The rows of houses along the lane are beautiful; colonial architecture with mostly bright shades of paint. At 11 am, the unspoiled tranquility seemed impossible, given the close proximity to the busy Jalan Burma. The atmosphere was a perfect contrast to the colourful plate of Bangkok Lane mee goreng served at the nearby Seng Lee Café. I really enjoyed the Muslim-Indian style of mee goreng here. What makes it different from our usual supper version is the kuah (gravy). The generous pour made it moister (just the way I like it) and more flavourful. I can’t help but to think that they used the same kuah from the mee rebus for this. From what I had, there should be some crushed peanuts, potatoes and some dried spices in the tomato sauce based gravy. Sweet and tad sour, it was one delicious dish. You know it’s true when you can still define deliciousness after 2 rounds of solid breakfast. A squeeze of lime made it even more appetizing. And there's the topping of marinated dried cuttlefish. From the chewy yet soft texture to the sweet and savoury marinade, it's the quintessential component in perfecting both the mee goreng and mee rebus.
We were actually in this part of town for the pork satay that operates from a mobile stall not far away from Seng Kee. Perhaps it was more of an instinct than interest that led us here, like how we must try that particular pork burger in Thailand. Indeed, turmeric gilded grilled pork is a sight to behold but without sufficient seasoning, it can never taste as good as it looks. But of course, the skills of a pair of experienced hands ensured that the meat be well-cooked. I didn't get the sauce that was powdery and bland or the margarine laced bread. It was very kind of the proprietors to cross the lane to send the satay over from their stall though.
The mee goreng here is certainly a delightful change from the boring versions I had back home. In fact, is there ever an exciting one to begin with? Enlighten me, please.
Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng @ Seng Lee Café
270, Jalan Burma
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
The pork satay stall can be found along the rows of houses.