Merdeka = holiday. Time to take a breather. And to go out for brunch with Dad and Mom. We went to a coffeeshop in Bercham but everything was sold out and we had to gulp down our poor-tasting coffee and leave.
We decided to check out Peking Pan Mee Noodles Shop in Medan Ipoh Bistari. It's located at the row of shophouses next to the Petronas station next to the Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah drive-thru McDonald's (formerly known as Tasek Road). It's situated opposite Ka Fe Tim and is just a few doors away from Japanese restaurant Akamomiji.
When we arrived, it was about 11:30 am only but the place was packed and we had to wait awhile for a table. The shop accomodates about 15 tables only, but it was a great escape from the heat. The staff took quite a long time to clear the tables and our tummies were rumbling already! The moment we saw a vacant table being cleared by a foreign worker, we pounced on it.
We requested for a menu, which, thankfully they had because we are Mandarin illiterates! But, the menu was, erm, digustingly covered with somebody's spilt coffee... To get the workers to get our orders took quite a bit of time. And we only got to order about 15 minutes later. Five staff but seriously lacking in manpower. Our noodles came 10 minutes later, but there was a jumble of orders with the table next to us. The staff wasn't sure what noodle was what? Need a better system?
Where are the wolfberries?! RM 5.00I decided to go with the Wolfberry Pan Mee (kei chi). But where were the wolfberries? It was in the noodle itself, thus, the orangey hue. But, the only taste of it that I could make out was the very mild sourish taste of kei chi which leached into the clear soup. Very generous with the noodles. But the homemade fishballs were not there!
Priced at RM 5.00 as well, the Dry Curry Chicken Pan Mee fared better than the wolfberry one. The pan mee for this one was flat. It wasn't too oily and there was even a piece of liver. Mom said it was not bad but felt it was a little dry.
Dad settled for the Spicy Fermented Soya Bean Fish Head Pan Mee. Not attractive at all. But don't be deceived! It tasted the best at RM 7.00. They were very generous with the fish which was cut into smaller pieces. The fish was pretty fresh too. The soup was very mildly spicy and tasted like miso with a light wine taste.
They provide sambal belacan which smelt good. But our joy was shortlived because it had no 'kick'. Not spicy at all! Need to double up on cili padi. Hehe.
Other than noodles, they serve soup dumplings for RM 5.00. There are about 12 types of noodles served here and the most expensive item, priced at RM 10.00 is the Ginger Wine Chicken Pan Mee which is only available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. They make their own noodles without preservatives and it's fresh. Other types of noodles include pumpkin and spinach. They serve Chinese herbal deserts as well.
All in all, it's something different from the usual pan mee sold elsewhere. But they don't serve hand-torn pan mee.
Address: 30, Medan Ipoh 1E, Ground Floor, Medan Ipoh Bistari, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Contact: 0127288727, 0125149782
Opening hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm daily