Tan Teong Ban aka Ah Ban, 47, is the second-generation of the family which sells their Penang-style white curry noodles in Kuantan Road, Terengganu Road, Genting Cafe (Island Glades) and the Shark foodcourt in Penang, and Sun Sea Kopitiam at Overseas Union Garden in Kuala Lumpur. This stall at Kuantan Road is their most famous outlet and only opens in the morning Tue-Sun.
Ah Ban’s curry noodles (or “mee”, as it’s called locally) has a very tasty savoury, coconut-enriched curry soup, with a spoonful of very aromatic chilli paste provided. Yellow “Hokkien mee” (yellow wheat noodles), “bee hoon” (thin rice noodles) and crunchy-fresh beansprouts form the base of his curry mee, garnished with freshly-boiled cockles, a single de-shelled shrimp, tofu puffs and cubes of pig’s blood.
Ah Ban’s cuttlefish is soft and of superior quality to those I’d tried in other top curry mee spots around Georgetown (Lorong Seratus Tahun, Siam Ee in Ayer Itam, Island Park Café, etc.) and his pig’s blood cubes are firmer in texture.
Ah Ban’s curry mee stall is located at the junction of Dato’ Keramat Road and Kuantan Road, outside Timesway kopitiam, and operates in the mornings. He usually sells out by 11am, so try and come way before then. Closed every Monday.
Bustling Kuantan Road in the morning, with hawker stalls lining the road outside Kuantan Road wet market. The two Nyonya stalls (one selling kuehs and the other selling nasi ulam, kerabu beehoon & nasi kunyit) are particularly good, with very authentic offerings.
177, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: 6am to 2pm daily