Pan Men / Yee Men


Pan Men, or if translated literally, means “board noodles”, are flat noodles mainly made from machine which are thicker than normal noodles. They are usually served in a soup with fried anchovies, sayur manis (a type of leafy vegetable native to Sabah). It is sometimes served with a tomato-based soup, or in some cases dried tossed.

Yee Men is a type of pan-fried egg noodles, served with soup.

1.   Ancient Taste

This pan men restaurant sells the most variety of pan men and yee men, and some special dishes including teppenyaki yee man and nasi lemak.

Business hours:Mondays to Sundays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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2.  Sugar Island

It is originally a shop selling various baked goods including egg tarts, bread and others. Now, it has expanded its business to include hot food, including pan men.
Address:Lorong Kubota 2, 91000 Tawau, Sabah


Specialty Pan Men (Photo sourced from Sugar Island)

3.  Kedai Kopi Fui Kee

Sells not only pan men but also yee men, which is cooked in claypot, giving it a distince flavour.
Address:TB 8281, Tkt Bawah, Perdana Square, Jalan Apas, Batu 3 1/2, 91000 Tawau, Sabah
Business hours:Mondays to Sundays 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Thursdays off)

From left to right: the shop ‘ claypot yee men (FUI KEE is of Hakka pronunciation and it is not hard to see that the shop owner is a Hakka)

4.  Calvary Canteen
Address:Calvary Charismatic Church Tawau, TB4111, Taman Setia, Mile 2, Jalan Chong Thien Vun., 91013, Tawau, Sabah, 91000 Tawau, Sabah
Business hours:Tuesdays to Sundays
Apart from their main selling point of pan men and yee men, their stir-fried flat rice noodles with calm is also quite famous.