Over here in Penang, we only have a few stalls selling Pan Mee and all of them usually call their stall Sabah Pan Meen. When I was in Sabah, I actually did not find a single stall selling Pan Mee. Then again, I didn’t go to that many hawker places so I cannot be sure.
So, does anyone know if Pan Mee is really from Sabah or is it called that way because the noodle uses Sabah chai or sayur manis?
Pan Mee is not noodle in pan but rather ‘pan’ means slab as in slab of thick slices of things? It is made of flour and hand torn into pieces. Very much like Italian pasta. The flour pieces are then boiled and served with a soup made of anchovies. Sabah vegetable, crispy fried anchovies and black fungus are used as garnishes.
The above pan mee is from the Jalan Air Putih (off Jalan Air Itam) morning market. There are two coffee shops but I have forgotten which coffee shop it is. It is quite good and in fact, the only edible pan mee I can find around Penang. The soup is sweet and the noodle/pan mee very QQ.