When cooked right, they are silky smooth, lightly chewy and bouncy with a slight al dente bite. Topped with delicious pork and mushroom, shrimp, fried anchovies and fried shallots, it’s truly heaven in a bowl. That in 2 sentences is the definition of Pan Mee. Be it dry, chili or soupy, there is always something for everyone to go whoopee. It’s a trend, an addiction and now it’s your turn to drop by and slurp the bowls clean after memorizing this article on top 7 pan mee in Penang!
1. Queensbay Pan Mee @ Uncle Kin
Why do you need to have it: If you haven’t heard of Pan Mee for the first time and popped it’s cherry at Uncle Kin’s Pan Mee Restaurant or Queensbay Mall Pan Mee like how most Penangites know it, then you got no idea what is Pan Mee boy!
Well established Pan Mee Restaurant in Penang, it started with a humble beginning by having a few hawker stalls scattered around the island but has since moved its operations into food courts. From Queensbay to Gurney Paragon and Raja Uda(Coming Soon) this franchise has made it to the top and in the hearts of a many, Started from the bottom now we here! RM 6.90 nett for their signature Chili Pan Mee.
2. Hou Mei Yuen
Why do you need to have it: If there’s one thing I’m sure about in life more than butter on toasted bread, it’s this Pan Mee right here! As the Island’s hidden gem for the past 20 years, Hou Mei Yuen serves hand-made Al dente noodles with a generous amount of minced meat, fish balls, chewy leaves, black fungus and smack of crunchy anchovies doused in the scrumptious broth.
But what we’re really here for would be the Chilli paste composed of the right amount of spiciness, sourness with a touch of sweetness that will get you hooked so bad you’d wanna reach for their home-made Chinese tea to ease it all down.
Tuck yourself in the open space, under the trees, gobbling down the bowl of goodness dripping with that Chilli paste for less than RM 6 for a bowl, Life can’t get better than this!
Address: Jalan Bukit Gambier Flats of Taman Bukit Jambul, Taman Bukit Jambul, 11700, Gelugor, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 08.00 AM till 3 PM. Closed on Sundays
Phone: 012-299 5914
3. AhMa Pan Mee
Why do you need to have it: It’s pretty straightforward here at Ah Ma Pan Mee. Encompassing 6 mains and snacks, there ain’t any space to dwell on options! Offering unique homemade hand cut noodles inspired from the lands of Pahang, they can come in different size, color, shape, texture as well as flavor. Furthermore, the focus of the restaurant on healthy preparation method – less oil, less salt has garnered a staunch supporter since its inception.
4. AhGu Pan Mee
Why do we need to have it: Ah Gu Pan Mee is no regular! Instead of the old school anchovies and minced meats, they incorporate scallions and clams with their noodles. Highly recommend the soup version that has soaked in the sweet flavor of the seafood, serving you flavors on top of flavors! Gotta Try: Scallion Pan Mee (RM4.50) or Clam Pan Mee (RM 8.50)
5) I Mum Mum
Why do you need to have it: The crispy pork pan mee generously sprinkled with sesame seeds is one of the city’s best noodle dishes. Don’t miss out on the fried dumplings or the fried tofu skin giving it a crunch while digging into the al-dente noodles accompanied with a little bit of chili flakes or their in-house chili paste! Best Part: An Awesome Noodle Restaurant with a spending of less than RM8 per person!
6) Sinkee Chilli Pan Mee
Why you need to have it: The Bayan Lepas Peeps! Where Y’all heading for lunch? Order them noodles with a side of the crispy pork chop (RM8.90). Cooked to tender with a crunch on the outside leaving the inside seasoned with salt and sesame magic, this joint doesn’t disappoint the hungry lunch hour hoppers! Oh, and for the pescetarian, they’ve got an option of Fried Fish Dry Pan Mee 🙂
Address: 110-01-15 The Summerton, Bayan Lepas
Phone: 04-371 2591
7. Face to Face Noodle House
Cool Story: The founder of this restaurant migrated from China to Hong Kong then to Sarawak and mastered the art of making noodles old school style and today 105 years later and with over 35 outlets across Malaysia, Face to Face is known for their Sarawak Kolo Mee, Dry and Soup Pan Mee complemented by different types of homemade sauces, chili and sambal, developed to be a perfect fit for a particular broth or cooking style.
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