Mee Goreng Mamak is such a simple dish that it's always taken for granted. It seems to fade in the background when the better known Nasi Lemak and Assam Laksa are around. But when done well, it catches you by surprise.
Slick and yummy noodles...
GULAM MEE SDN BHD
B13A-G, Bistari De
Great tasting Mee Goreng Mamak and you don’t have to go to Penang.
Hit and miss. It does have its off days.
The best Mee Goreng Mamak is more commonly found in Penang. Their Klang Valley counterparts don't seem to make the cut. That's why when someone told me about a place in Kota Damansara that has the unassuming Mee Goreng as a signature dish I was game to give it a go. I mean it saves me a long trip to Penang for a plate of fried noodles, right?
So I headed to Gulam Mee with great expectations. It's not often that Mee Goreng is given centre stage so I hope that my traffic-ridden trip to Kota Damansara was not in vain.
The place was packed with people. I quickly gave my order and soon enough the plate of Mee Goreng Mamak 'Original' arrived.
It was made up of egg noodles fried in soya sauce, egg, chillies and onions. Strands of noodles wet with dark soy and garnished nicely with chilli slices and a handful of shredded salad leaves. Looked like the usual plate of Mee Goreng but there's a slight difference. On the side of the plate was some peanut sauce. The sauce was similar to satay sauce but has a finer texture. Mix everything together before you take a bite. Yummm...the sauce worked well with the noodles. The combination tasted like the love child of Mee Rebus and Mee Goreng Mamak. I was not disappointed and I devoured my plate clean. For a heftier option, order the 'Special'. This comes with roasted chicken.
Gulam Mee is named after Asmadi@Ghulam Abdul Rahman - a second-generation Mee Goreng seller. Using his mum's recipe he followed in his dad’s footsteps selling Mee Goreng, Rojak Pasembur and Fried Kuey Tiaw from a pushcart before opening his restaurant in 2008. His dad is the proprietor of Mee Pak Man, a popular Mee Goreng spot in Kulim.
Besides the Mee Goreng, you can also get Satay, Mee Rebus and other hawker delights but of course, crowds flock to this eatery for the famous Mee Goreng Mamak. Be wary though, sometimes it can be a hit and miss. I had a lovely plate of Mee Goreng and service was pretty decent but a friend who ordered the same didn't enjoy his noodles as much as I did. He complained that it was dry and he also had to wait ages for his order.
Hopefully when you get a chance to go to Gulam Mee luck is on your side and you don't get the experience that my friend had. Lady Luck was with me when I went because the Mee Goreng that I had did catch me by surprise - a pleasantly delicious surprise.