Am I the only one who is attracted to this bright red signboard along Burma Road? Not sure if it's the colour or the tempting looking bowl of curry mee, but it sure piqued my interest enough to try their food this week!
I arrived at noon and it was no surprise that the shop was empty since they had just opened.
The menu offerings were surprisingly quite diverse - I was expecting the shop to just specialise in curry mee!
I went with the owner's recommendation to try the "Add On" Curry Mee and Pork Intestines Congee.
Duck Blood Curry Mee (3.5/5)
Visually, it looks like the bowl on the signboard so we can happily forgo the "for illustration purposes only" disclaimer. The portion size is large for Penang standards but it commensurates with the price charged.
The broth had a good amount of spice to cut through the creaminess of the coconut milk. However, there was a particular aroma that I found slightly overpowering. I could not figure out which spice was added to the chilli paste but it definitely gave the broth an unconventional taste. It's still pretty good but I'd have enjoyed it more without the added aroma.
Toppings wise, everything was very fresh and tasty. If I'm just rating the toppings alone, it'd have been a solid 5/5. The duck blood jelly was smooth and it's been a while since I had such plump & fresh cockles!
Fried Pork Intestines Congee (2.5/5)
While the congee was thick enough, it's unfortunately slightly bland even when eaten with the crispy fried intestines. Aside from pig's tongue, they also included Char Siew in the congee. I did not think that the sweetness of the Char Siew goes well with the overall taste of the dish.
Overall, the Curry Mee is worth a try especially if you're a huge fan of toppings or want to try duck blood for a change. However, if you're seeking traditional Penang flavours and have limited time on the island, I'd give this place a miss.
Sabbylicious Makan Rating
Food : 3/5
Price : 3/5
Environment : 4/5
Service : 4/5
Must order : Duck Blood Curry Mee
Operating Hours Friday - Wednesday (12.00 pm–9.00 pm). Closed on Thursday.
鸭血咖喱面 Duck Blood Curry Mee 223B, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.