Sister Curry Mee (暹罗姐妹咖喱面) | Air Itam Market | Penang

After a wonderful breakfast of wok-hei-laden char koay teow at Tiger Char Koay Teow, we made our way to Air Itam Market as we intended to visit Kek Lok Si Temple later in the day. So convenient to get around with Grab from where we were in George Town. The trip to Air Itam Market only cost RM11.

Visit Air Itam Market and learn more about the local culture

Enjoying the hustle and bustle of the morning market. One could probably find anything and everything here from fresh produce, breakfast snacks and street food to crockery, clothing and all kinds of knick-knacks. The market-goers were mainly the locals so prices of goods were kept very wallet-friendly.

Look at that view in the background! I wouldn’t mind doing my weekly grocery shopping here as I can get to enjoy a scenic view of the hills at the same time.

Besides exploring Air Itam Market, the main reason for coming here was to check out the legendary Sister Curry Mee. Had some difficulty locating it initially as the stall was off the main road (Jalan Paya Terubong). Just need to keep an eye out for this Chinese Methodist Church. Go up this side road and you’ll see Sister Curry Mee under the tree on the left hand side.

Sister Curry Mee (暹罗姐妹咖喱面) | Air Itam Market | Penang

The Lim sisters have been serving up curry mee since 1946. That’s more than 70 years! Really amazing.

Sister Curry Mee (暹罗姐妹咖喱面)

There, the two iconic sisters behind Sister Curry Mee. They were super friendly and really adorable too. 很平易近人。两位婆婆真的很可爱!

Really felt their presence made a difference here. They just radiated joy somehow. 不愧是槟城之宝。

And yes, their way of selling curry mee is so different as there isn’t any ‘proper’ shop front or kitchen setup. They merely sit on stools and operate business on the ground with a big pot of curry soup boiling over a traditional charcoal fire stove. Just like good old times.

Both po po are already in their 80s and their grand niece has already taken over the business. The original stall has also been revamped now.

Sister Curry Mee (暹罗姐妹咖喱面)

Spice lovers, you’ll love this curry mee!

The quintessential bowl of Penang curry mee with cuttlefish slices, coagulated pig’s blood cubes, tau pok and a dollop of chilli. Penang’s style of curry mee never comes with thick gravy. It’s always a curry soup like this.

This curry mee was aromatic with spices. And if you want more punch, just stir the chilli paste into the soup. But beware, it is pretty spicy! If you can’t take heat, then do it sparingly.

If you’re planning to visit Kek Lok Si Temple or Penang Hill, do stop by here for a bowl of curry mee. Definitely worth trying!

Sister Curry Mee
612 T, Jalan Air Itam, Pekan Ayer Itam
11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
7.30am to 1.00pm Wed-Mon
Closed on Tuesdays

+60 12-410 8152



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