Hokkien Mee is considered one of Penang’s delicacies and is a must-try. Some even said if you haven’t tried Hokkien mee, you are not considered being in Penang before. It has become a trademark for those outside Penang that if you come to Penang, you must try out its Hokkien Mee.
Although the variety of Hokkien Mee stalls in Penang is aplenty, there are only a few that can be classified as tasty for Penangites’ taste buds. As for me, I personally feel that Lean Gaik Hokkien Mee shop is one of the top in Penang Mainland area. There are not many that can really compete with their standard.
Lean Gaik Hokkien Mee shop is located in Chai Leng Park. If you are turning in to Chai Leng Park via Jalan Besar, you will soon reach Jalan Kurau. Fron Jalan Kurau, move forward and you will see the sign board with Jalan Kurau 3 on your left. Turn left and drive for about 400 meters. Take note on your right and you will see Lean Gaik Hokkien Mee stall on your right.
At Lean Gaik Hokkien Mee Shop, you will not only see the usual plain Hokkien Mee. In fact, they are also selling a great variety of Hokkien Mee and Loh Mee. For Hokkien Mee you can find the usual soup-based and also the dry-version0. Besides Hokkien Mee, you can also request for Loh Mee and also “Mixed Hokkien Mee and Loh Mee”.
The price of every variety of Hokkien or Loh Mee comes in a standard price of RM2.80 for small bowl and RM3.30 for big bowl.
Their unique dried Hokkien Mee is one of the famous in Penang Mainland especially Bukit Mertajam. The taste is very different from the usual soup-based Hokkien Mee. The taste of the gravy is very thick compared to soup-base. Nevertheless the aroma and the taste is also double the kick. For those that love the rich and thick gravy this is the one that must be tried out.
The typical type of soup-based Hokkien Mee was nothing different from the other Hokkien Mee stalls. However, there are few additional points that make this stall outstanding, the freshness of the prawns and also the thickness of the soup. The soup was also slightly on the sweet side.
As for the Loh Mee, the gravy was very thick and the saltiness was just nice.
The combination from the best of both dishes, the Hokkien mixed with Loh Mee. It is a mixture from the soup Hokkien Mee and The Loh (gravy) from Loh Mee.
The ingredients in the Loh Mee include slices of meat, bean sprouts, veggie, fried onions, and slices of egg.
Besides Hokkien Mee and Loh Mee, you can also order roast pork as a side dish. The skin of the roast pork was very crunchy and the meat itself was also very juicy.
These are the important ingredients that make both the Loh Mee and Hokkien Mee taste fantastic.
Overall, it is a must-try for the Hokkien Mee and Loh Mee when you visit Chai Leng Park. Gaik Lean Hokkien Mee Shop is not just selling one of the best Hokkien Mee in Mainland Penang, in fact their Loh Mee is also one of the famous around. Most importantly, the price is reasonable too.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
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Operation hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm (Close on Monday.)
Contact: 012-484 1680
Address:50, Lebuh Kurau 3, Chai Leng Park.