Thursday, December 23, 2010

Restoren Pan Heong @ Medan Batu Caves, KL

I wanna go back soon :( ....

Batu Caves...
... an interestingly hilly area with beautiful limestone caves and that famous Indian temple that has a giant gold statue of Lord Murugan and the famed 272 steps.

It is also an area that is fairly well known for traffic jams and since I hardly ever venture there, essentially it is pretty much a complete mystery to me.

I had always wanted to try the famous Pan Heong restaurant there though (map at the end of post - please don't ask me for directions :P)... and was overjoyed when my colleagues brought me there for lunch one day:
Outside the restaurant...

Luckily we arrived JUST moments before the regular lunch crowd, but even then, the restaurant was already packed:
(Still, we were lucky that we didn't have to stand around to wait for a table)

- To balance out the meal, we ordered the Stir fried Veggies with Garlic (about RM 6)
Greens are good for you...

Nutritionally, these are an essential order (fibre and vitamins, 2 things you need a lot of on a daily basis) but taste-wise the slightly "old" stalks of were at the most, forgettable.

- Moving on the the main fare, first up, the Mee Goreng Mamak (Mamak style fried noodles) (about RM 10, small size):
My dinner...

The noodles were tasty and had some wok hei (wok fried fragrance), which gave it an added kick. The only thing that held it back for me was that the slices of pork were ever so slightly tough.

- The Pei Tahn Sau Yuk Chuk (Century Egg and Sliced Pork Porridge) (about RM 12, small size) is another one of their specialties:
A lighter option...

While I appreciated that the porridge texture was fairly thick (without being too thick) yet smooth, overall the taste was just ok to me.
(Didn't like that the pieces of dried oyster inside were a little hard)

- Of course, being the babitarian that I am, I insisted we ordered the Kau Yuk Mai Fun (Braised pork rice noodles) (about RM 12, small size)
Plate of SIN :D...

I was in porky heaven - the moist noodle strands were soaked with savoury goodness (maybe a bit too soft for some though), and matched well with the slices of slightly sweet but savoury pork.
:D :D :D
Closer, closer... NOM.

To be completely fair, the meat could have been a bit more tender... and it really is ridiculously unhealthy due to how oily the noodles were (in no small part due to the melted fats from the pork, I'm sure).
(Warning: Make sure you eat the noodles while they are fresh/hot, or it may get a bit yucky)

Still, I definitely enjoyed it, and would not think twice about ordering it again if I ever manage to venture to that part of town again.

Due to my over-excitement on finally trying out this much blogged about restaurant, we completely over-ordered that day. :)
(My bad)

... There were only 3 of us, but all this food could have comfortably fed 5 people instead.
(Somehow, we managed to finish almost all of it though... or I did anyway. *blush*)

So, it's: Simple coffeeshop setting, yummy local Chinese rice, noodle and a la carte dishes at decent prices BUT it's a popular place so be prepared to wait for a table and parking can also be a pain....

Summary Information:;
Pan Heong @ Medan Batu Caves

Opening Hours: (approx) 8am to 3pm
Phone: 03-6187 7430
Address: No. 2, Jalan Medan Batu Caves 2, Medan Batu Caves, 68100 Bt Caves, Kuala Lumpur.



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  1. i love love LOVE the food here! where the heck is the sanghar kwey teow?!! Best! LOL

  2. what? like ciki said "where the heck is the sang har kuey teow?" LOL! It's a must order you know??
    Kau yuk meehoon is good... but without the sang har dish, your trip to Pan Heong is not complete my dear!
    Next time go there and order this.. plus the nam yue zhar yuk!

  3. Ya...where's the sang har mee? You must try the nam yue pork too! Next time I go then you come along la... =D

  4. Love the kau yuk mai fun here. And the porridge. And the wat tan hor. And the nam yue pork. Have you seen the cans of stewed pork in the tong sampah behind? Scary!

  5. No Snag Har Mein? Where Can? Coume, come we go back makan there :P Must eat their standout dish!

  6. arghh, what horrible opening hours! why don't they open for dinner?! sob sobbb ... on weekdays, i can't escape the office for lunch breaks, and on weekends, i only wake up at 2pm :D
    the braised pork noodles do look goooooood! if you ever go there again, tar pau some for me and bring it over to my office! i'll offer you a mojito, a cosmopolitan and a singapore sling in return! *burp* and *hic* heheh :D

  7. The kau yuk mai fun looks like to-die-for! Definitely something I'd like to try, albeit a little oily, but worth it!

  8. to Ciki and thule and Bangsar-Babe and Unka Leong:
    3 of us at that time only lah, so how to eat porridge and mee mamak (their choices) and kau yuk mai fun (my choice) AND sang har kuey teow AND nam yue char yuk?

    Come. We all make a trip there together gether soon? :D

    to Lyrical Lemongrass:
    Oh dear. The pork comes out of a can wan ah? Didnt see... :(
    (Ah well, it's still yummy tho)

    to Sean:
    LOL. I think it wont taste nice if taken away... Just wake up a biiiiit earlier, roll urself into the car and we make our way down there one weekend? :)

    to iamthewitch:
    Yeah! :) Worth every calorie!
    (Probably one small bowl is already = 800 calories but once in a while is ok, right?)

  9. What? no sang har hor fun? How can?

  10. What? no sang har hor fun? How can?

  11. Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderfully delicious new year ahead!

  12. Ah, 'tis been a while since my first visit to Pan Heong too. Their congee is very, very smooth.

    And... may you and all your loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with love and joy...

    Hugs from Devil & Kenny :)

  13. Yup, a place that deserves a pilgrimage. But I haven't got myself that far yet, when it comes to food hunting.

    Soon enough, I guess.

  14. to qwazy monkey:
    Only 3 ppl there for lunch mah - each chose one dish (and the other two didn't want the sang har mee. *boo hoo)...

    to babe_kl:
    Thanks *HUGS*...
    And hope you do too. :)

    to Life For Beginners:
    Overdue for another trip? :)
    (Lets go........! You have a GPS?)

    to J2Kfm:
    Do you have a GPS? Let's go let's go! :)

  15. always super packed, but damn yums! :D

  16. To KY:
    mmmmm. I just wish it were nearer to where I live....
    (then can eat there more often!)


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