At first the idea of going all the way to Batu Caves, even on a Sunday, seemed daunting. But surprisingly, it was a breeze driving there - just take the MRR and go straight all the way!
When I reached Pan Heong, I experienced a sense of deja vu - I have been to this place before - long time ago! I haven't started blogging yet back then - heck, blogging must have been an alien word many years ago!
Even from the sidewalk you can see how immensely popular this place is! There were scores of people waiting at the front of the shop (they have considerately put chairs for people to sit & wait). Everyone was pretty patient - that's because they have a pretty good system for you to get a table. Register your name and you will be given a table number in due course.
While waiting, I took a walk round the place and saw these pineapple tarts for sale. I heard they're pretty good but after our meal, we didn't buy any of it. Hmmm... maybe next time.
After about 25 minutes' wait, we got our table and quickly placed our orders with the friendly auntie-captain. First to arrive was this plate of Sweet Potato Shoots - lightly and fragrantly tossed with garlic and chillies. Nice appetizer - it quickly disappeared and we waited eagerly for the next dish.
Next dish: Fried Pork Belly - beautifully marinated with nam yue (preserved beancurd), chinese wine and fried crispily. This disappeared in record time, I tell you! Definitely a must-order item!
Next, came the carbs!
Rice Porridge - silky smooth with slices of uber fresh "sang yue" (ikan haruan) and chunks of century eggs. This pic below hardly does justice but believe me, you have to taste the porridge to fully appreciate what I'm trying to describe here, LOL! You can actually choose what you wish to have in your porridge - the captain rattled off choices like pork ribs, frog legs, fish, prawns etc.
Floggers have raved about their Kau Yoke Meehoon (Meehoon with Stewed Pork) and when this was served, I can totally relate to their ravings! The rice vermicelli had totally absorbed all the sinful fattiness of the stewed pork, resulting in a dish that makes you crave for more. No joke. Worry about the lard & cholesterol tomorrow - you definitely cannot miss this out.
Their Cantonese-style Kwayteow aka "Wat Tan Hor" was totally good. LL told me he's still having dreams about this one! The full of wok-hei pan-fried kwayteow was doused with a divine eggy gooey gravy with slices of pork, sotong, shrimps and the mandatory sawi. I'm usually not a fan of wat tan hor but this version had me hooked.
Next up: Lor Mee with Frog Legs. The slithery fat yellow noodles were totally immersed in a huge bowl of eggy goodness, plump frogs (eewww, does that sound kinda gross??), sawi and generous toppings of fragrant fried shallots. Initially I really had my doubts whether we could finish that giant bowl of noodles (even though there were 12 of us!) - but hey, what do you know - the bowl was practically wiped clean!
Now... the Star of the meal >>> Sang Har Kwayteow (Freshwater Prawns Noodles)! OMG!!! It was indeed the Star (and the moon and the sun and tra la la la!)
Huge giant freshwater prawns @ RM18 each - for 12 of us, we ordered 5 prawns and at RM90, this was a steal. The big plate of yummy kwayteow submerged in a sea of cholesterol-laden prawny gravy, topped with superfresh prawns laden with bright orange roe, totally knocked us off.
Generally, the noodles served here are full of fiery wok-hei. Like Unkaleong warned: Do not attempt this at home, unless you really have a HUGE POWERFUL stove, and even so, you run the risk of burning your house down!
You see, the noodles were so good that one does not hesitate to eat from the serving plate :-))
It was a totally satisfying lunch ~ these cleaned-out plates & bowls bear testament to that fact!
Address and contact number of Pan Heong are stated in the bill above. Do call ahead to check if they're open - I heard they have offdays, but dunno when!