Words & photos by B.L.KHOO
Ask any Penangite to recommend a good stall selling Mee Udang and you will most probably be told to go to the southwest vicinity of Penang such as Teluk Kumbar or Gertak Sanggul. Mee Udang is a popular Malay hawker style dish that can be considered as equivalent to Chinese Hokkien Mee. It primarily consists of two main ingredients: large white prawns and yellow noodles.
The dish is served either Rebus (Cooked with Soup) or Goreng (Stir Fried) style. I always prefer Rebus as I like to slurp up the rich, flavourful soup made from tomato sauce and shrimp stock. Usually this dish is also garnished with slices of hardboiled egg, crunchy fried shallots, chye sim (mustard green), bean sprouts, green chili and a slice of lime.
Staying on the northern part of Penang Island (around Batu Ferringhi) compel me to travel all the way to the other side of the island whenever I had a craving for Mee Udang. Due to this inconvenience, I started to look around my area for this dish and not too long ago, I stumbled upon a pretty decent Mee Udang stall hidden inwards of Batu Ferringhi. Unfortunately, the couple who operates the stall kept changing their locations. Thankfully, they have finally settled down in a roadside restaurant on the way to Teluk Bahang.
Look out for Asmara Restoran on the right hand side of the road (if you’re heading towards Teluk Bahang). The husband cum chef, Wazi, and his Chinese wife will greet you with a pleasant smile. Besides Mee Udang, Wazi also does Mee Ketam (Flower Crab) Char Koay Teow. The stall operates every day except Wednesday from 6.30 pm till 11.00 pm.
If you happened to be around Batu Feringgi area, do give it try as it is definitely my best choice here and I’m sure it will be yours too!