Pan Mee is a popular noodle dish in Malaysia. This Hakka-style noodle can be found in food courts, hawker stalls, pan mee specialty shops and even restaurants.
Pan Mee, literally means flat noodles as the dough is hand kneaded, flattened and pinched into dough pieces with irregular shapes. With the help of a noodle flattener, pan mee also comes in the form of noodle strands – thick or thin. The pieces of dough are then cooked in a boiling broth and served together with all the other essential ingredients.
Some like their pan mee dry with a dark soya sauce gravy, and some innovative owners have also come out with their own version of pan mee such as chili pan mee, ma-la pan mee, curry pan mee and so on. However, I like my pan mee in soup form. It is usually served with crispy fried anchovies, minced pork, mushrooms and sayur manis (sweet potato leaves). It is a Hakka comfort food in a bowl – simple but satisfying. Here’s our pick for three best soup pan mee in the Klang Valley:
Fatty Mee Hoon Kueh House
Fatty Mee Hoon Kueh House is a famous pan mee house in Taman Berkeley, Klang. This intermediate coffee shop is very packed during the weekends, and sometimes an order can take about one hour to arrive.
Patrons will need to order at the stall, with options to add poached egg, meat, choy sum, fried ikan bilis and so on.
Every bowl of mee hoon kuih, which is the Hokkien word for pan mee, is prepared on the spot, so we prayed that our order wouldn’t take too long to arrive. The mee hoon kuih noodles were paper thin, incredibly smooth and silky that sometimes it is difficult to grip them with chopsticks. Since the noodles were cooked al dente, they had a pleasant chewy texture. The broth had a mildly sweet flavour, from the slow boiling of anchovies and pork bones. Our only gripe was that they do not serve kick-ass chili sauce here.
Priced at RM5 (without egg), the mee hoon kuih offers good value for money. Other than Baby Seafood, Restoran Boston and bakuteh, Fatty Mee Hoon Kuih House is one of the reasons that entice us to travel the great distance to Klang.
Fatty Mee Hoon Kuih House
Address: 19 Lebuh Bangau, Taman Berkeley, Klang
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 11pm
GPS coordinates: 3.0600615,101.4634448
Hoi Kee Coffee Shop
Hoi Kee coffee shop is our frequent stop during weekends, partly because we have grown so familiar with most of the food stalls in this humble little corner coffee shop. Most of them offer great variety and good value for money, which is why the coffee shop is always packed to the brim during lunch hour. If you are planning to stop by, be prepared to share a table with strangers.
We are regulars at the pan mee stall in Hoi Kee Coffee Shop. The owner prepares hand-pulled pan mee in soup or dry version. I like mine with soup (RM5) and it always comes in a generous portion and topped with fried anchovies, pork and sweet leaves.
The hand-pulled noodles are smooth but thicker as compared to Fatty’s version. This is also the reason why the noodles have a firmer texture with a good bite. The clear broth is light and comforting, reminding me of my mum’s version. For RM5, and substantial amount of ingredients thrown in, the pan mee is enough to fuel you for the rest of the day.
Kedai Kopi & Makanan Hoi Kee
Address: No. 2, Jalan Segambut Tengah, Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 12pm, (Closed on Sundays)
GPS coordinates: 3.1857693,101.6782862
Lian Kee @ Old Klang Road
This humble little pan mee stall located along Old Klang Road is a recent discovery. The stall is run by a husband-and-wife team and apart from pan mee, they also serve tong sui (sweet soup), or kueh (yam cake) and popiah.
Patrons can choose to have thin noodles, thick noodles or hand-pinched noodles to go with their bowl of soup pan mee. We always settle for the hand-pinched noodle as it is thin and smooth.
The broth is top notch – sweet and flavourful resulting from long hours of boiling pig bones and dried anchovies. The owner also adds in grounded dried anchovies powder to accentuate the flavour. Remember to be here as early as 8.00pm as the pan mee sells out really fast.
Pan Mee Stall
Address: Batu 4 1/2, Jalan Kelang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 8.00pm onwards
GPS Coordinates: 3.1036928,101.6771957
Let us know what we have been missing and which stall is your favorite? Ho Kien Pan Mee @ SS19? Fei Por Pan Mee @ Seri Kembangan? We will try to visi them all to expand the list. =))
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