I have heard of Chilli Pan Mee (辣椒板面) for a long time but had no idea what it tasted like or where to have it. So my friend wanted to introduce me to the most famous place serving this particular dish, but Kin Kin wasn’t open when we arrived as it was quite late in the afternoon. But all was not lost as opposite the closed shop was Super Kitchen, also serving Chilli Pan Mee.
This shop is air-conditioned and the food preparation area is partitioned to one corner and you can actually watch them make it, if you’re inclined. As it was quite late, only a few tables were taken but service was still quite prompt.
The dry pan mee was served within minutes, and the handmade noodles were topped with poached egg, anchovies, minced meat, shallots and spring onions. The crux of the dish is of course the chilli paste, which are placed separately in containers on every table. Feel free to spoon in whatever amount you feel you can handle, but of course the wise one will try the spiciness levels before really heaping it on. Better to add to your desired level instead of having to endure mouth numbing and stomach warming throughout the day. 😛
After mixing in the slow-roasted dry chilli paste, the noodles starts taking on its fiery colour. But the spiciness doesn’t hit immediately, it starts with a slow burn. But no worries as the accompanying soup with cangkuk manis , egg white swirls and pork balls will provide a quick, albeit temporary reprieve. The chewy texture of the noodles is well complimented with all the ingredients and I was a convert immediately. More Chilli Pan Mee!
Having not tried the original, I’m quite pleased with this version. And I think the reviews are quite promising as they mostly say that it’s comparable, and with a better ambience too! So give the underdogs a chance! Lol. They have a branch iin Kota Damansara if that’s more convenient.
Restoran Super Kitchen 名厨辣椒板面
33, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1
Off Jalan T.A.R
50300 Kuala Lumpur