Mee Goreng at Tanjung Bugah: Traditional yet unusual

While Penang is synonymous with char kuih teow, laksa, and curry mee, one of the least talked about yet awesome hawker fare on the island is mee goreng.

Sure, you can find Mee Goreng just about anywhere in Malaysia at 24-hour Mamak shops, but once you’ve tasted the Penang version, you’ll think your life earlier has been a lie.

Mee Goreng stall at Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

When it comes to Mee Goreng, a favourite joint is a little unassuming stall located at the Yok Fong Kopitiam in Tanjung Bungah where the old Hin Bus station used to be, or about half way from Tanjung Tokong to Batu Feringghi.

Just a squeeze of lime is all you need for a boost in flavour.

The Mee Goreng here is manned by an Indian stall owner, who is actually not the “original” owner, but thank goodness the tricks of the trade were passed on to him.

A plate of Mee Goreng here comes with the usual fritters, squid, potato, eggs, bean sprouts, and a bit of greens.

If you want it spicy, ask for more “cabai”. Squeeze the lime just right before you dig in for that extra oomph.

The noodles here are very wet compared to the traditional version, so much so you can eat it with a spoon.

So tasty, it’s very likely you’ll order another plate.

If you’re in Penang and crave for something more than just the usual hawker fare, this is one spot you most definitely must try out. It’s halal, so bring along your Muslim friends too.

Mee Goreng at Yok Fong Kopitiam
Jalan Chan Siew Teong
Tanjung Bungah, Penang
GPS: 5.465812, 100.279872

Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at