Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Penang Prawn Mee at Tai Soon Kopitiam in Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru
I am a big fan of Penang prawn mee and lor mee.
Today, I stumbled upon 168 Penang prawn mee stall. I've been here before - Tai Soon kopitiam in Taman Sri Tebaru. Noticed that it is always busy. Saw this stall mentioned before in passing by a reader on my Facebook Page.
I stepped forward to take a few sniffs of the pot of lor (prawn broth). The aroma of savoury prawniness was clearly present.
Took a peek at the prawns - pretty impressive - thick and long like a man's thumb.
I decided then to bet the day's calories and cholesterol on this stall. It paid off rather handsomely, I would say :)
Mr. Lee who is from Butterworth (Penang) has been running this stall at Tai Soon kopitiam with his son for 12 years. Before that, Mr. Lee's stall was at Lien Hoe Complex for 8 years. Twenty years of experience selling Penang prawn mee!
Ah... steaming hot Penang lor mee.. can you feel the sticky, gooey, savoury, prawny gravy? The lor or gravy was simply superb. It was robustly umami. This picture makes me crave for it again :P
I asked for the medium sized bowl and was a little surprised that it costs RM7.50. I later asked Mr. Lee about it and he explained that the medium sized bowls come with live prawns which are expensive. The margin is low and he has to rely on volume to sustain his business. (The RM5.50 small bowls come with small thumbnail size prawns.)
Ah... the Penang prawn noodles.
The RM7.50 bowl comes with three of these good size prawns.
The full bodied prawn broth, not thicken like the lor, but it was equally robust in flavour. Superb.
I like enjoying savoury broths with bee hoon as they do the best job of soaking up the flavours.
The homemade chili paste - mildly spicy with a tangy note. I didn't really need this as I was focusing on the savoury prawn broth. This stall doesn't serve chili powder but I didn't miss it either.
The pot of lor mee gravy, nearly empty.
Vinegar lovers, do remember to ask for this vinegar to go with your lor mee.
Run out of pork? No problem. Get some char siew from the neighbour's stall and carry on business as usual :)
By 1:00pm the stall was running out of prawn broth as well and it was time to call it a day. Mr. Lee told me that it has been like this every day and especially so during weekends when they are sold out by around 12:30pm. So, be early folks if you are going for 168 Penang prawn noodles.
Restaurant name: 168 Penang Prawn Noodles Stall in Tai Soon kopitiam
Address: Junction of Jalan Badik 1 and Jalan Badik, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru
Hours: 7:30am to sold out (usually 1:00pm) daily
Date visited: 6 Aug 2013