MENTION Mee Agong, the Penang older generation will tell you that it was the famous mee masak that was sold at the Penang Chinese Recreation Club in the 80s and 90s.
So popular was the hawker food then that the late Mohd Musa’s customers included former Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Putra Al Marhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, the Raja of Perlis and members of the royal families. Hence, the Penang CRC Mee Masak became known as Mee Agong.
Even, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was also one of the customers.
Today, Mohd Musa's grandson, Mohd Razali Nagoor Meerah uses ingredients such as beef, chicken, sotong, tao kua and fritters for his mee masak and mee goreng.
The mee masak is cooked in Javanese-style, similar to Mee Java.
The mee goreng is tasty, with tender beef spread on it. Add some lime over it, the dish is mouth-watering. Chicken is used for the mee masak soup base, thus the meal is suitable for our multi-racial society.
Mohd Razali said he was proud that his grandfather’s customers included the former King and the present Prime Minister.
“Now, we also have customers who are members of the royal families,” he said in an interview.
Mohd Musa first started the mee stall business at the school canteen of Anglo Chinese School (now known as Pykett Methodist School) in the 1940s.
Helped by his son, the late Nagoor Meerah Mohd Musa, they opened two other branches, one at Methodist Boys School canteen and the second, in the form of a pushcart stall, in front of Paramount Hotel, in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Both canteens were closed in the 1970s because his grandfather was too old to handle. In 1978, the pushcart stall business was shifted to Chinese Recreation Club in Jalan Padang Victoria until 1992. Due to CRC’s expansion, the business was moved to the present site, Kafetaria Larut, next to Dorsett Hotel.
Long-time customer Lim Soo Mun, 75, said he had been taking the mee for almost 40 years.
“Their mee mamak is good and reasonably priced. When they started at CRC, they only charged RM3 for a plate of mee masak. Now a plate cost RM3.50,” Lim said.