Pun Chun; A Bowl of Duck Noodles That Has Travelled Far …May 21, 2012 | 10,700 views
Pun Chun’s signature Duck Drumstick Mee (dry/soup) @ RM7.30/USD2.40 for Small, RM8.30/USD2.80 for Big – With the tender flesh almost falling off the bones; the duck drumstick was infused with an aromatic herbal scent from the soup; and served in the similar traditional manner of an aluminium container
Not AGAIN?! This my friend, is not the first time I am writing about Pun Chun; the name behind the ridiculously iconic drum drumstick noodles originating from the town of Bidor to the south of Perak.
However, the old Pun Chun has taken the liberty to expand beyond the silver state; first with an acid test of a Pun Chun Noodle House outlet in Kota Kemuning in 2008, then this second one in Ara Damansara, followed closely by a third in Bandar Puteri Puchong.
Here’s an excerpt taken from their official website :
“Established in Bidor, Perak since the 1940s, Pun Chun Restaurant is a must-stop destination for all good food fanatics. Well-known for its Duck Drumstick Noodle, Wan Ton Noodle and not forgetting the all time famous Chicken Biscuit and Shat Kek Ma.
In May 2008, Pun Chun Noodle House was set up in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam. Just like the original, Pun Chun Noodle House offers the same mouth watering cuisines. KLites can now easily satisfy their cravings for a sumptuous meal within the Klang Valley vicinity itself. Kota Kemuning is located approximately 20 minutes from Subang Jaya and 30 minutes from Petaling Jaya via major expressways.”
What I enjoyed most about their noodles is the fact that they were not tossed with a liberal (read : overdose) amount of oil, nor black soy sauce. Lighter than usual, with barely a hankering for water as an aftermath.
This outlet in Ara Damansara started up late last year, though I almost always passed by the corner lot while going home from a meal at Do Re Mi; what could possibly be the ONLY worthy coffee shop/food court in all of the area. Seriously.
The fact that the residential community in Ara Damansara/Kelana Jaya is building up REALLY fast; with Citta Mall opening last year, and Paradigm Mall‘s grand opening very VERY soon (not to forget Pacific Place which could be a humongous change to the landscape of the area forever ….), there is a definite lack of good hawker food around the vicinity.
Rempah Chicken Mee (RM5.30/USD1.80 for SMALL) came with a HUGE chunk of chicken cooked in a dry curry redolent with spices; yet very Chinese-style of curries.
This outlet opens from 7am to 4pm daily, catering mostly to the breakfast crowd especially on weekends. When we were there on a Sunday, the place was almost packed. Yet, the vibe was a very leisurely Sunday morning brekkie with neither a need to rush one’s meal. Many patrons were seen tucking into their signature Duck Drumstick Noodles (either dry or soup, though I prefer the dry version for more flavour AND the same herbal soup served with the piece de resistance ….) while others were enjoying their Wanton Mee with Char Siew, or Shredded Chicken (a healthier choice) Mee.
A side serving of predominantly-lean Char Siew (roasted pork in a sweet sauce) @ RM4/USD1.40 completed the experience, or you can opt for a plate of Fried wantan with chili sauce.
The simple, one page menu for all the food that you can order at Pun Chun, and nothing beyond RM10/USD3.30 per portion. Except the Fried Wan Ton but you can also request for a smaller portion, I believe.
Verdict? A good choice if you have a craving for good noodles served with a variety of delectable cuts of pork, chicken or duck … especially the duck drumstick, and at a reasonable price to boot. However, comparing this to the original Pun Chun in Bidor, my vote still sways towards the latter. Being the legend that brought up this famous dish of duck drumstick cooked in a herbal soup, served with egg noodles since 1940’s, you can’t help but lifting your hats off for the family behind this. Yes, they’ve been through ups (featured in media) and downs (ridiculous price hikes for a small town like Bidor, and mediocre service unlike any other), but now with four outlets all over Malaysia, I guess the only way for Pun Chun to go is UP.
PUN CHUN NOODLE HOUSE (non-Halal)
H-G-21, Block H,
Jalan PJU 1A/3,
Taipan 2 Damansara,
47301, Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Operating Hours: 7.00am to 4.00pm, DAILY
View the Google Map and location of the two other outlets