There are many pretenders to the throne, but the best chilli pan mee for me is still at Restoran Kin Kin or as locals will just call it, Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee. I used to frequent the original stall (there was only ever just 1, and there were signs on the walls to remind you so!) in the original little shoplot hidden away in the rather salubrious Chow Kit part of KL city. These days, they have branched out to the suburbs.
Queues would form as early as 12pm when the lunch crowd descends on the stall. There was no air-conditioning, and you’d most often, have to share your tables with other patrons, everyone slurping away at the delicious noodles, while wiping away sweat-beaded brows. For it was not just the heat that got to you, it was that delicious dried chilli condiment accompanying the noodles!
Story is that that dried chilli condiment is so good, people have actually STOLEN the tub placed on the table! Some other people scoop generous spoonfulls into little plastic bags and containers they smuggle into the shop. People will go to many lengths to have that tasty and spicy chilli that pairs so well with the noodles.
I decided to go back to the original shop after years away, to see if it still lived up to expectations.