This has to be Malacca's top breakfast spot - perpetual crowds here from its opening at 8am until around 11 am when it sells out each day. Hassan Mee Goreng's amazing: a simple stir-fry of Hokkien yellow noodles, beansprouts and its homemade specialty "sambal" (chilli paste). Its only accompaniment: eggs quickly fried in chilli-tinted oil - resulting in a plate of greasy goodness, oozing sheer deliciousness.
Hassan operates from what can best be described as a shack along Jalan Tengkera - no postal address, but it's near Methodist Girls' School as a placemark.
The ordering procedure in this eatery is absolutely unique: first, get yourself at least one dining partner and snare yourselves a table in the ever-crowded restaurant.
Then, one of you will need to join in a looooong queue at the counter where a chap is expertly frying the eggs. Place your order for the number of eggs with the chap. He'll have your order of cooked eggs in front of your in a jiffy.
Help yourself to the shredded cucumbers and chilli paste on the side, as topping for your eggs - it's self-service: you then bring your eggs to your table.
The waiters will then bring the fried noodles to your table automatically: one plate for each of you. Note: The waiters will deliver the noodles automatically to *any* table with plates of fried eggs on it. So, no fried eggs, no noodles for you. The waiters do *not* take any orders for eggs or noodles.
Simply-fried yellow Hokkien noodles with beansprouts and chilli paste, topped with shredded cucumber and more chilli paste.
Slide your eggs on top of the noodles, and let the yolk bathe the fried noodles. It's sublime.
A drink waiter will come to take your drink orders - this is a Malay-style breakfast joint, so beverages are local: "teh tarek" (frothy milk tea),"kopi" (local coffee with milk), and such.
There's a bottle of vinegar on each table - locals will sprinkle the vinegar on their noodles for that added tang.
At the end of your meal, hail a passing waiter and let him know what you've consumed: he'll chalk up the bill right there and then. Sounds easy? Just be prepared for the crowd - for *everyone*, it seems, wants a taste of Hassan's Mee Goreng.
Mee Goreng Hassan Tengkera (Mee Bodoh)
Jalan Tengkera (near Methodist Girls' School)
Opening hours: Daily 8am till 11am (or when everything sells out earlier), except Friday.