I can safely bet that everyone in the restaurant business dreams of being able to run their operation the way Kin Kin does. That is to be able to overcharge everyone, not provide service on any decent level and totally ignore the plight customers who have been waiting for a long time and still have your restaurant packed to the brim. When you're famous you can even get away with declining food quality.
So what's chilli pan mee exactly? It's basically dry pan mee smothered with the usual dark sauce. The special ingredient here is the chilli paste that you mix with the pan mee. They place tubs of chilli paste on each table so you can put as much as you like. However the chilli paste is really spicy so don't try to be a hero and put too much. The noodles are also topped with an egg. The egg is half cooked so you can poke the egg yolk and mix it along with the noodles. Let me tell you the taste is heavenly!
I was actually talking about my first visit there two or three years ago. When I revisited them recently their service has not improved but with the business they get in spite of their less than friendly attitude they will never be motivated to improve. Malaysians are a forgiving lot when it comes to food.
The other really disappointing thing is that they totally removed all the chilli paste tubs from customer's tables. I believe they also increased their prices. That means they now give you less chilli paste and charge you more for it... brilliant!
Another thing I found lacking was that my egg was overcooked! The yolk was hard which meant I was not able to mix it with my noodles therefore totally negating the eggy noodle experience... sigh.
Despite all that they are still the only place I know that serves this unique style of pan mee. Although they are not as good as they were they are still quite good. Just don't expect to be treated well... oh and don't wait for them to serve you drinks. Just grab the cans from the fridge yourself.
One other thing I forgot to mention, their serving is really small so one bowl is usually not enough. Save yourself some time and don't try to order a big serving because they only have one size and that size is called tiny! If you're hungry try having 2 or even 3 bowls.
Also check out:
- Boredworkers.com >> Restoran Kin Kin - Spicy Pan Mee
- The Malaysian Food Review: Chilli Pan Mee - Restoran Kin Kin - Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
- Eat First Think Later: Restaurant Kin Kin (Pan Mee)
- KY eats - Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee