Friday, August 22, 2014

Mee Udang/ Assam Laksa @ Taman Sahabat Indah, Teluk Kumbar, Penang.

Teluk Kumbar is well-known for its fresh yet inexpensive seafood, and the Mee Udang found in Teluk Kumbar is especially known as the best of its kind. Hidden within the housing area of Teluk Kumbar, this humble Mee Udang stall is slowly getting attention from the nearby residents. Mee Udang is not the only food that you can find here, this place sells pretty decent Assam Laksa too. Also, the prices are friendlier than those you can find in town. However, I would not make a special trip out there but if you are in the vicinity, this is a very good place for you to grab a quick fix. To find this place, drive along Jalan Gertak Sanggul, upon reaching Khun Thai and Hai Boey Seafood, you will notice a housing area on your right. Turn into Tingkat Pasir Belanda 5 or 6, and navigate your way to Tingkat Pasir Belanda 8. 




Mee Udang (Wet version with Huge Prawns- Rm 8) comes with 3 huge Prawns, chopped Lettuce, Red Chilies and some julienned Onions. The fresh and succulent Prawns were beautifully cooked- pleasingly firm but not hard to the bite. The broth of the Mee Udang, however, did not manage to wow us. It was reasonably flavored with an agreeable amount of spiciness but we thought the broth was somewhat too thick to our liking. A pretty standard-average Mee Udang but not mind-blowing. 


Another not-too-commonly-seen variant, Dry version of Mee Udang (Rm 4 for smaller Prawns) was somewhat similar to Mee Goreng but it surprises us with a sweet crustacean flavor imbued within the noodles. The noodles were perfectly cooked either, as I was quite worried that they may be overcooked. The generous amount of julienned Onions, enhances instead of overpowering the dish. We found this variant slightly better than the previous one. 


We were delighted to see this bowl of Assam Laksa (Rm 3 for small) covered with bountiful amount of Fresh Greens. The generous chunk of Fish Meats added another layer of texture to the refreshing crunch of greens. On the broth, it was pretty sweet and I thought it may seem to lack of the sour factor but my partner in crime thought other-wise. 


Loh Bak/ Five-spiced Meat Rolls (Rm 1.50 each) and Fried Cempedak Fritters (Rm 0.80 each) were available on our visit. We picked the latter one. They played the seasonal card well by offering Cempedak, the sweet and addictive tropical fruit was perfect as a meal-ender. The flesh of the fruit was unusually thick but a pity that the batter was not as crispy as we would have hoped. 


Ratings:
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Non-Halal
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 7, Tingkat Pasir Belanda 8, 11920, Teluk Kumbar, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 7:30 pm. Closed on every Wednesday.
Contact Number: 604- 649 1781