Hainan Lor Mee Opposite Penang Kuan Yin Teng Temple
Head for a Penang authentic Hainan Lor Mee near the Kuan Yin Teng Temple if you plan to have a solid breakfast of gooey Hainanese noodles.
Since 1957, Hai Beng Coffee Shop is the iconic pit stop for worshippers at the Taoist temple in Penang.
Locals worshippers and visitors slurp down the traditional noodle dishes, Hainan Lor Mee, a carb-laden delicious meal.
The aromatic smell of Hainan Lor Mee is a draw for everyone who drops to worship at the Taoist temple in Penang.
Find out why local Penangites love a solid breakfast of gooey Hainanese Lor Mee near the Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng).
This carb-laden delicious meal is the iconic pit stop for worshippers at the Taoist temple in Penang.
The corner coffee shop is situated beside the 200-year-old Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street, Penang.
Hai Beng Coffee Shop started selling the Hainan Lor Mee in 1957.
Penangites love the taste of this “Korcha Bi” Lor Mee.
“Korcha Bi” means the classic taste of food.
This is a cherished institution by the senior Penangites.
Most will pooh-pooh new street food stalls and not even bother trying any other except for the original shop.
The third-generation chefs cook the same authentic Hainanese Lor Mee recipes and serve third-generation customers for some families.
How to Order Hainan Lor Mee like a Boss or Local?
The locals seem to know the shop owners by name.
You may be perplexed to hear shop owners and customers greet each other as “Boss” in English or even Hokkien or Mandarin.
The ensuing conversation may go something like this.
A customer walks in, and hold-ups 2 fingers and says, “Boss, a big one, ah.” This means 2 big bowls.
The hawker may nod or even reply, “Ok, Boss.”
This is an endearing Penang trait.
What is Hainan Lor Mee?
Hainan Lor Mee is a Chinese-inspired yellow noodle dish served in a thick starchy gravy very popular with the Hokkien and Hainanese people in Malaysia and Singapore.
The noodles, Mee are blanched with hot water to heat it through.
The Gooey Starchy Gravy is the Lor!
The deep, dark, rich, soy scented thick starchy gravy is not very appetizing to first-timers.
The thick starch has a slimy texture and is made with corn-starch, spices, and thin streams or egg whites’ ribbons.
The gravy has a heady, fragrant mix of Penang special five-fragrant spices (no hiang) for flavoring.
The fragrance of fried shallots fills the entire shop of the famous Lor Mee stall. You either love it or hate it!
Hainan Lor Mee has Hokkien Origins
Hainan Lor Mee 卤面 is a popular Malaysian hawker noodle dish with Hokkien origins – smooth consistency of a five-spice flavored gravy, braised eggs, ngor hiang pork belly, intestines, and pork skin.
Whether it’s spelled “lor” or “loh,” this local Chinese hawker staple refers to the signature dish of thick yellow mee drenched with flavorsome dark gravy.
It is the “Lor” that makes or breaks a Hainan Lor Mee – the consistency of the gravy has to be perfect without being too thick or too watery.
Inside a bowl, you’ll find a treasure of delicious ingredients – braised ngor hiang pork belly, intestines, pork skin, pork lard chips.
Finally, a dash of vinegared minced garlic and chili paste is a must to give the Hainan Lor Mee that extra boost of flavor with the distinct savory and sourish oomph!
If you’re a connoisseur of Lor Mee of slurpy gooey full of soya sauce flavor and ngor hiang scented food – you will love this dish.
Need I add that the “Lor” is sometimes not enough for the true fan who loves nothing more than drinking the gooey mess.
What’s inside a bowl of Hainan Lor Mee?
Some customers prefer rice vermicelli instead of yellow noodles.
Others may opt for a mix of both.
The ingredients for topping are
- braised pork bacon
- pork slices
- braised ducks’ eggs
- pig’s intestines
- braised pork skin!
Hainan Lor Mee (RM7)
Each bowl of noodles guarantees the pure satisfaction that comes from eating a high carb meal.
A mixture of thick yellow noodles and rice noodles, topped with tasty braised tasty pork belly, pork slices, mushrooms, and braised eggs!
The best part of this dish is the generous ladle of thick and well-flavored “Lor” broth poured to the rim for every bowl.
What is the “Lor” in Hainan Lor Mee?
The best Hainan Lor Mee should have a smooth gravy with the right consistency.
It shouldn’t be too thick – thinning it with water, of course, will dilute the flavor. If gravy is too thin, it needs to be reduced to thicken it.
Few can get the consistency just right and warm all – depending on the stall.
What does Hainan Lor Mee taste like?
I love the thick gravy’s taste, boiled for hours; the soup has a strong flavor.
The Lor keeps pliable by heating it in hot water.
Each spoonful of Lor Mee with added vinegared minced garlic, black vinegar, or chili paste gives it that extra flavor.
The dish is pungent with the lashing of lard oil, chili paste, and vinegared garlic taste.
Hai Beng Coffee Shop is the Ultimate Pit Stop for Hainan Lor Mee Lovers.
This is a ritual for most worshippers who pray at the Goddess of Mercy Temple.
The devotees will drop in to have a bowl of Lor Mee noodle with a kopi O cup.
What ingredients do I recommend for Hainan Lor Mee?
I like my Lor Mee with just yellow noodles, lots of Bean Sprout (Taugeh), and two braised ducks’ egg with sliced lean braised pork for my brunch.
I like extra gravy, lots of fresh vinegared garlic, and a splash of homemade chili sauce.
My family will order Lor Mee with extra chewy Pork Skin and other choice ingredients and pay a bit more for additional ingredients.
The best toppings are the juicy Lard Crackling (Bak Ewe Pok).
I will have a hot kopi C with my meal. There is a selection of fruit juice and local drinks to try.
There’s Nutmeg drink, Pat Poh drink (eight treasures herbal tea), and Keat Poh drink (honey-lime).
In the Lor Mee Shop, a strange phenomenon happens when all is well and eating, slurping away.
No one talks much.
Perhaps it’s preventing that wonderful, flavourful gravy from spilling over lips and chins and dripping over tabletops and handbags.
Or possibly it’s just too delicious to waste time nattering when in the throes of pleasure.
Hainan Lor Mee Opposite Penang Kuan Yin Teng Temple Review:
Hai Beng Coffee Shop executing this dish beautifully for more than 60 years!
This is one of the best spots for Hainan Lor Mee in Penang.
Hai Beng Coffee Shop
32, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, 10200 George Town, Penang
Business hours: Thursday to Tuesday 9 am–5 pm | Wednesday Closed
There is another Hai Beng Coffee Shop in Pulau Tikus. They sell the Lor Mee for breakfast and lunch.
Hai Beng Coffee Shop
3, Jalan Jones, 10250 George Town, Penang
Opening hours: Friday to Tuesday 8 am–11 pm | Thursday Closed