner are so busy not able to look at you in their eyes for about 5 seconds.

I sat down and slowly took out my camera to get ready to capture them.

Patient is the key

There is no camera shy or even they give me some oh-ho expression. Probably I assume they just get used with food blogger or reporters. From the cut-out-articles stick on his stall, I immediately know the reason.

Written Word-of-Mouth

When I stand up and get near to the stall, trying to avoid to irritate their working flows, I'm surprised by the preparation of each plate of "Mee Sotong"!

Q-ing... ready to serve

Special Squid "Sambal"

Ever make you sweat?

Anyone who try out this squid "sambal", I can guarantee you will come back to enjoy the sensation of spiciness! The "sambal" is unique. I tested out to add spicy during order. Ended up I finished up 3 glasses of cool waters! After the sensation, my sweating system was out of control. Even my tear also came out. Imagine this! No bluff.

In fact, there are many "mamak" stall in Penang island itself. This "mee sotong" is indeed unique. I'm sure this aligns with the owner wish to outstand others rather than the usual taste. Of course, the sweet squid "sambal" is his family secret ingredient to make it special.

The Art of Cooking

The fried yellow noodles just match perfectly with the special sauce. Looks very tempting and taste very "fiercely" after you enjoy the moment :-)

Dancing with yellow noodles

The uniqueness of this special "sambal" - first taste, you enjoy the sweetness. Then you will feel your rear head is "ticked" like bell ringing - ting ting ting... Then the hot and spicy feeling come gradually until maximum at last. (thus watch out yourself opening mouth wide wide and use your palm to wave-cool-down the spiciness)

Killing me hardly --> the "Sambal" sauce... arggghhhhh...
Adding the main ingredient

Having this meal occasionally will stimulate you and teach you what the hot and spicy feeling meant! After the roller-coaster feeling, ensure you drink much water. If you have problem on taking spicy food, I suggest you stop reading this. Anyway, it's the end of writing :-P

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