Just watched an excellent episode of Chic Eats entirely on desserts. Great for those of you who have a sweet tooth as they made these amazing cupcakes that resemble the city skyline complete with King Kong, featured this restaurant which serves desserts only in Barcelona and Sam Mason's crazy desserts. If you wish to recreate the cupcakes, the recipe is online at the website. Strange the series is known to us as Chic Eats but it's called Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie in the USA.
Back to savoury items instead of desserts, this time round it's pan meen. Located just off the Arab Square in the Bukit Bintang area, you can't miss this shop when you're driving down the slope of Jalan Beremi. If you're walking from the office area of Jalan Raja Chulan, it's definitely good cardio exercise since it's uphill all the way till you reach the shop.
Originally concocted during the Japanese occupation when rice was scarce, the noodles now come in various forms. My mother remembers childhood days when they used to just scoop out the pan meen dough with a spoon and boil it in the anchovy (ikan bilis) stock and vegetables. Nowadays, the dough is stretched and hand torn into tiny pieces (known as mee hoon kuih) or flattened and cut up to resemble wantan mee or fettucine strands. You can also opt to have it with soup or dry.
Since it was still pretty hot that day, I had the dry version with the thick and flat noodles. Tossed in dark soy sauce and topped with crunchy anchovies (ikan bilis), minced meat and sliced chinese mushrooms, it was delicious. Accompanied with the anchovy stock and a good portion of sayur manis leaves, I was glad I made the steep walk to get here. For those who love spice, they serve a pretty good sambal that you can add to your noodles as much as you like. Top it with a squeeze of calamansi juice and enjoy the heat. They also serve fish balls and meatballs with the noodles if you prefer.
Pan Meen Shop
Along Jalan Beremi
(Non Halal. Open from Monday to Saturday from morning till 2.30 pm. To get here, if you're driving down Sg Wang Plaza towards Jalan Sultan Ismail, turn left after the McDonalds. You will pass by Fortuna Hotel on your left hand side. The shop is further down on the left hand side.)