Written by Shirley T
Saturday, 02 May 2009 08:58
A small township of southern Province Wellesley (or Seberang Perai), Nibong Tebal can be reached via North-South
Highway (E1) from Exit 156 or Jawi. Once before, Nibong Tebal was a busy town with tonnes of vehicles passing by
everyday as it was a main trunk road connecting Ipoh to Butterworh/Alor Setar. However, since the completion of North-South Highway, Nibong Tebal is like a sleepy town!
Having said that, never underestimate the gastronomical treat at Nibong Tebal. 1 May 2009 was our family day and we
decided to make a detour to Nibong Tebal for lunch. Being the most familiar of Nibong Tebal town, Dad provided us
the direction to reach Nibong Tebal Hawker Center, which is sandwiched between Yawata Supermarket and morning
Guess what we had? We ordered 3 bowls of Assam Laksa from 2 different stalls, 2 plates of Mee Jawa (Java Noodles)
and 2 bowls of Kuey Teow Soup (Flat Noodles Soup).
The best thing about this place is all the food from any stalls in this stretch of hawker center can be served at any corners. And the price is pretty consistent and reasonable!
The Assam Laksa here is truly unique. It is served with crispy prawn crackers unlike what we usually have in Penang! Both stalls have their own highlights. If you love more fishy aroma, get a bowl from the Eka Laksa stall next to Tiger Mee Jawa stall. However, if you prefer hot and spices with less fishy smell, take the stall opposite Yawata Supermarket entrance. A bowl of Assam Laksa costs RM2.20.
From the first line of a red signboard, it reads Seafood Koay Teow Soup. My sis picked a bowl of Seafood Koay Teow
Soup while my Significant Other requested for Koay Teow Soup with only Pork! The soup was awesome and made them cleared until the last spoonful!
All of us concluded that Mee Jawa (by the way, the stall name is Tiger!) is really one of its kind. With self-made prawn cracker and deep fried flour fritters, the mashed potato gravy floods the yellow noodles, fried tofu and some bean sprouts. Before serving, is is sprinkled with plenty of crunched peanuts, slices of hard boiled egg, lettuces and a half-cut fresh lime. Mom claimed it is really hard to get such an authentic Mee Jawa these days! With so much assortment, a plate of Mee Jawa of RM2.50 is definitely very worth!
The auntie that operates Mee Jawa is very friendly and she was happy to hear we love her Mee Jawa! Her business hour starts as early as 8 am until 5 pm in the evening from Friday to Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday are closed as she has to spend two days to prepare prawn crackers for a week usage!
Overall, it was a great gastronomical trip to Nibong Tebal! We will definitely make a come back soon!
Thinking of how of to get there, please refer to the Google Map here. Have a nice trip!
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