Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pan Heong With the Pantheon of Gods & Goddesses

As mystical and elusive as the gods that reside on Mt Olympus, a trip to Pan Heong somehow always failed to materialize, until one day, the Goddess herself, Boolicious of Masak Masak, decided to intervene and snapped her fingers, and lo and behold, and outing was organised in less than 5 minutes.

The way we rendezvous-ed to form a convoy heading to Pan Heong makes you think it's located in an orang asli settlement in the foothills of the Titiwangsa range.... actually, its VERY easy to find. Turn off to the Batu Caves/Kuantan road from Jln Kuching, take the first left after the huge elevated roundabout, and left again. The chinese school is the landmark.

We are amongst celebrities..... Lil Chef, from Senses, KL Hilton (Frat's and my idol and hero), Aly, his other half, from Red FM, fasting growing English language station in Malaysia, and of course, no need for introductions, the Queen of the DSLR....who incidentally has her own blog post pasted up on the walls of Pan Heong. That's like having your painting in the sistine chapel.

The Youth of Today.

Monkey indulges in a supersized Jam Tart which Boolicious brought back from Singapore. They were delightfully buttery, with pastry that crumbles in the mouth.

This is some potato leaf vegetable dish. Aisehman, how to be food blogger like this? Can't even describe the vegetables correctly. I think its called Fan Shue Yip....literally, potato leaves. It has a lovely slim texture, and enough chlorophyll to make you want to go into the sun and photosynthesize.

Aren't we lucky to have such lovely ladies (or girls) to serve us? Lovely century egg and fish congee, which is one of their signatures. Smooth texture like a baby's bottom.

Actually, the century egg was surprisingly good quality. Our local century eggs somehow usually lack that rich, gooey yolks that the Hong Kong ones have. Maybe Hong Kong/China ducks lay golden eggs. Our local yolks are usually hard and tasteless. The one in the congee was well, not as good as the Hong Kong ones, but better than most local ones.

The MUCH famed and hyped about Sang Har noodle. (Freshwater Noodle). The twist is they use kueh teow instead of sang mee. I myself am an ardent Sang Mee fan, but this kueh teow option was very palatable indeed. Lovely silky smooth rice noodles slithering down the throat coupled with that rich prawny roe gravy. Divine!

Kau Yoke Meehoon. It's like that Mui Choi Kau Yoke dish, except with mee hoon, without the mui choi. (its a fatty pork with preserved vegetables dish). Very good, and we were bemoaning the fact that there was only one plate. That was duly rectified.

Nam Yue Pork. Deep fried filleted pork in a preserved bean coating. Lovely and crisp, the kind of food that goes well with booze. Which we thankfully had. A couple of bottles of Savignon Blanc made for a lovely nap after lunch.

Mee Mamak, in a chinese tai chow. 1 Malaysia!!!! However, they should leave the mee mamaks to the mamaks... it was okay in itself, if you do not compare, but as far as Mee Mamak goes, I think the resemblance was about as much as me and Jet Li. The similarity stopped at the Yellow.

Encore plate of the Kau Yuk meehoon.

Two satisfied children.

So, is it worth the hype? Well, the food is good, no doubt about it. I would definitely go back again at the soonest opportunity. Go early, coz it was packed, and without our Goddess's influence, I wonder if we would've gotten a seat at all.


Life for Beginners said...

The porridge and the veges were very good. I won't mind going back just for those two dishes. :)

And all Hail the Goddess for arranging this with her usual panache!

Anonymous said...

Why can't you indicate the address of this place?

Not everyone who reads your blog will go to Batu Caves from Jalan Kuching.

UnkaLeong said...

Months of talking about it went by..All it took was a text msg from boo. LOL. Thankfully, ayam still youthful in your eyes ;)

We should do this again soonlah...convoy pigi bermakan.

fatboybakes said...

LFB, hail indeed the goddess.

anonymous, thank god for GOOGLE. i myself do not know the address, but upon googling it, i found it, and the first hit is lemongrass's blog herself. the add is : No. 2, Jalan Medan Batu Caves 2,
Medan Batu Caves, 68100 Bt Caves.

unka, jom makan. anytime bro.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

All hail our Goddess!

That was an extremely satisfying meal. Easy peasy to get there too.

Eh what youth of today? Unkaleong's an old man already lah.

thule a.k.a leo said...

received sms from Boo herself but I couldn't make it due to unforseen circumstances :(
I crave for the kau yuk meehoon and sang har hor fun *drooling at the sight of those dishes already*
Boo... if u r reading this, pls notify me in any event of makan trip ok??? the earlier the better :)

Simon Seow said...

Ah, I miss the prawn hor fun there.

gfad said...

Ever since I heard about the Kau Yoke mee hoon from WMW (her fix is frm this insignificant little shop near Nanking Vegetarian rest in Sect 19), have been dying to try it.

So this miracle vege, got slimming effects ar? Maybe makes all the fats slide down the intestines hence the floaties? ^_^

CUMI & CIKI said...

fantastic ahpa.. no wonder ur my ahpa.. u write like a KING:D

Kenneth said...

Uncle CY, (:P)

My favorite place for Fish Porridge (with added Yee Pin @ Fish Slices and extra century eggs), Wa Tan Hor (usually we have 3 - 4 plates between 2 - 3 people hehehe) and Choi Sam Ching Chau ... Wah liu ... I've never tasted Choi Sam like theirs. I think they lace it with weed, grass and high quality coke. ;)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Ah Pa, why never call me along? *sob*

The lor mee with fish slices is also quite decent, but definitely not as good as the sang har hor fun or kau yuk mai fun. =)

aly said...

OMG I'm writing about Pan Heong now and I wanna go back! Best Sang Har Hor Fun I've tried :) Great post Mr. Bakes. go out and photosynthesize - haha!

minchow said...

Bwahahaha... oh c'mon, you're selling yrself short! Resemblance between you and Jet Li must extend beyond just Yellow! But then again, can't imagine him being remotely funny or baking a cake, and can't imagine you playing token Asian bad guy role in B-grade Hollywood action flick.

fatboybakes said...

minchow, that's a good pun...sell yourself short....

ALY dear, great minds think alike hor... cant wait to read yours...

bangsar babe, dearie, i wasnt the organiser...i didnt even drive.

fatboybakes said...

kenneth, where HAVE you been? so long time no see. chis, its uncle FBB, not the real initials pleeez. hahaha.

ciki girl ah, write like a king? what does that mean ah??? usually kings get people to write for them wor.

gfad, who said its a miracle veggie?

fatboybakes said...

simon, we should all go again soon hor.

thule, yeah, you were missed. what a pity.

thamby, hail indeed....

qwazymonkey said...

Yar man, thank the Goddess for intervening. Lord knows when we'd finally go there if it weren't for her.

And see! The things I do for your blog! LOL

Frat said...

I'm orgynising the next one because I don't want to miss anymore chowtut sessions. Sek Yuen was bad enough and now this... GAHHHH!!!!

Yin said...

FBB and Jet Li, hee hee hee hee :D

Frat - remember to invite me yah when u organize the next trip to Pan Heong :) Hopefully I'll be in KL!!

Tummy Rumble said...

I love the way u describe your food.. Left me laughing for a while.. good on you :)

Kenneth said...

Ooops. Sorry Uncle FBB. He he. I just to Pan Heong yesterday. Photos on FB soon. ;). I've been busy working la and on Friday picked up naughty cake for cOlleague's birthday in Genting. He he. How have you been?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

looks like im really the last blogger out there who havent gone la..

fatboybakes said...

nipples, you havent? how cannnn!

kenneth, dats betta. i been okay. u?

tummy rumble, thanks for dropping by.

fatboybakes said...

yinz, well, one can dream la hor. (of having similarities with jet, not getting an invite to pan heong la)

frat frat frat, my dear chap, yes, indeed you must take the helm.

monkey, err...what did you do for my blog ah?

EvonneC said...

where in singapore can i find the delectable pineapple tarts featured?

fatboybakes said...

evonne, better ask boolicious of masak masak. i havent a clue!