As close as it gets to Penang curry mee


The curry mee costs RM6.80 (small) or RM7.80 (big).

BEING born and bred in Penang, I was missing food from home during my internship in Petaling Jaya.

So I asked my foodie friend, Carlos, to recommend food in Kuala Lumpur that came close to the flavours of Penang.

He took me to try the curry mee in his neighbourhood of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI).

Tucked away in the far corner of the shoplots, along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Restoran Yong Len has been around for decades.

Although it was a weekday, there were hardly any tables available, and that could only be a good sign.

This humble restaurant is home to the iconic Penang prawn mee, but the curry mee there is also popular.

 

The stall, named Sally and Mom, is run by a mother-daughter team, and the business was started by the mum, Madam Eng, more than 30 years ago.

Although they were busy with plenty of orders, our curry mee did not take too long to arrive.

It did not quite resemble the Penang curry mee I was used to, but I was quite satisfied with this unique version.

The broth came out just fine. It was creamy but not overwhelming and had a good balance of saltiness, sweetness and spiciness.

Restoran Yong Len in Taman Tun Dr Ismail where Sally and Mom‘s curry mee stall is located.
Restoran Yong Len in Taman Tun Dr Ismail where Sally and Mom‘s curry mee stall is located.

The chicken slices and fried bean curd skin (foo chuk) soaked up the curry well, so everything mixed well together.

The only disappointment was that the tauhu pok or dried bean curd was not as juicy as I expected.

This version did not have cockles like other curry mee I had tasted, but I don’t like cockles anyway, so that worked out well for me.

“What makes our curry mee different from others is the fresh coconut milk and other ingredients that we use.

“We do not reuse the broth for the next day – we make a fresh batch every single day,” said Sally.

Madam Eng busy preparing curry mee for her customers during lunch hour. — Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The Star
Madam Eng busy preparing curry mee for her customers during lunch hour. —Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

They also serve pork noodles, mee suah and yee mee, but the curry mee is a favourite among customers.

The stall serves up its dishes from breakfast to after lunch hours. However, it is best to go there for breakfast as it can sell out by lunch time.

“Customers who come during lunch are always checking with us – “Do you still have some more?” – because it is usually sold out by noon or 1pm,” Sally added.

A small bowl of curry mee is priced at RM6.80, while a big bowl is RM7.80.

Sally and Mom is located in Restoran Yong Len at 2, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant is open daily from 7am until 4pm.

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