I have been trying to grab a plate of the famous Hameed Pata Mee Goreng (fried noodles) at Penang’s Esplanade for over a year.
However, every time I walked into the Esplanade Park food court, located next to Fort Cornwallis in Penang Island, the line for a plate was ridiculously long.
Often short of time due to work commitments – I skipped the food court and crossed over to Lebuh King for a quick bite.
I however caught my break two weeks ago. It is currently the fasting month of Ramadan for Muslims and hence there was no line at the stall.
The verdict: The fried noodle was very flavourful and although a tad bit sweet, this was balanced off nicely with the salty sotong (squid). It had just the right level of spiciness for me.
Every plate is served with a wedge of lime to squeeze over the noodles – if you like a tinge of tanginess to your dish.
The Hameed Pata version of this mee goreng – also referred to by the locals as mee sotong is a little more al dente compared to the Bangkok lane version which is more basah (served with a little gravy).
Definitely recommended. Would I stand in line for a plate if I am not in a rush next time I am in Penang? – Absolutely!