Prawn Mee Shop (虾面之家) @ Lorong Selamat, Penang.
Finding a Hokkien Mee (prawn noodles) can be pretty easy especially when you are in Penang, but finding a decent one can be very hard. I came across this awesome Hokkien Mee today- Prawn Mee Shop is obviously selling prawn mee (Hokkien Mee), but what makes it so special is their way of serving it, which is by using clay pot. Aside from that, you can add as many ingredients as you like, and of course, there are a lot of choices when it comes to the extra "toppings" for the noodles, from the usual pork intestines, pork ribs, pork legs, pork belly and fish balls to the uncommonly found huge prawns, squids and even crabs! I was also told that all the seafood were freshly obtained from suppliers. Besides Hokkien Mee (Prawn Noodles), Prawn Mee Shop has more to offer, one can find Loh Mee (noodles in thick and dark starch gravy), Pan Mee (flat flour noodles) and even steamboat too. The steamboat can be very special as they will be using the soup used in Prawn Noodles as the soup base, something unique and special to me, pre-order is needed if you wish to savor the prawn soup steamboat. Parking can be a bit tricky during lunch time and festive seasons. Its not hard to locate this shop, its located at Lorong Selamat, since its a "one-way road", after turning into Lorong Selamat, pay attention to your right side, Prawn Mee Shop should be some where there (note that its quite near to the road junction which you are turning into).
Clay pot Hokkien Mee (with no extra ingredients added, small-Rm3.30, big-Rm4.30). I have added an additional Tiger Prawns (market price, for my visit, its 100g- Rm12), squid (depends on market price, price unknown for my visit) and some pork ribs. The gigantic prawn and squid were cooked together with the soup for the prawn noodles. Thus, the soup was very sweet and thick. Definitely awesome and addictive, the prawn-flavor was even stronger than before, truly a "must-try" for prawn lovers. The squid was slightly uncooked inside, especially when it comes to the roe. The using of clay pot was a brilliant either, it has successfully maintained the temperature within the soup. Just in case if you are curious about the price for this bowl of Hokkien Mee, it should be around Rm20 (actual price unknown, we had two bowls of similar prawn noodles and two cups of icy cold herbal tea, the bill was Rm42 in total), which I find it reasonable due to the amount of seafood added.
Just to show how huge was the prawn. It was almost on par with a small lobster. The succulent prawn was very fresh and the texture was just awesome. The taste was beyond words. Must-try for prawn lovers, you will be amazed. This particular prawn was nearly 100g, should be some how between Rm11 to Rm12.
Here is a good news for chili lovers, feel free to add as much chili paste and deep fried shallots as you like to your noodles. The chili paste was normal and ordinary to me.
Taste: 8.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 127, Lorong Selamat, 10400, Penang.
Business Hour: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm; Sunday, 7:30am to 6pm. Closed on every Wednesday.
Contact Number: 604- 226 3407