And yes, we went out for another round of Food Review with a few of our family members ……. call me biased, as I am a noodle lover (or shall I say that I am just being your typical Ipoh-nese) and suggested to try out one of the more popular pan mee in Ipoh, Facey Noodle House! What is Pan Mee actually? Traditionally, the noodles are kneaded from plain flour and peeled off with the fingers, in a fish/meat based soup with potato leaves! But have you tried Facey Noodle’s dry Chilli Pan Mee? This spicy variant of Pan Mee, started in Kuala Lumpur and made its way to Ipoh with stalls offering their individual version of the dish. When a restaurant has been around for 6 years and still going even when it is located in a business district, I reckon that they’ve got the formula right and chances are, they will still be around for years to come.
Yup, they are located in what we locals call Greentown Business Center, directly opposite Maxis Center Ipoh, Facey Noodle House is operated by Mr Tai Kok Wei’s Family since 2012 starting out with their signature Chilli Pan Mee. The accompanying ingredients for the original chilli version are fried silver fish (ikan bilis), minced pork, crispy fried shallots and a poached egg to perfection (close to an onsen tomago). To me, the best way to indulge in their version of Chilli Pan Mee is to break the runny yolk and mix the noodles and ingredients together while it is still hot, so that it gives the noodles and added creamy taste while the tongue is tantalised by the chilli flakes!. The dish is also served with a small bowl of soup and sayur manis to curb the spiciness. While there is traditional soup and dry pan mee, Mr Tai decided to be audacious and break the norms (like us at M Boutique) by creating some more trendy and updated pan mee, such as the Korean Kim Chee Pan Mee and CEO Pan Mee.
Signature Spice Up Chilli Pan Mee and Hakka Pan Mee
CEO Japanese Pan Mee
Icy Sweet Sour Kaku Vege, Fried Dried Bean Curd and Fried Dumplings
Red Oil Pork Dumplings
Our Colorful Drinks
A Spoonful of Handmade Pan Mee
Expect crowds especially during the peak lunch hour (between 12.00pm-2.00pm) due to its spiciness taste at a reasonable and affordable price. Since it’s considered an average priced lunch-to-go place for the locals, we knew just what to order once the order taker comes by. For the mains, we ordered Signature Spice Up Chilli Pan Mee with Egg (they have the version without egg too), CEO Pan Mee and Hakka Pan Mee. Prefer a spicier taste? worries not as there is a jar of their signature chilli flakes placed on each table; just add dollop on till you reach your preferred spice level. WARNING! Adding chilli flakes can cause extreme addiction to chilli pan mee! The Japanese CEO Pan Mee is similar to the taste of Japanese Ramen by using ingredients such as chashu, minced-pork, egg, wood-ear fungus, with a miso-based broth – when slurping down the noodles, it makes some of us echo “Umai…..” As for snacks, we have ordered Icy Sweet Sour Paku Vege with Homemade Thai Sauce, Dumplings served Red Chilli Vinegar and Fermented Bean Curd (We had the fried and soup dumplings). When we say reasonable price, much of their menu is around RM7.00 and they offer good value with generous portions. For the 5 of us, we only spent about RM54.00 which is ok by today’s standards! The only downside? Hard to get a parking due to its location surrounded by offices, so be sure to go either before 12.00pm or after 2.00pm so then your chances of getting a parking is higher!
No. 25, Persiaran Greentown 7,
Greentown Business Center,
30450, Ipoh, Perak.
H/P No: +6010 770 7907 (Mr. Tai)
Opens daily from 8.30am-5.00pm
NOTE : We do not eat for free, nor were we paid for this review. We ordered and paid for everything that we consume. This review is a general summary from feedback provided by all members of the M Boutique Family who partook in the Food Review.