pan meen

Our summer in Kuala Lumpur has been hugely rewarding. There’s a mountain of photographs Christopher and I took, the majority are of the food we ate. We discovered some fantastic places to eat so here’s the Malaysian food special continued…

I have a soft spot for noodles especially when they are hand-made and there’s a bite to them. We were first introduced to pan meen by our good friend, Derek, who gave us a great insight into the KL local food scene.

Dry pan meen is a bowl of chewy square-cut noodles topped with minced pork cooked in soy sauce (with occasional crispy pork skin), crispy ikan bilis (deep-fried anchovies), fried crispy shallots, spring onions and a runny-yolked poached egg.

The thing that makes this noodle dish is the shop’s signature chilli sauce. Tubs of dark red, well-roasted chilli paste are on every table. According to your chilli-tolerance, add a generous spoonful of the paste, give the noodles a mix, breaking the poached egg which coats the noodles beautifully. With most meals in Asian, a small bowl of soup comes with it. The soup is made with the left-over water from the poached egg with strands of egg whites (I like that nothing is wasted) and bright green sweet potato leaves.

This place is absolutely heaving at lunch time especially during the weekends. It’s best to go for an early or late lunch and order a couple bowls of pan meen each. You will definitely want a second helping.

I would love to hear from you if you’ve been to Kin Kin or you have a recipe for this.

Restaurant Kin Kin
40 Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1
Off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 16 372 8069


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1 Comment

  1. KP on February 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I’ll be traveling to Kuala Lumpur in April and I’m definitely gonna stop by this place!!