Tuesday, July 19, 2005

KY eats - Butterworth Loh Mee

Whenever anyone talks about Penang food, we always refer to the island. However, there are still some hidden gems on the other side of Penang Bridge, Butterworth. The Lean Gaik Hokkien Mee House at Chai Leng Park is one of such places.

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The distinction between Hokkien Mee (better known as Prawn Mee in KL) and Loh Mee is the soup. Loh Mee uses the thick and heavy soup made with lotsa flour, while Hokkien Mee comes with somewhat clear soup.

This kopitiam serves both Hokkien Mee and Loh Mee but nothing else. What sets this establishment apart from the others is the variety of "extras" you can add in to your particular bowl of noodle. Including roast pork, pork ribs, pork leg, mantis shrimp, prawn, fish ball, and hard boiled egg.

I had the Loh Mee with rosted pork and pork ribs added. Would have preferred mantis prawn but they ran out of those. The also have chili paste and garlic on the table, saves you the trip to the stall to ask for more if you're a chili happy person, or if u're like Galvin the Chow Ah Beng who can't have enough garlic.

While it might not be the absolute best Loh Mee that I had (there's a stall nearby the old temple in Penang that I thought was better), it was certainly still very very good, especially with the extra ingredients you can add. I would recommend it to anyone who eats non-halal food.

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