Thursday, 26 September 2013

Pan Meen - Dry Style 干捞板面

Pan Meen - Dry Style 干捞板面

Recipe source :  Doris Choo

I wanted to make "mee hoon Kuay". You know, the type of soupy pan meen where the dough is torn and pulled into odd pieces by hand. I love soupy "mee hoon kuay" with lots of vegetables  and deep-fried anchovies at my favourite mee hoon kuay hawker stall at the bridge.

I started out in high spirits. I took out my pasta machine with the intention of making the dough and then using it to roll out flat sheets of dough to be torn into pieces later. Alas, halfway through gathering the ingredients, laziness got the better of me!  All of a sudden I did not feel like boiling stock from scratch and I began to shudder at the thought of having to pull and tear the dough into bite-sized pieces! So I changed plan and quickly completed the process of making egg noodles and used that as my pan meen. Since I was too lazy to boil stock I decided to make pan-meen dry-style instead.

It was a unanimous thumbs up!


300g  egg noodles
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp dark soya sauce
3 tbsp garlic oil 
1 tsp soy sauce

Preparation Instructions for Egg Noodles

1.  Place the three types of sauces and garlic oil in a large bowl or plate.
2. Par-boil the egg noodles as per the instructions in my post on egg noodles
3. For this pan meen - dry style, you will need to rinse the egg noodles with hot boiling water again after par-boiling and rinsing with running tap water.
3.  Transfer the blanched egg noodles into the large bowl of sauces and garlic oil. Mix well. Set aside.

 Egg noodles mixed with sauces and garlic oil

Ingredients for Minced pork & mushroom sauce

180g minced pork
40g dried mushrooms, soaked until soft and cut into thin slices
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp dark soya sauce
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp cornflour
1 cup water

Preparation Instructions for the minced pork & mushroom sauce

1.  Heat wok and add cooking oil.
2.  Saute minced garlic until fragrant.
3.  Add in sliced mushrooms and stir-fry for one minute.
4.  Add in minced pork and fry until the  minced meat is broken into pieces and turned whitish.
5.  Add in water and all the seasoning ingredients.
6.  Cook until almost dry. If you like more gravy, add in more water.

Minced pork and mushroom sauce

Optional choices :

I added stir-fried amaranth greens for a more balanced diet. 
If you are interested to know more about this dish, please read up my post on Stir-Fried Amaranth Greens With Anchovies 

Stir-fried amaranth green with anchovies

Deep-fried Anchovies

40g anchovies or ikan bilis 

1.  Wash and drain the anchovies. 
2.  Pat dry with paper towels
3.  Deep-fry in hot oil until golden brown and crispy.


Now we have the egg noodles, meat sauce , stir-fried amaranth greens and deep-fried anchovies. They are all ready. All you need to do is spoon noodles into individual bowls or plates and add in the meat sauces, anchovies and vegetables of your choice.

Enjoy this very delicious pan meen-dry style !

Thumbs Up!


  1. Hi Doris,
    Can you pass that plate over? Looks so yummy!
    I've just made pan meen soup last week, I cooked pan meen at least once a month, this month already cooked twice! Haha! The family's favourite. In my house, fried crispy shallot is a MUST! And for me, sliced chili padi with see yau and a squeeze of lime is a MUST!!
    I sometimes use the Chinese Spinach too, very sweet and yummy.
    Your plate of "kon loh pan-meen" looks so delicious!

  2. hahaha....your laziness is not a bad thing at all when you can produced such a lovely dry-style noodle. Hey, at least you made noodles from scratch, that's not really lazy at all. ;) This looks super delicious and I want some for dinner tonight!

  3. hi doris, i love the hand torn pieces type of pan mee..only if some sellers dont do it, then i take the rolled ones. Mushrooms and pork is always so delicious to go with dry noodles , delicious!

  4. Oh my. This looks fantastic! I could have this every night!

  5. Hi ladies, looks like pan-meen is a hot favourite of many! Say yes to pan-meen!

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