To me, going to try the "Mee Goreng" (Indian-style fried noodles) at Seng Lee on the corner of Bangkok Lane & Burmah Road in Georgetown is akin to making a pilgrimage of sorts to pay homage to one of Penang's oldest & most revered "food masters". The hawker food-master in this case is a 60-something-year-old Hokkien-speaking Indian-Muslim guy called Mahboob, who produces the best tasting "Mee Goreng" (印度炒面) and "Mee Rebus" (印度捞面) I'd ever tasted in my life!
Watching Mahboob and his assistant chef produced an endless train of platefuls of tasty fried noodles, spinning the red-hot cast-iron wok like a roulette wheel over high heat was simply breathtaking.
Their "Mee Goreng" fried noodles were mushy, and bursting with flavors, studded with tofu, Indian fritters (vadai), spiced squid, eggs and potato scallops.
The "Mee Rebus" or braised noodles was just as tasty - the tomato-based sauce, thickened with boiled sweet potatoes - was sweeter than the fried version. Garnished with a hard-boiled egg, and with deep-fried tofu and chopped "vadai" to provide that interesting textural contrast, it was perfect with a squeeze of lime.
A meal to-die for!! The stall was started by Mahboob's father, and it's now nearly 80 years old. Customers streamed in from 8am in the morning: Chinese, Indians, Malays - all came for a taste of Mahboob's exquisite noodles.
Seng Lee Café
270 Burma Road (corner with Bangkok Lane)
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