Food Showdown: We Compared 3 Noodle Spots In KL To Find The Best Chilli Pan Mee

I’m sure most of us know about the famous Malaysian Chilli Pan Mee dish, especially since several outlets have opened in Singapore. Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee, KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee and Face To Face Noodle House are three dining places in that serve up this spicy bowl of goodness.

We decided to head back to the source of Chilli Pan Mee, so we went to the Kuala Lumpur outlets of these three restaurants to find out which is the best. How did they measure up? We sacrificed our tastebuds to burning chilli to find out!

1. Face To Face Noodle House 面对面

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With several outlets all over Kuala Lumpur, Face To Face Noodle House 面对面 gave off a more modern feel. The green signboard was also quite eye-catching amidst the duller-looking walls.

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There is quite an extensive menu, including a local drink called Emerald 3 Layer Milk Tea (RM4.90, approx. S$1.70).

This drink consists of milk tea, gula melaka and green chendol “noodles”, and had a sweet pandan fragrance. It was refreshing and really helped to neutralise the heat from the Chilli Pan Mee.

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The Chilli Pan Mee (RM8, approx. S$2.70) came with a choice of noodles: Thick, Thin, Pinched and Mee Sua. I opted for the Thick noodles, as that’s the usual kind that comes with this dish.

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The noodles were rather chewy, and I thought that they could have been springier. The chilli flakes were very potent, with the heat lingering on my lips and tongue even after washing it down with the milk tea. The more I ate, the spicier it tasted.

While the minced meat and ikan bilis were delightfully savoury, the soft-boiled egg could have had a runnier yolk. The yolk was mostly solid, which meant I couldn’t mix it into the noodles.

Face to Face Noodle House 面对面: No. 25, Jalan Kancil, Off Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur | Tel: +60 03 9226 3248 | Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Daily) | Other Outlets | Facebook | Website

2. Restoran Kin Kin 建记辣椒板面

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Restoran Kin Kin 建记辣椒板面 has a humble exterior with a plain yellow signboard, and slightly shabby walls.

Yet the quality of the food would be a surprise to those who come in not expecting much. Most customers act like regulars, and hardly need to look at the menu because they’re all here for one thing: Chilli Pan Mee (RM8, approx. S$2.70).

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The bowl of noodles doesn’t come with chilli flakes, so you get to add in your desired amount from the container on the table. I enjoyed how the chilli flakes didn’t immediately hit me with sharp heat on my tongue. Instead, the heat slowly crept up towards the back of my throat as I gobbled down the noodles.

It dish also came with a soft-boiled egg with a perfectly runny yolk. I highly recommend breaking the yolk and mixing it into the noodles. It helped to reduce the spiciness a little, and added a creamy texture to the dish, especially together with the minced meat.

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The noodles were quite springy, and the QQ texture contrasted well with the crunchy and savoury ikan bilis. But, they were a little too thick, and some mouthfuls tasted too starchy.

The crunchy and fragrant ikan bilis thankfully helped to offset this starchy taste. I also enjoyed the accompanying soup, which had egg white and soft green vegetables in it.

Restoran Kin Kin 建记辣椒板面: 40, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Tel: +60 16 372 8069 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 7.30am – 4pm (Sat & Sun)

3. Restoran Super Kitchen 名厨辣椒板面

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With a setup that’s similar to Restoran Kin Kin, Restoran Super Kitchen 名厨辣椒板面 is actually located across the street from its competitor. It does seem that Kin Kin has the lion’s share of customers, because Restoran Super Kitchen wasn’t as packed.

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They even function the same way: I got to choose how much chilli I wanted to add into my Chilli Pan Mee (RM8, approx. S$2.70).

While the chilli flakes were equally fragrant, this chilli looked slightly redder after mixing it into the bowl. The spice level was comparable to that of Restaurant Kin Kin.

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I liked that the bowl came with a generous portion of minced meat. Mixing the runny yolk into the minced meat made a delicious paste that went well with the springy noodles. The crunchy ikan bilis from Super Kitchen actually had a stronger fishy flavour than its counterparts, and tasted saltier as well.

The Chilli Pan Mee also came with a bowl of soup which had spinach leaves in it. Although this was supposed to be more traditional, I preferred the ones from Face To Face and Restoran Kin Kin.

Restoran Super Kitchen 名厨辣椒板面: 33, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1, Off Jalan TAR, Kuala Lumpur, 50300, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, 50300, Malaysia | Tel: +60 3 2697 0998 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon to Fri)

So, what’s the verdict?

I found both Restoran Kin Kin and Restoran Super Kitchen to be comparable in terms of taste. But I liked Restoran Super Kitchen more, because I prefer my noodles to be thinner and flatter. We have a winner! 

The Kuala Lumpur Chilli Pan Mee certainly tasted more flavourful than those we can find in Singapore, but I’ll settle for the variety on our sunny shores for now.

If you’ve tried Chilli Pan Mee in Singapore, which is your favourite place?