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Ayer Itam Market Street Food Hunt @ Penang

by Taufulou

Last round when I back to Penang for Chinese New Year, a few days before the festive season, woke up early and went to one of the busiest market at housing area which is the Ayer Itam Market. The market had been here from many decades ago that start to originate people that stay up in the hill brings down fresh vegetable to sell. From time to time the market had develop till as what it is today.

During festive season, this market is super packed with people to do their last minute shopping and it is advisable to park your car a bit far as very limited parking space available, with its narrow street just enough for 2 cars to passby.

Ti Kuih is one of the item that must buy during Chinese New Year. After a short stroll, we head to a nearby kopitiam for breakfast.

Kedai Kopi Kapin is one a famous kopitiam around the neighbourhood  . . . One of the hawker stalls to look after is the Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee) which have people lining up for it.

As we order too many food for 3 of us then we just order only just Wan Tan to try out and the skin is very soft just that the sesame oil is abit strong.

 Penang Curry mee is always one of my favourite, cuz they have ‘Pig Blood’ and the chili is their own homemade style that makes every one is different in taste.  RM3

 ‘Pork Noodle’ as I always prefer my version in Koey Teow with Mee and this are cook instant. The soup taste is okay only, as I prefer my soup base to be a bit thick in flavour and a bit more of pork lard. RM3

This is the signature of the shop ‘Prawn Mee’ with some of us like to add a bit of ‘Loh’ which is the soup base for ‘Loh Mee’ that makes it a kind of Prawn Mee (ying yong style) which is most of the people are ordering. The loh is a bit thick and the prawn mee soup base is sweet, that ‘pai kuat’ taste is in there, shows that used alot of pork bone. RM 2.80 


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Then we walk to a street next to it and I found something more interesting which is this whole street sell Curry Mee with at least around 3-4 stalls selling the same thing. Ken told me that every stall have their own style of chili and soup base which makes them have their very own customer base.

 We sit to this stall and I was very curious, this ‘Chee Cheong Fun’ stall is very busy and non stop customer coming in and I decided to give it a try. The chee cheong fun is very good, very soft ‘fun’ that mix with thick texture of shirmp paste ‘Heh Kor’ and their very own homemade chili and fried onions. RM1.50 

 Then I stroll around among other stalls and this stall which is family operated and this 2 ah ma working so hard preparing in a very traditional by using charcoal, and people keep pouring in to buy. I also give it a try.

 As what I said, every stall is packed and have their own style, and this ah ma different is the squid and the sauce of it.

 Mild sweet soup base add with their own homemade chili with squid makes this bowl of curry mee quite unique in taste. A bit spicy yet sweet and I quite like the soup base. Bought a packet for my parents and they don like it. I guess it depends on individual taste. A good try . . . 

This is located along the entrace of a Chinese School.


View Curry Mee street in a larger map

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10  not bad ahh -stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-



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crazywrazy 07/03/2011 - 12:31 am

warao the chee cheong fun look yummy! quite thick and look springy, you should try the chee cheong fun at lorong selamat too!

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Taufulou 07/03/2011 - 9:44 am

heh..lorong selamat 1 ah .. ? never try before. . okok..next week go back pg must go try . .

thanks weih~

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Nava Krishnan 07/03/2011 - 6:42 pm

surely the curry mee for me, looks so appetizing.

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Caroline 08/03/2011 - 10:36 am

ooh food heaven at Penang! lol here oso got kedai kopi Kapin and it is famous here too! 😀

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lionelong 12/03/2011 - 9:44 am

oooooo, the auntie pic very nice ler

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Karenkan 11/06/2013 - 11:09 am

Hi! Thank you for sharing ,the chee Cheong fun I’m taste it is the best in Penang .Even many famous chee Cheong fun stall I’m having in Penang .

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admin 12/06/2013 - 9:33 am

Hi Karenkan,

glad that you like it .. 🙂

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