Monday, July 04, 2011

Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee @ off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, KL

Reputedly the original and best Chilli Pan Mee in KL....

Who hasn't heard of the (in)famous Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee in KL? :)

Through the years, pan mee places have come and gone but Kin Kin remains, with its facade pretty much unchanged:
(Located in a slightly hidden block of shoplots, just off the bustling Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman aka Jalan TAR - sort of just behind the Honda showroom)
Outside Kin Kin....

Inside, it remains simple and down to earth - a typical coffeeshop setting, which can get VERY packed on weekday lunch times:
Simple - plastic chairs and tables....

I started with a side order of Pork meatballs (about RM 5 for a 1 person serving):
Yummy oinky bites....

Small, slightly bouncey and savoury, with a slight zing of salted fish(?) minced in - not fantabulous, but it's a good complementary part to a meal at Kin Kin.

There really aren't many choices here - just their signature pan mee, which comes in 1 standard size, in either dry (Korn low) or soup format (Chee-ee sui) (about RM 5.50 per bowl).

I much prefer the dry format - topped with an egg, minced pork sauce and deep fried anchovies (ikan bilis), with the accompanying small side bowl of veggies in a simple egg drop soup:

One thing that really wins points with me here is that the egg is always (as far as my experience goes) perfectly prepared - look at it in all its glistening, jiggly glory, oozing beautifully runny yolk with just a light prod of a chopstick:

The famed Chilli is served separately - it is FIERY, to say the least. There was a time when the attitudes of the owners/ waitresses there were EQUALLY FIERY (thus, their infamy for mostly horrible and brash service) but after such a long lapse, I got the feeling that they have mellowed over the years.....
(Bordering on friendly, even! Or maybe I went on a "good day" as compared to the last time, a few years ago?)
A plastic canister filled with chilli at every table....

You can add in as much or as little chilli as you like. I recommend starting with one spoonful and adding more later if you would like your tongue to sizzle:
(Mind you, I actually like spicy food but I can only handle about 1 and a half spoonfuls before it gets uncomfortably hot - it is a thin line between pleasure and pain, eh? lol)
All mixed up and ready for consumption!....

The beauty is in the mix. :)

All their lovingly prepared ingredients** make up the wonderful mix of textures and tastes - al dente noodles that are not the least bit starchy, coated with the sticky goodness of the runny egg, accentuated by the dry heat of the chilli, crunch from the crispy anchovies and savoury goodness of the pork mince.
(** As I understand, everything from the noodles to the chilli blend is prepared in house)

(Hits all the right spots for me)

Of course, as many have pointed out, the serving size is pretty small for the price.... Still, this place remains a firm favourite for me if I have a craving for pan mee. :)
(Note: Prices stated are approximate because there is no receipt and I forgot - sorry!)

So it's: Simple setting, good chilli pan mee (reputedly the best) BUT can be very packed, service is infamous (although much better now), limited choices and serving size is on the small side......

Summary Information:;
Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee @ off, Jalan T.A.R., KL

Opening Hours:
Weekdays 7.30am to 9pm,
Weekends 7.30am to 4.30pm (Closed on some Sundays - the last of each month?)
Phone: -
Address: No. 40, Ground Floor, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur
(BTW they also have a branch in Pandan Indah @ 6-G, Jalan Perubatan 4, Off Jalan Pandan Ilmu, Pandan Indah - it's closed on Mondays though)



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  1. had a pretty bad experience at this place. :(

  2. ohh yes, i like how numb the tongue gets haha.

  3. Oddly, I've not been to this place although I've heard lots of (good and bad) comments about it. Haha.

  4. I can say the reception I got during my visits were borderline "friendly" too, hahaha! But then I also got an overly-friendly baby roach that appeared in my drink straw, so that's the end of my affair with Kin Kin!

  5. I dare not eat this on the days we have combat.. awww the paiN! hhahaha.. coz i love plenty of chili in mine la.. so use ur imagination!!

  6. I have found no substitute. This is still my to go place for chilli pan mee :) The people have definitely mellowed. It might be that they are less harried these days?

  7. Hi J,
    Kindly be informed that this post has been reprinted on, thanks.

  8. it's only a 10-minute drive from my office, but i've never eaten here, since i have a low tolerance for chili! some of my colleagues used to hang out here for lunch a lot though (luckily, i usually just skip lunch) :D

  9. I have not tried this one at Jalan TAR though. But current fav is Super Kitchen. :)

  10. Cumi/Ciki will agree with me ... Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong's Pan Mee ROCKS :-)

    Gotta love the madness and fan-base of Kin Kin though, they DID make Pan Mee famous!!

    Cheers, J!

  11. Well, for a bigger portion, you can always try Super Kitchen. The one at Kota Damansara was not bad, been there twice and love the very, very similar style like Kin Kin!

  12. i've only been there once a coupla years ago. the wait was excruciating. but i must say the combo of poached egg, pan mee and chilli is brilliant lah. with so many competitors in and out of town (with bigger portions summore!), i'll need a more convincing reason to return to kin kin....hehe.

  13. I just find these meals irresistible and I think that it is going to be hard to wait till lunch time...
    Handy Moves

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  15. to Michelle Chin:
    Oh no... :( What happened?

    to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
    Self torture! LOL

    to Chong:
    Only way to find out whether u will like or dislike it is to go n try it! :)

    to minchow:

    to Ciki:
    No want to imagine. Yeerrr... :P

    to PinkParisian:
    So it wasn't just my imagination!
    Hmmm... Yeah. Maybe with the branch opened they feel less stressed out?

    to JoinMe:
    Um. OK. I'll go check it out...

    to Sean:
    Don't add so much chilli... Just a dash for some zing. :)
    (The egg there is soooo yummy!)

    to J2kfm:
    Must go try! - love it or hate it, this place is one of the key food landmarks in KL (for pan mee).

    to jason:
    Hmmmm.... Haven't tried that yet - have only tried Face2Face...

    to HairyBerry:
    LOL. I guess u'll always be spoilt for choice in Malaysia when looking for good food...

  16. It looks soo yummy!!!! :D

  17. to Kimberley:
    It is! Well, to me anyway... :)
    Go try it- Hope you enjoy this pan mee...

  18. The best part is when the chili flakes are mixed together with the runny egg. LOVE indeed

  19. Stil Super Kitchen for me! :p

  20. to qwazymonkey:
    Definitely! Simple, glorious LOVE! :)

    to thenomadGourmand:
    I have to try this Super Kitchen place... :)


  21. Great post! Some informative stuff you have shared. Thanks for sharing this great stuff.

  22. to PinkParisian:
    So it wasn't just my imagination!
    Hmmm... Yeah. Maybe with the branch opened they feel less stressed out?

    to JoinMe:
    Um. OK. I'll go check it out...

  23. Everything is very open with a really clear description of the challenges.
    It was definitely informative. Your website is very
    useful. Many thanks for sharing!


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