We met a lovely Malaysian couple a few weeks back at Cute Ball Kitchen supperclub and being the amazing people they are, have been wanting to take us of a tour of some of their favourite restaurants and street food. Well our arm was well and truly twisted when they said we had to heat out towards Batu caves to sample the fresh water prawns. It was one of the many Malaysian public holidays so the place was heaving but luckily we were seated after about 15 minutes.
This busy outlet located just outside the city has made a name amongst the locals for serving one of the most sought-after dishes in the Chinese culinary scene. It is none other than the sang har hor fan (fresh water prawns with Cantonese-style flat rice noodle).
Unlike other eateries, Pan Heong uses the flat noodle as a unique addition to the dish. The fresh prawns coupled with the egg sauce and a trickle of wine complements each other perfectly to create a truly magnificent feast. A must-try for seafood lovers.
They also introduced us to the snakehead fish (sang yu) with century egg porridge which hit the spot. Two person portion costs RM12.50 but can easily feed 4 (with other dishes). Thick and smooth, with generous amounts of fish. The stock used to make this was amazing. I’m not a porridge or congee eater but this won me over in a heartbeat.
We ate well but not too del as we had a stop on the way home for roadside rojak and cendol but we couldn’t leave without trying the Nam Yue Fah Yuk (deep fried pork belly marinated in red fermented beancurd) (RM13). The perfect balance of fat vs lean meat with a crisp, flavorful crust- just beautiful.
All I can say is lucky for the insight and generosity of locals – had they not taken us here we would never have heard about it. I can’t wait for the next adventure with them.
Contact: 2 Jalan Medan Batu Caves 2, Medan Batu Caves, KL, 68100. Ph. 03-6187 7430