[Penang, Malaysia] Late-night supper at Eng Sim Lam Mee, Perak Road

Most Penangites will know Mrs Tan aka Madam Phang Eng Sim, who runs the famous vegetarian ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ stall at Free School Road during the โ€œ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ตโ€ (Nine Emperor Godsโ€™ or Vegetarian) festival for the past four decades.

At other times of the year, she would be running her famous ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ stall at BK Cafe, on the corner of Perak Road and Jalan Pasar. But Madam Phang decided to close her famous ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ stall earlier this year because, in her words, itโ€™s hard to get good workers to help her.

Thankfully for us food-lovers, Madam Phang has decided to make a comeback recently with a kick-ass ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ stall, situated along Jalan Pasar, opposite the Perak Road Market building and a mere few steps from where her old ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ stall was situated.

Now, Madam Phangโ€™s ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ serves some of the tastiest ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ in town! A mix of Hokkien mee and bee hoon, in a light, tasty flavoursome pork-prawn broth, garnished with prawns, pork, egg omelette strips, beansprouts, parsley, scallions and โ€œbak eu pokโ€ (golden-brown lardons). A spoonful of chili paste gives oneโ€™s bowl of noodles a spike of heat. Super-delicious!

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We were here this evening for a late supper: the stall operates through the night, from 10pm to 10am the next morning, on Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat.

Business gets really busy after midnight!

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Some old friends from Singapore were in Penang last week, and we had a rather heavy dinner at ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—ปg Nyonya restaurant early one evening.

Imagine my surprise when they suggested that we go straight to ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ right afterwards, as they wanted to find out if Mdm Phang Eng Simโ€™s lam mee was really as fantastic as Iโ€™d claimed.

So, we waddled there with rather full tummies - ordered the noodles โ€œjust to have a tasteโ€.

Whoa, turned out, they really, really liked the food - cleaned out every single drop in their bowls! :joy:

Good food never goes to waste with this bunch.

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