Thursday, July 4, 2013

Recipe: Dry Chilli Pan Mee Noodles 辣椒板麺

Before we moved to KL, I have never tried chilli pan mee 辣椒板麺 before. Nowadays, it is a weekly staple for us. Pan mee (板麺), literally translates to "flat flour noodles" and can either be served with soup or dry. My favorite version is the chilli pan mee, which originated in Kuala Lumpur.  Some of our favourite chilli pan mee shops in KL/Selangor include Super Kitchen, Madam Chiam Curry Noodle House and Kafe Jojo Little Kitchen - each with their own unique points.


Homecooked chilli pan mee


A typical bowl of chilli pan mee consists of dry noodle, minced pork, fried shallots, fried anchovies (ikan bilis), poached egg/soft boiled egg (depending on the outlet) and dry chilli flakes. How spicy your bowl of noodles is dependent on how much chilli flakes you put in.


Flavorful pork, crispy anchovies, fragrant fried shallots, runny egg and spicy chilli - perfect!


This recipe that I am sharing is modelled from Madam Chiam's chilli pan mee. I used ready-made pan mee noodles which I got from the wet market, however if you would like a recipe for homemade pan mee noodles, please drop me a comment below and I can post a recipe when I have the time. :) Nowadays, it is easy to get pan mee from the wet market or even supermarkets. I have also seen dried pan mee in packets in hypermarkets. The noodle I used is thicker than Madam Chiam's but it has a really nice texture.



Most chilli pan mee restaurants will have their own secret recipe for the chilli paste/flakes.The dried shrimp chilli paste that I used can be easily obtained in the supermarket and this tastes very similar to the one you get at Super Kitchen. Do not miss out the calamansi (limau kasturi) as for me, it gives the chilli pan mee the special touch. Madam Chiam also serves their chilli pan mee with soft boiled egg (you can get the recipe here). Most chilli pan mee places will serve a manicai soup, but Madam Chiam serves theirs with a spinach soup. After assembling the dish and digging in, I have to say the taste of this chilli pan mee is very good, and is very similar to The Real McCoy. :)




Dry chilli pan mee noodles 辣椒板麺
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients
300g fresh pan mee noodles

3 tbsp cooking oil
25g dried anchovies
3 shallots, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
100g pork mince
1/2 tsp ginger wine
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 calamansi lime (limau kasturi), halved
2 soft boiled egg (recipe here)
4 tsp dried chilli shrimp paste, or more to taste

For the soup
500ml water
20g dried anchovies
1 slice old ginger
6-8 stalks young spinach, 1 inch long


1. Heat the oil in large wok over medium high heat, then add the dried anchovies and shallow fry until crispy, for about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

2. Using the same wok, shallow fry the shallots until golden brown, this will take about 1 minute over medium heat. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

3.  Now, add the pork mince to the wok and stir fry for 2 minutes over medium high heat until cooked through. Add the ginger wine and light soy sauce, and cook for a further 2 minutes until the pork looks browned. Taste and season more if required, then remove from heat and set aside.

4. You can prepare the soft boiled egg, soup and cook the noodle simultaneously in different pots now. For the soup, place the water, dried anchovies and old ginger slice in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Just before serving, discard the anchovies and ginger slice and add the spinach leaves and stalks and cook lightly for 30 seconds.

5. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Once boiling, add the fresh pan mee noodles and cook until the noodles are soft but still with a bite to it. For the noodles I used, it took about 7-8 minutes. You can tell if it's ready by tasting a strand and see if it's cooked to your preference.

6. To assemble, first place noodles in a bowl. Crack the soft boiled egg into the bowl of noodles, then divide the minced pork, fried shallots and fried anchovies equally between the two bowls. Finally, top with the calamansi. Squeeze the calamansi juice over the noodles just before eating. You can place 1 teaspoon of dried chilli shrimp paste in the bowl and serve more on the side for those who prefer spicier noodles. Serve the spinach soup in a separate bowl.

Mix everything together and enjoy!





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*This recipe was featured on Asian Food Channel's FB page on 14 July 2013.

38 comments:

  1. Looking so good! I've never tried making chili pan mee at home, I didn't realised it's so easy at home *facepalm*.. hehe I'm thinking what rice noodle I can replace.. unfortunately can't take wheat

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    1. You can try any type of rice noodles if you don't mind it yourself - everything else can be the same. Every pan mee shop in town also use a different noodle.

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  2. Oh wow, this looks so good. Very similar to the ones outside. My mouth is watering thinking about this.

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    1. Haha Mich, I was telling my mum that I eat pan mee so often that I can "remember" the taste so vividly. Happy that I can recreate the taste at home.

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  3. Oh my , I am drooling. Always one of my fav dish . ;)

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  4. It looks yummy! Want extra minced pork and the crispy bilis! hehe....

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  5. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comJuly 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    This is my favourite and I still remember I used to go to the original dried chili pan meen shop in Chow Kit. I like their dried chili and I would mix the pan meen together with the poached egg and lots of dried chili. The end result? My bowl of pan meen is RED in colour and it's so yummyhot!!! Nowadays I hardly go as you need to wait extremely PATIENTLY for your order to arrive. Will try to make my own too. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hehe I have a few friends who can eat very spicy too, always add so much chilli til their pan mee is red. I can only take 1 teaspoon :P

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  6. I've never tried this noodle dish before but I think I'd love it, especially the way that you've served it with the lovely soft boiled egg! :D

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    1. Some shops give u the option of having the chilli pan mee with or without the egg.... but it's def much better with the egg, IMHO :)

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  7. wow, you've created a great-looking version of the recipe! i must admit, i have a love-hate relationship toward pan mee. i love the egg and the minced pork in it, but i'm not a fan of anchovies and chili! :D

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    1. Hehe I usually don't really like the ikan bilis outside too, cos they tend to be a bit hard, but I like the homecooked ones! Fresh and crispy.

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  8. Not a fan but yours looks really very good! Bet it's better than any one can get outside...

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  9. Yen, your pan mee looks really good! I prefer dry style rather than soupy.

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    1. I grew up eating the soup ones, but after discovering this dry chilli pan mee, I always order this now!

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  10. Hi Yen, this looks really good, if i may say even better than the real mccoy model after :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment :) You made my day xoxo

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    1. Well, I bought the noodles cos they're so easily available and of good quality. But put together the pan mee dish ;)

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  12. What a lovely recipe!! Yours look good enough to open up your own stalls, i'll be your first supporter, hehe!

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    1. Hehe thanks. Don't mind cooking for friends and family but opening restaurant is too much hard work for me :P

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  13. I like this chili pan mee together with sayur manis soup!

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    1. Most shop serve with sayur manis, but this shop serve with spinach.

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  14. Hi, saw your post and mum happen to pass me her homemade hae bee hiam. Immediately, I bought some pan mian and whipped out 2 bowls for lunch. Added same ingredients except shallots with fried garlic. Omg!! It's so good, even my helper gave a thumb up and ask me where hv I eaten this previous!! Thks for sharing..

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    1. Hi Jocelyn, thanks so much for trying out my recipe. I am so glad that you enjoyed it, it is one of the greatest pleasures I get from blogging and sharing my recipes :) If u happen to have a photo of your pan mee feel free to share it on my FB page (http://www.fb.com/goodyfoodies)

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  15. I am learning so much about your amazing cuisine, loved it

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  16. I went to the supermarket last time and I've seen instant pan mee - I didn't know it is so easy to make :D Now all I need to buy is some anchovy ! That pan mee looks pretty delicious , Yen !

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    1. I eat it all the time, sometimes twice a week so it was easy to figure out how to make it :)

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  17. Home made Dry chilli pan mee noodles!!must be awesome..you should partner with Plate Culture so that we all can go your house for this!! just a suggestion.

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  18. I've never tried dry chilli pan mee but i think there's a shop here in ipoh that sells these chilli pan mee. Looks delicious, different from the usual dry version of pan mee here .

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    1. the pan mee in Ipoh is Facey Noodle House located at greentown.. only them serve authentic chili pan mee

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  19. Hi Yen,

    The pan mee that we eat in Singapore is usually the soupy kind. I would love to try this dry chilli version... Sounds really delicious!

    Zoe

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  20. those who stays overseas' gonna love this!

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  21. Hey, I love Madam Chiam's dried chilli pan mee too! This is so yummy! Thanks for sharing your version of dried chilli pan mee!

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