The Hot and Spice Of
Penang Curry Noodles

Penang Curry Noodles

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If you're from the Southern part Malaysia like Johor and coming to Penang to order a bowl of laksa, don't be surprise that the dish being served to you is the thick flat noodles together with the hot and sour fish gravy. To make thing short, laksa in Penang means Asam Laksa in Southern terms. So, if you want to order the hot and spicy laksa serve with chili and coconut gravy that is Curry Mee in Penang terms.

Sound confusing? That's in not the only different though.

When served, the curry gravy from South looks good in the eye with orangey-red in color. However the Penang Curry Noodles (Curry Mee) version is served almost white, so much as on the first glance you might think it is a noodle cooked in hot soapy water. Its looks rather dull and boring at first but once the chili paste is added in, whola! You'll have your Penang version of Laksa, or Curry Mee. The insipid white soup suddenly transform into delicious curry gravy with top layer filled with red oil. Seems like the chili paste works magic inside the once dull curry noodles. It is so inviting which makes you will feel like want to grab whatever utensil that is
available on the table and get the taste of it as soon as possible.

The secret of a good chili paste does not lies on what ingredient being used but how it is make. Normally to cook a good and red hot chili paste, it must be slow fried in an oil over a low fire to stop it from burning, turning it deep red in the process. The oil will then be absorbed into the chili paste (rempah - Malay term) and was later released in a coconut milk during mixing, giving it an appetizing looks with rich and spicy flavor.

Penang curry noodles is serve with cube of pig's blood jelly, squid, cockles, prawns, bean sprouts, toufu puff and of course the delicious curry gravy. Some places have additional toppings such as curry chicken. And with a handful of fresh mint leaves on top, it makes the perfect blend of Penang very own curry mee. Believe me; curry noodle is best eaten when it's hot and spicy. So, don't be shy to ask for more chili and prepare yourself with some tissue paper to wipe out the sweat coming from your face.

Penang curry noodles is available almost everywhere in Penang with each place have their own recipe and special appeal. A bowl of curry noodles normally cost about RM2.50 to RM3 and can get up to RM6 for additional topping of prawn, cuttlefish and others ingredients.

One of the famous place for curry noodles lovers in Penang will be at 55, Lorong Seratus Tahun, Georgetown. This place has become so famous in Penang that it has come to be regarded Penang very own curry mee. There will be long queue especially on weekends and public holidays. Others famous place to eat Penang Curry Noodles will be at the coffee shop at Kuala Kangsar street and at Cintra Lane. This place are well known and sometimes the seat will be fully occupied but trust me, the wait will be worthwhile.

So, while waiting for your hot and glorious curry noodles to be served, get your spoon and chopstick on standby mode and slurp it fast while it's still hot!

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