#469 Restoran Kin Kin / 建记辣椒板面 @ Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur

Posted by swisscheese on Feb 7, 2017 in kuala lumpur, malaysian cuisine, pan mee |

I have been hearing a lot about the dry pan mee that Kuala Lumpur serves in instagram. Coincidentally during my business trip last January, my ex-colleague Kevin brought my other colleague and I to have chili pan mee. During my recent February 2016 KL/Genting trip, I brought my sister to have this dish as well and she loves it!

 Restoran Kin Kin / 建记辣椒板面
40, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 16-372 8069

What I love about coffee shops in Malaysia is the old school ambiance it provides. We hardly have these kinds of coffee shops in Singapore these days since many old hawker centers and coffee shops are wiped out and revamped to franchised food courts. Anyway, do not be surprised by the workers serving you food at Kin Kin Pan Mee & Soong Kee Beef Noodles as the servers are able to speak Cantonese although they are not Chinese. So last year, Kevin helped me to order the food in Cantonese. Since I was with my sister this year, this middle aged Chinese man approached us to take our orders. Since I could not speak in Cantonese, I thought that I should order in Mandarin. However, he told me he is not fluent in Mandarin and could only converse in English or Cantonese. Thus, we spoke in English instead. He is relatively nice and friendly and engaged a bit in the conversation although there were plenty of customers last Saturday afternoon at around 1pm.

If you are wondering what is so special about this pan mee in comparison to the one in Singapore, the noodles are smoother to the palate, chewier and rounder. It is served in either dried or soup version but many would go for the dried noodles because when the entire bowl of noodles topped with minced pork, anchovies, onions and poached egg are mixed together, you get  bowl of gastronomic goodness. I do not usually like breaking up my poached egg as I love bursting the egg yolk in my mouth but I made an exception for this case because it makes the dish so much more tastier. The chili flakes shown in the first and second pictures adds more flavour to the dish and this creates the extra oomph in the meal, in addition to the broken yolk that is already mixed in. Look at the sixth picture and you will understand what I am saying when you see the difference between the mixed and non-mixed noodles. Although the meatballs and fishballs depicted in the last two pictures are highly recommended at this stall, my sister found them ordinary and prefers the beancurd skin instead. As for me, I love consuming the meatballs with the mixed noodle dish and the fishballs are just “nice-to-have” but not too essential for me. During this recent trip, my sister and I got two bowls of dried pan mee, one bowl of assorted meatball, fishball and beancurd skin soup, one glass of warm homemade luo han guo and one glass of teh peng cost RM 28.50. This is very cheap as compared to what we are charged in Singapore for the same quantity. I will write more about the difference between the KL and Singapore branch in my next entry.

Opens daily from 6:30am-6:30pm
Nearest train Station: Medan Tuanku via Monorail
Payment Methods: CASH ONLY!

Ambiance: 6.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Food (taste & appearance): 9/10
Value: 8/10

Total: 7.75/10★

Kin Kin Pan Mee was another food stall that made me swallow my words that KL only serves commercialized food as I ended up consuming it many times in Singapore when it opened in Singapore. Of course, the original stall at KL fared better!
Restoran Kin Kin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



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