Penang Hokkien mee

Penang Hokkien mee

Hokkien mee is a Chinese noodle dish popular in both Singapore and Malaysia. It is believed to have been brought in by immigrants from China's Fujian Province, hence its name.

Although ubiquitous in Singapore and Malaysia, Hokkien mee comes in three distinct varieties, with each variety being more common in a particular geographical region.

Singapore Hokkien mee

Singapore Hokkien mee is more popular in Singapore and the southern Malay Peninsula.

KL Hokkien mee

Kuala Lumpur Hokkien mee is more common within the Klang Valley.

  • Penang Hokkien mee comes with a spicy prawn broth.
  • Singapore Hokkien mee is stir-fried, whilst also consisting of seafood ingredients.
  • Kuala Lumpur Hokkien mee is a darker, stir-fried version that uses thick yellow noodles.

Penang Hokkien mee is one of the more famous hawker dishes on Penang Island, and as such, it is sold in most hawker centres and coffee shops.


Penang Hokkien mee, Paya Terubong Road, George Town, Penang

Penang Hokkien mee at Paya Terubong Road

What sets Penang Hokkien mee apart from other variants is its prawn-based broth. It is made with prawn heads and shells, as well as pork ribs and dried shrimps.

After the prawn shells have been boiled for a few hours, pork ribs are usually added to enhance the flavour of the broth. A chilli paste consisting of dried chillies, garlic, shallots and salt is then added into the soup, giving it its spicy flavour.

  • Blanched yellow egg noodles
  • Rice vermicelli (beehoon in Hokkien)
  • Prawns
  • Lean pork slices
  • Pork ribs
  • Pig skin
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Fried shallots/lard
  • Bean sprouts
  • Water convolvulus (kangkung in Malay)

Recommended Places

Hokkien mee, Pulau Tikus, George Town, Penang

Penang Hokkien mee from Swee Kong Cafe in Pulau Tikus, George Town

As it is among the most popular hawker dish on Penang Island, Penang Hokkien mee is available in many hawker centres and coffee shops all over the island. The following are among the more recommended places to try Penang Hokkien mee.

  • Swee Kong Cafe, Burmah Road, Pulau Tikus, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 0730 hours - 1000 hours
  • Bee Hooi Coffee Shop, Burmah Road, Pulau Tikus, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 1900 hours - 2200 hours
  • Min Jiang Restaurant, Air Itam Road, Air Itam, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 1500 hours - 1700 hours
  • Ah Soon Kor Har Mee, Carnavon Street, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 0700 hours - 1400 hours
  • Super Hokkien Mee, Bawasah Road, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 0800 hours - 1100 hours
  • 888 Hokkien Mee, Presgrave Street, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 1700 hours - 2300 hours
  • Hokkien Mee stall, Paya Terubong Road, Farlim, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 0600 hours - 1100 hours
  • Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Gurney Drive, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 1600 hours - 2000 hours
  • Kim Hee Cafe, Penaga Road, Jelutong, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 0730 hours - 1000 hours
  • Classic Coffee Shop, Perak Road, George Town
    • Opening Hours : 0800 hours - 1000 hours



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