Super Hokkien Mee at One Corner Cafe is one of the top Hokkien mee spots in Penang.
It’s got a long, storied history: current stallholder-chef, Lim Bok Huat, is the second-generation hawker to carry on the legacy of his father, Lim Kow Leong, who was the first Hokkien mee seller at the old Kim San coffeeshop on the corner of MacAlister Road and Rangoon Road about 60 years ago (that particular kopitiam was subsequently renamed Sin Kim San after a change of owners, and is currently known as Sih Jing San).
The elder Lim Kow Leong had then moved his Hokkien mee stall to a new location in 1981, right behind the-then newly-opened and very popular Super Departmental Store on the corner of Burmah Road and Rangoon Road. He named his stall Super Hokkien Mee, after the Super Departmental Store which every Penangite seemed to want to shop at.
It was there that Super Hokkien Mee achieved an almost legendary status amongst Hokkien mee fans in Penang, with long queues and customers who were willing to wait an hour or two for their bowl of noodles. By then, Lim Bok Huat and his younger brother had taken over the day-to-day running of the stall from their father.
One Corner Cafe opened in Jalan Bawasah in 2006 - at the time, it was the newest hawker dining spot in town. Attracted by its cheaper rent, Mr Lim Bok Huat moved to One Corner Café on 18 May 2006, whilst his younger brother decided to emigrate to Taiwan.
Mr Lim’s wife then took over the duties of the younger Lim sibling, taking customer orders on her notebook, and serving out piping hot bowls of noodles to them at their tables.
The couple still rule the roost at One Corner Cafe today, 15 years later. The wait for Mr Lim Bok Huat’s Hokkien mee is still as long - some customers booked ahead, others tried their luck by coming & ordering, then endure waits of up to an hour, sometimes two.
My first time trying Super Hokkien Mee was sometime at the beginning of 2017, when I was newly-settled in Penang from KL. I found his broth to be intensely-flavoured and quite spicy, compared to the milder, lighter prawn noodles I’m used to in Singapore. In time, after trying other top Hokkien mee spots in town, I realized that Super Hokkien Mee’s version was indeed very traditional in taste, and certainly one of the BEST in town.
Super Hokkien Mee, One Corner Cafe
12, Jalan Bawasah,10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Opening hours: 7.30am to 4.30pm daily