Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Pan Mee Double Feature: Bao Bao and Kungfu Pan Mee

I decided to review these 2 places together because they are quite similar. They may not sell the same variety of Pan Mee but decor wise and price wise (about RM5 per person) they are virtual equals. We ate at both of these restaurants some time ago (last year!) so I can only vaguely remember how they taste like but I do remember being rather disappointed.

When we ate at Bao Bao it was at their branch in Aman Suria (can be seen along the main road) whereas Kungfu Pan Mee was located in Bandar Puchong Jaya (same row as Aircool). Recently Bao Bao opened up a branch in Bandar Puchong Jaya as well and they are located only 3 or 4 blocks away. I bet they must constantly be at each other's throats!

First up some pictures from Bao Bao:

Pan Mee at Bao Bao, Aman Suria
Something special: 4 varieties fo chillis.

Pan Mee at Bao Bao, Aman Suria
Traditional Pan Mee.

Pan Mee at Bao Bao, Aman Suria
Their trademark Pan Mee.

I may sound bad saying this but their Traditional Pan Mee was absolutely terrible. It totally lacked the mushroomy goodness of most other pan mee places. Their trademark Pan Mee fared better. It's slightly different from your usual pan mee and the highlight of the dish are the deep fried fish cakes (those brown stuff you see in the picture). Nowhere near great but decent enough. One absolutely strange thing I found about this place was the extreme sweetness of their soup. It's so sweet it tastes like sugar and I'm not entirely sure if that's a good thing.

Next up Kungfu Pan Mee:

Pan Mee at Kungfu Pan Mee, Puchong Jaya
Traditional Pan Mee.

Pan Mee at Kungfu Pan Mee, Puchong Jaya
Chilli Pan Mee.

Before I wrote this blog post I was going to complain about how tasteless Kungfu's noodles are but then I did some research (as I always do before making a post!) and found that they make use of NO MSG. True or not, I'm not sure but keep this in mind before reading the next paragraph.

Their traditional pan mee was definitely better than Bao Bao's but no better than most of the usual coffee shop pan mee stalls. Definitely a let down if only because they are unspectacular. Their Chilli Pan Mee is even worse. It's obviously (to me anyway) a rip off of the famous Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee which tastes nowhere near the original. Too bad because while Kin Kin is great I hate the bastards who run it so I always wish for a good alternative. Better luck next time I guess :)

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posted by wyejon at Tuesday, April 17, 2007 (permalink) |

4 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Anonymous npo

I think their pan mee sucks big time. anyway, there is a shop called "Mian Dui Mian" at genting Klang, near to the newly open Steven Corner and Prima Setapak condo. thier Pan Mee is the best that I've ever tried.

1:18 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

npo: sounds great... I'll keep that in mind.

7:27 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger tanalan2

Hey bro,

The best chili pan meen IMHO is at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. As u come from GH direction towards Pertama, just before the Jaln Sultan Ismail junction, you would find a HONDA showroom on your left. Turn in at the car park and you would see a stall selling Chili Pan meen..It sure rocks there.....

Also IMHO for the best Soupy vesion Pan meen is in Taman Berkerly,Klang
Email me for directions tanalan2@yahoo.com or drop by my blog at tanalan2.blogspot.com

6:30 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

tanalan2: ahh... u must be talking about Kin Kin Pan mee... that place is freaking famous.

8:14 PM  

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