Long long time…

This place has been around for a long long time. As a matter of fact, the young and good-looking guy was running a coffee shop right across the road from Sacred Heart School where I was teaching before I retired – the place where Thomson Corner is right now. Then the coffee shop closed down…and eventually, I saw him at this one – Yum Yum, in the vicinity of the Sibu bus terminalΒ here. I can’t remember the last time I was there but looking at the blogpost that I had on the place, that was way back in October, 2008 but the last few times I was there, I did not see the guy anymore. I wonder if he had gone some place else and somebody took over the running of the coffee shop Β in the end.

The main attraction at the time was the mee sua in chicken soup cooked with lots of ginger and Foochow red wine and I also quite liked the beef noodles there. When I dropped by the other morning, the beef noodles stall is still there and is still enjoying brisk business. I’m not too sure if the mee sua stall is run by the same people as at one time, it was closed so I do not really know if the lady came back or it is now operated by some other person. The kampua noodle stall certainly seemed to be very popular but I did not have that. Perhaps I should go and give a try one of these days.

I went to a stall selling pan mien or handmade noodles…

YumYum pan mien 1

…and I did not even realise that it was already there when I last went there in 2008. It did not appear to be as popular as the other stalls but I was not about to write it off just yet.

As a matter of fact, my friend had the dry version then and he said it was nice…

YumYum pan mien 2

and when I had the same that morning (RM3.50), I must say that I would agree with him – it wasn’t too bad and I would not mind having it again sometime for something different for a change.

YumYum pan mien 3

Well, if it has survived all these years, you can be quite sure that it really isn’t too bad, not at all…

Author: suituapui

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28 thoughts on “Long long time…”

  1. The pan mien looks like they are slightly thicker than those we can find in Penang, better texture too i presume?

    This one, the texture is nice…not like the soup one I had not too long ago. That one was hard/tough and needed effort to chew. This one is more like our kway teow…but not as fine and soft as Ipoh hor fun.

  2. i miss panmee! can’t find any decent one in penang 😦

    No plans to hop over for the holidays? Don’t be so sombong, ya… Come and visit us here sometime. LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  3. It is a pity that many old stalls of awesome food have either closed shop or are being run by the new generation who prefer to take short cuts and hire foreigners to prepare the food. Thank heavens you managed to get a decent meal at the old eatery.
    +ant+

    Yes, it isn’t the trend here (yet) to hire foreigners to do the cooking. There may be some employed to do the cleaning and serving only. I had kway teow th’ng at Jalan Alor – Foochow man from Sitiawan and it was very nice. The next time I went, his Indon maid did the cooking, he just idled around…and it was not so nice.

    1. Sad when we come across these gifted but lazy people isn’t it?!
      Hey, just realized that we’re no more friends in fb, Sad-nyer!!! 😦

      You’re not the only one. I’m not tolerant towards those “spam” – to me, that is…so best to let you people do what you all want there – as long as I don’t get to see it, it’s fine by me. πŸ™‚ Hmmm…I guess there are people who do not really care as long as they can make money, never mind that people get shortchanged – that’s not their concern. You don’t like, others will come…no worries for them

      1. Spam? Sorry but I do not get you :s

        Endless tirades on things that are of no interest to me…or stuff that I would not entertain here in my blog, I would “censor” or delegate to spam…and I would do the same on FB – remove/report as spam, but if they keep on coming, I would just choose to be left in peace. I would like to think that that’s my prerogative – the same as everybody has theirs to do as it pleases them.

  4. Ooooh….love the look of that pan mien. Looks very delicious. My parents-in-law once ran a pan mien stall and it was delicious. I must ask them to cook for me when I go back again. Or maybe, you can take me to this shop πŸ˜€ I think the shopkeeper should give you a free plate for every new customer you introduce to him πŸ˜›

    Hmmm…that will be the day, not in Sibu. I wonder where your parents-in-law stall was.

  5. i still prefer the very basic type, i.e. the hand-torn ones cook in soup, the original is still the best.. although sometimes i may feel like having it differently, i had the dry one but with thin noodles version.. i really do not fancy the thick noodles version which has been de facto in “commercial” pan mien nowadays..

    On the whole, I’m not into pan mien. Just wanted to give it a try that day…and it wasn’t too bad. Definitely not something I would be dying to go back to eat again… 😦

    1. SK, my mum agrees with you. She always opt for the basic hand torn type in soup.

      Looks like I’m the odd one out. Don’t like the soup ones or perhaps the ones we have here aren’t great.

  6. hmmm pan mien really looks different from place to place. but one with ikan bilis is definitely nice! =D

    Come, plan a trip over… I guarantee you will not regret it. You’ll love it here – the place, the food…and of course, the people – me! Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  7. What caught my attention is the dried prawn…
    It certainly looks delicious to me… and I love the dry version as I dont like hot noodles soup..
    coz it always burn my tounge..
    RM3.50 is very cheap but I see the portion is rather small right?
    Enough for you?

    Hah!!! You’re too greedy, that’s why? Can’t wait and blow a bit first. But if it’s oily, the tendency of burning your tongue is higher…or at least, that’s what I’ve noticed. Portion’s quite normal – just nice for me. I don’t eat that much, you know. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  8. Today my taste buds are missing… so I cannot imagine… but I am longing for a hot bowl of soup now to clear my blocked nose.. πŸ™‚

    Poor thing! Ya, take lots of fluids – hot soups would be good. Take care, get well soon.

  9. RM3.50 for a dried pan mee is so cheap. I went Sibu few times all I know is kampua only. Hehehe

    There are a number of places selling these days – used to be very rare. They call it handmade noodles. I guess it’s the same everywhere – you need to know where to go to get the good ones…even kampua.

    Your first time here, I see. A warm welcome and thanks for dropping by & commenting. Do stick around… Will link you in my blogroll. πŸ™‚

  10. I like it with soup. Must have a lot of sayur manis coz taste not as good if put other vege

    So far, the soup ones…I think I would rather have something else. Not really crazy about cangkuk manis in soup – would rather have it fried with egg like at Ruby.

  11. Wow..I hardly see people serving Pan Min in Sarawak!

    Quite a few here in Sibu now…but whether it is nicer or not, I wouldn’t know. Haven’t had it anywhere else.

  12. I prefer both dried & soup pan mien but one thing I don’t like is the cangkuk manis is not shredded. Yours seem to have no cangkul manis in it. Looks nice.

    Me too…and I prefer cangkuk manis fried than in soup unless it’s kampung style masak rebus or masak lemak and even then, there’ll be a lot of other things added to eat together, not just the veg alone

  13. Oooo…this is Simon’s jiwa! He never miss ordering a bowl if he sees it and even if you letak crab, lobster, huge prawns etc, he will still choose this…with extra sambal, of course.
    PS:I like mine extra hitam..heheheh

    Why? Given a choice, I’d choose kampua, Rasa Sayang one no less… But this dry one, I quite like…not the soup.

  14. Ahh pan mee! That’s something I miss, especially the chilli pan mee πŸ™‚ Well looking at pictures once in a while make me feel better πŸ˜›

    Gosh! Wouldn’t it be better not to see it at all? Then you would not be craving for it?

  15. I like dry pan mee too and usually i will ask the boss to give me a big bowl of soup with mani chai. My mum should have learn how to make pan mee last time, when there was an old aunty want to teach my mum. That time i was still schooling, nearby the place where i stay, got one old lady selling very nice claypot pan mee, if no, my mum can open a stall and sell pan mee.

    I see…so you can order the dry version and then ask for the soup. Didn’t know that. Ya…if your mum had learnt how to do it, I might probably get the chance to sample it sometime too. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  16. No doubt about it. This is my favorite dish. Will always order from Auntie in Bukit Baru, Melaka. Shereen’s homemade version pretty darn good also.

    LOL!!! Yes, I’m sure Shereen’s the best, no doubt about it. Wink! Wink! πŸ˜‰

    1. Hi Honey*waves*,
      Awwww… So sweet! Nope!… Not having this tomorrow!!!!

      Oops! Sorry, Simon. It didn’t work. Try harder next time… πŸ˜€

      1. Hi Honey. “wave back” Never mind, thought I’d try.

        Hahahahaha!!! Try waving a carrot…oops…I mean, a 4-carat diamond ring. Bet that will work wonders… πŸ˜‰

  17. I quite like Yum Yum cafe as there is a lot of choices there. I’m a big pan mien fan! I actually prefer pan mien over kampua.. Each has their own preference I suppose. πŸ™‚ I tried making pan mien last year but it wasn’t so successful. Have to try again some day.. hmmm maybe during the holidays.

    It certainly is popular. Quite a lot of people even though it was early – around 7 in the morning when I was there. Good, good…keep trying. When you’ve mastered it, make sure you cook some for me to try, eh? LOL!!!

  18. i didnt know that you were a teacher back then πŸ™‚ Your pan mee looks good, with generous portion, unlike those tasteless + small portion + expensive around my place..

    -FiSh
    @ ohfishiee.blogspot.com

    I wonder where your place is. KL, I guess. Bet it costs a lot more there too…. 😦

  19. (im not sure if my comment has been submitted)

    anyway i love your pan mee far better than mine here. At home, my dad made homemade pan mee with homemade soup base for better taste πŸ™‚

    -FiSh
    @ ohfishiee.blogspot.com

    It went to spam…but don’t ask me why as I dunno, this Akismet. So far, I’ve yet to find any soup ones here that I enjoy… Don’t mind these dry ones – quite nice…but the soup ones that I’ve had were disappointing.

  20. I also need to have pan mee once a week.. this one looks more like the one my mum used to cook for me.

    Oh? Your mum makes her own? Wow!!!! That’s great. πŸ˜‰

  21. If the place has been around for a long time, the food they sell must be really good.That pan mien looks delicious!

    I would think so…or there are people who like what they serve there.

  22. The best pan mien to me is still those from my late brother in law. I miss his pan mien and his sambal belacan 😦

    I’m a non-convert. Yet to get to eat any pan mien that would sweep me off my feet…

  23. i love pan meen in soup especially when the soup is made from scratch with lotsa ikan bilis.

    Another one. I’ve yet to come across any that I think is very nice and I would want to eat again. 😦

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