{Penang} Sister’s Curry Mee @ Air Itam

hallo Anteaders! how’s your CNY? mine has been great hence the absence on virtual world XD. okie, holiday over, back to work, by work i mean blogging and thesis :/.

so, here’s the first post of horse year…

January 23rd, 2014 [Thursday]

i guess this Sisters’ Curry Mee is arguably the most famous curry mee in Penang now. i have always wanted to try it but it’s located quite far away from where i stay and the traffic in the morning is horrible, i heard.

but my labmates, so nice of them to suggest this as brekkie when i was in Penang last month! they are my dedicate makan buddies, dedicate cos woke up at 7am for a bowl of curry mee and willingly to stuck in jam. the jam was mild though as we were driving at opposite direction XD.

this humble curry mee stall is manned by two sisters, i guess it’s appropriate to address them as popo (or ah ma) :/. the popo in lighter shade clothing is Younger Popo while the other popo in darker floral clothing is Not So Young Popo. and when i was there that morning, there’s an aunty helping out at the stall too.

there’s no proper table setting for the ‘stall’, all the ingredients/condiments prepared in silverware are laid out on the ground around them. and both popos served us sitting on a stool.

you might overlook this stall as it’s not located on the main street of the morning market. it’s at an alley off Jalan Paya Terubong where Methodist Church is situated. and also cos this stall is not at your eye level. you need to look down to be able to spot this stall.

you may opt to sit on the stools in front of the stall or at the tables beside or opposite the stall. don’t expect popos to serve you ar, it’s all self-service here. “enjoy first, pay later”, the popos gladly allow.

beside curry mee, they offer fried mee/meehoon to be served with their signature sambal!

Air Itam Curry Mee | RM 4.50

my piping hot bowl of curry mee! laden with coagulated blood, tofu puff, bean sprout, cuttlefish and sambal.

okay this was mine. sans blood cubes.

stirred in the sambal and i got a punch in my mouth. it was fiery! my type of instant stimulant! everyone of us were panting in sweat and gulped down the liang teh peng by the end of our meal. i like that it’s not too santan-y and creamy to my liking. the curry soup is flavourful.

somebuddy told me that it’s mediocre, i thought it’s decent! it’s different from the usual curry mee you find in Penang, with the addition of cuttlefish. i like this version more to be honest. i’m gonna bring my family here next time.

and also the popos have been preparing the soup base (and all of the other condiments) with charcoal since beginning, so the 火候 is really gao :D.

for the good 30 minutes i was there, i couldn’t get a glimpse of how Not So Young Popo’s looks like, cos she’s always crouching forward, busy serving. before i left, i walk to the back of the stall, attempt to snap from different angle, suddenly she looked up and smiled, averted shyly “eh she’s taking (my) photo.”

and that made my day.

oh the curry mee too.

Sister’s Curry Mee
Air Itam Market,
Jalan Paya Terubong
Business hours: 0800 – 1300


32 thoughts on “{Penang} Sister’s Curry Mee @ Air Itam

    1. hallo Choi Yen!

      i think because they are popos, still camera-shy la..if youngster sure won’t shy haha.. and i read other bloggers’ the popos usually don’t look at the camera one..

    1. hallo Foongpc!

      yay *high 5* me no likey those yucky blood cubes too! and other innards ewwww!
      the curry mee is yummy but it’s not too rich, so depends on your taste butt, if you like milder one then you’ll likey! but the sambal is not mild at all ar!

      didn’t try the fried meehoon, but i saw people tapao-ing it, should be nice!

  1. Thanks for sharing…will definitively show both of them(they are my grandmas), they must be very happy for sure…Thanks..=)

    1. hallo Kharnyee!

      i likey the chewy but not rubbery cuttlefish too!
      i heard that stall next door is great too, but too bad la, no more room for it! we bought the loooong yiu zha gui XD

  2. I really think the authorities concerned should do something about the way the business is done, on the floor and all that. Does not look like a comfortable place and this seems to be very common in Penang. They would tell me – the dirtier it is, the nicer the food will be. No, thank you…and now they charge you for not drinking. Terrible!!! Everyone should boycott and not let themselves be bullied like that. When they have no business, see whether they will be so big headed like that still or not.
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    1. hallo Suituapui!

      they do spread their utensil on newspaper..and they are suffering from hunch back, so serving on tables might not be comfortable for them. the hygiene is actually not that bad. at least i saw many of the locals ordering from the popos. if the hygiene is bad somebuddy might have suffered diarrhea and boycott it!

      no, they don’t charge us for not drinking.

    1. hallo Cquek!

      yeah the traffic put me off too! but if you’re early, you’re actually commuting in the opposite direction, heading into Air Itam, it’s pretty traffic-free until you reach Air Itam haha where the morning market is located.

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