In Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (a short walk from Chow Kit station) lies a strong rivalry between 2 well known chilli pan mee in KL – Restoran Kin Kin and Restoran Super Kitchen. They’re actually located OPPOSITE to each other, both with big yellow signs.
According to “legend”, Restoran Kin Kin was said to have first invented the well-loved chilli pan mee. Restoran Super Kitchen on the other hand was set up some time later but had their own followers as well.
To put this whole matter to rest (just like the battle of the Malacca Chicken Rice Ball), Kate and I journeyed to Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (via Chow Kit Station) to try out the Chilli Noodles from both stalls!
First up Restoran Kin Kin (the supposedly original KL Chilli Pan Mee aka Ban Mian)
Restoran Kin Kin
Restoran Kin Kin to us was undoubtedly the original KL Chilli Hand Made Noodles. Why? Because it has no ambience whatsoever, walls have hand-written words and posters of “chilli thief”, yet the restaurant was brimming with customers even after lunch hours!
To attract customers given such “ambience” , the food must be really good. And yes it was.
Chilli Pan Mee is served with minced meat, fried shallots and small fried ikan bilis. The ikan bilis gives the crisp taste while the minced meat and fried shallots bring about the aroma of the noodles. However, the ingredient to gel all this in is the humble egg – with the egg yolk still runny. The egg yolk encompasses all the ingredients and noodle, making the dish irresistable!
The highlight of the Chilli Pan Mee at Restoran Kin Kin has got to be the chilli itself. It is spicy yet aromatically delicious. 2 spoonfuls is usually sufficient (you can take as much chilli as you like from the containers of chilli on the table) for those with an appreciation for chilli. However, those who likes it with a punch can go up to 4 spoonfuls. Anything more, please do so at your own risk!
Restoran Super Kitchen
Right opposite Restoran Kin Kin lies Restoran Super Kitchen. A stark contrast to the original, Restoran Super Kitchen is kept prim and proper, there’s air conditioning and even a menu at that!
After scanning the menu, we went for the chilli pan mee as well as the recommended fried roast pork.
Like the chilli pan mee at Restoran Kin Kin, the ingredients had to be mixed in. There are basically 2 major differences between Chilli Pan Mee of Restoran Kin Kin and Restoran Super Kitchen.
1. The noodles from Restoran Super Kitchen is not as flavourful as that of Restoran Kin Kin. This is because the Ban Mian from Restoran Kin Kin is cooked in the soup that you would normally have if you were to order the soup version. This step infuses additional flavour to the dry noodles.
2. The chilli is a bit spicier and sweeter at Restoran Super Kitchen. At the same time, its a little less flavourful. Not sure what ingredient is lacking, if we knew, we would have opened a chilli pan mee stall right?
Well, after all that we wrote, you would have known by now which Chilli Pan Mee, would be declared by 2bearbear.com as the winner of the Batlle of the Best Chilli Pan Mee in KL.
RESTORAN KIN KIN CHILLI PAN MEE!
Well, there must be a reason why the customers keep coming back to a restaurant with no ambience whatsoever. The food lah. The chilli pan mee must be good at Restoran Kin Kin.
And it sure is.
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