When talking about the history and legendary of Indian noodle, which is Mee Goreng and Mee Rebus, only a handful of stalls can actually compete with the one at Bangkok Lane, Pulau Tikus.
If you are coming from Komtar via Burmah Road heading to Pulau Tikus, you should see the Pulau Tikus police station on your right. Opposite the police station is a row of shophouses housing Penang Dental Surgery. Drive for another 50 metres, you should see Bangkok Lane on your right. The coffee shop is just at the corner of Burmah Road and Bangkok Lane.
Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng and Mee Rebus stall has been there for eight decades. Usually for a business that can last that long, it is either the capital is very strong or the product is sellable. As for this stall, it is definitely the latter.
This stall is inherited from generation to generation. It has been passed down from the owner’s father to himself and now he is partially handing over to his son. Speaking in fluent Hokkien, the owner mentioned that he started helping his dad to sell Mee Goreng and Mee Rebus 50 years ago and during that time it only cost 20 sen per plate.
Now is his son’s turn to help him out. The father and son take turns to handle the wok . Usually the son will make the initial start up while the father will do the finishing .
Mee Goreng – RM5 (big as default, if you can’t finish you need to mention for small plate, RM4). Delicious Mee Goreng with lots of chewy cuttlefish, potatoes, eggs, bean sprouts with the reddish sweet potato gravy finishing with chili sauce, tomato sauce and fried onion.
The taste of the mee goreng was so delicious. The controlling of the fire and also the mixture of gravy was perfect. Each mouthful had a mixture of crunchy, chewy and softness feeling. The slight sweetness from the tomatoes and also the spiciness of the chili are the classic taste of indian noodle. For those that love a soury touch, a slice of lime was served together as extra seasoning.
Mee Rebus – RM5 (again normal default order will be big plate). Delicious Mee Rebus with lots of chewy cuttlefish, potatoes, eggs, bean sprouts with the reddish sweet potato gravy finishing with chili sauce, tomato sauce and fried onion.
The ingredients used to cook mee rebus are almost the same as mee goreng. The only difference is that the noodle is served with gravy instead of fried. I find that mee rebus is more appetizing as the gravy was a bit soury and tasty.
Overall, the taste of the mee goreng and mee rebus at Bangkok Lane is one of the best in Penang. The taste is really unbeatable and is a must try for both locals and tourists. Although the price is slightly on the high side the portion of the food is generous. The only drawback is the limited car park available around the coffee shop.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm (Close on Monday)
Contact: 016-485 7859
Address: 270, Burmah Road, 10500 Georgetown, Penang
GPS: 5° 43′ 12.69″ N, 100° 31′ 20.52″ E