As the name suggests, Penang Hokkien Mee is an iconic hawker food in the Pearl of The Orient or Pulau Pinang. Served in a bowl of prawn-shell rich broth, flavored with liberal servings of bean sprouts (taugeh), hard boiled egg, water spinach (kangkung), shredding pork and prawns with a garnishing of deep fried shallots, it is actually savory more than spicy despite its bright orange broth. The same dish is however known as Prawn Noodles in other states and Singapore.
. Due to tedious preparation, to find a great place for Hokkien Mee or Hae Mee in Penang is like searching for a buried gem. A date with Mag took me to explore a Penang’s heritage – Perak Road Wet Market and savored one the best Prawn Noodles in town at Ah Keong’s Hokkien Mee.
Penang Hokkien Mee
Located opposite Perak Road fish market, Ah Keong’s Hokkien Mee is a hawker stall operated in a carefree coffee shop on the ground floor of a low rise flat at Jalan Pasar. There is no proper signpost except a little hanging plaque stating Ah Qiang Fujian Mian & Loo Mian – in Mandarin amidst a few other hawker stalls.
Primary business focus on serving Prawn Noodles, the best secret lies in the broth, at which differentiate Ah Keong from the rest. Neither too hot nor too strong of seafood odor, the broth is just perfect savory to go with rice sticks (beehoon) and yellow noodles. One also has the options to exchange with instant noodles as well as adding fishball in the broth, these options come with additional charges. The portion is pretty tiny and the soup is served frugally, yet I do agree with Mag that this dish is worth even though I was risking for swollen lips, at which surprised me that I didn’t end up with! Additionally, I neither had the urge for extra water, unlike what I usually experience after taking MSG flavored dishes.