Teluk Kumbar is often the de-facto place (on Penang island) to go to when it comes to Mee Udang, the fishing village is known for supplying the freshest catch in Penang. Pak Tam is not exactly the most famous joint but rather, well-hidden and secluded at a corner of Teluk Kumbar. The secret fishing spot is famous amongst anglers, it does take some navigating skills to reach there. On your way in, you will find untouched natural scenery and run-down village houses. The road can be bumpy so be prepared for an intense journey. There's a fresh water pond (man-made I presumed) and within a stone's throw distance away, there's a beach with clean, seemingly unpolluted waters. Pak Tam Mee Udang is a humble, unpretentious stall operating at the beach front. Like the name implies, it churns out Mee Udang. Diners get to choose between a few types of Noodles and the preferred Seafood choices (or opt out seafood). This may not be exactly the best Mee Udang around but the entire package (serene neighborhood with soothing sea breeze) is a rare encounter in a well-developed city.
Direction: from Bayan Lepas to Teluk Kumbar, go straight until you find a junction with a Mosque next to the traffic light. Turn left instead of going straight (you will find Lexis Suite if you keep going straight but take the left turn instead), keep driving for approximately 3 minutes and you will find Pak Tam Mee Udang's banner hanging outside. Drive along the trail (surrounded with tall grasses) and you will find Pak Tam at the end of the trail (probably 5 minutes drive from the entrance).
Mee Udang + Sotong (Rm 15)
Mee Udang Goreng (Rm 10)
2 versions available but the usual Mee Udang stands out more, one can clearly taste the true essence of the crustacean from the thick and rich gravy. It carried an indelible seafood sweetness but we would prefer the spiciness to be slightly bolder; even better if they could introduce a slightly more appetizing element into the broth (no Calamansi in sight). If you would prefer your Mee Udang with a smoky hue, go for their Mee Udang Goreng. But the trade off is it may carry a bolder sweet note. Pak Tam does not skimp on seafood- an ordinary serving of Mee Udang contains no less than 5 Prawns.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: Pantai Teluk Bayu, Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar, 11920, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 7 pm. Closed on Thursdays.
Contact Number: 6012- 595 4604/ 6017- 496 5603