White Curry Mee @ Hot Bowl Nyonya Delights, Abu Siti Lane

Ever heard of White Curry Mee? Something of a novelty right?

White Curry Mee is the specialty of Hot Bowl restaurant located at Abu Siti Lane.

Hot Bowl
Hot Bowl

The owner used to operate from a push cart stall along Rangoon Road before expanding to a bigger outfit – a nice air conditioned place in Abu Siti Lane.

His specialty, the luscious white curry mee is essentially a bowl of normal curry mee minus the chilli. The best thing about it is that the chilli paste is served at the side so you can adjust the spiciness level to your liking.

White Curry Mee
White Curry Mee

The white curry mee looks so ‘alien’ right without the chilli? heehee. Rest assured its a good bowl of curry mee especially when you add in their home made chilli. The chilli is also sold in bottles at the restaurant.

White Curry Mee with chilli added
White Curry Mee with chilli added (chilli paste in the background)

You can also opt for extra add ons to your curry mee as he has various types of meat balls and innards as well.

Another dish that is popular here is their Hainanese Chicken. I have never been a fan of Hainanese Chicken (pek cham kei) because I find the chicken skin a bit too ‘slimy’ for my liking. And Hot Bowl is about the only place I would eat Hainanese Chicken!

Hainanese Chicken
Hainanese Chicken

When I first tried the Hainanese Chicken here, I was surprised that it was cold. Upon enquiring, the owner told us that its cold on purpose as the cold would ensure that the chicken remains smooth to taste. And he is right! The chicken here is indeed very smooth and flavourful. You can opt to order Hainanese Chicken rice for one person or can order half/whole chicken. Now, if only the owner can bring a bit more punch to rice, this combo would be perfect!

Hot Bowl also offers vinegar pork trotters and fish head curry but you have to order in advance. They also have various fried snacks like ‘lor bak’, fried turnip cakes and spring rolls.

Prices are reasonable, the curry mee is about RM3 while the Hainanese Chicken is about RM6 for half a bird if I’m not mistaken.

Hot Bowl Nyonya Delights is located at 16-A Abu Siti Lane (off Macalister Road), 10400 Penang. They are located before Maa Roy Thai restaurant, opposite Mama’s Nyonya Restaurant. Open from 8am-3pm. Closed on Mondays.

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  1. Hehehe….add in the chili is still the same ol’ curry mee…red one!
    So means, they just skip one step of the chili oil and it becomes white curry mee???:p
    Interesting though…

  2. Abu Siti Lane, where the Nyonya restaurant’s located, right?

    this place’s been around quite awhile if I’m not mistaken. but somehow wasnt that attracted back then.

  3. The place is much cooler now with the cooking done inside a close up glass partition and the place is usually packed during lunch hour, with most of them regular customers.

    The curry mee taste good, with the added chili paste.

  4. Hmmm… does this mean they’ve added milk in the soup? Like what they do for fish head beehoon? I don’t know if I like the sound of that!! I’m not a fan of pak cham kai as well, but this one looks and sounds yummm!

  5. Hainan chicken is soaked in cold water to retain its moisture and also to make the skin smooth and firm. But most importantly, to prevents the chicken from overcooking iteslf from the residual heat in its body after being taken out of the pot.

    I was in Singapore for 3 years, and I picked up the tips from the Hainanese Chicken Rice hawker in the neighbourhood.

  6. This is my favourite place for curry mee. The chiken rice also nice. The Ipoh hor fun also nice with different kind of meat and fish ball to choose from. They also have Ipoh bean sprout, nice and crunchy. Brought a guest from KL last time who doesn’t eat chilli, and she just loved the white curry mee without added chilli…

  7. This is absolutely my favorite Curry Noodle joint. The curry gravy is creamy and rich even without the chili paste. The beehoon used is silky and smooth. The chili paste however, is the icing on the cake! I love my White Curry Noodle overloaded with the chili paste.

  8. we saw this during Thursday food hunting….. but yet to able to step in to try…

    i think it is now to have that in our list… hee hee

    Thanks for intro this………

    these days we are extremely bz.. so no time come here and there to leave comments….

  9. cold chicken heh.. i thought that’s very china type of food. at first when i tried cold chicken, really wasn’t used to. haha. now a bit better, but still, i like them warm at least 🙂

  10. The owners of this place are terrible, terrible, terrible! Extremely rude, with no sense of customer service whatsoever. They have that old-fashioned mentality whereby they’re the boss and you’re just one of their many customers. They speak to you very rudely and are highly unaccommodating. I will never, ever step into this place again. They think their business is so good, and thus, can be arrogant. They treated us like we were nuisance, when we merely asked that the chicken be put into 2 plates instead of 1. Firstly, there were 2 of us, so we ordered “chicken rice for 2?. When it came, the chicken was on one plate. So, we asked them if they could kindly break them into 2 plates for us. They then scolded us rudely, saying we should have ordered “2 sets” instead of “chicken rice for 2?. Ok, so that was our mistake, for not knowing how to order properly, as we didn’t know that. Anyhow, they didn’t want to split up into 2 plates, kept saying that can’t be done. In the end, after we insisted, the lady did it, but with lots of loud grumblings and complainings (for us to hear) to her husband and Indon maid. They must have been mad at us, for when our dishes finally came, each of us had only one boney chicken wing. When we asked them if there’s any meat to that chicken, they kept saying, one bowl is RM3.20 — that’s all you’re getting, in an extremely loud and rude voice. And then when we said there’s no meat for us to eat at all (except for one tiny part of the chicken wing each), they kept insisting that’s what we get for RM3.20 per plate. Even when we asked for extra soya sauce (what they gave was insufficient for us), they were so reluctant to give, saying we shouldn’t be taking so much salt. Anyhow, the lady then rudely said that the meal’s on them, seeing we were dissatisfied and promptly threw all the plates in a loud clanking manner (including their uneaten contents) into a pail real loudly next to our table (obviously, for them to put dirty plates once customers are done eating). When we told them in a calm tone that this is the age of the Internet and as such, news like this can spread fast, the lady shouted at us, “Go and tell everyone la. We aren’t afraid!” As we walked out of the place, they kept yelling rude words at us, for their customers to hear. Anyhow, no matter how delicious their food might be, we will not be returning. Business owners should treat their customers with respect, and not act all high-and-mighty when we’ve talked to them politey, but all we got was extremely defensive “no”s in high-pitched, irritated voices, like they were scolding us. No more next time for us, certainly. This was our first time ever we’ve been treated so badly at an eating place. Never before had we come across such plain rudeness.

  11. Lousy service!
    Went there last week and as usual we ordered the food and drinks. When they served the drinks, I asked for an empty cup from a Bangladeshi worker. He answered me rudely and said “No empty cup!”. Then I went over to the counter to ask a local cashier the same question, he looked back at the Bangladeshi and the Bangladeshi pointed me to ask the owner.
    When I walked over to ask the owner (old woman with spectacles), the owner very rudely said “No empty cup!! Where can share drinks one?” I replied her that I’m not sharing, I’m coughing and of course I cannot be using the same cup because I cannot finish the drinks. The owner with her disgruntled and evil look, she raised her voice to a high-pitched squeak and said “Nobody want to wash!!” If there’s no one who wants to wash, she can consider closing down her shop. Is this how you do business?! You can even find an empty cup in any coffee shop.
    I walked away and help myself. I took the empty cup on my own and the same Bangladeshi quickly informed the cashier. The cashier could not be bothered.
    Definitely my last trip to this lousy place!!! You might consider to remove this post from your blog

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