While Chinese food predominantly dominate the food scene in Penang, the island is no less famous for its Mamak style food. One place in particular that hits the spot light among foodies is Hameed Pata. Located in a large canteen style shed, this little eatery serves up Mamak favourites such as Mee Sotong, and Mee Rebus which are best complimented by a freshly blended coconut shake from the stall next door called Jalil’s. The address is located below:
Padang Kota Lama Food Court (next to Fort Cornwallis)
Jalan Padang Kota Lama 10200, Georgetown
Opens at 11.30am and closes on Sundays
Since we just had our breakfast at Toh Sun Cafe, we decided to take it slow and only ordered one of Hameed Pata’s specialty each.The Mee Sotong for RM4 is your typical fried noodles with a gravy that is rich and thick. The flavours are great with the sauce being sweet, salty and spicy altogether. Add that squeeze of lime and its a home run for most. For me though, I liked the sauces but despite it having great flavour, I did not feel the motivation to finish up or order another. This is like an Asian Carbonara that tastes good but gets stodgy after awhile. It becomes uninteresting. But really, it got off in great style and flavour but never really ended its race. The squid on the other hand had a sauce which packed greater sweetness and a decent chilli kick but this type of chewy squid is never quite my kind of thing.
Mee Jawa @ RM6 was my dad’s pick.Dad who is a big fan of Mee Jawa found his noodles lacking anything kind uniqueness that sets this place apart from others. Its sauce felt like a thinner version of the one used for the mee goreng. For me, I wanted more of the crispy prawn bits that add texture to this noodles. To put it together this was simply OK. Travelling many hours from KL where I live, I expected more.
But when all else seems impossible, it was the drink made me happy. The coconut shake as recommended by many others was lovely. Never thought that ice cream and coconut juice along with soda when all mixed together could taste so awesome!
Some random cannon structure pointing towards another ally structure. Seems legitimate to build another building there. Imagine if the cannon was operable. Just add some Malaysian mischief for a different picture.
While I would love to recommend visitors to visit the Fort which is an important landmark, its deplorable condition makes it a hard to recommend!