{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



  1. Choi Yen

    February 10, 2014 at 15:49

    I thought popos already used to the camera because I’ve read a few reviews about them even on newspaper!

    1. Constance Ann

      February 11, 2014 at 14:12

      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..

  2. foongpc

    February 10, 2014 at 23:03

    I don’t really like those blood cubes – will avoid that! But I think the curry mee looks yummy! The fried mee hoon also looks very tempting! 🙂
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 11, 2014 at 14:31

      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!

  3. Sun Sun

    February 10, 2014 at 23:50

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

    1. Constance Ann

      February 11, 2014 at 14:32

      hallo Sun Sun!

      you’re most welcome, tell popos that i enjoyed the curry mee!

      eh wait.. i thought popos are not married? how come got grandchild(ren)?

  4. kharnyee

    February 11, 2014 at 02:05

    I like the dark brown colour version cuttlefish too!
    There’s another curry mee stall next to this popo one, that’s my favourite!
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 11, 2014 at 14:48

      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

  5. Chong

    February 11, 2014 at 09:40

    Have been wanting to try this but have yet to do so. The addition of cuttlefish is new to me!
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 11, 2014 at 15:31

      hallo Chong!

      perhaps you should start planning a Penang getaway 😉

    1. Constance Ann

      February 11, 2014 at 15:33

      hallo KY!

      ewwww porkie blood ewwww

  6. cre8tone

    February 11, 2014 at 15:33

    Wow! Very tradisional curry mee! Will definately wanna try next time i go penang..
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 11, 2014 at 15:49

      hallo cre8tone!

      uh huh! the popos have been in the trade for probably more than half a century! make sure you try ar..

  7. Shirley Tay (Blackswan)

    February 11, 2014 at 15:49

    Wow, I like cuttlefish! Count me in too!
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 22, 2014 at 12:33

      hallo Shirley Tay!

      yay high 5! i love cuttlefish sambal! yeah counted you in. when are you going for the real deal 😉

  8. Applefish

    February 11, 2014 at 19:20

    tried this once….3 years ago…haha

    1. Constance Ann

      February 22, 2014 at 12:41

      hallo Applefish!

      LOL so loooong ago.. i only heard about them last year!

  9. Baby Sumo

    February 11, 2014 at 20:30

    Thanks for dropping by at my blog. The curry mee sure looks yummy!
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 22, 2014 at 12:48

      hallo Baby Sumo!

      thanks for dropping by too 😉

  10. Sean Eat Drink KL

    February 11, 2014 at 22:05

    love your photos for this post! can really get a great sense of the ambiance here 😀

    1. Constance Ann

      February 22, 2014 at 12:57

      hallo Sean Eat Drink KL!

      thanks for the compliments! remember to try this when you’re in Penang 😉

  11. suituapui

    February 13, 2014 at 14:53

    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. Constance Ann

      February 22, 2014 at 13:20

      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.

  12. cquek

    February 13, 2014 at 20:40

    Nice shots, I have never been there.. Because of the traffic, will try to go there one day to have a bowl of curry me, my favourite too.
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 22, 2014 at 13:40

      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.

  13. ahlost

    February 19, 2014 at 08:52

    that popo very pretty wei.. hehehehe…
    Wooaahh.. i’m definitely going to give this place a try if I’m there one day.. hopefully they’ll still be there.
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 22, 2014 at 13:51

      hallo Ahlost!

      LOL! yeah both of the popos are looking good despite their age, maybe a lil hunch back..
      make sure you plan a trip soon! :/


    February 19, 2014 at 14:35

    This stall in air itam has good curry mee. Their chee cheung fun in the next stall is nice as well. Thanks for the review! Anyway are u planning to visit restaurant in Penang? There are plenty nice ones and hope to see your review on that! =)
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    1. Constance Ann

      February 22, 2014 at 14:05

      hallo Sherlyn!

      thanks for dropping by my bloggie!
      ohh i will try the chee cheong fun next door next time! btw, my favourite ccf stall is at Genting Cafe! super creamy and lovely!

  15. eugein

    February 19, 2014 at 16:31

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  16. Constance Ann

    February 22, 2014 at 14:09

    hallo Eugein!

    不客气!我就是稀饭分享美食 and makes people drool XD

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