Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wanton Mee @ Sai Lam (or Nam?) Coffee Shop, Corner of Chulia St and Carnarvon St

Where the stars meet and the sky darkens almost instantly in broad daylight, its known as a solar eclipse.

Where Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Carnavon meets, you find Sai Lam (or Nam?) Coffee Shop and oh wonderful wanton noodles.

Basically the same phenomenon; the element of surprise.

The unexpecting wanton noodle stall that opens after lunch and closes when he finishes which is known to be before dinner time. Welcoming as a snack. A small little stall, how good can the noodles be, you would think.

Busy man and women cooking up the storm.

Good old fashion vegetables, a quick boil, sesame oil, oyster sauce and pepper along with some tightly packed with minced pork wantons. Freshly made by the auntie like shes in a world of her own.

You have two choices as to how you want to eat your jumping al-dente egg noodles; with beef parts or the usual char siew and wanton.

By just looking at the picture, the crunchiness of the noodles is evident from the curly look. The last thing you want is to bite into limping noodles and this was certainly not the case. The flavourful tendon completes the dish.

The Red Char Siew threw me off, so i gladly dug into my beef noodles.

If you thought that this was it, you got to wait for the price.

RM 2.70 a bowl.

Where to get a portion thats just nice (not a hefty portion that is more than one should handle) and a ohh so affordable price?

At Sai Lam (or Nam) Coffee Shop; where Chulia street and Carnarvon street meets.

23 comments:

Tummythoz said...

That's d standard charsiew up North. Nasty.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I love it!! Damn tasty. The wantans are the best in the world.

thule a.k.a leo said...

you eat 2 bowls???

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: took pics only..had my beef noodles..

ll: those are addictive to pop in ur mouth..

tummythoz: shivers at colour..

Bangsar-bAbE said...

*wails loudly* I should have tagged along!!!

boo_licious said...

Yums, one can remember the texture of the springy noodles and the yummy wantans.

J2Kfm said...

true lah ... Penang's wantan mee char siew very the artificial one.

almost too red to be consumed.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: in this case, push it aside n eat the noodles..

boo: i know..jumping in the mouth!

bbabe: y didnt u!!

J said...

omg. That's so very red. O_o
(Did the char siew taste nice tho?)

New Kid on the Blog said...

you were here in Penang?????

Nic (KHKL) said...

listed in the lonely planet guide somemore ah! good stuff! i like the tendons. smooth and soft!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: ohhh isit!??

new kid: yeah on a short trip..keke

j: dunno..got to ask the wanton mee takers..

email2me said...

There are 3 famous wan tan mee stalls along Chulia street. Just a stone throw away from this stall. Yummy springy noodle!

thenomadGourmand said...

shit..now i'm missing wan tan mee...

Anonymous said...

this place is way way over rated, the wan ton soup tastes like dishwater. I thought there is something wrong with my tastebuds, but I guess with the packed shop it must cater for people with this type of taste unless
they are there just bcos it is cheap

jessie chen. said...

anon: well i didnt touch the dishwater soup like u mentioned..the noodles was fine as it is, but like i noticed, alot of subjective preference in penang hawker food..

tng: awww..dont miss them..

email2me: chulia is a lonnng street!

~Christine~Leng said...

darn. It's been a year since I had a plate of wantan mee... Cant wait to chow down in less than a week's time!! u made me salivate with all these pics:)

daphne said...

MAN! RM$2.70!?!?!?! WHERE TO FIND!

Cindy Khor said...

won ton mee, always a favourite among chinese. the springy noodles and the succulent pork/prawn mixture in the wontons just really leave a deep "scar" inside our hearts.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cindy khor: sounds like theres none in UK..

daphne: in penang hahaha..

christine: counting down!!

mh said...

$2.70??? good find...

mh said...

$2.70??? good find...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: totally agrree