About Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee
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It was 5 years since we were first introduced to Chilli Pan Mee by a friend in Kuala Lumpur. He brought us to a desolate area in Kuala Lumpur along Jalan Dewan. Kin Kin was located in the midst of a row of old school mechanic shops so it stood out like a sore thumb.
It looked more like a workshop than a hawker stall and first impressions weren’t good. But after taking that first bite into their Chilli Pan Mee, all was forgiven.
It was the greatest Pan Mee we’ve tasted. All of us ordered a second bowl.
Ever since then, whenever we went to KL we would make the point to head down to Kin Kin to get our Chilli Pan Mee fix. We’ve tried looking all around Singapore for something similar but there just wasn’t anything like this. Nobody made Pan Mee in this style here, nor did anyone refer to this dish by that name.
So imagine our excitement to learn that Kin Kin just opened in Singapore, on instagram of all places! Thanks @Vincent_Ha. We immediately made plans to check it out.
The Food at Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee
For those unfamiliar with Pan Mee, it’s also called “Ban Mian” in Chinese and it literally means “Flat Noodle”. Most people prefer to eat these flat noodles dry and its served with dried anchovies, minced pork and vegetables. In Singapore, it sometimes comes with a half boiled egg.
Here, you almost never have Chilli served with your Ban Mian, and if you do they give you sambal or chilli padi which doesn’t go well with it. At Kin Kin, they give you delicious dry pan roasted chilli flakes that just melts into the thin noodles. The noodles then change colour, depending on the amount of chilli you’ve added and you can help yourself to how much you like.
On top of that, they plop a poached egg on top of your noodles that gels all the ingredients together. It’s a magical moment when you break the egg and the yolk oozes out all over the noodles. You then mix the noddles with the chilli, minced meat and anchovies. Its proof that happiness can be bought for just $5 – the combination of all these ingredients is just heavenly. Another bonus – the delicious meatballs that go along with it!
We would also recommend the handmade fishball soup ($3.50) – the fishballs were fat and delicious. Prices here are definitely wayyyyyy cheaper than what you’ll expect from an established name e.g Song Fa Ba Ku Teh or Boon Tong Kee. But of course, in Malaysia a bowl goes for under $5 MYR.
In the end, we spent about $30 on taxi fare for a $13.50 meal for two. Was it worth it? Definitely. I da baoed some home for the next day. But I couldn’t wait for the next day and just ended up eating it for supper later. Oops.
We will be back again and again for this!
Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee Verdict
Having tried the Kuala Lumpur Kin Kin multiple times, I can safely say the taste here is authentic and similar. Well, it’s from the same boss and the staff have come from Malaysia to set the restaurant up, so I doubt it will stray much from its original taste.
I highly recommend foodies to try this out, especially if you love spicy food. When we visited it, it was just open for a week and located in the middle of nowhere but it was already quite crowded. Another plus is how the hygiene levels here are amazing, when compared to the original Kin Kin in KL.
To us, this is the best Ban Mian in Singapore.
Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee Singapore Address
It’s not exactly accessible by MRT but if you’re coming here by train, it’s located closer to Tai-Seng then to Paya Lebar. The landmark to look out for is the Caltex Petrol Station on the opposite side. You may see a seafood hawker centre nearby which we hear is good too. Just keep on walking down, it’s more towards the centre of the row of shops and by itself.
534 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368220
For those who want to try the one in Malaysia, this is the address.
40 Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman Satu, KL
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