KL prawn mee hunt continues, this round at San Peng Prawn Mee. It is located next to San Peng famous chicken rice, opposite to Pudu LRT station parking. Since it is along main road, finding a parking can be hassle. If you were lucky enough, you get to squeeze into the narrow parking spaces behind the stall, but usually fully occupied. We are lazy folks, so we just parked inside Pudu station. RM3 per entry. Hehe.
San Peng Prawn Mee has been in town for decades, a family business with friendly service. Humble stall with less than 10 tables, big contrast when comparing to Aunty Lora Prawn Mee in Cheras. Prawn mee is their highlights, with unusual varieties – Indulge in prawn mee dry version, or topped off with pork meatballs and poached chicken. The menu covers also lam mee, gei si hor fan, and fish ball noodles.
We named San Peng prawn mee as “KL version Prawn Mee” because of their poached chicken topping. It is like cockles, coagulated pig blood and jiu hu are usually for Penang curry mee while fish balls, char siew, shredded chicken and deep fried beancurd for KL curry laksa.
The soup itself was lacked of oomph, very mild in prawn taste. Chilli paste became important to spice up the overall flavours, and we were glad that it did its job well. The chilli paste was really good. Spicy, aromatic and what made us happier was – the chilli paste is free flow.
Summerkid had a plate of lam mee because he doesn’t eat Hokkien Mee. Portion was generous, with noodles drenched in thick, rich gravy. Taste wise, it was just OK but what surprised us was actually the poached chicken. Beautiful yellow colour skin, tender meat locked with juiciness. Paired with their special homemade sauce in spicy, sweet and sourish concoction. Perfect! Summerkid said San Peng Prawn Mee offers way much better chicken than the chicken rice stall beside.
We had a short talk with the elderly woman who took our orders. She said that instead of cooking chickens in one shot, hang them up in a row exposed to air ( like what you seen in most chicken rice shops), they choose to poach one chicken at one time, only replenish when the previous is finished in order to ensure freshest poached chicken for customer.
Overall review: San Peng Prawn Mee may not be the best prawn mee in KL, average taste but their poached chicken is really noteworthy. Summerkid even suggested to have rice on the menu, so that he can have his favourite poached chicken with white rice as lunch in future. LOL.
San Peng Prawn Mee (Opposite Pudu carpark)
Jalan San Peng, Off Jalan Loke Yew,
55200 Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: 7.30AM – 3.30PM (Closed on Tuesdays)