Restoran Pan Heong, Batu Caves

Bangsar-bAbE: Shum shum, I’m taking you and rif for lunch this Saturday. So meet me at my place and we can go from there, ok?

Shum: Where are we going?

Bangsar-bAbE: Not telling you. Just wear casual clothes and try not to wear long pants or a long sleeve shirt. And bring your appetite!

Shum: Yerrrrr!!! *gives me her annoyed look when I don’t tell her things*

Come Saturday, the three of us got into rif’s car and headed towards Batu Caves. Within 30 minutes (with slight traffic), we were at Pan Heong, a restaurant famous for its Sang Har Hor Fun and porridge. At 12.15pm, the place was packed with many people (us included) waiting for a table.I ordered the Sang Har Hor Fun, which was essentially a dish of fresh water prawns over flat rice noodles in thick gravy. This is highly recommended by rif (this fella really pandai makan!) because according to him, the natural sweetness of the prawns brings out the flavour of the gravy. You need to order a minimum of two prawns and you can choose between hor fun or loh shi fun (rats tail noodles).Our noodles (RM36) came with two medium-sized prawns (halved) with their heads full of bright orange roe. Just the sight of it immediately made my mouth water. The orange-ish gravy was full of prawn-y goodness and it was rich with roe. The prawns were bouncy, sweet and succulent; its sweetness was enhanced by the rich and earthy flavour of rice wine. This clever combination of juicy prawns, eggy gravy and wok hei tinged noodles was wickedly delicious! I’m salivating as I’m writing this… *wipes drool*Stewed pork is one of my favourite things to eat, but my mum would NEVER let me eat such fatty meat. Seeing how deprived I am, the kau yuk mai fun (vermicelli with stewed pork) is definitely a must order whenever I get the chance to do so! (RM15)The fatty pork was full of flavour and almost melts in the mouth. Each strand of the springy mee hoon was well coated with stewed pork oil and gravy. It also had a distinct wok hei flavour, and I enjoyed this tremendously!I saw a few tables having a plate of nam yue pork (RM11.50) so I followed suit. Nam yue is a red fermented beancurd that is very salty with a distinctive flavour and a hint of rice wine. The pork had a light and crispy exterior, while the inside was tender with just the right ratio of meat and fat. It is best eaten hot as the meat becomes slightly harder once it turns cold. Halfway through our food, we got greedy and ordered the loh mee with frog legs for 2 people (RM15.50). Topped with fragrant fried shallots, the thick and flavourful gravy was further heightened with a dash of vinegar. I reckon the gravy is similar to the one used in the sang har hor fun, but the frog legs gave it a different twist. This tasted lighter and less rich compared to the former.

I didn’t care much for frog legs but it was smooth and tender. While the loh mee was decent, it failed to outdo the sang har noodles and kau yuk mai fun. We couldn’t finish the mee as we were very full, so we tapau-ed the balance home.All the above came up to RM81.30 inclusive of 2 cups of herbal tea and one Chinese tea. Pretty reasonable don’t you think? It’s quite difficult to find parking…so exercise some patience and be prepared to walk!

Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 7/10
Food: (non-halal)
Sang Har Hor Fun - 8.5/10
Kau Yuk Mai Fun8/10
Nam Yue Pork - 7.5/10
Frog Leg Loh Mee7/10
Verdict: Possibly the best Sang Har noodles I’ve had, and the kau yuk mai fun is a must order!

No. 2
Jln Medan Batu Caves 2
03 6187 7430
Business Hours: 8am-3.30pm

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Comments

  1. thenomadGourmand says:

    Luv how u desc the food here! almost made me abandon office & drive over NOW!
    Almost ;)

  2. UnkaLeong says:

    Man, you guys can really eat! All that for three people? Something tells me we will be paying htem a visit real soon :)

  3. Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    Love this place. My colleagues went there last weekend and frantically called me. I asked, "what's up?" They said my blog post is on their wall. ROFL. I guess they read blogs too. :-)

  4. 550ml jar of faith says:

    Noooooo!! I want one of EACH!! All to myself! And I've just started a diet today, after all that holiday indulgence! I'm doomed!

  5. thule a.k.a leo says:

    read awol's blog a few months ago regarding this place but still off limit to me due to it's location and non air-conditioned…
    Hope that their kau yuk mee hoon & nam yue pork are comparable to my mom's :)

  6. i've only recently become a big fan of sang har meen, but i've never tried this flat noodles version before. better than the crispy noodles version?

  7. Last Week I buy Pineapple Tart at Pan Heong Restoran oh so good taste really original taste sure u like it

  8. Life for Beginners says:

    Oooh… lovely prawny, roe-y, gooey goodness… Man, all I had for lunch was a Caesar salad and now you're making me hungry all over again! Bad, bad Bangsar-bAbE! ;)

  9. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    LFB – Hehehe…come let's go for another round! Kenot tell CK…he might scold me for sabotaging your diet! *winks* ;P

    vinlee – Got pineapple tarts?? I didn't know if…or else I sure buy!

    Sean – Since I'm a fan of wat tan hor, I'd say YES! Both versions are good, but it's up to the individual lor… ;D

  10. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    leo – It's not THAT hot…got a lot of misting fan. Never try never know!

    550ml – Get more ppl to share…then you won't feel so guilty! =P

    LL – Hahaha…you're fehmes!! But really…your post and photos were good…they did the food justice! =D

  11. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    unka – We were greedy…and yeah, I have a huge gut feeling this will be your next visit! *hor becks?*

    nomad – Almost only ah? Aiks…I have to be more convincing next time! Kekeke =P

  12. yummy yummy yummy love it. U guys really know how to dig good food lol. Another place to add into my list of good food that need to be try .

  13. mimid3vils says:

    Canned kau yok is used for the mee hoon? Long time didn't go to this place dy, coz always have long q waiting for table *sigh*

  14. Frat Mustard says:

    I totally love Pan Heong. My favourite dish there is actually one of the cheapest… Mee Mamak! Awesome stuff… drooooolzzz…

  15. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Frat – I saw quite a few ppl ordering the mee mamak…but I just HAD to order the kau yuk mai fun. Next time…next time!! =)

    mimi – I think it's the can one kua…if not then how come so flavourful and shiok?

    Ya…have to wait, or go before 12 lor!

    jenny – Hehehe…we go everywhere just to eat! =P

  16. Shleesy says:

    the hor fun minus the fresh water prawn is even better…. brings out the real wok hei of it

  17. Sugar Bean says:

    Not sure where exactly this restaurant is located in. Anything to do with Batu Caves? Looks good, would love to check them out!

  18. taufulou says:

    aiks..again read your blog at the wrong time, lunch time now, but cant drive that far..

    will try that since you said its the best you have eaten so far~
    heeee

  19. worldwindows says:

    I think you have ordered most the the best dishes. Weekends is no go for me as I don't like to wait near people's table:)

  20. Gosh! nice and clean photo, really drooled for the deep fried pork!

  21. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    vixar – Hehehe…it WAS drool-worthy!

    worldwindows – I missed one…the mee goreng. That's my next order when I revisit! =)

    taufulou – Tomorrow's Friday…can take long lunch, no?

  22. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Sugar Bean – It's near Batu Caves…exact location must ask rif. He knows the way better! =P

    Shleesy – Really?? Then I'll try one version with prawns and one version without next time! ;)

  23. My Taste Heaven says:

    speaking of pork, i was wondering that have you ever tried out a place called El Cerdo at Changkat Bukit Bintang??

    I just came back from KL and had paid them a visit. To be frank, i never had such delicious pork in my life, that was a great pork-culinary-journey!!!

  24. The pork looks tempting!!!
    The loh mee is unique with frog legs. I think I should go try 1 day. :)

    Btw, Bangsar-babe, perhaps you wanna try out Loh Mee at Sunwaymas. This restaurant serves Loh Mee which I think is nice. It's called Kinsoon. :D

  25. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    CWF – It sure does! ;)

    Kinsoon? Never heard of this place before…will try looking for it when I happen to be around that area!

    My Taste Heaven said – Nope…I haven't tried El Cerdo, I frequent Deutsches Haus across the road instead.

    I've heard so many ppl rave about El Cerdo…but it's better to go in a big group, can try more things! ;D

  26. I told u the Pineapple Tart In KL is No 1 I never take the Pineapple Tart Like this Original Tast and the Pineapple Jam is Great Next Time U go Pan Heong Remember Buy a pack to try it 1st sure u love it. After Tast let me know ok.

  27. you should have tried the frogs leg porridge. he he

  28. It doesnt open at night! what a shame!

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