Monday, August 19, 2013

Hou Mei Yuen Pan Mee (好味园) @ Bukit Jambul, Penang.

Housed within some medium-low cost apartment at Bukit Jambul, adjacent to Vistana Hotel Penang, there's a rather famous Pan Mee hidden under the trees. Hou Mei Yuen Pan Mee has been there over the past decade, I've started eating their Pan Mee since I was in primary school (more than 10 years ago anyway). The place is often loaded with patrons during lunch hour, particularly factory workers working around Bayan Baru area. For those who are very close to me, you would have known that I'm a regular at this place where basically I will visit Hou Mei Yuen at least once in a week. Reason? Their chili paste. I'm aware that people are complaining about the inconsistency about the noodles. Yes, I couldn't agree more. It's the chili paste that keeps me coming back for more; also, do avoid peak hours like lunch hour (12pm to 1:30pm) unless you want to wait for hours or you want your noodles to be over-cooked. Both soup and dry version of Pan Mee are available at Hou Mei Yuen. 



The ordering portion at Hou Mei Yuen can be pretty tricky, please do bear in mind that their "Small" is very small, whereas "Large" refers to medium serving size only. If you are a big eater, please go for "Extra-Large". This mouth-watering Pan Mee (Soup version, Extra-large Rm 3.90) comes with 2 fish balls, as well as some Minced Pork, Black Fungus, Deep Fried Anchovies as well as Sayur Manis/Sweet Vege. The broth was crystal clear yet subtle in flavor, a hint of sweetness can be tasted. The Pan Mee is not completed without their home-made Chili Paste, and yes, I do add in that amount of Chili Paste for the extra "X-factor".


Many customers are returning for their Dry Pan Mee (Large, Rm 3.40) which drenched in thick and sweet Dark Soy Sauce. The noodles served this way will no doubt, springier than the soup version, however, it maybe be overly sweet for some. Too dry for you? No worries, a small bowl of complimentary Soup with 2 fish balls will be served along with any orders of Dry Pan Mee. 


I'm a huge fan of Fish Balls (Large- Rm 2.50), hence, I've always had an extra order of their Fish Ball Soup, best complemented by their home-made Chili Paste again, which has a hint of sweetness, not too spicy and flavorful enough to my liking. Fish Balls are the normal type that we can get in every wet market, not home-made, nothing too unique to shout over; it's just my personal preference to place an extra order.


Ratings:
Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) *Inconsistent quality, eat at your own risk*
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No


There's also a noteworthy Rojak stall right beside to Hou Mei Yuen Pan Mee that shall not be missed too. The Rojak (Rm 3- Small) consists of Prawn Crackers, Squid, Jicama, Cucumbers, Guava, Pineapples, Mangoes as well as their home-made thick and rich Rojak paste, sprinkled with Peanuts and Dried Shrimps. I like how thick the Rojak sauce, complementing the freshly sliced fruits. The extra fine touch of Dried Shrimps and Peanuts does enhance the flavor of the Rojak. A very affordable, good and refreshing after-meal dessert.


Ratings:
Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) *Inconsistent quality, eat at your own risk*
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: Block F, Taman Bukit Jambul Flat, Jalan Bukit Gambier, Bukit Jambul, 11900, Penang.
Business Hour: 8am to 2:30pm. Closed on every Sunday.
Contact Number: N/A

Taman Bukit Jambul Flat, Jalan Bukit Gambir