KL Selangor MFF: Chilli Pan Mee

The final leg of Malaysian Food Fest see us at the most densely populated Klang Valley and not surprisingly, offers one of the largest range of cuisines. Having lived here for 3 years, I can honestly say that you can get pretty much anything here in KL/Selangor (even the latest craze Cronut… named KLonut here). Though when it comes to dishes specific to Klang Valley, I can think of a few main ones: KL Hokkien Mee, Klang Bak Kut Teh, Fish head noodles, and of course, something that was born right in Kuala Lumpur as a variation of the Hokkien Mee Hoon Kueh: Dry Chilli Pan Mee. I have blogged about my love for it here. Ironically, I don’t have a blog post for Kin Kin Pan Chili Mee but what I have is a photo of it, taken in 2010 while I was on vacation in KL.

Yummy! I remember having 2 bowls of this at one go.

The history of Chilli Pan Mee can be debatable but there is no doubt that Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee claims the title for best chili paste. Well caramelised and definitely explosive, it’s no wonder the shop is always full of customers despite the attitude from the owners (very famous for bad service). Ever since I had my first taste as a tourist several years ago, I’ve been in love. The problem is I don’t react very well to MSG and the chili paste is FULL of it (as expected) so I limit myself to only a few times a year.

In fact if you look close enough you can see all that MSG crystals! (This one is from Super Kitchen btw)

I’ve come across a recipe by FoodMadeSimple couple of years ago and have promised myself to make my own version at home. Only thing is….. well, it’s rather laborious! Once again, MFF has proved to be motivational and provided a much-needed kick to the butt for me to finally attempt it.

Homemade Chilli Pan Mee, yay!
Homemade Chilli Pan Mee, yay!

As I mentioned, the key to a good chilli pan mee is the chili paste and this was where I spent the most time. The recipe is easy enough, but the trick is to cook it out until it’s well and truly darkened and dry. The recipe is adapted from Foodmadesimple as mentioned above.

Dry Chilli Paste
2 handful of Dried Chillies, soaked
2 Fresh red chillies
2 Fresh Chilli Padies (or more if you want even more kick)
1 small packet of Dried Shrimp
5 Shallots or 2 Medium Onions
4 tablespoons of Oil

Blend the ingredients, you might need to add a little bit of oil to help the process (I added the whole 4 tablespoons). Then in a pan on low heat, fry slowly (at least 30 mins) until dry and golden brown. Make sure you watch it and stir it quite often so it doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool.

Dark Beauty
Dark Beauty

Noodles (for 2, double or triple the recipe as you need):
1 cup Flour (I used Bread flour, but you can also use All-purpose)
1/2 cup water

Add the water to flour and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover in cling wrap and rest for 30 minutes. Flour the dough generously, roll the dough out with a pasta machine (you know the drill, just go from the widest setting to the smallest). Then either handcut it or use the spaghetti setting to cut the dough. To cook the noodles, simply boil in water for 2 minutes then drain and add to individual bowls. They cook pretty fast so you want to be careful not to overcook.

I handcut mine, some of them are not so uniform but I stretch them out just before cooking.
I cut the noodles with a knife, some of them are not so uniform but I stretch them out just before cooking.

Minced Meat Sauce
100g Minced Pork, marinate with light soy sauce, salt and white pepper
1 Shallot, chopped finely
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/4 cup water

In the pan, heat oil, and fry shallots until aromatic. Add pork and cook until no longer pink, then add the seasonings and water. Cook until the sauce is reduced.

Fried Anchovies and Soup with Pucuk Manis
1 packet of dry anchovies
Handful of Pucuk Manis (Manicai) wash thoroughly and squeeze out the juices
Chicken or Pork stock (either homemade stock or stock cubes, make sure they are MSG-free)

In a wok or deep pan fry anchovies in a bit of oil until golden brown, remove from pan leaving a few to flavour the soup. Pour in the stock and add vegetables. Continue to simmer for about 10 minutes.

Great accompaniment to the noodles.
Great accompaniment to the noodles.

One final component is the Poached egg and I did mine with the same pot as the noodles, though cooking them separately. If you are intimidated by egg poaching, you can also just use soft boiled egg.

Arrange the meat sauce, poached egg, some fried anchovies and spoonfuls of chili paste on top of the noodles (you can always add more chili paste as needed), serving with the soup on the side. You can also sprinkle some spring onions on top of the noodles (but I happened to use up all of it the day before).

The egg is screaming to be poked. Hehe
The egg is screaming to be poked. Hehe

The crucial step to enjoy this dish is to let the egg yolk run free.

Like this
Like this

The proceed to mix everything up well and good, and slurp away! There is plenty of umaniness from the anchovies and the dry shrimp in the chili paste, and to me this tastes just as delicious. The chili paste is powerful, although not quite as strong as the one at Kin Kin. The noodles are smooth with a good bite, although I think I will just cut it with the spaghetti setting on my pasta maker for neatness. Will I spend nearly 2 hours for the same dish again? Yes, if my craving strikes. Next time I will just make a huge batch of the chili paste with extra chili padi. Yum.

So tell me, what is your favourite food in the Klang Valley?

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest Kuala Lumpur Selangor Month hosted by Shannon of Just As Delish.

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Baby Sumo says:

    Hi Kelly, that’s a very nice bowl of chilli pan mee. I usually just buy the noodles from the wet market (no preservative, no alkaline) and the texture is good. Saves me a lot of time 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Oh! I like making my own noodles/pasta, it’s part of the experience. But to make fast meals definitely good to get fresh noodles too since they are easily available.

  2. devilck says:

    We just had pan mee yesterday! hehe.
    I miss the one that my nanny used to made when I was young…. Hmmm maybe we can try this as one of our weekend kitchen? 😛

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah you should try! Maybe start from just making the noodles first to make the traditional pan mee. No need pasta machine, just hand torn. Yum!

  3. Kenneth Goh says:

    There is one stall in Singapore in Katong Shopping Centre is quite famous for the dry version of ban mian! You are very rajin to make the ban mian from scratch!

    1. kellysiew says:

      The noodles aren’t hard to make, I’m used to making dough be it bread or pasta or noodles, just second nature to me now haha.

      1. Kenneth Goh says:

        A bit side track, do not know how to communicate with you ! Do you plan to make/post some Sarawak Malay delicacies for Hari raya? Thinking to do something for our Muslim friends and readers! Any suggestions..haha.. Cheers and good night!

      2. kellysiew says:

        I’m not all that familiar the Sarawak Malay cuisines, I will do some research.

  4. kenhuntsfood says:

    i think the tricky part of getting the right pan mee is to get a right recipe for the chilies

    1. kellysiew says:

      Not just the recipe, and also the type of chilies! The red chilies I used had hardly any heat in it, so next time I will just substitute with all Chili padi! Muahahahaha! The background taste is spot on though, considering there was no MSG in it.

      1. WendyinKK says:

        General rule of thumb to get hot chillies, select those with very pointy ends.

        BTW, I have never eaten this even I have stayed in KL for 10 years, LOL. I must try to find this on my next trip

      2. kellysiew says:

        Yeah village grocer very limited with their chili choices, so best just use chili padi 😛

  5. i LOVE chilli pan mee!
    one of my must-have whenever i’m in KL!!

    and this one you made, full of care and love! ❤

    1. kellysiew says:

      Not sure if full of love la, fed myself only. Lol

  6. Hankerie says:

    Yeah! Love your chilli Pan mee, lets open one store in Klang Valley!!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Haha cannot compete la with the originals!

  7. cquek says:

    I could definitely make a meal of it.

  8. sounds like pan mee with plenty of care and attention showered on it! i have to admit, i’m not a major fan of pan mee (i don’t like anchovies and i’m bad with chili), but i love the look of your poached egg 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      I love chilli and don’t really like anchovies but don’t mind it if’s combined with other things. Like nasi lemak.

  9. suituapui says:

    Not a fan of those outside…but yours certainly look good, so much nicer! Bet it tasted a lot better too…

    1. kellysiew says:

      I wouldn’t say taste better la since these people have been making it for years while this was my beginner attempt. But suffice to say I would prefer to make it at home then heading over to the shops.

  10. Yum Chilli pan mee is definitely one of my favourite food from Klang Valley. We make the soup version from scratch very often at home from my mom’s recipe, but this looks like something I wanna try next! The chilli paste looks the most challenging out of all the steps. :S

    1. kellysiew says:

      It’s actually not challenging at all, just time consuming. As long as you use low fire it shouldn’t burn. 😀

  11. kudos dear Kelly! you really put in so much effort to cook… yr chili pan mee looks awesome… wanna put this on Plateculture so I can come and eat? 😉

    1. kellysiew says:

      Haha can make it a special! 😀

  12. thammelissa says:

    Wow….you really put so much effort on this. Really worth it. Cos it looks yummy!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah! It’s also the satisfaction factor, hehe.

  13. Yee Ling says:

    Certainly love chili pan mee lots. The other day we just went to JoJo Kitchen for the pan mee. Mine turned out not to be that good….and with lots of MSG. Would love to go for homemade like yours…

    Lazy though…It’s labourious..hahahahah

    1. kellysiew says:

      Maybe you can get some fresh noodles from the market and make the rest of the toppings. 😀

  14. sycookies says:

    This I have been waiting since I first saw the photo…Turns out….SOOOOOO much effort needed..Salute!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Can omit the noodles making and do the chili paste only 😛

  15. missyblurkit says:

    Lovely recipe! Gonna make some since you have given quite a detailed recipe. Will try it with some gluten free flour and extra cili padi:P

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah! Tailor to your need.

  16. Galvin Tan says:

    Thanks for the recipe, will definitely try cooking this one day.

  17. That looks delicious, and the chilli looks amazing! I could have that chilli with all my meals! 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you! Yeah I did end up having the leftover with all my subsequent meals. Hehe

  18. En May Lim says:

    Hi! Would I be able to substitute the soaked dried chilies with fresh chilies instead?

    1. kellysiew says:

      You sure can! It will be spicier though so gauge your amount.

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