Best Sarawak Kolo Mee in Penang

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Sarawak never fails to get a big uptick for its untouched nature and culture yet the food hasn’t gained much traction as other states in the country. If this is what mulling over your mind, their signature dish, Kolo Mee is eager to prove you wrong. Literally translated as “dry mixed noodles” in Chinese, it’s a common comfort food, particularly in Kuching. If the name doesn’t give much of a magnetic appeal, the flavours and wallet-friendly price tag certainly does. Flash-boiled springy noodles are lashed with dark soy sauce and liberally laden with minced pork, slivers of char siew, chicken and scatterings of shallots. Seemingly simple yet expect flying colours when it taps onto your taste buds. Kolo mee joints below are quite making the trend in Penang for noodle enthusiasts. Happy slurping!

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    Lucky Eatery Food Corner

    This massive and impressive food court is rather a new kid on the block yet has taken the local crowd by storm with a myriad of mouth-watering food and parking ease. Among the most sought-after stall is the kolo mee, which previously operated at Sungai Ara and finally returned to action after a long hiatus. The flash-boiled pale yellow noodles and heap of meats make up a clean hit of flavours. For a dose of heat, do include their chopped chillies. 

    Tips

    Next to Pisa Corner

    Things to expect

    Ample of parking

    Best with

    Coffee

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Lucky Eatery Food Corner View restaurant

    Menara KOMTAR, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    House of Kolomee

    Now that’s a name that assures they do not mess around with kolo mee. The mushrooming branches are the biggest testament that the national dish of Sarawak has been making waves on this food-obsessed island. The no-frills interior is neat and clean with huge menus draped on the walls. Slathered with sambal, piled with chicken and egg, suffused with char siew oil, served with braised chicken wing, topped with seafood goodness, drenched in soup or capped with fried mushrooms, the homemade noodles is nothing but spectacular. No wonder it’s hailed as a birthplace of kolo mee craze for the locals. 

    Tips

    Checkout their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Teeming crowd during weekends and lunch hours

    Best with

    Coconut Jelly

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM20.00

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    Menara KOMTAR, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11950, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164409048

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    11:00AM—03:00PM
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    05:30PM—09:00PM
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    Sajo Cafe

    Just a short stroll away from Kek Lok Si, this humble restaurant has been churning out local and Western delights that are impeccably good and reasonable. Among the best sellers here is their kolo mee, where the original version has everything to have pork lovers weak at their knees. Generously portioned, the springy bed of noodles is topped with minced pork and char siew and each mouthful lends a nice pork oil fragrance. If you need additional flavours, lace the noodles with their red sauce and add their braised eggs for extra oomph. 

    Tips

    Sarawak Laksa is not to be missed too

    Things to expect

    Nothing to shout about the ambience but the food is top notch

    Best with

    3 layer tea

    Price

    RM4.80 to RM10.00

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    2G-01-09 Medan Angsana 1,Bandar Baru Air Itam, 11500, Air Itam, Penang
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    0164411100

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Jelutong Morning Market

    Among the best spots to cherish Penang as a gastronomy hub are markets which are overwhelmingly scattered with food options, just like Jelutong morning market. Aside from the wet and dry market, what draw one’s attention at first are the lively food courts and strings of stalls that have you drooling at the dot. Noodle lovers are widely singing praises of the kolo mee. Chewy mount of noodles is jazzed up with minced pork, slices of char siew, smatterings of egg, fried onions and spring onions. The symmetry of texture and flavour is absolute spot on and for RM3 a plate, it’s a complete steal. 

    Tips

    Park close to the Chinese school and walk over

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM10.00

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    Jelutong Morning Market View restaurant

    51, Jalan Penaga, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11600, Georgetown, Penang
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    06:30AM—12:00PM
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    Pretty Good Cafe

    The presumptuous name does set an expectation to this modest looking cafe but one can never deny the food options and flavours are pretty good. Among the pull for punters here is the kolo mee which puts one in the mood for slurping clean a balmy bowl of springy noodles basted with sauce and topped greens, minced pork and slices of char siew and finished off with sprinklings of spring onions. The chopped chillies that come along kicks in a little heat. 

    Tips

    Loh Mee and Nasi Lemak is other best sellers here

    Things to expect

    Ample of parking along the street

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

    Pretty Good Cafe View restaurant

    Lorong Jog, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11960 , Georgetown, Penang
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
    11:00AM—02:00PM
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    11:00AM—02:00PM
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    07:00PM—08:00PM
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    Golden Lake Coffee Shop

    One of the busiest coffee shops located on the outskirts of Relau. The atmosphere resonates with all walks of life chomping down a multitude of local delights. Look beyond the regular runners like char koey teow and chicken rice and wrap your lips around the Sarawak kolo mee. Chewy noodles are coated with red sauce and crowned with a generous glob of minced pork, blanched greens and sweet-savoury char siew. Besides the delectable taste, the pricing and portion are other factors to turn you into a regular. 

    Tips

    Chicken wings are amazing

    Things to expect

    Unassuming ambience

    Best with

    Ice Kacang

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

    Golden Lake Coffee Shop View restaurant

    220, Kampung Pagar Buluh, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    09:00AM—02:00PM
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    07:00PM—10:00PM
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    Face to Face Noodle Shop

    Wear a stretchy pant and get your noodles game face on as this fabled franchise is known to deliver a scrumptious spread of noodles that does not disappoint. Sarawak kolo mee holds a strong reputation here and comes in several flavour profiles. The noodles are homemade sans any preservation and colouring and the handful of meat achieve a unison of taste and texture. Sidestepping from regular food court and stalls, here the ambience is rather calm and charming.

    Tips

    Face to Face Noodle Shop

    Things to expect

    Ample of parking

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM15.00

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    Double 33 Kopitiam

    A stone’s throw away from Queensbay Mall, one can easily identify this full-of-life eatery which has gained most of its fame from Taiwanese and Thai food. Another scoring point here which is rather underrated is the kolo mee. What you’ll find in the hearty bowl is slivers of char siew, a dollop of minced pork, blanched greens and sprinkle of spring onions on a nest of slurp-worthy noodles. 

    Tips

    Parking is scarce during lunch hours

    Things to expect

    Unassuming ambience

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Double 33 Kopitiam View restaurant

    130, Jalan Aziz Ibrahim, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900 , Georgetown, Penang
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    10:00AM—04:00PM
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    06:00PM—09:00PM
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