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Pan mee is one of the few underrated hawker dishes originated right around here in Klang Valley that has seen some revival as of late, most notably due to chili pan mee places such as the famous Kin Kin pan mee, and restaurant Super Kitchen (which I prefer largely due to better service).

While I occasionally enjoys chili version of this dish, the true pan mee connoisseurs will always tell you that to taste the real pan mee, you need to get back to it’s origin and have the good old fashion hand peeled version.

Hock Thai restaurant, at the less glamourous area of SS 2
Hock Thai restaurant, at the less glamourous area of SS 2omb

The quest for good old school pan mee brought me to this relatively obscure row of shop lots at SS 2 that is situated somewhere behind the Bomba building and Tropicana City Mall – a corner kopitiam by the name of Hock Thai Seafood Restaurant (they serve seafood tai chao at night)

dry and normal soup version of pan mee, with hand made noodle
dry and normal soup version of pan mee, with hand made noodle

I met Michael there and we ordered both the dry and soup version of pan mee (RM 4.50). The ingredients aren’t fancy, you get the usual pan mee leave, flavorful minced meat, crunchy fried anchovies, slices of mushroom, and those sweet potato leaves.

What is special here though, is the hand made noodle. The pan mee was very soft and smooth, almost bordering the texture of koay chap yet unmistakably pan mee. It was positively delicious, the soup that comes with weren’t overly salty either, just subtle and flavorful. Furthermore, the chili paste that is served as the condiment was not a disappointment either.

This was one pan mee that I actually enjoyed eating without overloading the dish with chili.

Michael ordered an extra bowl of kolo mee
Michael ordered an extra bowl of kolo mee

A quick check on foursquare revealed that the Sarawak Kolo Mee (RM 5) too is recommended. We ordered a bowl to share, and sure enough it was another awesome choice. The thin noodle reminds me of angel hair spaghetti and I love the mixture of minced meat and deep fried garlic with the taste of char siu oil in it. Would definitely come again for this too.

If you are a fan of traditional pan mee or kolo mee, Hock Thai kopitiam is definitely a place worth checking out.

map to Hock Thai restaurant, not far behind SS 2 Bomba

Address:
Hock Thai Seafood Restaurant
Jalan SS2/103, Petaling Jaya,
Selangor 47300
GPS: 3.12653, 101.62593

Hock Thai Seafood Restaurant

After Haze’s appointment to the hospital to get her ankle checked, we found ourselves at Puchong at around 10 am looking for breakfast.

My first suggestion was Yap Chuan bak kut teh, but Haze somehow believes that bak kut teh isn’t appropriate for breakfast… I then thought we could perhaps try the fresh made yong tau foo nearby, but we found out that they weren’t open for another hour.

found this pan mee place by the side of a house in Puchong
found this pan mee place by the side of a house in Puchong

As I try to make our way out of the area, we chanced upon this little eatery with a few plastic tables set up by the side of a house that seems to enjoy brisk business.

I had no idea what they were serving initially, but we thought we should gave it a try anyway, and that proved to be an excellent choice.

soup version, with hand torn pan mee noodle
soup version, with hand torn pan mee noodle

This little place with no name has a pan mee stall. They offer pan mee in soup and dry version, and you can have the noodle in hand peeled, thick, and thin version.

The hand peeled soup pan mee Haze ordered certainly looked simple, but look can be deceiving. The peeled noodle itself were of just the right consistency, minced pork was very flavorful too, and of course, it came with anchovies, fungus, and those signature pan mee leave.

dry version with thin pan mee noodle
dry version with thin pan mee noodle

The dry pan mee with thin noodle that I ordered came with essentially the same ingredients, but with soup on the side. I love it, and I think the noodle is the star here, as with the peeled version. They just seems to get it right.

And of course, no good pan mee is complete without chili paste, and over here their chili paste is one of the best I’ve had. It definitely has a strong kick to it, but also rather fragrant at the same time, I had a second helping.

these are our OMG this is so good expressions
these are our OMG this is so good expressions

By the way, they only cost RM 4 a bowl. I think I’ll have this again next time I head there. :D

map to puchong pan mee

Address:
Between Jalan Puchong Batu 14 & Jalan Kecawi
Kampung Baru Puchong, Selangor
GPS: 2.995665,101.622873

Being from Penang where pan mee is not common, this is still one hawker dish that I have yet fully embraced. I guess same can be said for most from central region with regards to Penang style curry mee or even koay chap.

dry "mala" pan mee with chili sauce
dry “mala” pan mee with chili sauce

So I was a little bit apprehensive when Winnie suggested that we give this a try (since the lunch gang of Terence, Horng, and I all felt that our wallets gotten too light). After trying, I went back there again a few days later, it was very good!

This particular pan mee place is located at the ground floor of Wisma Cosway, just across the street from Pavilion. The tables are sprawled along the corridors below and behind the escalator, and they are rather popular with the rat racers over lunch, and often times you have to wait for an empty spot.

with anchovies and lard too!
with anchovies and lard too

There are a few versions of pan mee to choose from – dry, soup, mala (麻辣) dry, mala soup, and so on. My favorite is the mala dry version. The chili sauce here is closer to traditional pan mee chili (unlike the dry chili at superkitchen or kin kin), but they are really really super spicy (do ask for extra serving, usually the portion of chili is very small).

The soup that came with the noodle is a bit underwhelming, but the dry noodle itself was superb when you mix in the chili. The combination of super spicy chili, anchovies, pan mee, black fungus, and of course lard in that dark sauce is perfect.

map to wisma cosway
map to wisma cosway

If you’re around the area on weekdays looking for a good bowl of spicy pan mee, look no further than this place at Wisma Cosway. The whole thing is less than RM 5-6 including drinks too!

Address:
Ground Floor Wisma Cosway
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.150875, 101.711812

Pan Mee is one of Suanie’s favorite local dishes, a few weekends ago I joined her and a few others to one of the newer Pan Mee centric restaurants that sprung out these few years. We went to Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria.

Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria
Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria

I must say, pan mee isn’t one of the dishes that jumps to my mind when it comes to hawker food. Being from Penang (you virtually can’t find pan mee there), it took a little while for me to get used to, but I’m starting to like it more now. Especially one with good chili sauce to go with.

original pan mee with poach egg
original pan mee with poach egg

Cha Cha Pan Mee is located just by Jalan Bukikt Mayang Emas with ample parking space right in front of the restaurant. The restaurant itself is air conditioned and clean.

I ordered the original pan mee with poach egg (RM 6.50). It came with minced pork, pork slice, anchovies, mushroom, fuchok, and of course, the potato leave found in all proper pan mee. It was actually pretty good, and the chili paste was lovely too.  My only complain would be the serving size, it was a bit too massive!

stew pork, dried pan mee, seafood ramen
stew pork, dried pan mee, seafood ramen

Haze ordered the stew pork with rice (that curiously served with a side of anchovies)  and gave very positive feedbacks. The others had seafood ramen and dried pan mee. No one had any complains but most of us couldn’t finish our portion.

 map to cha cha pan mee at Aman Suria

Cha Cha is a pretty decent place if you’re looking for a comfortable hawker dining without all the sweat and hassle of a kopitiam. The extra RM 2 or so per dish is well worth it.

Address:
Cha Cha Pan Mee
K-G-1 & K-G-3, Jalan PJU 1/43
Aman Suria
47301 Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.12009, 101.59465
Tel: 016-660 0971

So since today is a Friday (meaning 2 hour lunch) and I was thinking of something spicy, together with Nicholas decided to pick up the nuffie Skyler for some Pan Mee in the city. Ordinarily, we would have gone to the famous Kin Kin Pan Mee, but I decided to give Restaurant Super Kitchen just across the road a chance to prove their worth since Kin Kin is always too packed, and I was never too good at tolerating horrible service anyway. Give the underdogs a chance, shouldn’t we?

Super Kitchen Chili Pan Mee opposite Kin Kin
a much more hygienic setting, with air conditioning too

We ordered the dried Pan Mee, and instead of having to wait for over half an hour in hot and sweaty condition, the food came within a few minutes. Minced pork, anchovies, poached egg, pretty much the same thing you get from their more famous counterpart. One of the most annoying thing about Kin Kin besides the owner’s attitude, is the fact that the soup always lag behind the noodle by at least 3-5 minutes. Over here, everything is served at the same time, perfect.

Super Kitchen Chili Pan Mee opposite Kin Kin
the chili is just as good and the pan mee very well made

Of course, the most important part is the taste of the food. After all, many of us might place good food above everything else. I find that the Pan Mee at Super Kitchen, if you can shrug off the psychological effect of this place offering “imitation food”, it is actually pretty good! I believe that a person who has never heard of Kin Kin would probably prefer this place especially if you take everything else (price, service, and ambiance) into consideration.

Super Kitchen Chili Pan Mee opposite Kin Kin
Nicholas is feeling the heat, over sized forehead sweating like mad

Another thing to note about this place is the choices of drinks you get to choose. While the opposite restaurant only serves a few choices of canned drinks and over sweetened herbal tea, you get much wider choices, just like an ordinary coffee shop. After discovering this place, I think I’m not going to have to put up with the famous Kin Kin again, the food is pretty much just as good, and the service with a smile won me over.

Super Kitchen Chili Pan Mee opposite Kin Kin
Restaurant Super Kitchen is just right opposite Kin Kin Pan Mee

Address:
Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1,
off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.161031, 101.698272

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