Penang Halal: Restaurant Yunus Khan (Jiao Sai) @ Jalan Agryll, Georgetown, Penang

This is part of #RebeccaPenangHalalGuide. See full list here –> “List of Muslim friendly food outlets in Penang by Rebecca Saw”

Restaurant Name: Restaurant Yunus Khan (Jiao Sai) Mee Goreng
Address: 159, Jalan Agryll, 10200 George Town, Penang
Tel: + 6013 4319384
GPS:  N05° 25′ 3.4” E100° 19′ 24.5″

Opening Hours: 5:00pm – 5:00am (Monday – Sunday)
Website: NA
Halal Checklist:
Muslim Owned: Yes
Halal Certified: No
100% Halal Ingredients: Y
Cleanliness Grade – B
Serves Alcohol: N
Years of Operation: Not sure.
Extra Comments/Notes:
Prices are nett.

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I was amazed when I was told by a friend that there is an outlet in Penang serving “the best mee goreng” she has ever tasted. Now, we all know that “best” is subjective but the curiosity levels tripled when I found out that it is the “jiao sai” mee goreng.
The hokkiens would know what that means but if you don’t understand Hokkien then let me translate for you. “Jiao siao” is literally “bird shit”.
The fact that this particularly distasteful branding actually works in their favour is astonishing. We are literally associating shit and glorious (so they claimed about this mee goreng) food directly in this case and people actually find that acceptable?

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Anyhow, it is halal (no pork) and since I’m on a mission to seek for halal/pork free eateries in Penang, I dropped in with expectations of “amazing mee goreng” and of course, to experience for myself what’s all the fuss is about.

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After observing the “kitchen” and the ingredients used, I realized there’s absolutely nothing outstanding about this mee goreng. The noodles used were the packet variety from Thailand (it’s blatantly displayed at the stall) which can be bought from some Thai sundry shops.
The cook used the same seasoning from each pack. In fact, you’re basically paying for the labour and convenience of having your mee goreng cooked for you.
There isn’t any special seasoning or particular cooking technique that made the mee goreng special.
If it’s any consolation, they add some chicken bits into your noodles (also cooked in tom yam seasoning) and they do make mean sunny side eggs.

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Eggs always appeal to me. 2 eggs on top of my Roti John was more satisfying than the Mee Goreng for sure.

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The ridiculously salty and overly seasoned mee goreng. Original or Tom Yam version.

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I won’t deny it’s tasty though. Just make sure you order 2-3 glasses of beverage or water.

PS: The story behind their unappetizing name was due to their previous location on Jalan Phee Choon where there were regular flocks of birds which left plenty of excretion material over the area. Well, there’s no such shit here now. Pardon the pun.

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