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31 Mar 2013

'Tok Tok Mee' 雲吞麺 @ Burmah Road, Penang

Penang [檳城] • 31 MARCH 2013
In the good old days, Wan Tan Mee was better known as 'Tok Tok Mee'. My mom told me during her teenage years, the Wan Tan Mee sellers used to knock on their stall when they pushed their carts along the back alley. ( actually ' tok tok ' sound is created by knocking 2 bamboo together ) - thanks Mr. Huat and Wong for the information. The sound created was 'Tok Tok'. 

Delicious Penang Wan Tan Mee

Growing up in Penang, most of us regard Wan Tan Mee or dried egg noodle as one of our staple food. Round the clock over the day, Wan Tan Mee is usually there; being one of the most popular stalls in any typical Chinese coffee shop in Penang. Its plain savory-sweet taste and inviting appearance explain why Wan Tan Mee is being favored over other hawker food. Generally more accepted, neither too spicy nor drenched with too much oil compares to other Penang hawker food like Curry Mee or Char Kuey Teow. Having this special feature, it is the safer and healthier (comparatively) for everybody including young children and elderly as well. 

In Penang, Wan Tan Mee is usually served dried in black soy sauce or in plain soup, garnish with roasted lean pork, leafy vegetables (cai-xin) and a couple of wantan. The original Wantan or Wonton originated from Hong Kong is a piece of dough wrapped with minced shrimps. The Penang version of wanton somehow is prepared from minced pork instead. plate is seldom enough!

Maria's Wan Tan Mee at Golden City Coffeeshop, Penang

Location: Coffeeshop is next to New World Park, along Burmah Road.


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