Though Wantan Mee is a Cantonese dish and Cantonese are not the dominant ethnic in Penang, it is still a very popular choices of meal by Penangites, as hawkers selling Wantan Mee can be seen across in the state. Some people may call it the old way, "Tok Tok Mee".
As the name suggests, the dish usually has Wantan (meat/shrimp dumplings) and char siew (barbecued pork slices) added, then served in either dry or soup version. In dry version, the al-dente noodles are dressed with mixture of dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil and garnished with chopped spring onions. In soup version, the noodles are served in either steaming hot chicken or pork based broth.
We enjoy both version of Wantan Mee, therefore we have found these 5 places that we would be craving for.
1. Lebuh Melayu
This standalone make shift stall has been selling Wantan Mee for decades, located at the cross junction of Lebuh Melayu, Lorong Toh Aka and Lorong Ikan. Slim and springy noodle with watery soy sauce, addition of a spoonful of sambal makes it wonderful. Do take note that they only operate during weekdays and it is difficult to find an empty table during lunch hour.
Lebuh Melayu Wan Tan Mee
Cross Junction at Lebuh Melayu, Lorong Toh Aka and Lorong Ikan, Georgetown, Penang,
Operation Hours: 12:30pm - 5pm (Closed on Weekends)
(60 4)261 0972
Ah Niu is sort of like hidden gem in Sungai Ara area, but with the growing of demand, they have expanded by adding their first branch in georgetown area. We loves the thickness of their soy sauce that makes the noodle sinfully palatable. Try heighten the flavour with a little bit of sambal. Their soup version is equally great as well.
Ah Niu Wantan Noodle Main Branch @ Sungai Ara
1153-E, Mukim 12, Sungai Ara 1, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
+6014-757 2784 (Merlin)/ +6016-478 6497 (Ah Niu)
Operation hours: 10 am - 10 pm
Ah Niu Wantan Noodle Outlet @ Lebuh Carnavon
156, Lebuh Carnavon, 10450 Georgetown Penang, Malaysia
Operation hours: 6 am - 6 pm
They have been moving between Tai Wah Cafe and Chee Meng Cafe in the pass few years. In year 2017, they have settled down at Chee Meng Cafe. We thought they had the best wantan mee soup in town. It is usually very crowded in the morning, be patient, get your number and wait for your meal.
Chee Meng Cafe 明园茶室
100, Argyll Road, George Town, 10050, Penang, Malaysia
Operation hours: 7:30am - 2:00pm (Closed on Tuesday)
They are popular with their signature starchy gravy version of wantan mee. It is like a marriage of Char Hor Fun and Wantan Mee. Sufficient of wok hei harboring in the flat rice noodle, accompanied by the must-have ingredients of Wantan Mee.
Wantan Mee House
Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, Penang, Malaysia
Operation Hours: 7.30am till 3pm (Closed on Thursday)
Landmarks: Opposite Pulau Tikus Police Station
Another hidden gem of Wantan Mee, shading in the neighborhood of Island Glades. Al-dente noodle with balance mixture of soy sauce and sesame oil yielded a nice and umami taste. Though the wantan was small in size but it packed with nice filling.
Wantan Mee @ O & N Kopitiam
3G, Lorong Delima 1, 11600, Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Operation hours: 7:30am - 12:30pm (closed on Thursday)