Prawn mee is something I’ve recently grown to love, after continuous persuasion from my good friend who hails from Penang. I initially didn’t get why he enjoyed prawn mee that much but once I tried the best in Penang, I was hooked! The broth is sweet and thick, almost like a prawn bisque but minus the cream.
In KL, the only place that serves an equivalent to what I had in Penang is Choon Prawn Mee House in Taman Paramount – a place I would go to when the craving hits. Quite a few restaurants serve good prawn mee too, with all the embellishments such as king prawns, pork ribs, pork lard, pork slices, shrimp and innards.
But what I often crave is a simple bowl of prawn noodles, that stands on its own with or without the extras. And that’s what I get at Choon Prawn Mee House. My regular option is the prawn noodles with pork ribs (RM11), which comes with a sprinkle of deep fried shallots for aroma and flavour. This is sweet and adequately thick so the sambal chilli becomes an option, not a necessity.
The lam mee with pork ribs (RM11) is also pretty good, though I’m not a fan of this sticky dish. This tastes even better when you eat it with garlic and chilli, which gives it a nice oomph. That said, I still prefer the prawn mee to this.
Since there were three of us at lunch, we ordered the chee cheong fun (RM5), loh bak (RM13) and Nyonya curry fish balls (RM8.50) to share. The loh bak and chee cheong fun were commendable – good enough to satisfy your Penang hawker cravings until you head up north for a good chow down. :)
I liked the Nyonya curry fish balls as the curry packs a wallop. That said, this didn’t scream “Penang” hawker to me so just treat it as a (yummy) snack. All in, I like coming here for my prawn mee fix as it is the closest thing to the real deal in Penang at the moment.
A note though; I did feel slightly thirsty after the meal so maybe it’s wise to drink every single drop of soup like I did. But then again, what’s the joy of eating prawn mee when you can’t enjoy all the soup, right? ;)
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: A good option for Penang prawn mee in KL.
Choon Prawn Mee House
No.13, Jalan 20/14,
46300 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 012-265 8193