when baking, follow directions.. when cooking, go by your own taste.. ~ Laiko Bahrs
the husband and i both agree that a trip back home to Alor Star is incomplete without a few meals of dry noodles, or konlou mee..there are two places that we like to go for our dry noodles craving..one serving the normal dry noodles with pork char siew/bbq pork and mustard greens, while the other serves the uber delicious curry dry noodles..
a favourite of the husband’s, the konlou mee/dry noodles at Tanjung Chali/hai tau kee food court is a hit with the chinese locals in Alor Star..from early dinner towards supper, the old man who owns the stall and his wife can be seen taking orders and preparing dry noodles non-stop..his dry noodles are so popular with the patrons of the food court that he stops taking orders usually by 11pm, when everything’s finished..sometimes he even has to decline orders way ahead as there’re too many orders to fulfill and he’s running out of noodles to prepare..
the noodles are really springy and slightly chewy, cooked just right..it’s served with some sliced pork char siew/bbq pork, shredded chicken and blanched mustard greens..the sauce in itself is really flavourful and oh, so tasty..it reeks of fragrant garlic oil and that’s what makes it so delicious, and yet not too overpowering at the same time..
next up is a dish i can never get enough of..Lee & Lee restaurant, situated right in front of the Starcity Hotel in Ji Tiao Lor/Chinatown serves the best curry konlou mee/dry noodles with curry that i’ve ever had..it’s so lip-smacking good that we’ll usually tapao/take away a few packs to bring home all the way to KL..
the dish is served with slices of pork char siew, shredded chicken, halved prawns and blanched mustard greens with a generous pouring of curry gravy all over..it’s the awesome curry that’s the star of this dish..the taste is just right, with the sweetness from prawn stock and the right amount of either evaporated milk/coconut milk..it’s light and not too creamy..i saw a few fenugreek seeds in the curry gravy as well, besides whole curry leaves..the noodles are springy and has the right texture..after finishing the noodles, we will always slurp up the remaining curry gravy, leaving our plates clean..
remember to order a glass of iced pat poh herbal drink to go with the curry konlou mee..it’s a very refreshing herbal drink, especially during the hot weather..it’s said to help reduce body heat..besides that, the taste is really yummy..originating from Penang, the herbal drink can be found in most chinese medicine shops..
for a bowl of really good curry noodles, just head to Lai Huat kopitiam, situated near the stadium, at one of the row of shops across the road from Wisma PKNK..what makes the curry noodles here special is the curry broth, and the accompanying chilli paste..the husband loves to have generous dollops of the chilli paste mixed in with his bowl of curry noodles..however, i don’t really like to add too much, as the chilli paste is quite spicy..
there’s this place the husband and i love to go for a plate of good asam laksa/laksa utara in Taman Thean Peng..the small shop bears no name signage, so we always refer to it as the laksa shop in Taman Thean Peng..it’s a very, very old kopitiam-style shop which not only sells laksa utara, but also ang tao sng/ais kacang/shaved ice with syrup, fruit rojak and otak-otak utara/steamed fish cakes in banana leaf..i’ll post an entry about the ang tao sng and otak-otak utara later..
the laksa utara sold in this shop comes in small plates, which can hardly be called a meal but more of a snack portion..we always frequent the place during teatime, to enjoy all three delicious offerings..
the husband and his brother loves to frequent Mee Abu restaurant for mamak fried noodles, mee rebus and pasembur/a salad of julienned cucumber, white radish, bean sprouts, beancurd and cucur udang/prawn fritters with potato gravy..it’s been their favourite childhood haunt until now..i love the mee rebus and pasembur here, as the taste of the potato gravy is quite good..plus the cucur udang included in the plate of pasembur is very crispy and i don’t really like limp or soft cucur udang with my pasembur..the husband also loves to order a plate of kuetiaw goreng/stir-fried flat rice noodles everytime we frequent the place..
and that’s all about Alor Star’s good noodle places for now..next will be a post on snacks and kueh..