Hawkers in motion

wantan mee seller

If I am a foreign tourist, I am sure I will be very amazed with the hawkers who seem to move like some automated robots. Have you ever observe those more famous hawkers when they prepare the food?

Some twitch their bumps, some act like they have tics (an involuntary body movement), some looks like they are rapping and so on.

The above photo is the wantan mee seller at the corner of Jalan Free School and Jalan Caunterhall. I had to wait an awfully long time for my take-away noodle. Hence, I had time to snap the photos.

Each night, he probably produces hundreds and hundred of plate of wantan mee. What I found annoying about him is his habit of taking out a few strands of noodle and add it to another plate and take another few strands from another plate and the whole motion goes on and on.


This guy in blue singlet is frying oyster omelette. Count the eggs tray? Each tray takes 30 eggs. So, probably he used up hundred over eggs. The wok is very hot and you can see him squirming while frying. His other partner is in-charge of delivering the oyster omellete and fried beancurd. He seems to be floating!

These hawkers are what make Malaysia special. Each hawker have their characteristics and speciality.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

7 thoughts on “Hawkers in motion


    (September 6, 2005 - 12:45 am)

    Weird..I seem to realize the same habit – taking out noodles from one plate to another – with a keng cheh bee hoon seller (the one at the corner of David Chen Garden at Kampung Baru, next to Chung Ling High School). It’s like they feel that one plate has too much but then they take it again into another plate. I wonder why..maybe someone should ask them one day. 😛


    (September 6, 2005 - 5:49 am)

    maybe it’s a wantan mee seller ritual?


    (September 6, 2005 - 12:42 pm)

    i think that’s a petua berniaga kot… a ritual they have to perform to create a continuity of success??? I teka only la… 🙂


    (September 6, 2005 - 5:57 pm)

    Athene – I dunno about the petua but I think this guy is terribly calculative and want to make sure no one gets more than they paid for. LOL!

    boo – The couples are terribly stone face leh. But the mee is good, so people endure.

    hush – Hey, I like that char bee hoon too. Do you know that the original guy who used to sell the bee hoon died suddenly? He was quite young. I heard he gambled days and nights during CNY few years back and died of some brain bleed. The widow took over. Hahaha, hope you are not spook with my gossip.


    (September 25, 2005 - 1:12 pm)

    This is something which you will not get in Singapore! I really enjoy the existence of these mobile hawker culture, very interesting. Some of my Penang friends find me nut for going gaga whenever they bring me to a hawker place in Penangduring my annual visit to my friends. Thanks for sharing the culture! 🙂


    (November 22, 2006 - 1:27 pm)

    Feel like the wan tan mee there is already not ummppph anymore. I like the wan tan mee which located at New Lane, THE ONE at down further, same row from the CD shop. I think the stall sells porriadge as well one.
    Egg noodle of course. It taste like the cintan mee goreng flavour, which I think yummy for the sauce.

    […] The ‘you owe me a million ringgit, sour face’ unfriendly and super lansi wantan mee seller also have nice braised chicken feet. You can see a photo of them in Best Recipe blog. […]

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