Fried Fish Bee Hoon Goh Chew Kopitiam – New Lane Penang
Penangites love an Economy Char Bee Hoon and the Fried Fish Bee Hoon at Goh Chew Kopitiam in New Lane, Penang – is top of luxury items for breakfast!
My previous trip to the Fried Fish Bee Hoon at New Lane was in 2005!
When I went today, I realized how long it has been since I move around George Town for breakfast.
This was one of my haunts before I went off to Kuala Lumpur.
Economy Char Bee Hoon or Fried Bee Hoon
Economy Fried Bee Hoon is a simple vegetarian stir-fried rice vermicelli that is a typical breakfast for Malaysian Chinese breakfast, lunch, or supper meal.
This is a cheap filling meal that can be eaten at room temperature with the same great taste.
So you will find this simple dish served at parties and even at hotel buffets.
The rice noodle is filling and has a light palatable taste – great as a light carb base to complement all other finger foods and even curries.
In Penang, you can find this type of Economy Fried Bee Hoon at stalls in the morning market, some Kopitiam, economy rice food stalls, and hawker street stall at night.
The inexpensive dish is made from dried rice vermicelli, soaked to soften before stir-frying. Fried Bee Hoon can be a quick and simple meal, or you jazz it up – to serve a LUX version.
Even though this dish is straightforward, it tastes excellent on its own due to the combination of dark and light soy seasonings.
This dish is a hit for Breakfast and Supper to the locals.
This recipe is even more straightforward and simpler as it’s only seasoned with basic seasonings
- light soy sauce
- dark soy sauce
- Fish Sauce
- sesame oil
- oyster sauce
- white pepper
The Economy Char Bee Hoon stalls typically have the rehydrated Bee Hoon (thin rice vermicelli), Fresh Yellow Mee (wheat flour noodles), and Kway Teow (flat rice noodles).
Penangites are frugal, and Char Bee Hoon is one of the best breakfasts that we don’t tire of.
For me, my breakfast choice daily can be the simple Char Bee Hoon.
I believe that this is still one of the best places that Penangites managed to keep under the tourist radar.
Fried Fish Bee Hoon Stalls
There are a few places that sell a decent Fried Fish Bee Hoon.
I have enjoyed this dish from time to time.
Many stalls sell this dish for about RM7 by frying up individual plates of the noodles and garnishing it with battered fried fish slices.
It depends on the individual stalls – you might find the fish not so fresh or taste like frozen style fish.
The coating for the batter can be thin or even thick.
Fried Fish Bee Hoon @ New Lane, Penang
There is no doubting the freshness of the fish at this stall.
The fresh deep-fried seafood, Sea Bass fish fillet, fish head, and XXL Prawns make this breakfast worth waiting for a good seafood meal.
As you walk in, you will see one of the workers cutting up whole Fresh Sea Bass cut into chunks and marinated with soya sauce at the stall.
You can see another dredging the fish chunks with flour before deep-frying in a huge wok filled to the bring with cooking oil.
You can have a selection of Fish Head or Fish Meat Cubes for your meal.
The price is reasonable if you are looking for freshness and merely adding more items to indulge.
- 1 Prawn RM11
- Four pc Fish RM10
Aunty Gaik whispered to me, if the Singaporean come for this, the price will surely increase.
Aunty Gaik: Well, the price has increased, right, Dory?
Dory: Of course! The last time I ate here was a good 15 years ago, Aunty Gaik.
Is the price luxurious? Of course not.
I always believe in pay for the freshness of ingredients over eating frozen stuff from a fancy restaurant.
History of Fried Fish Bee Hoon
The Fried Bee Hoon has a history of over 50 years.
It has evolved to the present day edition with the owners listening and taking customer feedback.
Bee Hoon or Rice Noodles is a popular breakfast dish for Penangites.
The stall was half a century ago and has evolved to the present day edition with the owners listening and taking customer feedback.
With the price of fresh seafood getting more and more expensive, I feel the price is fair.
If you are a seafood connoisseur by any chance, you will gladly pay for the portions.
The taste of the Fried Bee Hoon cooked in lard is a winner – depending on whether you are a fan of lard or not.
Goh Chew is a popular hangout with locals.
Early morning this coffee shop filled with hungry customers waiting for the Fried Fish Bee Hoon with Fried Fish Fillet or Fried Prawn.
It is tasty, and the customers are willing to wait for an hour (if the Kopitiam is full) to get a plate of the delicious Fried Fish.
You will find Penangite workers riding up in their motorcycles and office workers enjoying their breakfast here every morning.
How to order Fried Fish Bee Hoon
Most customers choose Fried Bee Hoon or Fried Mee with a separate serving of Fried Fish and Fried Prawns.
You can opt for a platter of all-in-one, a mix of stir-fried rice vermicelli/noodles, and Fried Fish Slices or chunks of Fried Fish Head.
You can request a particular order of Fried Bee Hoon Mee without Fried Fish or even a Special Order with more vegetables (Choy Sum).
Just check with the young man who takes the orders.
Fish Head Bee Hoon Large – RM11
Fish Head Bee Hoon Small – RM7.50
Fried Fish Bee Hoon Breakfast Brunch at Goh Chew Kopitiam
The Fried Bee Hoon is cooked infused with the lard and mild sweet savouriness from soya sauce.
Some may find the Fried Bee Hoon too dry, flat, and bland tasting to enjoy on its own.
If you are looking for Wok Hei of a Char Hor Fun Bee Hoon, there is none.
The Bee Hoon is a typical Economy Stall type Char Bee Hoon; it not unique, nor is it incredibly delicious.
The noodle portion is quite big, and I couldn’t finish it.
Since I love Economy Fried Bee Hoon, I like the noodles fine.
Fried Fish (RM10 or RM20)
I love the big chunks of fish meat deep fried to golden brown colour and serve directly to the customer.
The best part Is picking up the fried fish meat and biting into the sweet and fresh meat!
The fish are freshly cut and coated with flours and deep-fried.
The coating powder has a slightly salty flavor making it so delicious.
We had one prawn and three serves of Fried Fish for RM46 for the two of us for our order.
Each serve of fish is four pieces.
Big chunks of fish meat deep fried to golden color that still juicy inside; fish is so sweet and fresh while the coating powder has a slightly salty flavor making it so delicious.
The deep-fried sea bass has a crispy batter. It is served straight from the frying wok and very hot.
The deep-fried sea bass has a crispy batter.
It is served straight from the frying wok and very hot.
So be careful not to pop the entire fish wedges into your mouth – it is very hot!
When you bite in, the tender fish meat is moist, and you can taste the sweetness of fresh fish.
Of course, for fish this fresh, I had to have eight pieces of Fried Fish Fillet.
Fried Fish Bee Hoon Is Not Fish Head Bee Hoon
In Penang there are two types of Fish Bee Hoon, so you are not confused.
Fish Head Bee Hoon is a soupy dish.
The soup base has a mixture of chicken stock and fish stock, form the fish bones for sweetness with slices of ginger to cut out the strong flavors or fishy smell.
The dish has a choice of hot boiling soup; Fried Fish Soup, Sliced Fish Soup, and Fried Fish Head.
Fish Head Bee Hoon is served in bowls, sometimes Pomfret is used but Fish Cake is never used.
For added fragrance, the cook adds in some Evaporated Milk and a Tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine, served with a soy sauce with Chilli Padi.
The garnishes are chopped Spring Onions and Cilantro.
Some special stalls serve Fish noodles which are made from fish paste.
Fried Prawns (RM11 each)
Aunty Gaik’s firm favorite is the deep-fried fresh giant prawn – the large size crustacean is not cheap.
Juicy, succulent sweet sea prawns, the prawn is fried whole – shell, head, tail, and all intact – to preserve the moist, juicy flesh.
The prawns are fried till super crispy; the prawns’ shell, especially the legs, are a little salty and taste like prawn crackers.
If you like eating Fried Prawns, this is a must-order dish.
Please note and ask for the price before ordering.
Remember, these are Sea Prawns and not Farmed Prawns – for seafood connoisseur, this is a huge difference.
When you bite into a Sea Prawns, you will taste the difference in the prawn meat quality.
The freshness of the Sea Prawns makes the price worth it.
If you order three prawns with fish meat and Bee Hoon, it will probably cost RM50.
Condiments for Fried Fish Bee Hoon
As I was driving there, Aunty Gaik described the special homemade sauce that goes so well with the Fried Fish Bee Hoon.
The Sambal Sauce looks a little like satay sauce without the chopped peanuts.
She kept telling me that this sambal alone was the most memorable part of the meal.
Aunty Gaik: The special sauce is pretty oily. It has lemongrass with curry fragrance in it; it is so delicious by dipping your fish meat into it.
The fragrant sambal dipping sauce had beautiful aromatics in the mix cooked down to a mildly spicy but oily paste.
- sweet shallots
- curry leaves
The sauce has a great mouthfeel but quickly feels greasy, especially when the food gets cold.
Fried Fish Bee Hoon Goh Chew Kopitiam – New Lane Penang Review:
For RM36, this is what we got for brunch
Two plates of Fried Bee Hoon (large)
Two serves of Fried Fish (8 pieces)
1 Fried Prawn
The Fried Bee Hoon was quite a lot, so we share one plate, and Aunty Gaik packed home her portion for dinner.
I enjoyed the Fried Fish the most.
After munching down four pieces dressed liberally with the Sambal Sauce, I decided I could do more.
I promptly ordered another serve of the Fried Fish Meat without the Fried Bee Hoon RM10.
It was served piping hot with more Sambal Sauce on the side.
Long story short, I was thrilled and enjoyed the food.
However, oily food makes me feel queasy, and downing eight pieces of Fried Fish with all of the Sambal Sauce is a new record for me.
Later, when we went to chill at siTigun, I ordered a lovely Lemonade that did well to help me digest my food.
Expect to pay around RM20 per person if sharing prawns and sea bass fish with noodles.
The Kopitiam is packed during the weekends and public holidays.
Tip: Go when it’s raining, there’s a lesser crowd.
Kedai Kopi Goh Chew 五洲茶室 (Non-Halal)
GPS: 5°24’53.6″N 100°19’35.3″E | 5.414895, 100.326480
Address: 45, Lorong Baru, (New Lane) George Town, Penang
Tel: +60 16-483 6609
Business Hours: 8.30 am – 12 noon (Closed on Tuesday)
Landmark: Next to Sunway Hotel