Food Trail: Penang Esplanade

Hameed Pata Mee Goreng, Penang

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!

Hameed Pata Mee Goreng, Penang

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