I have heard so much about mee sotong but I went to the wrong end of Esplanade to have the wrong mee sotong yesterday. Ish! I came back grumbling about it because after I Googled, I only realised why the mee I ate tastes so-so while others raved about the mee sotong they ate.
So, my eldest son who had eaten mee sotong (his friend’s blogged about the mee sotong here) brought me to the correct end of Esplanade hawker centre today. Crazy or not? Two continous days eating Indian mee. Mee Sotong Hameed Pata is only available for lunch. The stall is located at the hawker centre near the Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang, right across Wisma Pelaut. It is near the Fort Cornwallis end and not the Dewan Sri Pinang side.
When I reached there, during lunch hour, I was greeted with this sight. Plates and plates of mee sotong. So, you know this has to be good. My son and I ordered a mee goreng and mee rebus with extra sotong. The price is RM5.
The mee goreng is fried the normal way. Then, the special dried squids cooked in chillies are scooped onto the fried noodle before serving. The chillies are really hot. Lucky that it was a breezy afternoon and we sat in the shade of a very old tree. Otherwise, it will be one sweaty affair.
Worth mentioning is the cendol, coconut shake, ais kacang and coconut drinks stall call Jalil Special Ais Kacang which is located next to Hameed Pata Mee Sotong. The cendol is good. The creamy coconut milk will sooth the burning tongue from the fiery chillies.
Both the mee goreng and mee rebus are good. I think this has to be the best mee mamak I have eaten. The other one is the Bangkok Lane mee goreng (but I think the stall is not run by Muslims, hence less customers.) Mee Sotong Hameed ‘Pata’ is a Muslim stall.
During lunch hour (I do not know about other times), there are Malay nasi campur, nasi ayam, tom yam and other food stalls. Beside these, there is also a Chinese run Western foods stall. They do not serve pork. We ordered a plate of chicken chop which costs only RM6. Taste wise, not bad.
So, if you are looking for mee mamak during lunch hour, head over to Esplanade. You can either park on the Esplanade side near Fort Cornwallis where the canon is or the car park opposite the Penang State Legislative Building.