Wan Tan Mee or Wan Thun Mee is one of the Top 5 “must-try” hawker food in Penang. Hong Kee Wan Thun Mee is one of the famous wantan mee in Penang. The first time I tried “Gou Low”(高佬)’s wantan mee which is the owner of Hong Kee back in 2012, please read Koh Low Wan Tan Mee, Yi Garden Cafe (怡园茶室) – Classical Wan Tan Mee.
During that time, Hong Kee was still located at Yi Garden Cafe and they operated in a very humble noodle stall.
After 4 years of consistency in preparing wantan mee, Hong Kee is now having their own shop at Campbell Street.
One of the selling points of Hong Kee Wan Thun Mee is the homemade traditional bamboo pressed noodle. Instead of using the machine to process the noodle, the traditional bamboo press method will produce more springy and smooth noodle.
Although Hong Kee had moved to its own independent shop, the traditional way of preparing the noddle by using bamboo press is still being maintained. Further more, customers can now “witness” the bamboo press noodle making process through a see-through room in the shop.
Located at the bustling central of Georgetown, this place is always packed with people especially during weekends and public holidays. It is advisable to be there during on a weekday or even off breakfast and lunch hour.
The owner of Hong Kee is still running the show as of today to ensure the standard and quality of the wantan noodle.
The crowd of this shop will not get any lesser on weekends and public holidays.
There are many varieties of wantan mee here and they come in 3 portions: Wan Tan Mee (Small) – RM5.50, (Medium) – RM6.00, (Large) – RM6.50. Besides wantan mee, there are also Yee Foo mee, Fried Hor Fun and such in the shop.
Dried Wantan Mee (with 3 wantans)
Soup Based Wantan Mee (with 3 wantans)
The soup was cooked using pork broth which was naturally sweet and packed with flavor. The noodles were thin and springy and along with it were slices of char siew (barbeque pork), 3 big wantans and some veggie. This bowl of wantan mee soup tasted simple but delicious.
For myself, I always prefer the dried version of wantan mee as the flavoring of soy sauce and dark soy sauce completes the springy wantan noodle. The wantan itself also tasted great which did not have strong pork odor and it is larger in size than other regular wantan mee stalls. I personally love the wantan here compared to another Hong Kee located at Kampung Malabar.
Overall, the bite feel and taste of the wan tan noodle here is one of the top ones in Penang. The taste of the wan tan was chewy and tasty. The price for a bowl of wantan mee in RM5.50 which is on the higher end. However, with their unique and traditional way of preparing the noodle and the larger wantans served together with the noodle, it is value for money. The waiting time here will be long if you are here during weekends and public holidays. As always, looking for a place to park in Georgetown area is a concern.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
|Corkage Charge (RM200 per bottle)|
|Smoking (available outdoor)|
Operation hours: 8:30am – 10:00pm (Close Wednesday)
Address: 37, Campbell Street, George Town, Penang