Thick and gooey with a strong five spice aroma, the Penang lor mee is one of the hawker fare in this food paradise that can only be found here.

Often confused with stir-fried noodles with cabbage and meat, also known as lor mee in other states, the Penang lor mee is prepared differently and a whole different bowl of goodness. Lor mee, just like Hokkien mee, in Penang is a soupy dish and sometimes, it is also sold by Hokkien mee hawkers due to the similarities of some of the ingredients.

The origins of lor mee can be traced back to the Fujian province in China but due to the mix of cultures here, it has somehow evolved into a truly Penang cuisine with Hokkien and Hainanese influences.

Lor Mee comes with a mixture of thick yellow noodles and rice noodles, hard-boiled eggs, pork belly, pork slices, taugeh (bean sprouts), intestine served with chilli and vinegared garlic pastes. Some stalls comes with chicken feet and mushroom. The thick and flavoursome broth of loh mee is the broth which is a melange of soy sauce, tapioca flour, meat, eggs and spices.

Here are some stalls in George Town that you can try, enjoy.

Hai Beng Coffee Shop @ 32, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling

Ah Joo Loh Mee @ 6a, Lorong Selamat

Seng Thor Lor Mee @ 160, Lebuh Carnarvon