Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee 建记辣椒板面 (Macperson)

We are here today at the famous Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee 建记辣椒板面 at 534 Macperson Road. Apparently they are very famous in Kuala Lumpur (KL, Malaysia).

板面 aka Ban Mian/Pan Mee is a common dish in Singapore. It's basically handmade noodles with simple ingredients such as minced pork, egg, vegetables and fried anchovies (ikan bilis) by default; costs around $3 to $4. Kin Kin Pan Mee is $5.
Some hawkers add fancy stuff such as seafood, Kin Kin here gives an option of sea asparagus and clam ($8).

The $5 Dry Ban Mian has anchovies, meat balls and minced pork cooked in dark soy sauce. The noodles are delicious and the gravy is perfect. Serving size is average.

Fish ball and dried Beancurd soup $4 has spinach in it as well. The soup basically tastes of the salt and msg water that is used for soaking fishballs in the market.

They provide two types of chilli, the fried flakes and the paste type. Both are tasty and moderately spicy.

My verdict, as much as it is relatively tasty, this dish is just a common food fare in Singapore, available at almost any kopitiam; you can even cook this at home given the simplicity of the ingredients necessary. $5 is way way way too expensive an asking price. It's not like we need to fine dine ban mian in an air-conditioned environment in Tai Seng (hello, it's not Orchard?). 

Portion Size: 2/5
Value for Money: 1/5

Service is not up to standard, staff are seen chatting behind the counter, and playing with their mobile phones IN THE DINING AREA. 
Toilets cleanliness is acceptable, however thoughtful enough to be separated by a glass door from the dining area.

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