Timothy Tye
Kedai Kopi Hwa Lam

Kedai Kopi Hwa LamKedai Kopi Hwa Lam (20 July, 2015)

Kedai Kopi Hwa Lam (GPS: 5.41416, 100.33292) is a coffee shop along Carnarvon Street in George Town, Penang. I discovered this place by accident, when one evening, our plans to go for dinner somewhere else was thwarted by a bad jam on the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway. So I took a detour through Carnarvon Street, and saw this coffee shop with quite a business going on. So my wife and I decided to park and have our dinner here.

Kedai Kopi Hwa Lam on Google Maps Street View

There were two stalls in operation. Apparently the stall up front is the one doing all the business. Both stalls have menu boards displaying what they sell. We surveyed the board the ordered the lor mee, the mee snua kor and the pork soup. After we have taken our seat, we noticed that the lor mee is the popular choice with diners at most of the other tables.

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Kedai Kopi Hwa LamMenu board of the stall at Kedai Kopi Hwa Lam (20 July, 2015)

Kedai Kopi Hwa LamKedai Kopi Hwa Lam (20 July, 2015)

When the lor mee arrived at our table, I was skeptical, as I saw nothing but noodles and the dark starchy gravy. Apparently buried under the noodles and gravy are the rest of the ingredients. It tasted different from the other lor mee I am accustomed to, but was quite nice.

Similarly, the mee snua tau looked very plain on its arrival. Again, most of the stuff is buried underneath. But between the two items, I very much prefer the lor mee. Moreover, we often make mee snua tau at home, and outside food can nowhere touch homemade ones.

Kedai Kopi Hwa LamThe lor mee which turned out to be quite nice (20 July, 2015)

Kedai Kopi Hwa LamThe so plain mee snua tau at Kedai Kopi Hwa Lam (20 July, 2015)

Kedai Kopi Hwa LamThe cabbage-and-meat soup at Kedai Kopi Hwa Lam (20 July, 2015)

The third item is a curiosity. It is a clear cabbage soup with pieces of starchy pieces of pork meat. I have never tasted anything quite like it, and can't well decide whether I am fond of it. No, I don't think I would care too much for it.

I would return to Kedai Kopi Hwa Lam, as I do enjoy the lor mee very much. Though it is different from lor mee I have had elsewhere, it is still a nice change.

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