[Penang, Malaysia] Curry noodles from Mimi Curry Mee, Bayan Lepas

If one doesn’t go for the diluted tastes of Ayer Itam’s legendary Two Sisters Curry Mee by the octogenarian sisters, 86-year-old Lim Kooi Heang and 84-year-old Lim Kooi Lye, then one will most likely prefer Mimi’s Curry Mee in Bayan Lepas, which has milkier, more aromatic curry gravy to go with the noodles.

Mimi Curry Mee has been operating since 1997, and pulls in regular clientele from even downtown George Town.

Feisty 62-year-old grandmother, Madam Lim Geok Kee aka Mimi, runs the stall single-handedly - she blanches a combination of yellow Hokkien wheat noodles and thin beehoon rice noodles, together with some beansprouts. To these, she adds par-boiled cockles, cuttlefish strips, tofu puffs and cubes of pig’s blood pudding.

Mimi then pours her delicious curry gravy from the pot she keeps simmering throughout the morning. Her oil-fried sambal is piquant, provides a stab of chili spice into her bowl of curry mee, and lifts it above the ordinary.

Mimi operates at Top Taste Kopitiam, 29, Lorong Kampung Jawa, Kampung Jawa, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Her stall opens Mon to Fri 6.30am to 1.30pm, Sat 7.30am to 1.30pm. She closes on Sundays to spend time with her children and 3 grandchildren.


Cockles give the broth a touch of sweetness, surely. I also love the congealed blood and tofu puffs.

Yes, they really do - very fresh, barely-cooked cockles: the bursts of sweetness were truly a delight.