Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Kin Kin Pan Mee (建记辣椒板面) - A Food Legend in Kuala Lumpur @ 534 MacPherson Road [Singapore]

While local foodies are hyper excited over the opening of a legendary food stall that originated from the capital of Malaysia, i was nonchalant about it as my definition of pan mee (or ban mian) has always been soup-based! 

To say i wasn't curious about the signature dry version at Kin Kin would be lying although i honestly don't see the point of queuing for hours just to be the first few hundred / thousand to get the first bite of it in Singapore. 

Kon assured us that the hype had more or less died down and even if the premise was crowded, the long snaking queue that appeared when it first opened was unlikely to surface again. And he was right! 

Dry chilli pan mee was said to be the specialty but you are required to help yourself to the tub of chilli flakes placed on every table! The bowl of noodles, by itself, surprisingly didn't have any chilli at all. This revelation was in fact welcome as i am not a great fan of chilli flakes! 

By itself, this dry pan mee looked almost like our soupy ban mian without, well, the broth. The savoury minced meat was also definitely not the boiled type we are accustomed to.

However, the thorough mixing of ikan bilis, minced meat, dried shallots and noodles (you mee) lubricated by the poached egg with its runny egg yolk resulted in a tasty flavour that made us finished the whole bowl in no time! 

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As far as "non-chilli" pan mee is concerned, i personally thought it could be easily copied by other ban mian sellers. It was essentially just a bowl of ban mian without soup to me and with all due respect, i prefer the soup version sold in many food courts / coffee shops (pssst, they were cheaper too). 

Location
34 MacPherson Road
[Nearest MRT: Tai Seng]

Map
As above

Opening Hours
11am to 8pm

Price
Kin Kin Pan Mee - S$5 

Menu
As above

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