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TANJUNG BUNGAH MARKET WAN THAN MEE

Posted by Criz Lai On July - 9 - 2008|

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It really amazed me how an elderly couple could work almost without any rest practically every hour of the day for years without ever taking time off to relax for their old age. You got me right! They have been selling Wan Than Mee 24 hours a day for years, only taking a 10-hour break every Tuesday from 12.30am until 10.30am. Gosh! I won’t want my life to be this way when I get old. Surprisingly, they still get a lot of supporters going for their Wan Than Mee at odd time as the pricing is dirt cheap! But there’s a catch, you might have to serve yourself as the old man could be rather slow in serving as it’s a one-man business.

Out of curiosity, my friend and I went over to try out the noodles. It was cheap indeed but the taste was just average. I guessed this stall is catering to those lower income groups as well as the TAR College students staying around that area. We ordered a dry Wan Than Mee (RM2.50) each with barely a few pieces of char siew pork and a slice of fish cake. It is quite expensive for a plate of almost nothing noodles. Maybe the rest of garnishing were added into our side orders. I’m not sure about that as it was my first time there. The noodles appeared to be as below.


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We ordered a bowl of Wan Than Soup (RM2). There are about 20 plus Wan Than. The soup based was fine but the filling for the Wan Than was little and a little lack of flavors.

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We also ordered a plate of Fried Wan Than (RM2 for 24 pieces). Instead of waiting for the old man to serve us, we did the frying ourselves. I saw quite a few people did that.. I guessed that must be the trend there as everyone willingly helped out the old man. Well, the taste was the same. The Fried Wan Than also lack of flavors as the filling were little.

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Next was the mixed vegetable (RM2) with some dark soy sauce added. As for the drinks (RM1 per glass), we made our own. You can have a choice of Chrysanthemum, Nutmeg, Rose or Keat Poh. Overall, the noodles were just average but considering the crowd and orders, I guessed there were still many compassionate people out there who loved to support this old couples.

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Just drive into the Tanjung Bungah Market and you can see only one stall in the hawker centre opening up for business during the wee hours of the night. You sure won’t miss it as there will be continuous flow of people patronizing the stall each night.

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Name: TANJUNG BUNGAH MARKET WAN THAN MEE
Address: Jalan Sungai Kelian, 11200 Penang, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 24 hours (Closed Tuesday 12.30am – 10.30am)
GPS: 5.464038, 100.284898

RATING:
Ambience: 5/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 6/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 6/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 5/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 5/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

9 Responses to “TANJUNG BUNGAH MARKET WAN THAN MEE”

  1. J2Kfm says:

    24 hours a day!!!??? did I read you right?
    OMG, imagine life so routine, cooking noodles for 24 hours straight. they must REALLY have a burning passion for their job.
    pity about the mediocre quality though.

  2. gill gill says:

    Are you sure about this? 24 hours? old couple? i never heard they have 24 hours service, as i was stayed in Tg Bungah for 15 years long! Their Wan Tan Mee is cheap indeed. But is tasteless, kinda “luan luan Lai”. i normally will choose the wan tan mee from the next roll.

    The Chee Cheong Fun is good there, but they close very early…around 10am.

  3. New Kid on the Blog says:

    Excuse me…. 24hrs?

  4. Allie says:

    24 hrs??
    OMG! Pity the old couple 🙁
    So sad to hear that…

  5. 550ml jar of faith says:

    FYO (Fry Your Own) Wantan?! Hehehe. But my heart goes out to the hard working couple’s perseverance!

  6. gill gill says:

    They are not selling in such long hour / non stop. As i get the updated information from my dad, the auntie sells on the day time untill 11am, and the uncle take care of the mid night shift, sells from 10pm to 2am. The supper crowds mostly are TAR students.

  7. CK Lam says:

    Can’t imagine an old couple working non stop 24 hrs…luckily our gill gill managed to check out the time table.

  8. Criz Lai says:

    Haha… I’m not sure now about the time since Gill has mentioned about the selling time. This was the information given by the old man when I interviewed him and I did confirm thrice on the time. Never mind. I will check again if I ever go up there again.

    Thanks for informing Gill 🙂

  9. Little Inbox says:

    I thought choy sum is a must for wantan mee?

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