Hikers that frequent Cherok To'Kun Hill at Bukit Mertajam, Penang should not be new to the name- Pan Man Mee Kuah Ketam. It is highly visible from the bustling Jalan Kulim, right at the junction to the foot of the hill. Many hikers usually stretch their hiking legs or take a quick recharge at the coffee shop before continuing their journey while some reward themselves with a serving of lip-smacking Mee Kuah Ketam (vice versa). I hope the name "Mee Kuah Ketam" rings a bell. "Kuah" refers to "gravy" in Malay and the direct translation would be "Noodles with Crab gravy". The seemingly thick, rich and starchy gravy was cooked for hours- boiling the (flower) crabs to fully accentuate the flavors. The result is a sweet, gooey gravy with bold crustacean sweetness; the dish is often served with Yellow noodles and extra condiments such as Baby Cuttlefish, Meat, fried Beancurd, boiled Potatoes and fried Fritters. While there are a few good ones around, Pak Man is one of the famous ones.
Pasembur (Rm 4)
Mee Kuah Ketam Special- Daging (Beef) & Sotong (Rm 7)
Both Pasembur and Mee Kuah Ketam are their best-selling dishes; the former choice comes in a hearty portion with generous amount of julienned Jicama, Cucumber, blanched Sprouts, fried Fritters, fried Beancurd, Potatoes topped and ladled over a chockful of the thick, sweet, well-spiced Peanut sauce. It was slightly sweeter than the usual ones but it makes a good add-on (as a side) to the Mee Kuah Ketam.
Their signature Mee Kuah Ketam was delicious though, the seafood sweetness of the crab-flavored kuah was sturdy and it made the noodles dangerously addictive. We can't seem to hold back, even better with extra condiments of Baby Cuttlefish and Beef. The portion was just nice, we fear we might be a little overly surfeited if the portion gets larger. We washed them down with a refreshing glass of Ais Limau (Rm 1).
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: Junction of Jalan Kolam and Jalan Kulim (the road to Cherok To' Kun), 14000, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Business Hours: 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm, closed on Fridays.
Contact Number: N/A