Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Great Soup Pan Mee - Tin Ai Ker, Chow Kit

One look at the pictures betrays how long this post has been in my draft folder, over six months actually (note: pictures taken with my old camera phone). Mention the words pan mee and Chow Kit together and you'd be forgiven for thinking about Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee (which I have not reviewed yet). Nope this is the other Pan Mee stall in Chow Kit.

I have been coming here for probably over 5 years now although not as frequent as in the early years. Their standards have been deteriorating lately but even then they are still heads above most of their competitors. What makes them so great is quite simply that they're different from the regular pan mee you find in most places.

As far as I know they don't serve any dry (konlo) version. I haven't actually tried ordering dry pan mee though. If you go there perhaps you can give it a try... but don't blame me if you get laughed off :)

There's nothing much to the stall. It's a roadside stall with a few tables.

So like I mentioned in the paragraph above they only serve Pan Mee with soup. What's great is the soup which they generously sprinkle with fried shallots and mushrooms plus some slices of pork and vegetables. Their soup is not the common clear type. I'm not too sure about this but I believe it's the fried shallots that give the soup its murky colour.

Soup Pan Mee.

Here's how I think is the best way to eat it. Order a bowl and make sure it comes along with an egg (it's an add-on order). Squeeze in some lime (limau kasturi). Eat along with the spicy spicy chilli sauce provided. If you have a strong tongue you can get an even spicier kick by adding in bird's eye chilli (cili padi) to the chilli sauce.

To get to Tin Ai Ker Pan Mee travel along Jalan Raja Laut until you see hotel (can't remember the name). Turn right at the junction right in front of the hotel. The stall is at the end of the road right in front of some harberdashery shops.

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