Some cravings can only be satiated by a serving of KL-style Hokkien Mee. However, finding a halal version of this hawker favourite is almost uncommon. That is until Ah Mang Mee (also known as Abang Jamal Halal Hokkien Mee) entered the food scene in Petaling Jaya.
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This third-generation stall first started in Jalan Silang before making their move to PJ Old Town where they found a new home in Stall No. 8. In the beginning, this hawker stall served Hokkien Mee with pork lard bits, the same recipe that was traditionally made by the founder.
When the baton was passed to the current owner Abang Jamal, he reinvented the Hokkien Mee recipe by replacing it with chicken bits for that extra burst of flavour as well as sambal for that extra zing!
Cooking up a storm since 2008, Abang Jamal is never alone in the kitchen. His wife, Ooi Hai Choo, will help to run things smoothly at Ah Mang Mee. She was also present when her husband decided to recreate the traditional Hokkien Mee with a Muslim-friendly twist.
“Uncle reverted to Islam in 2008. Before that, he did not use chicken. When the Japanese encephalitis epidemic occurred, our business suffered greatly, and no one could help us,” shares his wife, Ooi. “Ustaz told us that if we made Hokkien Mee using chicken, everyone in Malaysia can enjoy it! From then on, uncle makes his Hokkien Mee with chicken.”
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The Hokkien Mee is said to be so authentic, you can’t tell the difference between the halal version and the original one! “Just the other day, we had a Chinese customer who has eaten this Hokkien Mee for one year,” she recalls. “He didn’t notice that it was made with chicken!”
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While there are other things on the stall’s signboard, such as Loh Mee and Kung Fu fried noodles, your meal of the day is apparent. Order a plate of Hokkien Mee, and you’ll get slurpy thick noodles that are deliciously coated with dark soy sauce. Punctuated with cabbage, prawns and crispy chicken bits, you know it’s going to delight your palate with pleasure.
Watch our candid interview with the husband-and-wife duo behind Ah Mang Mee
Address: Ah Mang Mee (Abang Jamal Halal Hokkien Noodles), Stall No.8, Pusat Penjaja Seksyen 1/12, Jalan Othman, PJ Old Town, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operating hours: Wed-Sun, 5PM-10PM (Closed on Mon and Tue)
Halal status: Muslim-owned