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Food, Food, Food : A KL-ite weekend in Penang – Day 2 – Breakfast

Saturday, 9.30 a.m. - The objective for the morning was Hokkien Mee. Not any old Hokkien Mee, but a good one.

One Corner Cafe, Bawasah Road

The target : Super Hokkien Mee.

The “Super” in the name is a reference to the stall’s previous location on Rangoon Road behind Super Department Store. Or if you like, the “Super” can also connote how fantastic the prawn noodles are, as this Hokkien Mee purveyor can be considered one of the more famous ones in Penang.

Anytime when the food stall is named after a specific locale which is not its present location, you know that what they offer has a history and a following to it.  So you probably can’t go too wrong. The best (read ironic) example of this is Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Singapore where he was taken to a Ampang Yong Tau Foo joint.  But I digress…

Like all famous hawkers in Penang, you need to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy the total experience.  And the right frame of mind to enjoy Super Hokkien Mee is PATIENCE. When one of my friends – lets call her Ms. Purple Hat – approached the stall to make a four bowl order of beehoon-mee (in the spirit of standardization to promote a speedy turnaround time), the prompt response was “wait forty minutes”.  So we waited.

To while the time away, we proceeded to indulge in Curry Mee, Chee Cheong Fun, Char Kway Teow, Or Kueh and Lobak.

I thoroughly enjoyed the coagulated pig’s blood and the slivers of crunchy cuttlefish. However, despite my impassionate counselling, one of my friends flatly refused to stir her chilli paste into the Curry Mee for fear of it getting too spicy. Sacré bleu!

The Char Kway Teow was average and so was the Chee Cheong Fun.  But I have to say, the Or Kueh here was excellent. The liberal sprinkling of fried shallots provided an excellent contrast to the creamy texture of the yam cake, and really gave a flavourful bite. I’m coming back for more Or Kueh the next time!

The Lobak dish was a bit of a let down despite the nice mix of tou foo and century egg. I felt that the Lobak itself was a little “flat” and didn’t quite have enough meat to it.

Having polished off our starters, the main course (Hokkien Mee) was still no where in sight. Meanwhile, the orders for Super Hokkien Mee were still rolling in and the take-away orders were briskly being serviced. We had overheard an unfortunate diner whose Hokkien Mee order was turned away by Mr. Super. Who knows why, but if I were to hazard a guess he must have wanted Hokkien Mee without prawns!

The longer the wait, the better it tastes…or so we thought. When it finally arrived – 35 minutes into the wait – we were no longer ravenous. The aroma of the broth was heavenly, the prawns were dried and cut into thin slivers (in the authentic Hokkien Mee style) and the chilli had a good kick to it. Overall, the noodles were nice but not as fantastic as what we had anticipated it to be. But we managed to achieve the objective for the morning!

As we walked to our car parked along Nagore Road, our visitors could not help but to admire some of the pre-war shophouses which have been painted in lively colours. If we weren’t so stuffed, it would have been nice to sit at the cafe on Nagore Road (siTigun Cafe) which from the outside looked like a homely place to have a leisurely weekend coffee and read the papers.

But we were on a mission. The next food item of interest was to track down the yellow-coloured, diamond shaped kueh served with brown sugar syrup. And, I had a rough idea of where it could be located.

To be continued…

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3 Responses to “Food, Food, Food : A KL-ite weekend in Penang – Day 2 – Breakfast”

  1. leeanne8 says:

    Keep up the good work!!! Very colourful and well-photographed pictures. Not forgetting an interesting and commendable write-up.

  2. jessica yong says:

    I heard about good reviews on sitigun's home roasted coffee and authentic tiramisu, would like to try next weekend!

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